- South Sudan ratifies Convention on the Rights of the Child Updated: May-04-15 10:49 am
UNITED NATIONS - South Sudan has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty meant to protect children's rights to health, education and freedom from discrimination.
- Boehner: Clinton needs to bring Democrats along on trade Updated: May-03-15 9:05 am
- Portman faces balancing act on trade as he seeks re-election Updated: May-02-15 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is maneuvering with care as he runs for re-election in a swing state while cautiously supporting a free-trade deal that even some fellow Republicans fear could lead to job losses back home.
- Japan prime minister touts economic synergy with US in visit Updated: May-01-15 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - The United States and Japan will work toward strengthened economic ties, including promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific trade agreement, officials said Friday.
- Japan ruling party gears up to revise pacifist constitution Updated: May-01-15 11:29 am
TOKYO - Japan's conservative ruling party is gearing up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country's U.S.-drafted post-World War II constitution. Its first challenge: winning over a divided public.
- Israel blames Arab neighbors for stalling on nuke-free zone Updated: May-01-15 12:23 am
UNITED NATIONS - Israel is blaming its Arab neighbors for the failure of progress toward achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, saying that "if a serious regional effort has not emerged in the Middle East during the last five years, it is not because of Israel."
- Correction: Greenhouse Gases-California-Things to Know story Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. The state is on track to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 but does not plan to reduce emissions beyond that before 2020.
- Obama to talk trade in visit to Oregon, Nike Updated: Apr-30-15 5:28 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - President Barack Obama will campaign for free trade legislation during his Oregon trip next week.
- Obama under pressure to beef up Democratic support for trade Updated: Apr-30-15 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support.
- UN is warned of 'active Iranian nuclear procurement network' Updated: Apr-30-15 3:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Britain has told a U.N. panel of experts that it is aware of an "active Iranian nuclear procurement network" linked to two Iranian companies, raising new concerns as world powers began Thursday to work out the details of a possible comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
- Greek bailout talks to stretch into weekend Updated: Apr-30-15 11:49 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greece has entered a new round of bailout talks with creditors that are expected to stretch into the weekend, but insists it is not ready to make key concessions despite facing a major debt repayment soon.
- Japan proposes cutting emissions by a quarter by 2030 Updated: Apr-30-15 11:43 am
TOKYO - Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.
- Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link Updated: Apr-30-15 10:11 am
MADRID - Spain and Egypt have agreed to study the feasibility of a bullet-train link between the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the ancient southern city of Luxor.
- Butch Otter calls lawmakers back to work over child support Updated: Apr-29-15 4:54 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday called lawmakers back to work over a failed child support bill that was rejected over concerns it could require the state to enforce rulings made in other countries under Islamic law.
- Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary Updated: Apr-28-15 11:05 am
WASHINGTON - On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade.
- Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship Updated: Apr-28-15 3:38 am
BANGKOK - After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.
- World 'closer than ever' to Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says Updated: Apr-27-15 7:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The world is "closer than ever" to reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.
- Dayton plans commemoration of 1995 peace agreement on Bosnia Updated: Apr-27-15 8:37 am
DAYTON, Ohio - Local leaders in Dayton are planning events this year to mark the 20th anniversary of an international peace agreement on Bosnia that was worked out in southwestern Ohio in November 1995.
- As nuclear powers meet, NYC rally demands end to weapons Updated: Apr-26-15 5:41 pm
NEW YORK - Global activists presented 8 million petitions to the U.N. disarmament chief on Sunday demanding a world free of nuclear weapons, kicking off a conference by world powers to review progress toward eventually achieving total disarmament.
- Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots Updated: Apr-26-15 4:49 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected Sunday as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus, pledging to focus his energy on breaking decades of stalemate and achieving an accord reunifying the small island nation.
- No trade breakthrough expected with Japan during Abe visit Updated: Apr-24-15 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized commerce between the U.S. and Japan.
- Obama's trade agenda draws GOP support in House Updated: Apr-23-15 8:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Legislation to strengthen President Barack Obama's hand for a new round of trade deals advanced Thursday in the House courtesy of Republicans and over the protests of Democrats, a political role reversal that portends a bruising struggle over passage later this spring.
- Professional liars are undermining justice in Colombia Updated: Apr-23-15 1:40 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Sen. Luis Fernando Velasco's life began to unravel in 2008 when a lawyer appeared before prosecutors and accused him of conspiring with leftist rebels to coerce voters to support him.
- Connecticut Democrats face tough choice opposing trade deal Updated: Apr-22-15 1:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a liberal stalwart from New Haven, finds herself in an unusual spot: She's fiercely opposed to President Barack Obama on a key issue.
- SKorea, US agree to revised civil nuclear cooperation deal Updated: Apr-22-15 10:31 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Wednesday it reached agreement with Washington on revisions to the 41-year-old treaty that governs the country's commercial nuclear activities.