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Stories with subject: International agreements
  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:05 pm
  • TOKYO - When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:56 pm
  • NEW YORK - The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:52 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy.

  • Markets muted despite Apple, Facebook 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:52 am
  • LONDON - Solid earnings from Apple and Facebook helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite other disappointing earnings and an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.

  • Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:58 am
  • TOKYO - Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

  • US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:28 am
  • TOKYO - Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.

  • China splurging on military as US pulls back 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:28 am
  • QINGDAO, China - China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes.

  • Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:31 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.

  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:02 pm
  • BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

  • As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:50 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension.

  • SD tribe invokes treaties against new uranium mine 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:17 am
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.

  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:03 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

  • Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:10 pm
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

  • US clears Egypt for some military assistance 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:35 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

  • Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 6:41 pm
  • MOSCOW - Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen.

  • US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 1:12 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

  • Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:49 am
  • QINGDAO, China - Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors.

  • Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 4:54 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 3:17 pm
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said.

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:29 pm
  • GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16

  • Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 am
  • VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State.

  • Native Americans say US violated human rights 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:08 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.

  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:26 am
  • HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government Monday called a "policy of leniency."

  • Iran rejects naming new UN envoy after US refusal 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 1:37 pm
  • TEHRAN, Iran - Iran rejected naming a new diplomat Saturday to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa.