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  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:32 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:04 am
  • SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.

  • UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:58 pm
  • NAIROBI, Kenya - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said.

  • 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.

  • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:21 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.

  • Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:50 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.

  • 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.

  • UN envoy raises possibility of Somali withdrawal 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:33 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The top United Nations envoy to Somalia warned Tuesday that the U.N. and other foreign diplomats may have to withdraw from the war-ravaged nation if they continue to be attacked.

  • Myanmar rebel leader urges US role in peace talks 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 8:54 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting Myanmar government forces is urging U.S. involvement in peace talks to quell decades of conflict in the country's lawless border regions.

  • US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:29 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

  • Police seek shooter of Ohio high school student 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 4:07 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Students, faculty and other community members on Monday mourned a popular high school football player who police say was fatally shot over the weekend while trying to play the role of peacemaker and police were seeking a 17-year-old suspect.

  • 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.

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:55 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:23 am
  • TEHRAN, Iran - A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:00 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:41 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:41 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

  • 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.

  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:19 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:06 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

  • Text of joint statement on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:30 pm
  • GENEVA - Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:

  • Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:01 pm
  • GENEVA - Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

  • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:31 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment.

  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:15 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.