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  • Uzbeks flee violence, riots in Kyrgyzstan

    JALAL-KUDUK, Uzbekistan – Standing behind barbed wire with other Uzbek refugees, the woman tearfully raised her hands in a Muslim prayer for her dead husband. She had left his body …


  • Doubts linger about Iran sanctions’ effect

    WASHINGTON – A divided United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to tighten sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but left widespread doubt that the new strictures will slow the …


  • U.S. will count on allies more

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is breaking with the go-it-alone Bush years in a new strategy for keeping the nation safe, counting more on U.S. allies to tackle terrorism and …


  • Crackdown on loose nukes

    WASHINGTON – The leaders of more than 40 nations, summoned to action by President Barack Obama, agreed Tuesday to a voluntary but far-reaching program to prevent thousands of tons of …


  • China signals readiness to back Iran sanctions

    WASHINGTON – China on Monday indicated for the first time it might back new U.N. sanctions against Iran, giving a significant boost to President Barack Obama as he opened a …


  • Nuclear summit begins today

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s pledge to one day rid the world of nuclear weapons runs up against global realities this week when representatives from 47 countries try to craft …


  • U.S.-Russian relations show signs of thawing

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s meeting today in Prague with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, where they’ll sign a new nuclear arms reduction pact, will highlight a thaw in relations between …


  • Karzai lashes out over pressure to reform

    KABUL – President Hamid Karzai’s latest anti-Western outburst has triggered unease and dismay among Afghan lawmakers and some in the diplomatic community in Afghanistan. On Saturday, the Afghan leader told …


  • Trudy Rubin: New realities limit U.S. options

    Over the holidays, I worked on a disturbing project. It reminded me that American power abroad is shrinking, even as threats to our security grow. It involved my Iraqi driver, …


  • Clinton qualifies aid to Yemen

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Monday that Yemen is a threat to global security but warned that the Obama administration will continue accelerating U.S. aid only …


  • Obama hails U.S., India’s ‘growing partnership’

    WASHINGTON – Seeking firmer footing for U.S.-India relations, President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to calm India’s fears about Asian rival China, salving bruised feelings in the world’s largest democracy with …


  • Obama’s big challenge lies in selling Afghan decision

    WASHINGTON – When he addresses the nation next week on his Afghanistan strategy, President Barack Obama will face the central challenge of explaining why he is escalating an 8-year-old war …


  • Obama, S. Korea’s Lee declare unity on weapons

    SEOUL, South Korea – President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States has begun talking with allies about fresh punishment against Iran for defying efforts to halt its nuclear weapons …


  • Obama, Hu uncover parallels, differences

    BEIJING – President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao emerged from hours of intense talks today determined to marshal their combined clout on crucial issues, but still showing divisions …


  • In China, focus on freedom

    SHANGHAI, China – Pressing for freedoms on China’s own turf, President Barack Obama said today that individual expression is not an American ideal but a universal right that should be …


  • U.S. tightens aid in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – The United States is limiting its goals in Afghanistan and demanding better accountability from that country’s underperforming leader, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday, and she …


  • Nuclear cooperation is doable, Iran leader says

    BEIRUT – Iran’s president called for international cooperation on nuclear technology in a Wednesday prime-time television appearance filled with conciliatory language toward the world community, in stark contrast to the …


  • Palestinian-Israeli talks at impasse

    CAIRO – The Obama administration has all but abandoned hope for an early resumption of high-level negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders or substantive movement toward agreement on a Palestinian …


  • Khamenei decries negotiation with U.S.

    TEHRAN – Iran’s supreme leader, spurning what he described as several personal overtures from President Obama, warned Tuesday that negotiating with the United States was “naive and perverted” and said …


  • Iran calls for review of rejected nuclear plan

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Iran said today it wants a technical panel to review a U.N.-backed plan that envisages sending most of its uranium stockpile to Russia for enrichment, limiting …


  • Palestinians accuse U.S. of caving on settlements

    JERUSALEM – Palestinian officials on Sunday criticized the United States for what one called “backpedaling” on demands that Israel stop settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, saying that the …


  • Obama administration moves cautiously on Cuba

    MEXICO CITY – It is an annual ritual: The United Nations will vote today to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba, much as the world organization has done for nearly …


  • U.S. warns Japan against reneging on troop plans

    WASHINGTON – Worried about a new direction in Japan’s foreign policy, the Obama administration warned the Tokyo government Wednesday of serious consequences if it reneges on a military realignment plan …


  • Sudan policy seeks middle ground

    WASHINGTON – The White House on Monday unveiled a new Sudan policy that seeks a middle ground between punishing the country’s defiant regime and appeasing it, a step away from …


  • Russia rebuffs U.S. on Iran sanctions

    MOSCOW – Further sanctions against Iran would be “counterproductive,” Russia’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, pushing back pointedly against U.S. pressure for a tougher stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The …


  • Iran test-fires bigger missiles

    WASHINGTON – Iran reported Monday that it successfully test-fired its most advanced and powerful medium-range missiles as part of war games it said were intended to deter the country’s enemies. …


  • U.S. alone can’t solve world’s problems, Obama tells U.N.

    UNITED NATIONS – President Barack Obama bluntly prodded world leaders Wednesday to join the U.S. in solving pressing global problems, challenging them to move beyond “an almost reflexive anti-Americanism which, …


  • U.S. takes heat over Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia – South American leaders meeting Friday at a special summit in Argentina lashed out at the United States and Colombia over an agreement that gives Washington access to …


  • U.S. has begun sending weapons to help Somalia

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has begun sending arms to the government of Somalia, officials said Thursday, in an escalation of its commitment to one of the world’s most troubled …


  • U.S. preps for missile launch

    WASHINGTON – Reacting to reports that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a missile toward Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he had ordered additional missile …


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