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  • 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 …


  • Iranian results thwart hopes

    WASHINGTON – The re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a stinging setback to the Obama administration’s hopes of cultivating a better relationship with the Islamic republic. Although Ahmadinejad and …


  • Sentencing puts U.S. goals in peril

    SEOUL, South Korea – In seeking the release of two American TV journalists sentenced to 12 years of hard labor Monday by North Korea, the Obama administration faces difficult negotiations …


  • U.S. may go solo on N. Korea sanctions

    SEOUL, South Korea – The United States has told South Korea that it will impose its own financial sanctions on the North apart from punishments the U.N. has been mulling …


  • Holbrooke vows aid to Pakistan

    SHAIKH SHAHZAD CAMP, Pakistan – Top U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke brought promises of more American aid to sweltering camps where some of the 3 million refugees uprooted by Pakistan’s offensive …


  • Text of Obama’s speech to Muslims

    Text of President Barack Obama’s speech at Cairo University, as provided by CQ Transcriptions.


  • Obama runs into mix of messages

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – President Barack Obama began his Middle East trip Wednesday in “the place where Islam began” as the administration took extraordinary steps to make sure his speech …


  • Experts say N. Korea readying missile tests

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea was preparing to launch a medium- and a long-range missile, following up on its nuclear test last week, reports and experts said today. South …


  • U.S.-Cuba discussions to resume

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the Obama administration on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States and direct mail service between the …


  • U.S. pushes Israel to cease expansion into West Bank

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Thursday ratcheted up what might be America’s toughest bargaining position with Israel in a generation, demanding anew that Israel stop expanding its settlements in the …


  • U.S., South Korea put troops on higher alert

    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean and U.S. troops facing North Korea boosted their alert level today to the highest category since 2006, after the communist regime threatened military strikes …


  • New Pakistan embassy shows U.S. investment

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is …


  • Our View: Obama cracks open door to Cuba; now it should swing wide

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 15: U.S. immigration officers no longer blink when they see “China” stamped on a U.S. passport. Or “Russia.” Or “Vietnam.” Americans are free to travel to …


  • As summit closes, Obama outlines goals in Latin America

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – President Barack Obama concluded a summit of the hemisphere’s leaders Sunday by articulating a broad new agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean, having gained …