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  • 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 …


  • North Korea rejects six-party talks

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea vowed today to bolster its nuclear deterrent and boycott six-party talks aimed at its denuclearization in protest of a U.N. Security Council statement condemning …


  • In Turkey, Obama reassures Muslims

    ANKARA, Turkey – President Obama made his most direct outreach to Muslims around the world Monday, telling Turkey’s Grand National Assembly that the United States “is not and never will …


  • Raul Castro meets U.S. lawmakers

    HAVANA – President Raul Castro met Monday with six visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, his first face-to-face discussions with U.S. leaders since he became Cuba’s president last year. …


  • U.S. official meets with Iranian diplomat

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A senior U.S. official met with an Iranian diplomat during an international conference Tuesday, marking the Obama administration’s biggest step so far to reach out to …


  • Navy destroyers positioned for N. Korea rocket launch

    WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Navy destroyers, including one capable of intercepting missiles, were moved out of a South Korean port Monday amid expectations that North Korea might launch a rocket …


  • Clinton slams U.S. drug policies

    MEXICO CITY – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico on Wednesday with a stark mea culpa, saying that decades of U.S. anti-narcotics policies had been a failure …


  • U.S. ramps up help in Mexico drug war

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help Mexico fight its drug war by cutting off the cartels’ supply of guns and profits, while resisting the Texas governor’s call …


  • Iran’s Khamenei rebuffs Obama’s New Year gesture

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s most powerful figure dismissed President Barack Obama’s extraordinary Persian New Year gesture, insisting Saturday that the U.S. administration’s actions must match its rhetoric before Iran would …


  • Obama: Europe, U.S. not at odds

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Saturday downplayed divisions between the U.S. and Europe over how to tackle the world’s financial crisis and said China should have “absolute confidence” that …


  • U.S., Britain try to prevent political collapse in Pakistan

    LAHORE, Pakistan – The United States and Britain made a last-ditch effort Thursday to avert the collapse of nuclear-armed Pakistan’s government, calling on the country’s two major political parties to …


  • U.S. protests harassment by Chinese vessels

    WASHINGTON – Chinese ships surrounded and harassed a Navy mapping ship in international waters off China, at one point coming within 25 feet of the American boat and strewing debris …


  • In brief: Diplomat accused of conspiracy

    President Evo Morales on Monday ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave Bolivia for allegedly conspiring with opposition groups, further straining tense relations six months after he expelled the American ambassador. …


  • U.S. may ask Iran to attend meeting

    BRUSSELS – In its first overture to Iran, the Obama administration is pushing to convene a high-level meeting on Afghanistan this month that would include an invitation to Tehran, Secretary …


  • Obama hopes to thaw relations with Russia

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is preparing a wide-ranging set of initiatives designed to put shaky relations between the United States and Russia on a more solid footing, including resumption …


  • Pakistan says it’s beaten Taliban in border region

    KHAR, Pakistan – Pakistan has beaten the Taliban in a major stronghold close to the Afghan border, is close to victory in another and expects to pacify most of the …


  • Officials: Troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his …


  • N. Korea to launch satellite

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said today it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the U.S. …


  • Jackson Diehl: Russian kinship ‘reset’ unlikely

    MOSCOW – Normally sour Russian officials are almost jaunty in describing their first engagements with the Obama administration. It’s not just Vice President Joe Biden’s recent promise of a “reset” …


  • Lugar calls for re-evaluating Cuba embargo

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. policy of shunning communist Cuba by imposing a strict trade embargo has failed to prod the island nation toward democracy and should be re-evaluated, according to …

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