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Obama Rejects Keystone Oil Pipeline

President says it's not in the interests of the US

(Newser) - After more than seven years of debate, President Obama announced Friday he's putting the kibosh on the Keystone XL pipeline, confirming earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . With VP Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry flanking him at a White House... More »

US Won't Budge on One Key Point as Syria Talks Begin

US, allies want Assad gone from Syria—and want Russia, Iran on board

(Newser) - Talks designed to seek peace in Syria began Friday in Vienna, and this time there's a new player involved in the negotiations: Iran, Bashar al-Assad's No. 1 ally, Reuters notes. "Those who tried to resolve the Syrian crisis have come to the conclusion that without Iran being... More »

US, Russian Defense Chiefs Have Rare Direct Talks

They discuss Syria, the first time they've spoken in more than a year

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter called his Russian counterpart today, the first step in direct military talks proposed by Russia about Moscow's military buildup to support the Syrian government against ISIS. The 50-minute conversation marked the first time that American and Russian defense chiefs have spoken in more than a... More »

US Making Move to Help Refugees

Sources say US will increase number of refugees it resettles by at least 5K

(Newser) - The United States is prepared to increase the number of refugees it resettles by at least 5,000 next year as European countries struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Two officials and a congressional aide said that Secretary of State John Kerry... More »

This Sight Hasn't Been Seen in 54 Years

The US flag flies again over the newly opened US embassy in Havana

(Newser) - The Stars and Stripes rose today over the newly opened US embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years, marking a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba. It's "a day for pushing aside old barriers and exploring... More »

At Last? Sources Say Iran Nuke Deal Coming Today

Formal agreement expected tomorrow after eons of negotiations

(Newser) - Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are expected to reach a provisional agreement today on a historic deal that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, diplomats told the AP. The two diplomats cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out... More »

Kerry: 'Hard Choices,' or US Will Walk on Iran Talks

Cites 'genuine progress,' but says there's distance on key issues

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiations with Iran could go either way—cutting off any potential path for an Iranian nuclear bomb or ending without agreement. Speaking in Vienna on the ninth day of the nuclear talks, Kerry said today that disagreements remain and both sides aren't "... More »

Kerry Breaks Leg in Bike Crash, Cancels Trip

Secretary will return to Boston for further treatment

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry has broken his leg in bike crash near Geneva and has called off the rest of a four-nation trip. Kerry now plans to return to the United States today after X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that he fractured his right femur. He will receive... More »

Kerry Has Harsh Words for N. Korea: Horrific, Grisly ...

... and 'reckless, grotesque, horrendous'

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry today accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments. Kerry blamed North Korea for breaking promises, making threats, and showing "flagrant disregard for international law" by continuing to build its... More »

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon... More »

US, Cuba Hold Highest-Level Meeting in More Than 50 Years

John Kerry met with Cuba's foreign minister last night

(Newser) - The top US and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a century. The US State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met yesterday evening in Panama City, where the Summit of... More »

Mired Iran Nuke Talks Going to Overtime

Sticking points remain on sanctions, uranium before final June deadline

(Newser) - With a midnight deadline looming, Iran and the six nations it's conferring with in Switzerland have reached a deal—to continue talks for a deal on Tehran's hotly contested nuke program. The nations are expected to release a joint statement today announcing they'll enter a "new... More »

2 Names Rising on 2016 List: John Kerry, Marco Rubio

But Larry Sabato's 'Crystal Ball' still thinks it's Hillary vs. Jeb, for now

(Newser) - Political prognosticator Larry Sabato is out with an update of his Crystal Ball rankings of 2016 presidential candidates, and the top names remain Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush. But perhaps the most notable change is Sabato's addition of John Kerry to the Democratic mix. The secretary of state is... More »

Kerry: GOP Letter 'Unprecedented' Half-Baked Act of a Rookie

While McConnell claims secretary has 'a good case of selective outrage'

(Newser) - If Iran is waiting for America's top diplomat to apologize for the Republican senators' letter heard 'round the Beltway , well, don't hold your breath. Asked that question this morning on CBS News , John Kerry responded, "not on your life. I'm not going to apologize for... More »

Kerry Dings Netanyahu as Palin Sells 'Bibi' T-Shirts

'I Stand With Bibi' T-shirts, to be exact

(Newser) - As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress looms next week, John Kerry and Sarah Palin are taking very different approaches. Kerry, coming off of the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, has "questioned" the PM's "judgment," the BBC reports ... while Palin is selling... More »

'Dire' Ukraine Situation Getting Worse: US

Russia 'failing miserably' at peace as Kerry, other world leaders head to Kiev

(Newser) - Despite Vladimir Putin's posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict , a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine's security position is "dire" and Russia is "failing miserably" in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry's plane as... More »

John Kerry Fined for Failure to Shovel Snow

He was in Saudi Arabia at the time...

(Newser) - John Kerry might be the secretary of state, but darn it, he still needs to shovel the snow outside his house. Boston got two feet of snow during this week's blizzard, and Mayor Martin Walsh vowed to crack down on the scofflaws who failed to clear off their sidewalks,... More »

White House: We Should Have Sent Bigwig to Paris

But security made it impossible for Obama, Biden

(Newser) - In a rare public admission of error, the White House said today the US should have sent a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris that was attended by more than 40 world leaders. The Obama administration was represented yesterday by the US ambassador to France, though Attorney General... More »

Cuba Frees 53 Political Prisoners

The deal is part of agreement between US and Castro

(Newser) - Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the US said today. The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the US agreement last month... More »

US Defends Its No-Show in Paris

Only senior US official at unity rally was ambassador

(Newser) - At least 40 world leaders linked arms and marched at a huge rally in Paris to denounce terrorism yesterday—but there was no President Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, or even Eric Holder, who was in the city at the time. As the leaders marched, Holder was taping an interview... More »

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