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John Kerry Has Made Things Worse in Gaza

David Ignatius: He caved to Hamas, ensuring it will be around for awhile

(Newser) - John Kerry is taking so much flak from Israelis for his latest peace-making efforts in Gaza that the White House made a point yesterday to declare that "Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender" than Kerry, reports the Hill . But at the Washington Post , columnist David Ignatius thinks... More »

Israel, Hamas OK 12-Hour Ceasefire

Israel had just rejected truce proposal from John Kerry

(Newser) - Hours after Israel rejected John Kerry's proposed ceasefire, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce starting at 7am Israeli time, a US official told the Jerusalem Post . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kerry about the new arrangement, CNN reports. In rebuffing his earlier proposal, officials said... More »

FAA Lifts Israel Flight Ban

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' from space

(Newser) - Amid heavy lobbying from Israel, the FAA lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's airport just before midnight, saying it had reviewed "significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation." Israeli officials had urged the US... More »

Amid Flight Ban, Kerry Lands in Israel

White House rejects request to drop FAA ban

(Newser) - As Israel continued to pound Gaza, John Kerry arrived for cease-fire talks today, landing in Tel Aviv despite the FAA's 24-hour ban on US flights to Israel . The secretary of state, whose Air Force flight was not affected by the commercial ban brought in after a rocket hit a... More »

Kerry Heads to Mideast in Bid for Ceasefire

US will urge Hamas to accept agreement

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. The State Department said Kerry would leave early tomorrow for Egypt where he will... More »

Putin Gets 'One Last Chance' Amid World Anger

Dutch PM Mark Rutte says he pressured Russian leader

(Newser) - Leaders around the world are exerting pressure on Vladimir Putin—especially Dutch PM Mark Rutte, who says he gave Russia's leader a mouthful over the handling of remains from Malaysia Airlines MH17, the Guardian reports. In a "very intense" conversation, Rutte said he gave Putin "one last... More »

Kerry: Plane Crash Probe 'Grotesque,' 'Compromised'

Also, Fox busts secretary of State with hot mic moment

(Newser) - John Kerry is off and running on the media blitz known as appearing on all five Sunday talk shows, and—with developments breaking this morning from Israel to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash—he has no shortage of things to discuss. Highlights, as per Politico :
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Apparent Loser of Afghan Election Claims Victory

Crisis could break country apart

(Newser) - Preliminary vote tallies show Abdullah Abdullah losing Afghanistan's presidential election to Ashraf Ghani by a pretty wide margin of 56.4% to 43.5%. But Abdullah declared victory anyway yesterday, and said he would decide in the next few days whether to form a "parallel government" competing with... More »

Kerry to Russia: Disarm Ukraine Rebels in 'Hours'

EU leaders could talk sanctions beginning today if needed

(Newser) - Russia needs to diffuse the situation in Ukraine—immediately, John Kerry urged today. "It is critical for Russia to show in the next hours, literally, that they're moving to help disarm the separatists, to encourage them to disarm, to call on them to lay down their weapons and... More »

ISIS Takes Hold of Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery

Kerry promises 'intense, sustained' US support

(Newser) - After more than a week of fighting, ISIS militants say they are now fully in control of Iraq's main oil refinery. The facility at Baiji, some 155 miles north of Baghdad, supplies around a third of the country's refined fuel and the BBC notes that its capture is... More »

Iraq Loses Control of Western Border

ISIS miltants seize key border crossings

(Newser) - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters have taken another step toward making their name a reality with the weekend seizure of two key border crossings in western Iraq. Though the news that they took four key towns (Qaim, Rutba, Rawa, and Anah) in two days was reported yesterday, the... More »

John Kerry: Freed Taliban Could Fight, Also 'Get Killed'

(Newser) - John Kerry has a word for critics who charge that American troops are in greater danger in the wake of the prisoner swap that freed five Taliban leaders, and that word is "baloney ." Of the Taliban, he says, "I am not telling you that they don’t... More »

Cameras Catch Kerry Taking a Public Nap

... at a news conference in Poland

(Newser) - It's not that weird that a 70-year-old man traveling overseas and working long hours to boot would nod off at an inappropriate time. But when it happens to be Secretary of State John Kerry while attending a news conference with President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, the cameras... More »

Snowden: If I Could, I Would Go Home

Snowden says he'd love to return to US—but not to jail cell

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, speaking in his first interview with an American news organization last night, described himself as a "patriot" for trying to stop the violations of the Constitution he saw. "Whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say," he said. "... More »

House GOP Ramps Up Benghazi Inquiry

Boehner to appoint special committee, while Issa supboenas Kerry

(Newser) - This week's release of White House emails related to the Benghazi attack of 2012 seems to have cinched one political reality: The issue is going to be making headlines at least through the midterms, much to the delight of the GOP base, reports Politico . Two key developments today all... More »

Kerry Was Right to Warn Israel About 'Apartheid'

Paul Waldman: But reaction is a sign of how limited our debate is on the subject

(Newser) - John Kerry had to backpedal after he suggested that Israel was on the path to becoming an apartheid state, and that's a sad commentary about the level of candor we have on the topic of our Mideast ally, writes Paul Waldman at the Washington Post . Kerry didn't say... More »

US Busts Russia on Tape With Ukraine Spies

John Kerry revelation comes even as secretary apologizes for the last one

(Newser) - US intelligence has recordings of Russian officials giving orders to operatives in the Ukraine, proving that Russia is indeed behind the forces destabilizing Eastern Ukraine, John Kerry told Trilateral Commission leaders Friday, in a closed-door meeting that, ironically enough, was recorded and leaked to the Daily Beast . "Everybody can... More »

Kerry: Israel Risks Being 'An Apartheid State'

Israel not happy about the comment

(Newser) - John Kerry tossed the A-word around Friday during a closed door meeting, saying that Israel could become "an apartheid state" if peace talks with Palestine failed to generate a two-state solution. The Daily Beast acquired a recording of Kerry's comments, which came during a Trilateral Commission meeting. Kerry... More »

Kerry to Russia: Back Off in Ukraine, or Else

Secretary of state says additional sanctions may be coming

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said today that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions.... More »

'Furious' Israel Yanks Peace Talks

Move follows Hamas, Fatah decision to reunite

(Newser) - The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to yesterday's unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, abruptly ending the nine-month peace initiative brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry. The negotiating period had been set to end next Tuesday, though both... More »

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