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Kerry Visits 'Gut-Wrenching' Hiroshima Memorial

He lays wreath at A-bomb site

(Newser) - A gut-wrenched John Kerry said the horrible history of what took place in Hiroshima should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first US secretary of state to tread upon the ground of the world's first atomic bombing. Kerry's emotional... More »

John Kerry Won't Say Sorry for Hiroshima

Secretary of State visits Japan for G7 meeting

(Newser) - One thing John Kerry won't do while visiting Hiroshima: say he's sorry. On Monday, the Secretary of State plans to visit a memorial and museum commemorating victims of the atomic bombing that left more than 100,000 dead in 1945—but a senior US official says there will... More »

Taliban: Our Rockets Just Missed John Kerry

Blasts rock Kabul after Secretary of State leaves

(Newser) - A near-miss for John Kerry? The Taliban says it fired four rockets into Kabul on Saturday aimed at the Secretary of State but missed him by about an hour, CNN reports. Kerry had just left Kabul and his plane was readying to take off when four blasts sounded in the... More »

Kerry: ISIS Is Committing Genocide

Says US will support efforts to 'analyze the evidence of atrocities'

(Newser) - John Kerry says the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite groups in Iraq and Syria. The secretary of state announced his findings from the White House on Thursday, citing evidence from a number of sources. "Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by its... More »

Kerry: 'Provisional' Syria Ceasefire Deal Reached

Could go into effect within days

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that a "provisional agreement" has been reached on a ceasefire that could begin in the next few days in Syria's five-year civil war. Kerry said he spoke in the morning with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss terms of a... More »

Plane Carrying Freed Americans Leaves Iran

Jason Rezaian's '545-day nightmare' is over: 'Post' publisher

(Newser) - A senior US official says the plane carrying Americans who had been imprisoned by Iran has left Tehran. The Obama administration official isn't saying whether all four Americans were on the plane, just that "our detained US citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart... More »

Iran Holding 10 US Sailors

But officials say they will be returned 'promptly'

(Newser) - The crew of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the AP that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the US... More »

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 »

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