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  • This image with notations provided by ImageSat International N.V., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, shows satellite images of Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea. A U.S. official confirmed that China has placed a surface-to-air missile system on Woody Island in the Paracel chain, but it is unclear whether this is a short-term deployment or something intended to be more long-lasting. (ImageSat International N.V. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

    China Accuses U.S. Of Militarizing South China Sea

    BEIJING — China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told […]

  • This coastal view of Havana, Cuba shows the United States Interests Section diplomatic mission, the third tall building from the right, on Sunday, May 24, 2015. On Friday, May 29 the Obama administration formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    Cuba Removed From U.S. Terror List

    HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Secretary […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Shows Skepticism On Russia In Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn’t make good on its commitments. […]

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014, before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing on the State Department's fiscal 2015 budget.  In his opening remarks Kerry spoke about Ukraine and other current foreign relation issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Kerry: US, EU Will React If Crimea Annexed

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia that it will face an immediate, “very serious series” of steps from the United States and Europe if it annexes Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. Speaking Thursday after German Chancellor Angela […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and his friend and fellow Vietnam War veteran Tommy Vallely, right, walk along a street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnaqm to attend a service at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Forty-four years after first setting foot in the country as a young naval officer, Kerry returned once more to Vietnam on Saturday, this time as America’s top diplomat offering security assurances and seeking to promote democratic and economic reform. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    In New Role, Kerry Back In Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

    NAM CAN, Vietnam  — John Kerry returned Sunday to the winding waterways of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region where he once patrolled on a naval gunboat in the search for communist insurgents. But nearly 50 years later, Kerry was promoting sustainable […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. Senate and House leaders, as well as Kerry, gathered on Wednesday to dedicate the Churchill bust, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the US and the United Kingdom. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. watches at right. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Kerry To Mideast, Europe On Damage Control Mission

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American […]

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  • Kerry To Push China, SE Asia To Discuss Sea Dispute

    Kerry To Push China, SE Asia To Discuss Sea Dispute

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will press Southeast Asian leaders and China to discuss the South China Sea dispute at an Asian summit, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, despite Beijing’s reluctance to address the […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Kerry is seeking to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America's commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Kerry Assures CEOs On US Role In Asia-Pacific

    BALI, Indonesia  — Filling in for an absent U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday sought to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America’s commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, attend their joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after the Japan-U.S. security talks in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool)

    Kerry: ‘Diplomatic Malpractice’ Not To Engage Iran

    TOKYO  — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it would be “diplomatic malpractice of the worst order” not to test Iran’s willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program. In his first public comments since Israeli […]

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  • Diplomats Hail New Iranian Attitude In Nuke Talks

    Diplomats Hail New Iranian Attitude In Nuke Talks

    UNITED NATIONS  — The United States and the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council said Thursday they were pleased by a new tone and attitude from Iran in talks aimed at resolving the impasse over its nuclear program […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a luncheon in New York September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

    Kerry Signs U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, Says Won’t Harm U.S. Rights

    UNITED NATIONS – The United States signed a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms on Wednesday and the Obama administration sought to allay the fears of the powerful U.S. gun lobby which says […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Kerry was speaking at a high-level meeting about the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    US Is Edging Closer To High-Level Talks With Iran

    NEW YORK — The Obama administration is edging closer to direct, high-level talks with Iran’s new government. Secretary of State John Kerry is slated to meet his Iranian counterpart this week, and the White House is weighing the risks and […]

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague during a news conference in London on Sept. 9. (State Department)

    Sudden Plan: Syria To Dispose Of Chemical Weapons?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a “potentially a […]

  • Kerry To Go To Europe To Discuss Syria, Mideast

    Kerry To Go To Europe To Discuss Syria, Mideast

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe for meetings on the ongoing crises in Syria and Egypt and efforts to negotiate a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry, center, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, prior to testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Kerry: No Troops On Ground In Syria Strike Plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is making one thing very clear when it comes to a potential military strike against Syria: There will be no American boots on the ground. Kerry went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday […]

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  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with between the president and Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. Boehner said he will support the president's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Gains John Boehner’s Support On Syria-Strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while administration officials agreed to explicitly rule out the use of […]

  • In this photo provided by CBS News, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks about the U.S. response to Syria on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. McCain said he and others on Capitol Hill would want to see a plan and a strategy, that will achieve some goals that the country needs achieved. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

    Obama Seeks Syria Support From McCain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is inviting former foe Sen. John McCain to the White House, hoping one of Congress’ most intractable foreign policy hawks will help sell the idea of a U.S. military intervention in Syria to a […]

  • In this image from video U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks from the State Department in Washington Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, making a case for U.S. intervention in Syria. Kerry appeared at State in a series of interviews for Sunday news shows to say the case for intervention in Syria's two-and-a-half-year civil war was strengthening each day and that he expected American lawmakers to recognize the need for action when the "credibility of the United States is on the line."  (AP Photo/APTN)

    Citing Sarin Use, U.S. Seeks To Bolster Syria Case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Sunday confidently predicted congressional backing for limited military action in Syria and asserted that the Assad government used sarin gas in the deadly chemical attack that threatens to draw the U.S. into another […]

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  • Kerry: U.S. Has Evidence Sarin Gas Was Used In Syria

    Kerry: U.S. Has Evidence Sarin Gas Was Used In Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry asserted Sunday that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said “the case gets stronger by the day” for a military attack. A day after President […]

  • Obama Makes Case To Congress For Syria Military Action

    Obama Makes Case To Congress For Syria Military Action

    By Roberta Rampton | Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:10am EDT(Reuters) WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top advisers were to make their case for limited military strikes against Syria to the full Senate on Saturday, presenting evidence of a chemical weapons attack […]

  • President Barack Obama pauses after speaking to members of the media during his meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Speking about Syria, the president said he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    U.S. Says Syrian Chemical Attack Killed 1,429

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging toward a retaliatory strike, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing “limited and narrow” action against Syria as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad’s government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least […]

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  • U.S.: ‘High Confidence’ Of Syria Chemical Arms Use

    U.S.: ‘High Confidence’ Of Syria Chemical Arms Use

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it has “high confidence” that Syria’s government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week outside Damascus, the capital – killing 1,429 people. The U.S. chemical weapons assessment says Syrian President Bashar Assad’s […]

  • Syria Accuses John Kerry Of Lying, Disregarding The United Nations

    Syria Accuses John Kerry Of Lying, Disregarding The United Nations

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s foreign minister says a second trip by U.N. experts to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack has been delayed because of disputes between rebel groups. Walid al-Moallem says rebels in the capital’s suburbs known […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, about the situation in Syria. Kerry said chemical weapons were used in Syria, and accused Assad of destroying evidence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Kerry: Chemical Arms Use In Syria Has Consequences

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says there is “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, with intelligence strongly pointing to Bashar Assad’s government – a claim Assad calls “preposterous.” Kerry said Monday that international […]

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