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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Hagel said the projected defense budget cuts of nearly $1 trillion over 10 years is too much, too fast, and will cause a dangerous erosion of U.S. military power. In a speech about U.S. defense priorities, Hagel said Tuesday that it would be a mistake to let these cuts happen. But he also said officials are not assuming the government's budget crisis will be resolved soon.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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  • A Turkish protester waves a national flag with a poster of the nation's founder, Kemal Ataturk, as thousands of trade union members take part in a two-day march to Kizilay Square, the main city center in Ankara. (Associated Press)

    Obama administration takes a step back after Kerry's Turkey comments

    The Obama administration assumed a careful posture Wednesday toward the uprisings that have engulfed cities across Turkey, where authorities are seeking to calm protests that erupted when police cracked down on demonstrators earlier this week.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu point toward the Bosporus before a working lunch in Istanbul on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Pool)

    Secretary of State John Kerry pushes Turkey-Israel rapprochement

    U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday urged Turkey to speed up and cement an American-brokered rapprochement with Israel, and he explored with Palestinian officials new ways to relaunch Mideast peace efforts.

  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry shake hands before a meeting in Istanbul on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Mr. Kerry will coordinate with Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish officials on efforts to halt the violence in neighboring Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Turkish Prime Minister's Press Office)

    Secretary of State John Kerry seeks speedy fix for Turkish-Israeli ties

    U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged Turkish leaders Sunday to speedily restore full diplomatic relations with Israel, two American allies the U.S. sees as anchors of stability in a Middle East wracked by Syria's civil war, Arab Spring political upheavals and the potential threat posed by Iran's nuclear program.

  • This image made from AP video shows the scene moments after a car bomb exploded in front of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Qalat in Afghanistan's Zabul province on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Six American troops and civilians and an Afghan doctor were killed in attacks on Saturday in southern and eastern Afghanistan as the U.S. military's top officer began a weekend visit to the country, officials said. (AP Photo via AP video)

    Secretary of State John Kerry mourns 'selfless' American diplomat killed in Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday railed against the "cowardly" terrorists responsible for the attack that killed five Americans in Afghanistan, including a "selfless, idealistic" young diplomat on a mission to donate books to students.

  • In this citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a destroyed house from Syrian government forces shelling is seen Oct. 18, 2012, at Jouret al-Shiyah, in the Homs province of Syria. (Associated Press)

    Envoy arrives in Syria amid calls for truce

    Turkey and Germany on Friday threw their weight behind calls for a Syrian cease-fire during a Muslim holiday next week as the international envoy for the conflict arrived in Damascus to push for the plan.

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Turkish Foreign Ministry)

    Turkey bars Syrian civilian flights

    Turkey has barred its airspace to Syrian civilian flights, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday.

  • Turkish premier slams Security Council over Syria

    Turkey's prime minister sharply criticized the U.N. Security Council on Saturday for its failure to agree on decisive steps to end Syria's civil war, as NATO ally Germany backed the Turkish interception of a Damascus-bound passenger jet earlier in the week.

  • This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, purports to show the destruction of houses by shelling from Syrian government forces in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SSN)

    Blasts, gunfire hit Damascus in blow to Assad

    Gunmen detonated back-to-back roadside bombs and clashed with police in central Damascus Saturday in attacks that caused no damage but highlighted the ability of rebels to breach the intense security near President Bashar Assad's power bases.

  • Briefly: NATO to discuss downing of Turkish plane by Syria

    NATO leaders will meet this week to discuss whether or how to respond to Syria's downing of a Turkish jet in what Turkey insists was international airspace.

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on state-run TRT Television in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, that Turkey would seek a NATO meeting over the downing of a Turkish military plane by Syria on Friday. (AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Turkish Foreign Ministry)

    NATO to meet over downing of Turkish plane by Syria

    NATO ambassadors will discuss this week whether to respond to Syria's downing of a Turkish jet in what Turkey insists was international airspace, although the likelihood of any military action by the alliance is low. The plane's downing has further increased regional tensions over the conflict in Syria, where some 40 people were said to have died Sunday in new clashes between rebels and regime forces.

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (right), Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Mohamed A. Al-Attiyah (center) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed K. Amr participate in a panel discussion at the Conference on Security Policy on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 in Munich. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Arab, Turkish officials urge dialogue with Iran

    Arab and Turkish officials slammed talk of a military strike against Iran, saying Sunday it would be a disaster for the region and calling for renewed negotiations, while also urging the international community to keep pressure on Syria to end the bloodshed there.

  • Israel's flotilla interception ruled lawful

    Israel acted lawfully but excessively when it intercepted a Turkish vessel seeking to breach the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip last year, according to a long-awaited U.N. report on a skirmish that resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish activists and the collapse of the Israeli-Turkish alliance.

  • Lebanese intellectuals and journalists protest during a vigil sit-in to show their support to the Syrian protesters who demonstrate against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, at the Martyrs square, in downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syria comes under global reproach for crackdown

    Syria's president held talks with neighboring Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday as the regime faced a chorus of global reproach, with envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa also heading to Damascus to press for an end to the violent crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.

  • Libyan rebels get Turkish backing, reject African Union peace plan

    Turkey's foreign minister recognized Libya's rebel leaders as the country's legitimate representatives and promised them an additional $200 million in aid during a visit Sunday.

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