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  • U.S. Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice gestures as she speaks to the media during a press conference at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 28, 2006.  Rice said Friday that southeast Asian nations had made "an important evolution" in dealing with Myanmar's junta and called for the quick release of dissident Aun San Suu Kyi.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Condoleezza Rice blames Obama for 'vacuum' that's led to Putin

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a closed-door address to a group of Republicans this week, issued a spirited defense of a broader role for the U.S. in the world, saying President Obama’s leadership has left a vacuum that’s been filled by “dictators like Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Vladimir Putin in Russia.”


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    Syrian opposition says Assad must not stay in power, setting up clash at outset of peace talks


  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits at the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    White House: Despite easing $6 billion in sanctions, Iran not 'open for business'

    The Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to Iran was on full display Monday, with the White House praising Tehran for progress in dismantling parts of its nuclear program — while also working successfully behind the scenes to get the Islamic republic disinvited from a Syrian peace conference.


  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, which AP obtained from Syrian official news agency SANA and which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. With stakes high and expectations low, Syria's government and its opponents sit down face-to-face at an international peace conference this week for the first time _ muscled to the negotiating table by foreign powers that fear the bloodiest of the Arab Spring uprisings may engulf the entire region in sectarian war. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

    Iran to attend Syria peace talks

    Iran accepted an invitation on Monday to attend peace talks to end conflict in Syria later this week


  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

    U.S. skeptical of report the West now helping Assad fight rebel extremists

    A top official under Syrian President Bashar Assad says operatives from several Western intelligence agencies have held discussions with the government in Damascus about how to combat Islamic extremists who have become increasingly active in Syria's civil war over the past year.


  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, with with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, on stage following the conclusion of their joint news at the US Ambassador's residence in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Kerry is in Paris for meetings on Syria to rally international support for ending the three-year civil war in Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Kerry claims partial ceasefire could be in the works for Syria

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a note of optimism on Syria Monday, claiming that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are discussing a partial ceasefire ahead of a major peace conference next week in Geneva.


  • Graffiti to civil war: 3 years of Syrian turmoil

    It started as a challenge to Bashar Assad, scrawled in graffiti on a school in a small Syrian border town. Security forces swept into the school and rounded up a handful of boys.


  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens pray over the coffins wrapped by Syrian flags for the victims who were killed Thursday by a car bomb, during their funeral processions, at al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province, Syria, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Nearly 500 dead in Syria rebel clashes: Activists

    Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al Qaeda-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began.


  • In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect the rubble of destroyed buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rebel groups battled one another Monday for control of a provincial capital, part of a vicious round of score settling targeting an al-Qaida affiliate that gained stature fighting President Bashar Assad but alienated many by imposing strict Islamic law. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    First batch of chemical weapons taken out of Syria

    The first batch of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal was loaded onto a Danish ship and taken out of the country Tuesday under tight security, an important milestone in the international operation to rid President Bashar Assad of the weapons by midyear.


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