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  • Rep. Nita Lowey urges Kerry to protect Jewish people of Ukraine

    Citing "highly alarming press reports" from eastern Ukraine, Rep. Nita Lowey asked Secretary of State John Kerry to protect Jewish citizens in Donestk who are reportedly being ordered to "register" with pro-Russian militants.

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • ** FILE ** In this June 28, 2013, file photo, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White, File)

    Jimmy Carter jabs Obama, Hillary Clinton on handling of Middle East

    Former president Jimmy Carter has once again weighed in on the current administration's goings-on, jabbing at President Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their handling of foreign affairs, particularly in the Middle East.

  • Secretary of State John F. Kerry defends the Obama administration's response to Russia's moves on eastern Ukraine during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. (Associated Press Photographs)

    CURL: The next hot spot is the world's problem, not America's

    The Washington Times headline blared the news: "Senators demand arms for restive Ukraine." Yes, the illustrious U.S. Senate, which for the past decade has overspent on the U.S. budget by trillions and trillions of dollars, thinks it's a very good idea if America wades into a battle with Russia over some former USSR territory.

  • Seen here at a Senate hearing in December 1992 long before either ran for president, Sen. John Kerry (left) listens to Sen. John McCain. Mr. Kerry offered Mr. McCain the No. 2 spot on his ticket in 2004, but now says he is not fit for the White House.

    John McCain blasts John Kerry in heated Senate hearing

    "My hero, Teddy Roosevelt, used to say, talk softly but carry a big stick. What you're doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick — in fact, a twig," McCain said to Kerry.

  • An activist in a handmade metallic helmet stands behind a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, April 7, 2014. Outside the Donetsk building, a barricade of car tires and razor wire was built up to thwart police from retaking it. Interfax cited police in Donetsk as saying one armed group fired into the air and attempted to seize the regional state television broadcaster Monday but retreated after police and guards in the building also fired warning shots into the air. (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Kerry to meet with top diplomats on Ukraine

    Secretary of State John Kerry agreed Monday to meet with top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in a new push to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine, as the White House threatened further sanctions if Moscow intervenes.

  • White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    White House: 'Reality check' on Israeli-Palestinian peace hits pessimistic note

    Hours after Secretary of State John Kerry said it's time for a "reality check" among Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the White House conceded that peace talks between the two sides have hit a serious snag and hinted they could be in danger of falling apart entirely.

  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday April 1, 2014 photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, joined by Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat, signs an application to the U.N. agencies in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

    Israel says it won't release Palestinian prisoners

    Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens as European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton speaks to the media at the start of a U.S.-EU Energy Dialogue meeting at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels Wednesday April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    PRUDEN: Kerry's desperation meets Palestinian intransigence in Mideast peace process

    If John Kerry wants to live with his head in the clouds, he should stick to windsurfing. He's making a further mess of everything in the Middle East. When President Obama, who lives in fantasies wrapped in pipe dreams himself, is fully awake, he should order the secretary of state to surf on home.

  • US and Algeria to strengthen counterterrorism ties

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said America wants to strengthen its cooperation with Algeria to fight terrorism in the unstable Sahel region.

  • FILE - This March 29, 2014 file-pool photo shows Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Paris. More than a week into what had been a scheduled five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite last Monday morning contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts. Despite a hastily arranged emergency meeting with his Russian counterpart in the French capital the night before, Moscow was still massing troops on Ukraine’s border, apparently threatening invasion, and Kerry’s pet project, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, was teetering on the brink of collapse. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File-Pool)

    U.S. backs off peace talks as impatience mounts with Israelis, Palestinians

    Secretary of State John Kerry's canceling of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sign of the Obama administration's growing impatience with its inability to forge a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. aide said.

  • In this March 30, 2014, photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Paris. The United States is talking with Israel about the possibility of releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, a person familiar with the situation said Monday March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    American spy's release in play for Mideast peace

    Every president since Ronald Reagan has refused to release Jonathan Pollard from prison. A CIA director once threatened to resign when Bill Clinton briefly considered freeing the convicted spy as part of Mideast peace talks. But now, in a gamble to extend negotiations that appear on the brink of collapse, the Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting Pollard an early release.

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gestures while speaking during a media conference ahead of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. NATO foreign ministers begin a two-day meeting on Tuesday in which they will discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

    NATO foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defenses of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the U.S. commitment to their security is "unwavering."

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence about the situation in Ukraine, in Paris Sunday March 30, 2014. Kerry traveled to Paris for a last minute meeting with Lavrov. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    U.S., Russia offer differing solutions on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are advancing far different proposals on how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine as Russia continues to mass troops along its border with the former Soviet republic.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris, on Saturday March 29, 2014. After leaving Saudi Arabia the secretary canceled a return to Washington in order to travel to Paris for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. The meeting was arranged during a refueling stop in Ireland en route to Paris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock

    The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

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