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  • People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.


  • Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Liatvia's President Andris Berzins at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Biden arrived in Vilnius for consultations with Grybauskaite and Berzins, a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    Another outlandish Bidenism: I led Senate push for NATO to add Poland

    Vice president Joseph R. Biden uncorked his latest head-scratcher while visiting Warsaw — claiming he used his chairman post on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lead Poland to join NATO.


  • ** FILE ** Caroline Kennedy of New York looks to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Sept. 19, 2013, hearing on Capitol Hill on her nomination for Ambassador to Japan. (Associated Press)

    Caroline Kennedy 'humbled' by nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan

    Caroline Kennedy appeared to be well on her way Thursday to become the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan, after members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee showered her with praise and said she is well-suited for the job.


  • ** FILE ** Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat (Associated Press)

    Senate committee approves Kerry nomination for State

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved President Obama's nomination of Sen. John F. Kerry to be the next secretary of state.


  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. (Associated Press)

    Benghazi, Kerry confirmation hearings set for next week

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee faces a busy week ahead, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton slated to testify Wednesday about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


  • President Obama shakes hands with Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, the president's choice to be the next secretary of state, as he makes the announcement at the White House on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. If Mr. Kerry is confirmed by his fellow senators, a special election will be held to fill his Senate seat. (Associated Press)

    After long wait, Kerry finally gets chance to head State

    In hindsight, Sen. John F. Kerry was the obvious pick for President Obama when he went looking for someone to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.


  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. (Associated Press)

    Clinton to testify about Benghazi before resigning

    The State Department said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about security failures in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


  • Susan E. Rice, U.N. ambassador, has been meeting with Republicans after the uproar about the handling of the Benghazi attack. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Obama ‘proud’ of Rice, GOP still skeptical

    President Obama said Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice has been "extraordinary" as he sought to boost the embattled diplomat's prospects on Capitol Hill, where she has been trying to smooth the way for a possible promotion to secretary of state but has stumbled in meetings with key Republican senators.


  • Robert Stephen Beecroft listens Sept. 19, 2012, during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on Capitol Hill on his nomination to be ambassador to Iraq. (Associated Press)

    Diplomat hits Iranian weapons flights to Syria

    The nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday chided Baghdad's government for allowing Iran to ship weapons to Syria via Iraqi airspace, calling the situation "unacceptable."


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