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US makes bid to rekindle Iran talks

US makes bid to rekindle Iran talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet his Iranian counterpart in Geneva in a bid to revive stalled talks over Iran's nuclear programme. Kerry says his meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif is to "take stock" ahead of a new round of talks on Thursday. Six world powers want Iran to curb its...

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim...

Lima climate talks: Old divisions surface between rich and poor

Lima climate talks: Old divisions surface between rich and poor

Climate talks in Lima have entered their final day with long-running issues still dividing the parties, despite an impassioned appeal from US Secretary of State John Kerry.  Kerry told the negotiators that the world was "still on a course leading to tragedy". An ambitious deal he said was "not an option, it is an urgent...

Iran Nuke Deal- 2 Days to go

Frenzied diplomacy as deadline nears

Frenzied diplomacy as deadline nears

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers yesterday engaged in a frenzied day of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna three days before a deadline to strike a mammoth agreement. Confusion reigned over Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's plans, with an Iranian source telling AFP he might return to Tehran for...

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed...

US at war with IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry will not use the term war to describe Washington's impending military action against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), but others in the Obama administration aren't shying away from the word. What's in a name? On Wednesday night, the war-stopping, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President used a nationally televised address to announce a plan to "dismantle and ultimately destroy" the Sunni jihadists, also called ISIS, who have taunted America by beheading two captive US journalists. "We will...

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday Egypt was on the frontline against "terrorism" after meeting its leadership to garner support to fight jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Egypt's formidable army is unlikely to take part in a military coalition against the Islamic State jihadists, but it has closely cooperated with the United...

Kerry visits Egypt for coalition talks on IS

Kerry visits Egypt for coalition talks on IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Egypt on Saturday amid US attempts to form a broad coalition to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants. Kerry will meet Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on the latest leg of his Middle East tour.

Kerry starts anti-IS tour from Iraq

Kerry starts anti-IS tour from Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Baghdad in Iraq at the start of a Middle East tour to build support for action against Islamic State (IS). Kerry is due to meet new Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi less than 48 hours after a unity government was agreed. An inclusive government was a condition...

Fight Against Islamic State

US Forms 'core coalition'

The US has announced it is forming a "core coalition" to battle Islamic State in Iraq, and has given the new bloc two weeks to finalise plans to help the Baghdad authorities and the Kurds in the north intensify the fight against the militants. Speaking at the Nato summit in Wales, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, yesterday said that the 10-nation coalition would concentrate on shoring up those in Iraq who were fighting against Isis, but said intervention...

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