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  • Clinton defends her Benghazi record in face of Republican criticism

    October 22, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, and urged her questioners in Congress to put U.S. national security ahead of politics.

    At a sometimes heated hearing,...

  • Ben Carson, a skilled brain surgeon

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 21, 2015 | 2:54 pm

  • Israel, U.S. signal security ties back on track after Iran feud

    October 19, 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday they were starting to put disputes over the Iran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid for Israel as it hosted Washington's top general and a joint air force drill.

    The allies had been looking to...

  • Iran deal closer to reality as U.S. prepares sanctions waivers

    October 19, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    The United States approved conditional sanctions waivers for Iran on Sunday, though it cautioned they would not take effect until Tehran has curbed its nuclear program as required under a historic nuclear deal reached in Vienna on July 14.

    "Today marks an important milestone...

  • U.S. confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile

    October 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

    "The United States is deeply concerned...

  • Two-state solution, found

    By Uri Dromi

    October 15, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Earlier this month, a group of undergraduates from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University concluded a 10-day visit in Israel. During their trip they met with people from right and left, Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis, religious and non-religious Jews,...

  • U.S. ‘excessive force’ comment touches nerve in Israel

    October 15, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Israel bristled on Thursday at U.S. suggestions it may have used excessive force to confront Palestinian stabbings, and also published hospital images it said refuted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's allegation a teen suspect had been "executed."

    Prime Minister...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • U.S. says it considers violent acts against Israel as terrorism

    October 9, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    The United States considers violence in East Jerusalem to be acts of terrorism against Israel, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Friday.

    Spokesman John Kirby told reporters the United States "condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against both Israeli and...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    October 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    October 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • White House condemns violence in West Bank, Jerusalem

    October 7, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    The White House expressed deep concern on Wednesday about the escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem and urged Israelis and Palestinians to restore calm after a spate of attacks.

    "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israelis and Palestinian civilians," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.

    "We call upon all parties to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further inflame tensions in that region of the world."

  • Iran’s supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

    October 7, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

    Khamenei, the highest authority...

  • Afghan hospital ‘mistakenly struck’

    October 6, 2015 | 10:08 am

    The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the U.S. chain of command, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

    The strike on Saturday on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders,...

  • U.S. job growth stumbles, raising doubts on economy

    October 2, 2015 | 9:58 am

    U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year.

    Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month and August figures were revised...

  • Multiple fatalities, wounded as gunman opens fire at Oregon college

    October 1, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, officials and local media said.

    There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded at Umpqua...

  • Former Obama adviser: Netanyahu’s tactics on Iran deal led to worst crisis in relationship

    September 30, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    Israel’s public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal has led to possibly the lowest point in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Phil Gordon, until recently the top White House adviser on the Middle East, said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a forum hosted by the Israel Policy Forum at the...

  • Congress moves on spending bill as shutdown deadline looms

    September 29, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    The U.S. Congress moved on Monday to rush legislation to President Barack Obama that avoids a government shutdown on Thursday as the new fiscal year starts while setting aside a bitter Republican feud over money for Planned Parenthood.

    The Senate kicked off the effort by...

  • Iran’s Rouhani at U.N.: Israel ‘only impediment’ to nuclear-free Mideast

    September 29, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Israel the “only impediment” to a nuclear-free Middle East and said that the United States’ support for Israel was the cause of terrorism in the region.

    Rouhani also praised the he sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached in...

  • Netanyahu leaves for U.N. address, Kerry meeting

    September 29, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call for an end to incitement on the Temple Mount and discuss “Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians” during a meeting with John Kerry.

    Netanyahu also said that during his address this week to the United Nations...

  • Contender for House speaker blasts Obama’s foreign policy

    September 28, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Republican U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to be the next House speaker, voiced sharp disagreement with President Barack Obama's foreign policy on Monday with calls for a tougher response to Islamic State and Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    McCarthy was...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    September 28, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Kerry and Iranian counterpart meet on nuclear deal, Mideast issues

    September 28, 2015 | 10:13 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart since reaching a nuclear deal, said achieving regional peace was on the agenda.

    “We have a lot of issues to talk about,” Kerry said Saturday before his meeting with Javad Zarif in New York...

  • Happy new year, Pope Francis

    September 24, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    Dear Pope Francis,

    I’m sure your much-anticipated visit to the United States was not timed to coincide with our season of holy days, a time of personal renewal and return to God, all in celebration of the world’s creation. But we are delighted to share this special season with...

  • ‘No justification whatsoever’ for homelessness, Pope Francis says in Washington

    September 24, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Pope Francis met for lunch with 200 people who are homeless or living in poverty in Washington on Thursday and told them there was no social or moral justification for homelessness.

    Francis, after delivering a speech to the Congress in which he urged lawmakers to do more to help...

  • Iranian president says it’s premature to talk normalizing ties with U.S.

    September 21, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on American television that it was premature to discuss normalizing U.S.-Iran relations.

    “The enmity that existed between the United States and Iran over the decades, the distance, the disagreements, the lack of trust, will not go away soon,”...

  • Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

    September 18, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

    Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about...

  • Stephen Mull named U.S. coordinator on Iran nuclear deal

    September 18, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Stephen Mull, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland with experience working on nuclear and sanctions issues, will be the lead U.S. coordinator for implementing the July 14 nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    "Steve will lead the interagency...

  • U.S. to make Iran deal official in a month, no date set for sanctions relief

    September 18, 2015 | 9:17 am

    The formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal will be Oct. 18, but it is not yet clear how long it will take for Iran to satisfy conditions to relieve sanctions, top U.S. officials said.

    The senior administration officials, speaking Thursday afternoon in a conference call with...

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