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    1. April 17, 2016

      Saudi warning on 9/11 law adds to US frictions

      Saudi Arabia has warned it will protect its investments in the US if Congress passes a bill under which Saudi officials...

    2. April 17, 2016

      Israel will never give up Golan, says Netanyahu

      Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, said on Sunday the Golan Heights would “never” be returned to Syria, as he...

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    1. The President's New Challenge 2013

      Barack Obama has a hostile environment to negotiate as he tries to secure a legacy bey...
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    1. April 12, 2016

      Russia runs up against Bashar al-Assad’s defences

      As yet another round of UN-hosted talks to find a path out of Syria’s civil war begins in Geneva this week, reignited...

    2. April 11, 2016

      John Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima

      John Kerry has become the first sitting US secretary of state to visit a memorial to his country’s atomic bombing of...

    3. March 24, 2016

      Russia and US pledge renewed effort for Syria peace

      Russia and the US pledged on Thursday to push for a faster political resolution to the Syrian crisis and broaden their...

    4. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Colombia misses peace deal deadline

      It takes time to end one of the world’s longest-running armed conflicts – even with help from US President Barack...

    5. March 14, 2016

      Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

      Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria on Tuesday after a...

    6. February 26, 2016

      Donald Trump skewered in debate by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

      Donald Trump was skewered in the Republican debate as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz hammered the tycoon on everything from...

    7. February 23, 2016

      China building radar on contested island, says US think-tank

      China appears to be building radar installations on contested reefs in the southern part of the South China Sea,...

    8. February 22, 2016

      Syria ceasefire to begin on February 27

      The US and Russia have agreed terms for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria from February 27, in a move to stem the...

    9. February 22, 2016

      Isis bombs undermine attempt to negotiate ceasefire in Syria

      A string of bombings in Syria’s capital Damascus and the central city of Homs killed more than 120 people and wounded...

    10. February 20, 2016

      EU leaders unite in urging Britons to follow deal with Yes vote

      Europe’s most senior leaders urged Britons to back David Cameron and vote to remain in the EU after agreeing to a...

    11. February 18, 2016

      US rebukes China for ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea

      The US accused Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday of breaking a pledge not to militarise the South China Sea...

    12. February 15, 2016

      A Syria policy that dare not speak its name

      Once President Barack Obama had let Bashar al-Assad cross his “red line” and use chemical weapons in 2013, America was...

    13. February 12, 2016

      Syria plan prompts scepticism as Russia carves zone of control

      Even as world leaders hailed a breakthrough plan for an end to fighting in Syria on Friday, Western diplomats and...

    14. The World

      February 12, 2016

      Russia's intentions and the Syrian ceasefire

      The situation in Syria is so horrific that it is tempting to grasp at any straw. The news that world powers have agreed...

    15. February 12, 2016

      World powers agree path to Syria ceasefire

      World powers have agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria by the end of next week in an...

    16. February 11, 2016

      ‘Munich moment’ as Kerry faces narrowing options in Syrian war

      For all his love of air travel in the name of diplomacy, John Kerry must be wishing he was in any city in the world...

    17. February 8, 2016

      US calls for tighter sanctions after N Korea rocket launch

      The US has ramped up pressure on China to impose new penalties on North Korea after Pyongyang on Sunday launched a...

    18. February 4, 2016

      World leaders pledge billions in aid for Syria

      World leaders gathered in London on Thursday pledged billions of dollars in aid for refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war,...

    19. January 22, 2016

      John Kerry signals removal of some sanctions against Russia

      Some Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia could potentially be lifted within months, US secretary of state John...

    20. January 20, 2016

      John Kerry and Javad Zarif set an example in the Middle East

      They’re the odd couple in curious diplomatic harmony, two affable men who struck a relationship that transcended the...

    21. January 16, 2016

      Iran sanctions lifted

      Many of the international sanctions that have strangled the Iranian economy over the past decade have been lifted,...

    22. January 13, 2016

      Iran’s moderates ensure swift release of US sailors

      Iran has released two US patrol boats and 10 crew members who were taken into custody on Tuesday after Tehran said they...

    23. January 11, 2016

      Libya reaches most critical juncture since Gaddafi’s fall

      Libya’s descent into violence and instability over the past 18 months has brought a collapse in the country’s oil...

    24. January 8, 2016

      US pressures China over North Korea relationship

      The Obama administration told China on Thursday that its approach for dealing with North Korea had “not worked”, as...

    25. January 4, 2016

      US calls for restraint as Saudi-Iran tensions escalate

      The US called on Saudi Arabia and Iran to show restraint amid fears on Monday that the sharp escalation in tensions...

    26. December 18, 2015

      UN Security Council unites on Syria peace plan

      The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Friday that calls for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war...

    27. December 18, 2015

      Kerry walks high wire in talks with Putin

      As the Syrian civil war drags in more countries, John Kerry is testing the limits of one of the most vexed issues in...

    28. December 15, 2015

      Climate deal: Carbon dated?

      If there was one sound that captured the frantic nature of the talks that led to the Paris climate change deal last...

    29. December 13, 2015

      Rome deal steps up pressure on Libyan rivals

      Top diplomatic powers endorsed a peace deal for Libya on Sunday aimed at the development of a national unity government...

    30. December 10, 2015

      Arab-Israel tension: Obstacles to peace

      A nondescript suburban traffic island, south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, has become one of the most...

    31. December 9, 2015

      COP21: US adds weight to group pushing for strong climate deal

      The US has unexpectedly joined a large group of countries trying to isolate China and India in the tense home stretch...

    32. December 9, 2015

      John Kerry pledges to double climate finance

      John Kerry has moved to unblock global climate talks saying that the US will double climate finance to developing...

    33. December 8, 2015

      John Kerry implores business to invest in green tech

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, said the shift towards a lower carbon economy was among the “greatest economic...

    34. December 8, 2015

      Italy and US launch Libya peace push amid fears on Isis expansion

      Italy and the US are launching one of the most aggressive diplomatic efforts yet to end the civil war in Libya amid...

    35. December 6, 2015

      Palestinian Authority close to collapse, warns John Kerry

      John Kerry warned on Saturday of the potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority, which he said could leave...

    36. December 2, 2015

      Russia fumes over Nato invitation to Montenegro

      Nato on Wednesday invited Montenegro to join the north Atlantic military alliance, defying opposition from Moscow,...

    37. November 27, 2015

      Fabius relies on his clout in quest for Paris climate deal

      When world leaders gathered six years ago in Denmark to try to hammer out a deal to tackle climate change, they ended...

    38. beyondbrics

      November 25, 2015

      Wholesale rethink of post-Arab Spring aid is long overdue

      On the day of the Paris terror attacks US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tunisia, five years after the Arab...

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