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  • Release of Jonathan Pollard once again appears under debate

    Release of Jonathan Pollard once again appears under debate
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have begun considering the early release of Jonathan Pollard, an American serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, as it tries to nudge the Middle East peace process forward. On Monday, U.S....
  • Israelis, Palestinians at odds over delayed prisoner release

    Israelis, Palestinians at odds over delayed prisoner release
    JERUSALEM -- A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks, with backstage efforts underway to break the impasse. When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to...
  • Ukraine is big deal, but not the biggest deal for the U.S.

    Ukraine is big deal, but not the biggest deal for the U.S.
    WASHINGTON — In speeches and remarks last week in Europe, President Obama made it clear that he considers Russia's annexation of Crimea a very big deal. But he also defined what it's not: an overwhelming national security threat, such as the U.S.-...
  • Foreign travel: Warnings on Crimean Peninsula, Mali

    Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S....
  • Obama recognizes human rights advocate before leaving Saudi Arabia

    Obama recognizes human rights advocate before leaving Saudi Arabia
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Obama honored a domestic-violence and child-abuse advocate here Saturday, giving attention to human rights struggles in Saudi Arabia before bringing to a close an overseas trip to Europe and the desert kingdom that was...
  • U.S. tells Iran its choice for U.N. ambassador is 'not viable'

    U.S. tells Iran its choice for U.N. ambassador is 'not viable'
    WASHINGTON — The White House stepped up its opposition Tuesday to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, but sought to keep the controversy from derailing negotiations over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program. Hamid...
  • White House: Iran ambassador nominee to U.N. is not 'viable'

    White House: Iran ambassador nominee to U.N. is not 'viable'
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has told Iran that its nominee for ambassador to the United Nations is “not viable," but the White House did not outline steps it might take to derail the potential appointment. Jay Carney, the White House...
  • Glendale Armenian community protests rebel takeover of Syrian city

    Glendale Armenian community protests rebel takeover of Syrian city
    The Armenian community in Glendale is reacting with anger to the takeover by rebels of the Syrian town of Kasab near the Turkish border that is home to about 2,500 Armenian Christians. Many Armenians consider the region to be historically part of...
  • Use of overseas NSA wiretaps in domestic criminal cases facing legal challenges

    Use of overseas NSA wiretaps in domestic criminal cases facing legal challenges
    WASHINGTON — When federal prosecutors charged Colorado resident Jamshid Muhtorov in 2012 with providing support to a terrorist organization in his native Uzbekistan, court records suggested the FBI had secretly tapped his phones and read his emails....
  • Slain U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff is honored at embassy in Kabul

    Slain U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff is honored at embassy in Kabul
    KABUL, Afghanistan — One year after a 25-year-old diplomat from the Chicago area was killed in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul remembered Anne Smedinghoff on Monday by reading poetry and releasing balloons in a...
  • State Dept. to release competence reports on future ambassador picks

    State Dept. to release competence reports on future ambassador picks
    WASHINGTON — After a string of embarrassing confirmation hearings in which President Obama’s picks for ambassador displayed gaps of knowledge on the countries they were to serve in, the State Department has agreed to publish details on the...