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Kerry visits India to improve ties

Kerry visits India to improve ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to begin a visit to Delhi as Washington tries to improve ties with India under its new PM Narendra Modi. Ahead of the visit, Kerry said India and the US could cooperate on a wide range of economic and strategic issues. Relations between India and the US have...

Truce as deaths in Gaza top 985

Truce as deaths in Gaza top 985

Residents in Gaza are using a 12-hour humanitarian truce to return to their homes, gather essential supplies and search for those trapped in the rubble. At least 85 bodies have been pulled from the rubble during the truce, a Palestinian health official says. That raises the Palestinian death toll to 985 since the Israel-Hamas conflict...

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic,...

Kerry to push for 'immediate' ceasefire

Kerry to push for 'immediate' ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to push for an "immediate" ceasefire in Gaza after arriving in Cairo yesterday, President Barack Obama said. Obama also said that while Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of Hamas rockets, Washington has "serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths...

Kerry planning ME trip 'very shortly'

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday said that he is planning to head "very shortly" to the Middle East, amid mounting efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. "I am planning to go and probably very shortly," the top US diplomat told CBS television's "Face the Nation," adding he was due to speak with President Barack Obama yesterday and "it may be that he'll ask me to leave immediately."

Iraqi town sees heavy fighting

Pro-government forces held off attacks on a key Iraqi town and oil refinery as John Kerry pushed yesterday for unity against a militant onslaught the UN says left over 1,000 dead. But security forces successes, also including retaking a border crossing with Syria, were marred by air strikes that killed civilians as they seek to push back insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who have seized swathes of five provinces north and west of Baghdad. The...

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq's capital, Baghdad as Sunni insurgents expand their control of towns across north-western Iraq. In Egypt on Sunday, Kerry warned that Sunni militants Isis' "ideology of violence and repression is a threat not only to Iraq but to the entire region". On Sunday rebels - spearheaded...

Kerry tells fugitive Snowden to 'man up'

Kerry tells fugitive Snowden to 'man up'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has labelled intelligence leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive from justice who should "man up" and return home. Kerry added that if Snowden, 30, "believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice". His comments come in the wake of an interview with NBC in which Snowden said...

'US eager to engage with Modi'

'US eager to engage with Modi'

US President Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry look forward to engaging with the new BJP government at the earliest, including welcoming India's prime minister-designate Narendra Modi to Washington, a senior US administration official reiterated on Thursday, implicitly acknowledging that the massive mandate the Indian electorate has given to the putative PM has effectively overturned the visa ban Washington had imposed on him. ''We recognize the Indian electorate has weighed in with a resounding mandate for Prime Minister Modi and we want to work with him for advancing his goals for India as a regional and global player,'' Nisha Desai Biswal, the US assistant secretary of state for...

Kerry warns S Sudan factions if pledges not met

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned South Sudan's warring factions Monday against walking away from ceasefire agreements and recently agreed peace talks, saying the implications of such a move would be "serious". "Let me make clear: if there is a total refusal by one party or the other to engage into a legitimate promise which they agreed on... not only might sanctions be engaged but there are other serious implications and possible consequences," he said on a visit to...

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