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Syria rejects Turkey claims on downed jetupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 14:28:00

Syria raised the stakes Monday in a war of words with Turkey over the shooting down of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria, an incident that threatens to draw in NATO.

Russia: We won't back foreign force in Syriaupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 15:50:00

After days of international shuttling on what to do with the troubling situation in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Saturday his country will never agree to foreign intervention.

Sudan, South Sudan prepare for peace talksupdated: Tue May 29 2012 06:08:00

Peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan are scheduled to take place Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the first such discussion since tensions peaked last month.

Annan: If observers fail, Syria could plunge into civil warupdated: Tue May 08 2012 15:33:00

Special envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that international observers are the last hope for success of a peace plan in Syria. Otherwise, he warned, Syria is sure to plunge into full-scale civil war.

Hundreds killed since start of U.N. mission, opposition saysupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 21:32:00

A Syrian opposition group says it has documented hundreds of deaths since the U.N. peace plan monitors began their work last week.

A tenuous truce holds, but Syria lacking full compliance with peace planupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 21:54:00

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after a truce cast relative calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.

Syria agrees to heed cease-fire deadline, but will counter attacksupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 21:24:00

Despite fresh violence and global skepticism, the Syrian government said Wednesday it will abide by the terms of a United Nations-backed peace plan and meet a looming deadline to halt all military action.

Syria promises to pull forces from population centersupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 18:29:00

The Syrian government has agreed to begin immediately to pull its forces out of population centers and will complete its withdrawal by April 10, diplomatic officials told reporters Monday.

Clashes erupt in Syria, activists say, as leaders meet in Saudi Arabia for talks updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:59:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must order a cease-fire immediately under a peace plan Syria accepted and not await concessions from the opposition, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan said Friday.

Activists: No signs Syria carrying out peace planupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 14:06:00

Even though Syria has signed off on a U.N.-backed peace initiative, there's no evidence yet that the regime is carrying out the plan Wednesday, activists and the U.S. State Department said.

Clinton rebukes Taliban on stopping talks: 'The choice is up to them'updated: Thu Mar 22 2012 06:06:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday delivered a stern rebuke to the Taliban, who say they are stopping peace negotiations with the United States.

Irish PM defends Davos commentsupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Ireland's PM says European leaders must be honest and work with colleagues to emerge from the financial crisis.

Ireland calls vote on European fiscal pactupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Dublin will hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal pact, plunging Europe into months of uncertainty and potentially placing a question mark over Ireland's membership of the euro.

U.S. closes embassy in Syria over security concernsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 11:08:00

The United States shuttered its embassy in Syria and pulled out its remaining staff Monday after the government refused to address its security concerns, the State Department said.

Video scandal's impact on Afghan peaceupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:06:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains how the Marines video scandal could affect the Afghanistan peace process.

Afghan government hints at Taliban talksupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:06:00

The Afghan government of Hamid Karzai signaled willingness to join in with an American-led drive towards peace talks, according to a top official Sunday, removing a potential hurdle blocking U.S. efforts to push a peace process forward in the unstable country.

U.S. envoy in Afghanistan to discuss peace, Taliban updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 15:13:00

America's special envoy to the region talked peace and reconciliation with Hamid Karzai in Kabul Saturday, while the Afghan president made it clear that Afghans should be in the driver's seat.

U.S. inches closer to peace talks with Taliban updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 14:58:00

The United States could inch closer next week toward peace talks with the Taliban if Afghan President Hamid Karzai blesses the negotiations, senior administration officials said Thursday.

Karzai endorses U.S.-Taliban talksupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 04:36:00

Taliban may open an office in Qatar to facilitate talks with the U.S.

Karzai appears to endorse U.S., Taliban talks over Qatar officeupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 04:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai appeared to endorse talks between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the opening of a Taliban liaison office in Qatar.

U.S., North Koreans have first contact since leader's deathupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 17:13:00

The United States has been in touch with North Korean government officials since the death of Kim Jong-il was announced, but those discussions were more "technical" in nature, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Clinton to continue visit with Myanmar's Nobel Peace laureateupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 07:18:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued her landmark visit in Myanmar on Friday by resuming a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who intends to run in upcoming parliamentary elections with her newly registered political party.

Britain evacuates all embassy staff after Iran protesters storm compounds updated: Thu Dec 01 2011 03:54:00

Britain has closed its embassy in Iran and evacuated all its staff from that country following the attack on the embassy compound in Tehran Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.

Pakistan won't attend Afghan conferenceupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 12:52:00

Pakistan has decided to boycott an upcoming conference on the future of Afghanistan. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Pakistan to shun Afghan conferenceupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 12:52:00

Afghanistan's president asked Pakistan to reconsider its decision on Tuesday to boycott an upcoming conference on the future of Afghanistan.

Pakistani Taliban announce cease-fire, sources sayupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 13:04:00

The Pakistani Taliban have declared a cease-fire in South Waziristan, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas in northwest Pakistan, three Taliban commanders told CNN Tuesday.

Clinton: 'Disturbing' situation in Syriaupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 19:40:00

Secretary Clinton discusses Syria, China and her upcoming trip to Burma in CNN interview.CNN's Brianna Keilar interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her upcoming trip to Myanmar.

Israel, Palestinians agree on step toward new talksupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 07:56:00

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to come forward with proposals on security and territory issues within the next three months, the European Union said, in a development that keeps alive hopes for renewed peace talks.

U.S., North Korea seek to restart six-party talksupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 16:29:00

U.S. officials held a "positive" meeting Monday with a North Korean delegation in an effort to restart talks with the reclusive nation over ending Pyongyang's nuclear program, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy said.

Gerry Adams: Basque peace move an essential step updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 12:27:00

The decisive and positive terms of ETA's response to Monday's "Declaration" in Donostia-San Sebastian by the International Conference group is to be welcomed, as is the response of the Spanish government and others.

U.S., North Korea to meet next weekupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 22:39:00

An interagency team of U.S. officials, led by Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, will meet with a North Korean delegation next week in Geneva, Switzerland, the State Department said Thursday, as the Americans prepare to restart talks with the reclusive nation.

Iran seeks access to suspect in assassination plot, foreign ministry saysupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 15:37:00

Officials in Washington said Monday they would grant consular access to the U.S.-held suspect in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.

McCain: Iran's 'patterns' require actionupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 15:37:00

Sen. John McCain talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about how he thinks the U.S. should respond to the alleged Iranian plot.

The U.S. will renew sanctions push in light of alleged Iranian plotupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 11:04:00

The United States will be looking for nations around the world to get tougher on Iran in the wake of the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.

Source: Chinese official tells Clinton U.S. should reconsider Taiwan arms dealupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 04:04:00

China is continuing to speak out against a multibillion-dollar U.S. arms sale to Taiwan, with the Chinese foreign minister telling U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday that the Obama administration should reconsider the deal.

State Department up and running in Manhattanupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 14:56:00

She may be out of Washington and on the road for the week, but the heavy machinery of office has followed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to New York as she attends the annual United Nations General Assembly meetings.

Israel calls for peace talks amid Palestinian statehood pushupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 06:01:00

The Israeli prime minister on Monday appealed for direct peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to be started in New York and continued in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Airport bag scan improper, S. African minister's office saysupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 05:31:00

Officials in Norway insist that airport security operated properly in subjecting baggage belonging to South Africa's top diplomat to security checks earlier this month.

U.N. official urges Darfur rebel groups to join peace effortsupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 17:51:00

The United Nations-African Union joint special representative to Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, has called on leaders of Darfur rebels to join the peace process.

U.S.: Top two Mideast officials headed back to regionupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 13:06:00

The top two American officials dealing with Middle East peace talks are headed back to the region, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as the Palestinians announced they are taking their bid for statehood to the United Nations.

U.S. seeks to calm Middle East tensionsupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 16:51:00

In the wake of last Friday's ransacking by protesters of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, U.S. officials have engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity intended to calm tensions in the Middle East.

North Korea calls for fresh six-party talksupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 09:59:00

North Korea reiterated its call Monday for a resumption of six-party talks without preconditions, its state-run news agency reported from Pyongyang.

North and South Korea: We'll try to resume 6-party talksupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 09:49:00

The chief nuclear envoys of North and South Korea agreed Friday to try to resume six-party talks as soon as possible, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.

Clinton blasts Syria, its president after attack on embassyupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 07:08:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out Monday at Syrian authorities for not protecting U.S. and French embassies in Damascus, adding she felt its president "has lost legitimacy" and wants to deflect attention from a crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Securing a split Sudanupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 09:01:00

Border security raises concerns in Sudan as it prepares to split in two. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Ambassador Rice leads U.S. group to South Sudan independence ceremonyupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 09:01:00

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is leading a U.S. delegation to Juba for Saturday's ceremonies marking the independence of South Sudan, the White House said Wednesday.

Palestinian leaders to seek UN recognition as independent nationupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 21:58:00

Palestinian leaders announced Sunday that they will go to the United Nations this September and ask to be recognized as an independent country, a move opposed by both Israel and the United States.

Israeli president: Peace deal 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for a peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Israeli president: Need for peace deal with Palestinians is 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israel's president is calling for an "urgent" peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Don't count on a peace deal with Talibanupdated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

Recently, both The Washington Post and the German magazine Der Spiegel have reported on meetings between U.S. officials and representatives of the Taliban that have taken place in Germany to discuss some form of peace negotiations.

Is America safer now?updated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen discussses the future of al Qaeda.

Netanyahu gets his turn to talk to American pro-Israel lobbyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 15:09:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets his chance Monday night to address the main U.S. Jewish lobby when he speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks to the group the day before.

Obama rejects controversy over his stance on Middle East peace talksupdated: Mon May 23 2011 13:31:00

President Barack Obama said Sunday that any controversy over his remarks last week that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should start from pre-1967 borders and include land swaps was "not based in substance."

Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 linesupdated: Sat May 21 2011 10:13:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for an approximate return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.

Tension at White House meetingupdated: Sat May 21 2011 10:13:00

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met after airing public differences. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

George Mitchell resigns as Middle East envoyupdated: Fri May 13 2011 15:46:00

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama administration's Mideast envoy, the White House announced Friday.

Middle East peace envoy resigningupdated: Fri May 13 2011 15:46:00

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama admin's Mideast envoy, according to a senior U.S. official.

State Department dismisses Carter charges on North Korean food aidupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 21:07:00

The U.S. State Department on Friday refuted charges by former President Jimmy Carter that the United States and South Korea were withholding food aid from North Korea for political motives.

What's the U.S. endgame in Libya?updated: Sun Apr 03 2011 17:59:00

CNN's Candy Crowley talks to former National Security Adviser James Jones about the Libya crisis.

Libya sends envoy to Greeceupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 17:59:00

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi flew to Greece Sunday to deliver a personal message from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a Greek foreign ministry official told CNN.

CNNMoney: Newest trade war: Obama vs. Congressupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 08:40:00

With President Obama in Latin America to talk trade this weekend, he faces a new stalemate at home on key treaties that he wants wrapped up this year.

U.S. reviewing diplomatic ties with Libyaupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 05:54:00

The Obama administration is considering whether it should cut diplomatic ties with Libya, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.

Clinton: Civil society's '3-legged stool'updated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:52:00

Secretary Clinton speaks at the first ever Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.

U.S. seeks diplomatic clarity in Mideastupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 17:29:00

The Obama administration launched into diplomatic outreach throughout the Middle East Saturday, even as it tries to determine the composition of the Egyptian military council and the line of authority in the future Egyptian government.

Talking to the new Egyptupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 17:29:00

The United States is still working to establish contact with Egypt's new ruling military council.

Pakistan and India agree to resume peace talksupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 09:49:00

Pakistan and India have agreed to resume peace talks that broke down after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, government ministries said Thursday.

Nepalese parliament elects new prime ministerupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:37:00

After more than seven months of political gridlock, Nepal's parliament Thursday elected a 60-year-old leftist leader as the country's new prime minister.

Landmark nuclear treaty passes Russia's lower houseupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 12:33:00

Russia's lower house of parliament ratified Tuesday a landmark nuclear disarmament treaty with the United States, the first such weapons pact in the post-Cold War era.

Palestinian leaders slam Al-Jazeera over alleged peace process leakupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:23:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out Monday at Al-Jazeera, calling the Arabic TV network's release of alleged secret documents from Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations "shameful."

Clinton heads to Mexico for bilateral talksupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 07:50:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to meet with Mexico's foreign minister in bilateral talks Monday.

India invites Pakistan to resume talks, minister saysupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 08:33:00

India has invited Pakistan to resume talks after last year's slow-progressing dialogue between the arch-rivals.

Mbeki calls Southern Sudan election a 'decisive moment'updated: Thu Jan 06 2011 06:31:00

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki Wednesday predicted a peaceful outcome if residents of Southern Sudan vote for independence in the election beginning Sunday.

Ambassador to Libya may be replaced over leaked cables, official saysupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 06:12:00

The United States might replace its ambassador to Libya after WikiLeaks published his colorful cables to Washington about the eccentricities of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, complicating relations with the notoriously sensitive regime.

Blair: Time is essence for peace talksupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 14:40:00

Middle East envoy Tony Blair warns the peace process could be in serious trouble if talks don't resume soon.

Chavez, Clinton shake hands at Brazilian inaugurationupdated: Sun Jan 02 2011 07:48:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shook hands on the sidelines of Brazil's presidential inauguration this weekend, state media reported.

Graham irked by START processupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 05:51:00

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina expresses irritation at the way the lame duck Congress is working.

A great START for Christmasupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 05:51:00

Last week, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint argued that the Senate should not approve the new START agreement with Russia because it might force senators to work over Christmas, thus showing insensitivity to the Christian faithful.

Palestinians seek recognition of state from European countriesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 11:05:00

Following the breakdown of direct talks with Israel, Palestinians have begun seeking international recognition of an independent state from European nations.

Reaction to the death of Richard Holbrookeupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 13:58:00

Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, died Monday at George Washington University Hospital in Washington. Following are reactions to his death:

Richard Holbrooke's impactupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 13:58:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on what Richard Holbrooke's death may mean for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Fayyad: Peace talks may need stronger U.S. mediation roleupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 05:22:00

The United States may have to expand its role from Middle East peace talks facilitator to become a broker on specific core issues, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday.

Reaching for peace in Mideastupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 05:22:00

CNN's Larry King sits down with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss Mideast peace efforts.

Holbrooke a 'team player'updated: Tue Dec 14 2010 02:00:00

Peter Galbraith talks about the diplomatic legacy of Richard Holbrooke.

Holbrooke dies days after heart surgeryupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 22:11:00

U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke has died, a senior administration official told CNN Monday evening.

Netanyahu: Talks should focus on 'core issues,' not settlementsupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 15:29:00

U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell began separate talks Monday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a tangible sign of the Obama administration's shifting approach to peace in the region.

Clinton presses Israelis, Palestinians to make tough choices for peaceupdated: Sat Dec 11 2010 08:36:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Israelis and Palestinians to make the tough compromises needed to reach agreement on the core issues of the Mideast conflict, including borders, refugees, settlements and Jerusalem.

State Department's Holbrooke hospitalizedupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 15:18:00

Richard Holbrooke, the administration's special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, was hospitalized Friday morning after feeling ill, a State Department spokesman said.

Obama: S. Korea trade deal 'win-win'updated: Mon Dec 06 2010 10:49:00

President Obama announces a new deal to strengthen economic ties between America and South Korea.

Top diplomats from South Korea, Japan head to Washington for talksupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 10:49:00

South Korea's foreign minister headed Sunday to Washington, in preparation for much anticipated talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts about the tense situation in and around the Yellow Sea.

U.S., Japan, S. Korea to meet on N. Koreaupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 22:26:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Monday with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan to discuss North Korea.

Palestinian official: New housing units may be 'last nail' in talksupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 11:40:00

A Palestinian official said Thursday that an Israeli plan to build hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem could spell the end of the stalled talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

WikiLeaks threat sparks massive review of diplomatic documentsupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 14:28:00

The threat of publication of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables by a muckraker website has prompted a massive review of documents at U.S. embassies around the world, a U.S. official says.

Iran downplays WikiLeaks releaseupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 05:20:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reacts to the disclosure of diplomatic communications by WikiLeaks.

Secret documents show Chinese role on Iranupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 05:20:00

China has played a critical role in U.S. policy toward Iran since the Obama administration came into office, according to a CNN review of State Department cables published by WikiLeaks.

U.S., S. Korea set to begin war exercises off Korean Peninsulaupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 22:27:00

South Korea and the United States began assembling ships for joint war exercises Sunday off the west coast of the Korean peninsula in the Yellow Sea, a source at the South Korean Joint Chiefs told CNN.

Former envoy says WikiLeaks release could damage diplomatic relationsupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 09:18:00

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia tells CNN the impending leaks of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks could contain highly sensitive information that reveals U.S. negotiating positions and sensitive intelligence as well as confidential views, analyses, instructions and strategy.

Syria rejects Israeli referendum law for ceding annexed landupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 21:10:00

The Syrian Foreign Ministry rejected Tuesday the Israeli Knesset's passage of a requirement that a referendum approve any Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.

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