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U.S. report: Mexico should focus on cops, not militaryupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 11:39:00

Mexico's frontal assault against drug cartels has been "largely ineffective" and in some instances counterproductive to reducing violence, a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report concludes.

Nominee for ambassador to Iraq withdraws from considerationupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 02:43:00

President Obama's embattled pick to be ambassador to Iraq withdrew his nomination Monday, a day before facing an uncertain vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Santorum challenges Obama, Bush on Iran fundingupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 01:49:00

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made numerous statements about sanctions on Iran and the Iran Freedom and Support Act during Saturday night's GOP candidates' debate on national security issues in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

CNNMoney: Reid's picks for debt super committeeupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 08:33:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made his picks Tuesday for the Congressional "super committee" that will face the unenviable task of finding trillions to slice from the federal budget.

Senate report urges Obama to rethink U.S. aid to Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 06:13:00

The United States' nation-building projects in Afghanistan can claim only limited success and the troubled nation risks sinking into deeper crisis after a U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a congressional report issued Wednesday.

Kerry warns Pakistan on Afghanistan stabilityupdated: Sun May 15 2011 12:25:00

There are "disturbing" signs Pakistan's government knows about insurgents crossing from their country into Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Sunday as he toured the region.

U.S. official: 'Very real danger' Gadhafi could return to terrorismupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 17:55:00

Embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's forces have made significant strides against rebel fighters, as the United Nations is working quickly to pass a resolution authorizing international intervention, a senior State Department official told senators Thursday.

CNNMoney: Oil prices surge 6% on Libya unrestupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 15:15:00

Oil prices jumped 6% Tuesday, spiking as high as $98 a barrel earlier in the session, as the crisis in Libya sparked concern that the turmoil roiling the Middle East could spread to other producing countries -- including Saudi Arabia.

Senate prepared to vote on START, Kerry saysupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:54:00

On Friday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said the Senate is prepared to vote on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Why the U.S. should care about STARTupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:54:00

CNN's Tom Foreman explains what the START accord would mean to the U.S., Russia and the rest of the world.

Massive US-Saudi arms deal announcedupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 00:05:00

The Obama Administration announces plans to sell up to $60 billion worth of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.

Senate panel to review release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomberupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 06:31:00

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on the circumstances surrounding the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison last year.

Karzai meets with U.S. senator on war strategyupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 08:12:00

The Afghan president met with a top U.S. senator Tuesday and asked for a review of Washington's Afghanistan war strategy, the president's office said in a statement.

Security experts urge reconciliation in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 13:35:00

The United States should negotiate with insurgent leaders in Afghanistan to stop fighting -- if it can do so from a position of strength, security experts told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

BP didn't lobby for Lockerbie bomber's release, Scots sayupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 16:36:00

The Scottish government was "never, at any point" lobbied by oil giant BP to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, according to a letter sent late Wednesday by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry.

BP exec invited to Lockerbie hearingupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 21:25:00

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has invited BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward to answer questions next week about BP and the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, a congressional source told CNN Wednesday.

Senate committee to hold hearing on Lockerbie bomber's releaseupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 14:30:00

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a July 29 hearing on last year's release by Scottish authorities of the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Holbrooke: McChrystal dismissal 'necessary'updated: Wed Jul 14 2010 20:10:00

President Barack Obama's dismissal of the top commander in Afghanistan was "extremely unfortunate" but "necessary," according to Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Key U.S. senator postpones trip to Myanmarupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 10:53:00

A key member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Thursday that he has postponed an upcoming trip to Myanmar out of concern that Myanmar's government is working with North Korea on the development of a nuclear program.

Clinton: Improving foreign health is good policyupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 13:15:00

Aside from a moral obligation, improving the health of people in other nations is smart foreign policy, former President Clinton said Wednesday.

U.S. general: Mobility hinders getting aid to Haitiansupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 13:12:00

Not all of the earthquake-traumatized Haitians are receiving the aid they need, a U.S. general said Thursday, partly because displaced residents are moving from place to place.

Senate panel: Americans in Yemen may be getting al Qaeda trainingupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 08:45:00

As many as three dozen Americans who converted to Islam in prison have traveled to Yemen, "possibly for al Qaeda training," according to a new report prepared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Reports: Iranian panel denies Kerry visit to Tehranupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 15:28:00

An Iranian parliamentary committee has denied a request by U.S. Sen. John Kerry to visit Tehran, according to reports from Iran.

Kerry to clarify aid bill after Pakistani oppositionupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 16:50:00

Sen. John Kerry said Tuesday he will offer a new explanation and clarification of a $7.5-billion Pakistan aid bill that has prompted a firestorm of anti-American sentiment inside Pakistan.

U.S. needs integrated approach to Afghanistan, Senate panel toldupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 16:58:00

An integrated U.S. approach to Afghanistan is needed before President Obama decides whether to send more troops there, lawmakers and others said Thursday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Is Secretary Clinton being back-benched?updated: Wed Jul 15 2009 22:01:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a major foreign policy speech and some Washington political observers ask: "Is she trying to get back in the spotlight?"

Clinton forgotten?updated: Wed Jul 15 2009 22:01:00

Some media pundits say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being sidelined. Jill Dougherty reports.

Report: Iran could have enough material for nuke in monthsupdated: Thu May 07 2009 21:48:00

A U.S. Senate report released Thursday says some experts predict Iran could have enough material for a nuclear bomb in six months.

Time running out to stop Iran nuclear pursuit, investigator saysupdated: Wed May 06 2009 18:05:00

A man who spearheaded financial investigations of Iran said Wednesday the Islamic republic is "deadly serious" about developing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles -- and there's not much time to stop it before it does.

Afghan vets share experiences, advice with lawmakersupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 15:06:00

Veterans of the war in Afghanistan appeared before a Senate committee Thursday, sharing stories of success and failure in the nearly eight-year conflict while offering sharply differing opinions of the current U.S. military and diplomatic strategy.

U.S. Senate confirms Hill as top envoy to Iraqupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 23:34:00

The U.S. Senate confirmed veteran diplomat Christopher Hill as U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday, voting 73-23 to put Hill in charge of the largest U.S. embassy in the world.

Borger: What surprises Biden the mostupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:01:00

During the presidential campaign, vice presidential candidate Joe Biden loved to remind us all of his working-class roots -- born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, son of a car dealership manager.

Gore to address U.S. Senate panel on climateupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 23:44:00

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is expected to tell a Senate panel on Wednesday that the United States needs to provide leadership on the world stage in tackling climate change, a Senate aide said.

Hillary Clinton sworn in as secretary of stateupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 19:34:00

Hillary Clinton was sworn in as the 67th U.S. secretary of state Wednesday afternoon after the Senate approved her nomination by a vote of 94-2.

Clinton confirmedupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 19:34:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at the global perspective after Hillary Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state.

U.N. edges towards Somali peacekeeping roleupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:49:00

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday expressing its intent to, eventually, send U.N. peacekeeping forces back to the fractured, unstable nation of Somalia.

Biden meets with Iraqi leader in Baghdadupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 10:09:00

Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Monday met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad, the president's office confirmed.

'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughterupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 13:21:00

Years before the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was slaughtering Iraq's Kurds with bombs, bullets and gas.

Biden brings experience to Obama teamupdated: Sat Aug 23 2008 06:46:00

Sen. Barack Obama has picked Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.

CNN analysis: Who'll win the Obama veepstakes?updated: Wed Jul 30 2008 19:11:00

Sen. Barack Obama's two unannounced and very secretive meetings with his vice presidential team have Washington insiders buzzing about a potential announcement.

Time.com: Report: Mideast Nuke Race Possibleupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 20:00:00

Saudi Arabia most likely would develop nuclear weapons if Iran acquires them, according to a report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Pyongyang expels South Korean officialsupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 23:43:00

Eleven South Korean diplomats left an industrial park their country runs with North Korea on Thursday after North Korea "demanded their withdrawal," a spokesman for South Korea's government said.

Dodd endorses Obamaupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 13:54:00

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling on fellow Democrats "to come together, to get behind this candidacy."

Dodd endorses Obamaupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 13:54:00

Former presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd announces he will endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

U.S. senators forced to make emergency landing in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 15:55:00

A helicopter carrying three U.S. senators was forced to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan Thursday, military and congressional sources tell CNN.

Time.com: Rice to Appoint Energy Envoyupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 12:00:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday she will appoint a special envoy for energy issues to deal with the use of oil and gas for political means

Time.com: Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? updated: Thu Jan 31 2008 22:00:00

Lawmakers are unconvinced by Administration claims that the glass is half full in America's "forgotten war"

Official: U.S. enemies 'eating our lunch' onlineupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 18:37:00

The man nominated to head public diplomacy at the State Department said Wednesday that al Qaeda is doing a better job than the Bush administration in winning friends over the Internet.

Clarify position on torture, senators urge attorney general nomineeupdated: Sun Oct 28 2007 20:41:00

A senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he plans to vote against Michael Mukasey's confirmation as U.S. attorney general.

Report finds little progress in Iraqupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 07:48:00

Iraq has failed to meet 11 of the 18 benchmarks the U.S. Congress set when it approved a war-spending bill in May, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday.

Time.com: Baghdad? Can You Hear Me Now? updated: Fri Jul 20 2007 16:50:00

A bad connection hampers a Senate hearing with the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. But one disappointing answer came through loud and clear

Record millions roll in for Clinton White House bidupdated: Sun Apr 01 2007 19:20:00

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $26 million and transferred an additional $10 million from her Senate war chest to post $36 million in the first quarter of the 2008 fundraising cycle, the New York Democrat's presidential campaign announced Sunday.

Rice OKs talks on Iraqi refugeesupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 00:10:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she authorized the U.S. embassy in Syria to talk to Damascus about Iraqi refugees but downplayed expectations about a wider dialogue.

Maybe if we tried a slingshotupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 11:29:00

Y'all, this isn't gonna work.

Suicide bombings as military strategyupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 09:28:00

Robert Pape wants to change the way you think about suicide bombings and explain why they are on rise.

Biden urges new course in Iraqupdated: Tue Jun 21 2005 21:47:00

Two days after confirming his intention to explore a presidential run, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden warned Tuesday that a "credibility chasm" is undermining U.S. chances for success in the Iraq war.

Showdown over Bolton nomination begins updated: Tue May 24 2005 20:44:00

Heated debate over John Bolton -- President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- spilled over onto the Senate floor Wednesday, with a key Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee saying it would be a mistake to appoint Bolton to such an important position.

Democrats: Bolton misled panelupdated: Wed May 18 2005 22:06:00

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a report Wednesday that portrays President Bush's nominee to be U.N. ambassador as unfit to serve.

Bolton nomination heads to Senateupdated: Thu May 12 2005 08:14:00

In a blow to the White House, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to send the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the full Senate without a recommendation.

Rice underscores Bolton supportupdated: Wed May 11 2005 20:49:00

On the eve of a crucial Senate committee vote, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice underscored her support for John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying she urged President Bush to nominate him.

Senate panel delays Bolton voteupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 11:14:00

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed a scheduled vote Tuesday on President Bush's pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations when a Republican member balked at voting during a contentious hearing.

Ex-intelligence official: Bolton bullied analystupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 09:17:00

In testimony before a Senate panel Tuesday, a former State Department official described President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as an "800-pound gorilla" who bullied underlings and tried to get an analyst fired in a dispute over intelligence.

Photos believed to show al-Zarqawiupdated: Sat Mar 05 2005 09:05:00

CNN has obtained pictures believed to show America's most-wanted terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose network carries out frequent attacks against Iraqi and U.S. civilians, and multinational troops.

Rice confirmed as secretary of stateupdated: Wed Jan 26 2005 03:44:00

Condoleezza Rice won Senate confirmation as secretary of state on Wednesday, after hours of sometimes-bitter debate Tuesday that focused largely on the war in Iraq.

Rice confirmation hearings set for Januaryupdated: Sun Nov 28 2004 17:04:00

Confirmation hearings for Condoleezza Rice to be named secretary of state will take place after the new Congress convenes in January, a Senate committee chairman said Sunday.

Biden questions fitness of Iraqi security forceupdated: Sun Sep 12 2004 18:48:00

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee challenged the Bush administration Sunday over its assertions about the size and capability of the Iraqi security forces.

Kerry's 1971 testimony on Vietnam reverberatesupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 12:12:00

The strong, vivid words John Kerry uttered 33 years ago continue to ring through time.

Looking to the new Iraqupdated: Tue Apr 20 2004 16:40:00

The White House says it hopes a new U.N. resolution for Iraq will encourage other nations to participate in aiding security and reconstruction. Meanwhile, the Bush administration's Iraq policy is facing tough questioning on Capitol Hill as the deadline for the transfer of power to Iraqis grows closer.

NATO to ramp up Afghanistan forcesupdated: Mon Jan 26 2004 22:11:00

NATO's military commander in Afghanistan says operations and troop strength will be ramped up amid an upsurge of violence in the war-torn nation.

Expert not convinced on NK nukesupdated: Wed Jan 21 2004 17:31:00

A top American nuclear expert has told a U.S. Senate committee that North Koreans showed him a piece of radioactive metal in a glass jar when he visited that country, but said he could not say if it really was bomb-grade plutonium metal as they claimed.

Fortune: A kind word for Thom McAn, female equality in Michigan, Ford Foundationism, and other matters. MR. SUPERLIBERALupdated: Mon Jun 19 1989 00:01:00

Claiborne Pell? The Senator from Outer Space? He's the most liberal guy in the senior chamber? Surely Dr. Keeping Up jests in averring, in the box on the next page, that Pell's liberalism scores ex...

Fortune: Senator Helms Will Keep On Talking updated: Mon Feb 16 1987 00:01:00

North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms just won't shut up, even though his , harangues on foreign policy have often embarrassed U.S. diplomats and businessmen abroad, not to mention his fellow Republic...

Fortune: Putting the squeeze on apartheidupdated: Mon Jul 08 1985 00:01:00

Despite Reagan Administration pleas to give its ''constructive engagement'' policy a chance, Congress moved closer to imposing tough sanctions against South Africa's white minority government. The ...

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