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Oil prices climb as sectarian violence in Iraq continues

Oil prices rose on Monday on continued violence in key crude producer Iraq, holding not far from last week’s nine-month peaks, analysts said. Brent crude for delivery in August added ten cents to $114.91 a barrel in London late morning deals compared with Friday’s closing level. US benchmark West Texas…

U.S. hosts talks to save oceans under ‘siege’

US Secretary of State John Kerry launches an unprecedented global effort Monday to save the world's oceans under siege from overfishing, climate change and pollution. Heads of government and state as well as ministers from some 80 countries will gather……

Bergdahl recovering from years of harsh treatment at hands of Taliban

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl suffered harsh treatment at the hands of his Taliban captors, including long periods of solitary confinement, according to U.S. military officials who also said the soldier was struggling emotionally and had not yet called his parents. Bergdahl, released in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange…

John Kerry: ‘Offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave American behind’ in hands of torturers who would ‘cut off his head’

Top US diplomat Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban (via AFP) Secretary of State John Kerry defended Sunday the swap of five Guantanamo detainees for American Bowe Bergdahl, amid reports the captive US soldier was kept at times in a metal cage and in total darkness. Kerry doubled down on…

John Kerry to testify in June before House panel on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to testify on June 12 before a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, resolving a contentious dispute with Republicans in Congress. Kerry had been subpoenaed to testify on May 29, but the…

‘Friends of Syria’ rip Assad’s ‘staged elections’ and vow to ramp up aid to opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to try to funnel more aid to desperate Syrians and “ramp up” support for moderate rebels, as the U.S. backed claims that chemical arms had again been unleashed in the conflict. The Friends of Syria group meeting in London also poured scorn on Syrian…

House Oversight Committee subpoenas John Kerry over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted…

John Kerry: UN climate report should be a ‘wakeup call about global economic opportunity’ for American scientists, entrepreneurs

UN climate report a ‘wakeup’ for entrepreneurs, Kerry says (via AFP) A new UN report tackling greenhouse-gas emissions should serve as a “wakeup call” for entrepreneurs, especially in the energy sector, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. “We’ve already had wakeup call after wakeup call about climate science……

John Kerry urges Putin to stop ‘continuing provocations’ in eastern Ukraine

Kerry urges Ukraine reforms, Russia pullback (via AFP) US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow Sunday to pull back Russian forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights, a US official said. “The secretary made clear that this crisis can……

Kerry urges American ambassadors to make climate change a priority

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on American ambassadors around the world to make the fight against climate change a top priority ahead of new UN talks next year. In his first department-wide policy guidance statement since taking office……

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