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U.S. to demand ‘partial Israeli settlement freeze’ in West Bank

Washington is to demand Israel implement a partial settlement freeze after US Secretary of State John Kerry presents his framework for extending peace talks, army radio reported on Wednesday. Quoting US negotiators involved in the talks, the radio said……

Chinese bloggers press US Secretary of State John Kerry on Internet freedom

Chinese bloggers urged US Secretary of State John Kerry to push for greater freedom online in China during a rare meeting in Beijing Saturday, asking for help to "tear down the great Internet firewall". The US embassy-organised discussion was an opportunity……

Kerry tries to charm Syrian opposition groups into peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead meetings with the fractured Syrian opposition on Sunday in Paris, in a bid to convince the Syrian National Coalition’s newly re-elected leader to participate in peace talks slated to begin on January 22. As the Jan. 22 peace talks in Switzerland near,…

Russia tells U.S. it will continue backing Syria’s Assad

Russian diplomats told a top visiting US dignitary on Friday that Moscow would continue backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign against rebel forces despite peace talks due later this month. US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s visit came ahead of a crunch meeting in Paris on Monday between her…

Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

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