September 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says the U.S. is open to a United Nations resolution that does not include the threat of military force against Syria if the government fails to surrender its chemical weapons. Administration officials said Friday that they didn't believe Russia would agree to a resolution authorizing military action against Syria, its ally, but that at a minimum they would like to see sanctions or other consequences listed in the resolution. Speaking to reporters at a background briefing, the officials said one possible consequence would be reconsideration by the U.N. Security Council, which could call for military force later.
August 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Samantha Power came back from the war in Bosnia revolted by the atrocities she witnessed and convinced that world powers must intervene to stop them. Nearly two decades later, Power will shoulder that responsibility herself as President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations. Power, 42, a journalist and activist before Obama drew her into government eight years ago, said she would try to "do what America does best: stand up against repressive regimes and promote human rights.
July 23, 2013 |
Bentley, builder of some of the world's largest and most expensive luxury cars, is getting into the SUV business. The British automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, confirmed Tuesday that it would build the yet-unnamed vehicle at its facility in Crewe, England. The vehicle will be the fourth in Bentley's lineup and will go on sale in 2016. "Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand's first SUV," said Martin Winterkorn, head of the Volkswagen Group.
June 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping nibbled on empanadas at the home of a Costa Rican coffee farmer. His wife played the steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago. With smiles and, of course, money, China is on an unusual charm offensive to win the love it thinks should accompany the country's economic rise. The trip that will culminate with a summit in Rancho Mirage with President Obama is part of a concerted effort by the new Chinese government to enhance its world power status. "The Chinese are well aware that they have an image problem abroad so they've taken this diplomatic offense to enhance their 'soft' power," said Mario Esteban, an expert in China's activities in Latin America at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
May 28, 2013 |
BEIRUT - With violence increasingly spilling over Syria's borders, refugees swamping its neighbors and new arms transfers to both sides on the horizon, a solution to the Syrian conflict has rarely seemed so urgent - and so far beyond reach. U.S. and Russian officials this month raised hope for a peace conference that could lead to a transitional government and, eventually, free elections. The accord between Washington and Moscow, long at loggerheads on Syria, followed a United Nations-backed formula long ignored as outside powers on both sides pushed their Syrian proxies for victory.
April 10, 2013 |
TEHRAN - The reform movement that took to the streets to protest alleged vote-rigging in Iran's last presidential election has been crushed. The supreme leader has made it clear that such behavior will not be tolerated this time. But that doesn't mean the maneuvering to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an election set for June 14 has been without intrigue. Ahmadinejad, who was reelected in the disputed 2009 balloting, is barred by law from seeking a third term and is publicly promoting a trusted aide to replace him. It is far from clear, however, whether the president's preferred successor will even be allowed to run. For much of the outside world, the incumbent remains the defiant face of the Iranian theocracy.
April 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest round of international negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program concluded Saturday with no sign of progress and the future of the fitful diplomatic effort uncertain. Officials from Iran and the six world powers had "long and intensive discussions" in the two-day session in Kazakhstan, but ended "far apart on the substance," Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, said in Almaty. The group didn't schedule another meeting, as they usually have done in the past to show that diplomacy would continue with at least low-level conversations.
April 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Iranian officials did not directly respond Friday to the latest American-backed offer to curb Tehran's disputed nuclear program, raising the possibility that the high-level diplomatic effort may be suspended for at least a few months. Iranian and international negotiators meeting in Kazakhstan engaged in a "long and substantial discussion" but remained "a long way apart on the substance," said a Western official, who asked to remain unidentified, citing sensitive diplomatic issues.
March 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An offer in the most recent round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program has created anxiety in Israel and injected tension into President Obama's scheduled meetings Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials worry that the United States and five other world powers offered too much to Tehran during Feb. 26-27 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, aimed at persuading Iran's government to curb its uranium enrichment program.
February 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Six world powers won Iran's promise for further negotiations over its disputed nuclear program after easing their demands for curbs on an effort they fear is aimed at giving Tehran the ability to make a bomb. After the final sessions of two-day talks in Almaty, the Kazakh capital, Iran agreed to lower-level meeting next month in Istanbul and another high-level meeting in early April back in Kazakhstan. Saeed Jalili, the usually harsh top Iranian negotiator, praised the six powers for what he described as movement toward the Iranian position.