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  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 1:06 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally. He also pledged to pay back Greece's debt to the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which, along with the European Commission,...

  • President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's top Sunni power, has been anxious over the possibility that the talks would lead to...

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. New King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other's countries. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months. The United States also...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba launch talks on Thursday on restoring diplomatic relations after a contentious session on immigration accentuated the difficulties in overcoming half a century of hostilities. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months.

  • Ukraine president points to Russian hand in conflict Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he appealed for political and financial support, President Petro Poroshenko held up a piece of a bullet-riddled bus as evidence of shelling last week by heavy artillery in "occupied" parts of Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader brandished the scrap of yellow metal— a relic of Volnovakha, the town where 13 people were...

  • Obama pitches economic plan to conservatives in Idaho Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Prodding the new Republican Congress from a conservative state, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged GOP lawmakers to work with him on an agenda that helps the middle class and insisted they offer better alternatives if they disagree with his ideas. On his first stop in Idaho as president, Obama pitched the proposals he outlined Tuesday night...

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- There could be progress on U.S.- India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday. Obama's visit to India and trips by Kerry and other U.S. senior officials aim to woo India as a strategic partner and to win greater access to the vast...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Sunday to pursue predictable policies and ensure stable taxes, in a speech that sought to address key concerns for foreign investors in Asia's third-largest economy. President Barack Obama visits India later this month. Along with speakers from Japan, Canada and Singapore, Kerry...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Global statesmen and business titans descended on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Sunday to pay homage to the man they count on to unleash big-bang reforms and create one of the few bright spots in a troubled world economy. Big business cheered Modi when he won India's strongest election mandate in 30 years last May,...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Global statesmen and business titans descend on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Sunday to pay homage to the man they are counting on to unleash big-bang reforms and create one of the few bright spots in a troubled world economy. Big business cheered Modi when he won India's strongest election mandate in 30 years...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Secretary of State John Kerry will push India to make it easier for U.S. companies to do business there on a trip next week that also takes him to Europe to meet officials from Oman, Iran and Bulgaria, U.S. officials said on Friday. Earlier this week, the State Department said Kerry would travel to India this weekend to attend an investment summit...

  • Confusion as French hunt shooting suspects Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 9:14 PM ET

    After a long day of rapidly changing information, U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News Wednesday night that they cannot be certain what the status is of the three suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

  • Sec. Kerry: Slain journalists martyrs for liberty  Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    "Freedom of expression cannot be killed by an act of terror," says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry commenting on the shooting in Paris, France.

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING, Dec 22- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. The United States also asked China to identify any North Korea hackers operating in China and, if found, send them back to North...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. But the United States...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on...

  • FACTBOX-How Obama will relax U.S. Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    Dec 17- President Barack Obama moved on Wednesday to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, a shift the White House said was needed because the long-standing U.S. embargo against the communist-ruled island has failed to promote democracy and has hurt the Cuban people. *U.S. officials will discuss maritime boundaries with Cuba and Mexico in the Gulf of...

  • What to watch for in Putin's currency speech: Pro Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    Investors should look for softer rhetoric on Ukraine from Russian President Vladimir Putin and for signs of a bounce, said Christopher Granville.