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  • NEW LONDON, Conn.— President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends...

  • Obama, Senate Republicans work together on trade bill Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress. McConnell is one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics in...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday made an impassioned plea to Congress to pass fast-track legislation needed for a 12- nation Pacific trade agreement, saying that failure to do so would benefit U.S. rivals. Prospects for sealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership cleared a crucial test in the U.S. Senate last Thursday, when the chamber resoundingly agreed...

  • It was the third time in as many years that U.S. authorities have made accusations of economic espionage conducted on behalf of China, a sign that the United States is increasingly focused on what it has termed a top national security concern. One of the suspects, Professor Hao Zhang, 36, was arrested on Saturday in Los Angeles after he arrived on a flight from China,...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the city to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea. Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw said State Department staffers had been looking at Seattle locations for Kerry to...

  • *Front month U.S. crude was up 8 cents at $59.51 a barrel at 0018 GMT, after finishing down 26 cents in the previous session. *Global crude oil prices are not expected to fall in the second half of 2015, Kuwait's OPEC governor said on Monday, and any surplus supply was due to shale producers rather than OPEC. *Crude output by OPEC member Algeria will rise by at least 32,000...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • Kerry singles out North Korea for Internet abuse Monday, 18 May 2015 | 4:26 AM ET

    Kerry told students Monday at prestigious Korea University that authoritarian Pyongyang, with the lowest rate of access to the Web in the world, was the opposite of ultra-wired, democratic Seoul. Washington accuses Pyongyang of being behind last year's massive hack of Sony Pictures over a film that centered on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim...

  • Kerry slams North Korea, vows security for South Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:39 AM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments. He said North Korea's "horrific conduct" must be exposed and vowed to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang to change its behavior, particularly since it has rebuffed repeated attempts to...

  • Obama renews authority for US sanctions on Myanmar Friday, 15 May 2015 | 5:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has renewed for a year his authority to maintain sanctions on Myanmar, amid international alarm over the plight of Rohingya Muslims whose mass flight has caused a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia. Although the renewal was widely expected, it comes as thousands of the stateless Rohingya who have fled apartheid-like...

  • Can Kerry thaw chilly US-Russia relations?   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:21 PM ET
    Can Kerry thaw chilly US-Russia relations?

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday during his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports from Moscow.

  • New Saudi king snubs meetings in US Monday, 11 May 2015 | 2:12 AM ET
    Saudi King Salman

    Saudi Arabia says King Salman will not attend meetings at the White House or a summit gathering at Camp David this week.

  • UPDATE 2-Saudi Arabia offers five-day Yemen ceasefire Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    RIYADH/ CAIRO, May 7- Saudi Arabia offered a five-day humanitarian truce on Thursday to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of airstrikes in neighboring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops. The offer of a truce comes days after the Houthis started shelling Saudi border towns, prompting renewed airstrikes in Yemen, and as the militia advanced...

  • CAIRO/ RIYADH, May 7- Saudi Arabia said all options were open including ground operations to stop mortar attacks on its border towns by Yemen's Houthi militia, as its jets hammered the group's positions ahead of U.S.-led talks on a temporary truce. Secretary of State John Kerry began negotiations in Riyadh to pause the campaign of airstrikes launched by a...

  • Saudi Arabia mulling land operations on Yemen border Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    CAIRO/ RIYADH, May 7- Saudi Arabia said all options were open including ground operations to stop mortar attacks on its border towns by Yemen's Houthi militia, as its jets hammered the group's positions ahead of U.S.-led talks on a temporary truce. Secretary of State John Kerry began negotiations in Riyadh to pause the campaign of airstrikes launched by a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- Hailing the U.S.- Japan partnership as "indestructible," President Barack Obama on Tuesday hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to showcase deeper defense ties and advance a Pacific trade pact as the two allies seek to counter China's growing power in the region. But while Japan moves to loosen restrictions on its post- war...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China's rising influence in Asia. A deal between economic power houses Japan and the United States is vital to...

  • HOUSTON, April 22- An agreement between the United States, Iran and other world powers designed to curtail Iran's nuclear program is effective and would work if implemented, U.S. "It's a long term process with constraints coming off at various time frames as confidence improves" in Iran's nuclear intentions. A framework agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he was confident Barack Obama would be able to get Congress to approve a nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president acknowledged lawmakers would have the power to review an accord with Tehran. In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on Tuesday that Congress should have the power to...

  • President Barack Obama would be able to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran after a framework accord was agreed between Tehran and six world powers earlier this month. "Looming large is the challenge of finishing the negotiation with Iran over the course of the next two and a half months," Kerry said after arriving in Germany for a Group of Seven foreign...