John Kerry

Britain PM May slams Kerry's Middle East speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on peace in the Middle East as an attack on the Israeli government.

Two-state solution imperiled, Kerry says in parting shot at Israel

John Kerry used one his last speeches as US secretary of state to scold Israel for expanding its settlements, warning that it put the two-state solution in "serious jeopardy."

Israeli minister lashes out at Kerry ahead of peace speech

A high-ranking Israeli minister on Wednesday lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry's planned speech on the Middle East peace process, calling it "pathetic."

US Secretary of State Kerry tours Antarctica ahead of climate meeting

US Secretary of State John Kerry completed a two-day Antarctic trip Saturday ahead of a conference on climate change.

Kerry: Breakthrough still possible in Syria talks

A breakthrough in negotiations aimed at ending conflict in Syria is still possible before US President Barack Obama leaves office in January, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

International talks on Syria in Switzerland end in silence

Talks between the United States, Russia, and regional stakeholders in the Syrian conflict ended Saturday evening in the Swiss city of Lausanne with no concrete results known.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet for Syria talks on Saturday in Switzerland

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday to discuss the conflict in Syria.

US threatens to suspend work with Russia over Aleppo bombing

US Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Wednesday to end US engagement with Russia on Syria, further escalating tensions with Moscow over its involvement in the war-ravaged country.

US and Russia agree on Syria ceasefire plan

The United States and Russia early Saturday announced an agreement on a plan to reduce violence in Syria, calling for a ceasefire starting at sundown on Monday and a move towards a political transition.

No breakthrough in US, Russian diplomatic talks on Syria

The top diplomats of the United States and Russia were meeting in Geneva on Friday for talks about the war in Syria.

US, Russia close in on Syria truce deal but differences remain

The United States and Russia could not agree Friday on how to bring about a broad truce in Syria, but the top diplomats of the two key players in this conflict announced that such a deal was imminent.

Turkish prime minister: 81,000 civil servants suspended since coup

Turkey has suspended or fired 81,494 state employees, including more than 3,000 soldiers, since the failed coup attempt last month, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, according to broadcaster CNN Turk.

Turkey ups political pressure on US to extradite alleged coup leader

Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag claimed Friday that the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States will be a "political decision" rather than a judicial matter.

Kerry, Duterte reaffirm defence alliance amid South China Sea tension

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reaffirmed the two countries’ defence alliance amid ongoing tension in the South China Sea.

Russia, US reach new deals on fighting terrorists in Syria

Russia and the United States have reached new agreements on fighting terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Kerry pushes countries to agree on greenhouse chemicals pact

Countries should quickly make the final push towards a new pact on curbing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a set of chemicals that have a strong global warming effect, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Vienna.

Kerry: US-British ties to stay "special and unbreakable" after Brexit

Ties between Washington and London will stay "special and unbreakable" after Britain leaves the European Union, US Secretary of State John Kerry said after meeting British leaders on Tuesday.

US, Georgia strengthen defence collaboration ahead of NATO summit

The United States strengthened its defence cooperation with the former Soviet republic of Georgia on Wednesday ahead of a major NATO summit this week.

US Secretary of State warns against "revengeful" Brexit approach

US Secretary of State John Kerry warns the European Union against a "revengeful" approach following Britain's vote to leave the EU, calling on leaders to act in a "responsible, sensitive" and strategic manner.

Kerry to visit Brussels and London to discuss Brexit

US Secretary of State John Kerry is travelling to Brussels and London on Monday to discuss the consequences of the British vote to leave the European Union.

Kerry to meet Israeli premier in Rome

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flying to Rome on Sunday to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry, his office confirmed.

Kerry underlines need for nationwide ceasefire in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry underlined Wednesday the need for a "genuine cessation of hostilities" in Syria to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and pave the way for transition talks.

Kerry renews call for Syria ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday there was need for a "genuine cessation of hostilities" in Syria to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and pave the way for transition talks.

John Kerry warns Beijing against unilateral action in South China Sea

No country should take unilateral action that could be deemed provocative in the South China Sea in ongoing territorial disputes, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday at the close of high-level meetings in Beijing. 

South China Sea dispute overshadowing dialogues between US and China

Chinese president Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday attended the opening ceremony of high-level meetings in Beijing amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea. 

Myanmar still needs US sanctions, says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington's decision to maintain sanctions on Myanmar will help strengthen reforms in the south-east Asian country that started moving away from direct military rule and isolation in 2011.

World powers raise pressure on Syria conflict parties

The conflict parties in Syria's civil war will face consequences if they break the truce or block aid shipments, global and regional powers warned Tuesday in Vienna, at a meeting aimed at getting peace talks back on track.

Top diplomats meet in Vienna to get Syrian peace talks back on track

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov led a meeting of top diplomats from UN veto powers and the Middle East in Vienna on Tuesday, aimed at strengthening the fragile Syrian truce and reviving peace talks.

Kerry "hopeful, but not there yet" on new Syrian truce

There has been progress on a plan to restore Syria's fraying ceasefire, but last details still need to be worked out among global powers, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday in Geneva.

Kerry to travel to Geneva for Syria peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva on Sunday and Monday to review the status of ongoing Syrian peace talks, the State Department says.

John Kerry: Paris agreement's power is the message it sends

The power of the Paris agreement is the opportunity it creates by prompting the development of green technology and a new energy future, says US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry makes historic visit to atomic bomb memorial in Hiroshima

US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute on Monday to victims of the US atomic bomb that was dropped on the western Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

Kerry: Future of unity government "is for the Afghans to determine"

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on an unannounced visit to Kabul Saturday that the Afghan people should decide on the future of their country, almost two years after he stepped in to help solve a political stalemate.

John Kerry lands in Kabul for talks with struggling unity government

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit Saturday to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah.

US pledges another 155 million dollars in humanitarian aid for Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday in Baghdad promised another 155 million dollars in humanitarian assistance for Iraqis affected by a militant insurgency in the country.

Kerry vows to support Belgian terror probe, destroy Islamic State

US Secretary of State John Kerry says his country will help Belgium investigate the recent terrorist attacks and vows to "destroy" the Islamic State extremist group that has claimed responsibility for them.

Kerry in Brussels to meet with Belgian leaders after attacks

US Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to meet with Belgian leaders on Friday after terrorist attacks earlier this week rocked the seat of the European Union's main institutions.

Kerry to talk Syria with Putin, Lavrov in Moscow next week

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to travel to Moscow next week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Syria.

Kerry calls on Russia, Iran to ensure Syria ceasefire is upheld

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Sunday for Syrian allies Russia and Iran to exert influence on the government of Bashar al-Assad to uphold a partial ceasefire that went into effect on February 27 and has since been holding, despite some breaches.

88 killed in Syria bombings as Kerry talks up truce prospects

Two massive bomb attacks killed 88 people in government-held areas of Syria, according to a monitoring group, even as US Secretary of State John Kerry said a truce in the civil war could come into effect within days.

Kerry: Provisional agreement on Syria truce terms

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that he has reached a "provisional agreement in principle" with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the terms of a Syria truce.

Obama welcomes ASEAN leaders to meeting focussed on security, trade

US President Barack Obama welcomed leaders from south-east Asian nations to a California retreat centre Monday for talks centred on economic and security issues as part of his administration's broader focus on Asia.

Kerry: Russia must stop targeting Syrian opposition to enable truce

Russia must stop targeting Syria's legitimate opposition as part of an air campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad before a truce can be implemented next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Merkel gets praise from Kerry for pro-refugee stance

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday commended Angela Merkel and other European leaders for their role in seeking to control the migration crisis, even as the German chancellor campaigned for her pro-refugee policies.

Kerry: Russian sanctions will remain until full Minsk implementation

Economic sanctions against Russia will remain until the Minsk peace agreement for Ukraine is fully implemented, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

World powers agree to partial "cessation of hostilities" in Syria

The "nationwide cessation of hostilities" set to be implemented in Syria by world powers in one week's time will not apply to the Islamic State militant group, US Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday.

UN calls emergency meeting after North Korean missile launch

The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting after North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, which Pyongyang said was carrying a satellite, but the US and its allies condemned as a missile test.

US urges relentless fight against Islamic State amid Libya concerns

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for no let up in international efforts against Islamic State militias in Syria and Iraq, amid concerns that a third battlefront against the terrorist group may open in Libya.

Syrian opposition meets U.N. envoy, demands action on humanitarian issues

A Saudi-backed Syrian opposition delegation met the U.N.'s special envoy Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday demanding efforts to improve humanitarian conditions on the ground or they would shun political negotiations.

Kerry says China should do more to pressure "reckless" North Korea

Washington and Beijing must forge a stronger partnership to address North Korea's nuclear aggression, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday in the Chinese capital.

Kerry talks terrorism, human rights in brief Cambodia visit

United States Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Cambodia Tuesday to join anti-terrorism efforts and expressed his support for human rights groups in the country.

Kerry "confident" on Syria talks start amid wrangling over opposition

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that he was confident that Syrian peace talks would go ahead despite wrangling over who should represent the warring country's fractured opposition.

Kerry: Initiative in "next day or so" will kick-start Syria talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is confident that Syrian peace talks, originally slated to start Monday, will begin soon.

Syria, Iran on agenda with Biden in Turkey and Kerry in Saudi Arabia

Syrian peace talks, the Islamic State and Iran are expected to be high on the agenda in a pair of meetings Saturday that will see US Vice President Joe Biden in talks with Turkey's top leaders while US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia.

Kerry heads to Vienna to talk nuclear deal with Iran, EU counterparts

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna Saturday to consult with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to consult on the Iran nuclear deal, Kerry's spokesman announced late Friday.

Kerry says Serbia has USA's full support on its path to EU

Serbia's integration with the EU will benefit the country's economy, its citizens and its further prosperity, Kerry said before holding a closed-door meeting with Vucic.

US Secretary of State to visit Serbia on Dec 3-4

Relations between the two countries have been significantly advanced by Vucic's visits to Washington earlier this year and the US Secretary of State will meet with the Serbian PM