Tag: John Kerry

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that is…

Syrian US-Russia Deal Cease-Fire Will Begin at Sunset

The new Syrian cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is expected to begin Monday evening. It’s still unclear if rebel factions, who have expressed reservations about the agreement, will abide by the deal. In a rare public appearance, President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque Monday in a newly surrendered Damascus suburb…

Obama Lifts US Embargo On Lethal Arms Sales To Vietnam [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a “lingering vestige of the Cold War”. The US is trying to bolster its relationship…

Kerry Makes Historic Hiroshima Visit [VIDEO]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry became the most senior American official to visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Japan on Monday. Kerry, in Hiroshima for the G7 foreign ministers meeting, visited the site more than 70 years after the world’s first atomic bombing killed around 140,000 Japanese. The secretary of state did…

Kerry: ISIS Committing Genocide in Iraq, Syria [VIDEO]

Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. officials, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline. But Kerry’s finding, set to be announced Thursday, will not obligate the United States to take additional action against…

ISIS Syrian Bombings Kill 100+ [VIDEO]

A series of blasts claimed by ISIS in Syria’s Damascus and Homs left 129 people dead on Sunday as Secretary of State John Kerry said a “provisional agreement” was reached on a ceasefire. The official SANA news agency reported bombings in the Sayyida Zeinab suburb of Damascus, where one of Shia Islam’s holiest shrines is…

World Powers Agree on Syria Ceasefire [VIDEO]

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that world powers have agreed to implement a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to begin in a week after talks in Germany. However, this would not apply to the fighting between ISIS and the al-Nusra Front within the country. According to Kerry, a United Nations task force will…

Kerry Meets Putin to Talk Syria, Ukraine [VIDEO]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and later with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ending the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In remarks before their sit-down, Kerry said he wanted to make “real progress” with Lavrov. “The world benefits when powerful nations can…

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

Secretary of State John Kerry In Cuba [VIDEO]

The State Department has released the latest evidence of normalizing relations with Cuba. In a tweet they wrote: Department of State ‏@StateDept 2m2 minutes ago Secretary @JohnKerry shakes hands with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on sidelines of Summit of the Americas. They attached this image

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

Obama team announces $1 billion in aid to Ukraine

The Obama administration announced $1 billion in economic and energy aid to Ukraine on Tuesday, part of its emerging response to Russian military activity in Crimea. President Obama, aides and allies are also considering a number of economic sanctions against Russia for its incursion into the Crimea region. The administration announced the assistance package for…

Officials: 10,000 feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines

The death toll in the Philippine city Tacloban could top reach 10,000 following Super Typhoon Haiyan, a senior police official said. Elmer Soria, regional police chief, said he was told by the Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla that there approximately 10,000 deaths on the island from collapsed buildings and floods. Photo: A resident walks by…

(VIDEO) Kerry: Syrian Videos Make Case for Strike

(VIDEO) Kerry: Syrian Videos Make Case for Strike The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Putin Calls Kerry A Liar On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al Qaeda was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war. Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al Qaeda. Putin said he…

US To Send $60 Million In Aid Direct To Syria Rebels

US To Send $60 Million In Aid Direct To Syria Rebels In a policy shift, the United States on Thursday announced plans to channel non-lethal battlefield assistance directly to selected groups of Syrian rebels rather than through non-governmental agencies. The aid package was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry said at a “Friends of…