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EU envoys meet to seal Brexit talks red lines

Apo - EU envoys meet on Monday to finalise a negotiating mandate for Brexit trade talks with Britain, with France insisting on strict red lines to uphold European standards.

Lawmakers reach agreement on spending level as deadline nears

Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures.

US Taliban negotiator returning to Doha amid peace deal hopes

Washington - The top US negotiator on Afghanistan said Tuesday he was ready to conclude peace talks with the Taliban as he headed back to Qatar on a mission to end America's longest war.

US Taliban negotiator returning to Doha for more talks

Washington - The US State Department announced Tuesday that senior diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is heading back to Qatar for more talks with the Taliban, as signs of a possible Afghanistan peace deal emerge.

US officials consider lifting China tariffs: report

Washington - US officials have considered lifting tariffs on Chinese imports to calm volatile stock markets and encourage Beijing to make concessions in current trade talks, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Division of Kosovo would mean 'war': PM

Pristina - Any partition of Kosovo or exchange of territory with Serbia would ignite "war," Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj warned on Friday, shooting down proposals that have been floated to break a diplomatic gridlock between the former war foes.

Nukes and normalisation: What's on the table in Singapore

Fpo - US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit that has raised hopes of progress on the troubled Korean peninsula.

EU to 'brainstorm' post-Brexit ties: sources

Brussels - European Union countries will on Wednesday begin mapping out for the first time possible future relations with Britain after the nation leaves the bloc, sources said ahead of a new round of Brexit talks this week.

Trump NAFTA plan 'workable' but pitfalls await: analysts

Washington - The Trump administration's plans to reframe the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement faces significant hurdles and includes some elements Canadians and Mexicans may find hard to swallow, analysts warn.

US to push for lower trade gap in NAFTA talks

Washington - The United States on Monday said it would work to shrink trade deficits with Canada and Mexico in talks to renegotiate the landmark 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

US to push for lower trade gap in NAFTA talks

Washington - The United States on Monday said it would work to shrink trade deficits with Canada and Mexico in talks to renegotiate the landmark 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

To talk or not to talk to North Korea?

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea has muscled its way onto the agenda of the G20 leaders' annual summit in Germany Thursday, with Pyongyang's first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile set to dominate discussions.

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks

New York - More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic.

Syria political deal not viable: opposition official

Birut - Escalating violence in Syria, particularly against rebel-held Aleppo city, means a political solution to the conflict is "no longer a viable option," an opposition official said Wednesday.

What's left to negotiate in Colombia deal with rebels?

Havana - The signing of a definitive ceasefire between Colombia's government and the FARC rebels caps three and a half years of negotiations in Cuba and opens the way to sealing a once-and-for-all peace deal.

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Paris - Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.

North and South Korea try words instead of saber-rattling

Paju - High-level talks are underway between North and South Korea as the longtime enemies try to avert a military confrontation amid rising hostility between them.

The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks

Vienna - Tucked away behind some trees is a serene rooftop garden at the luxury Viennese hotel hosting the Iran nuclear talks. There negotiators working round-the-clock can relax, hidden from the hordes of cameras below.

Referendum to make Greece 'better armed' for negotiations, PM says

Atenas - Greece's plebiscite on the latest bailout offer is intended to make the country stronger in the fight for a new deal with its international creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry out of hospital following surgery

Boston - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Friday to be "fully engaged" in nuclear talks with Iran when he returns to Geneva after surgery on his fractured leg.

Obama agrees to Congressional oversight of Iran nuclear deal

Washington, D. C. - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that Congress has the power to review any proposed nuclear deal with Iran before any provisions take effect.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

White House pressured by key senators over Iran nuclear talks

As negotiations with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program entered its second day on Sunday, President Barack Obama remained under fire by key senators from both parties for ignoring prior legislation on Iranian sanctions.

U.S. to enter direct negotiations with the Taliban

The U.S. government is to hold direct talks with the Taliban in the next week. The peace negotiations are set to be held at the Taliban's political office in Qatar.

Op-Ed: Libya: Can Gaddafi Beat the Rap?

Britain has publicly accepted the idea that Gaddafi can stay in Libya, but the question of whether the ICC could still arrest Gaddafi may be the barrier to a deal. So will the West let Gaddafi go free?

Op-Ed: Libya - The Stolen Revolution

Revolution is when people take control of their destiny into their own hands. Is that still the case in Libya? Is the revolution still in the hands of the people? Or has it been hijacked ? Indeed, is it still a revolution at all?

South African government resolute to end strike

According to the Independent newspapers, the government is determined to end the three-week old strike after negotiations continued until late last night.

USW calls for Vale to restart talks, Sudbury takes Vale to court

Sudbury - The United Steelworkers Local 6500 President called for Vale Inco to restart negotiations between the two sides to resolve the strike that has occurred since August of last year.

China's Young Can't Wait to Meet U.S. President Obama

The young people of China are excited to be able to meet the new American President they've heard to much from and about. Barack Obama has charmed a good portion of them, but there are still some naysayers.

Israel and Brazil butt heads over nuclear weapons

Israel reached out to Brazil, asking for help in convincing Iran to give up its nuclear program. In response, Brazil has said it would like to see all countries sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
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The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separatio...
The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separation wall.
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DIPLOMACY: Germany s foreign minister  Frank-Walter Steinmeier  European Union diplomat Federica Mog...
DIPLOMACY: Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union diplomat Federica Mogherini and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pose on stage at the Austria Center in Vienna on July 14 after reaching a multi-nation agreement to restrict Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discuss the situation in Ukraine in March while walking across the lawn at Winfield House in London.
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NUCLEAR: World officials including John Kerry of the United States and Javad Zarif of Iran meet abou...
NUCLEAR: World officials including John Kerry of the United States and Javad Zarif of Iran meet about Iran's nuclear program last month at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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PEACEMAKERS: From left  Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and...
PEACEMAKERS: From left, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, participates in a trilateral meeting with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton meet in New York in September.
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OFFICIAL: Iran s foreign minister  Mohammad Javad Zarif  and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shak...
OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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