Susan Rice

Ceasefire holds in Gaza as Kerry aims to make it permanent

Sangwon Yoon, Tal Barak Harif and David Wainer A 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was holding, bolstering US Secretary of State John Kerry's effort to bring an end to the conflict in Gaza that has killed almost 1,000 people.

Edward Snowden admits he would like to go home in rare TV interview

New York Fugitive self-proclaimed spy Edward Snowden has admitted he wants to return home, as he defended his massive leak of intelligence secrets, saying the abuse of the US constitution left him no choice.

Bowe Bergdahl fallout: Obama faces growing storm over returned soldier

Bowe Bergdahl waits before being released at the Afghan border.

Nick O'Malley The Taliban’s distribution of a video showing its release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has added fuel to a spreading controversy that is now seeing the Obama administration drawing fire from...

US denounces Israeli settlers' video attack on John Kerry

The US has lashed out at a video produced by Israeli settlers mocking US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Robert Tait Israeli settlers have released a video ridiculing John Kerry's Middle East peace efforts, undermining a plea from the White House to desist from personal attacks on the US secretary of state.

Ukraine remains on edge as Crimea simmers

An old woman smiles while visiting Kiev's Independence square.

Ben Farmer The White House has warned Russia to keep its troops out of Ukraine, amid fears that Moscow may step in with military force following the overthrow of the president, its ally.

Ukraine latest: West and Russia square off

A woman mourns near a makeshift memorial as people gather to commemorate the victims of the recent clashes in central Kiev.

Western powers and Russia have squared off over crisis-hit Ukraine as a top EU envoy prepared to fly to Kiev to help its new leaders' tilt away from Moscow.

President Obama meets Pope Francis, an 'inspiration', for the first time at the Vatican

Warm meeting ... US President Barack Obama shares a joke with Pope Francis during their first meeting at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY - Greeting a man he calls an "inspiration," President Barack Obama paid his first visit to Pope Francis on Thursday, opening a meeting the White House hopes will highlight the leaders'...

Obama to shun Anwar Ibrahim on Malaysia visit

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Lindsay Murdoch Barack Obama plans to shun the popular opposition leader when he becomes the first US President to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century.

Julie Bishop welcomes US intelligence reforms, lashes Edward Snowden

Julie Bishop.

Nick O'Malley Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has at once welcomed reforms of American signals intelligence gathering announced by President Barack Obama and insisted that Australia’s current level of...

US said to charge man in Benghazi, Libya attack

Phil Mattingly US prosecutors filed a sealed criminal complaint against a Libyan man suspected of playing a leading role in the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, according to two US officials briefed on...

Egypt violence 'serious blow' to peace efforts but no change in US policy

Secretary of State John Kerry

Matthew Lee and Julie Pace In a stern warning to Egypt's leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry said the escalating violence throughout the country on Wednesday had dealt a "serious blow" to political reconciliation efforts...

Barack Obama makes 'hash' of case for missile strikes on Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama

The White House pressed its case on Sunday for military action in Syria but faced an uphill fight in Congress, where several prominent lawmakers said they have not been persuaded.

John Kerry's offhand comment on chemical weapons in Syria that may stop a war

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley Can one off the cuff comment avert a US airstrike? When John Kerry threw out his "rhetorical, hypothetical" comment he didn't bargain on the response.

Mission accomplished, says Edward Snowden

No regrets: Edward Snowden in a Moscow hotel room in December, 2013.

Barton Gellman The cascading effects of Edward Snowden's revelations have made themselves felt in Congress, the courts, popular culture, Silicon Valley and world capitals.

Syria timeline: how Kerry's gaffe became a plan

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley An off-the-cuff remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry has snowballed into an international effort to seek a peaceful resolution to the chemical weapons dilemma in Syria.

Snowden met with German lawmaker

Oliver Suess German Green Party lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele met Edward Snowden in Moscow yesterday to discuss the possibility of the US fugitive testifying in Germany as new revelations of spying by the...

Syrian peace hopes going with Annan

Kofi Annan.

Patrick McDonnell Beirut THE resignation of Kofi Annan, the negotiator for international efforts to bring peace to Syria, emphatically confirmed what events on the ground had already been making clear: The country's fate is...

Tweeter Murdoch savages 'lying' Biden

News Corp Chief Rupert Murdoch

Arthur Macmillan WASHINGTON: Rupert Murdoch has taken to Twitter to savage the Obama-Biden campaign, appearing to throw his full support behind the Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Biden attacked in Murdoch's Twitter storm

Rupert Murdoch

Arthur MacMillan, Washington Media baron takes to social media to savage Obama-Biden campaign, appearing to throw his full support behind Mitt Romney.

All the President's women to the fore

Hillary Clinton

Paul McGeough, Washington A parade of the more dynamic women from the liberal side of American public life are in the spotlight as President Barack Obama juggles key appointments for his second term.