WASHINGTON - Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian officials were heading Thursday to Brussels for talks with the European Union as the bloc's foreign policy chief said the country's embattled president "intends to sign" at some point a trade and co-operation agreement he rejected last month.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress is not expected to approve new sanctions against Iran until January at the earliest, giving President Barack Obama at least a few more weeks before his short-term nuclear agreement with the Middle Eastern power could face added complications.
The U.S. and other world powers reached an agreement with Iran last month that provides Iran with $7 billion in relief from U.S. economic penalties in exchange for a series of nuclear concessions.
KYIV, Ukraine - Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
That stance reflected their growing confidence after the abrupt withdrawal of riot police from parts of Ukraine's capital early Wednesday raised protesters' hopes that weeks of demonstrations have eroded police support for Yanukovych and his government.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian police on Wednesday pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kyiv's main square.
Squadrons of police in helmets and bearing metal shields converged at about 1 a.m. on Independence Square, but thousands of protesters put up fierce resistance for hours, shoving back at police lines to keep them away from key sites.
PHILADELPHIA - The parents of a Marine sergeant who died while stationed in Greece say that they discovered weeks after his funeral that his body had been sent home without a heart — and that the Department of Defence later gave them somebody else's heart in its place.
HAVANA - It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honour the late Nelson Mandela.
It would hardly have been noteworthy, except the men locking hands in Johannesburg were Barack Obama and Raul Castro, whose nations have been mired in Cold War antagonism for more than five decades.
JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of foreign leaders on Tuesday attended the memorial service honouring former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg's FNB stadium.
Here's a full list of heads of state, government leaders and ministers based on information provided by the South African government and reporting by The Associated Press:
— Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
— Angolan Vice-President Manuel Vincent.
— Argentinian Acting President Amado Boudou.
— Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
— Bahamas' Prime Minister Perry Christie.
BEIJING, China - Five years after his detention, the United States is calling for the release of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and an end to his wife's undeclared house arrest.
Washington remains deeply concerned about the couple's treatment, along with that of other jailed government critics, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
JOHANNESBURG - The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and almost 100 foreign leaders expected.
South African officials say the normal seating capacity of Johannesburg's FNB stadium of 95,000 probably won't suffice to accommodate all mourners, and the event is broadcast live to other stadiums and venues across the country.