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US on Duterte: Gov't not on shoulders of one man

Nov 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Yes he s the head of state but there are many agencies in his government says US State Department Spokesman John Kirby

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepares for a meeting with overseas Filipino in Japan at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo on October 25, 2016. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photos

US 'committed' as Duterte eyes ending military drills

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The US says there has been no official rendering of President Rodrigo Duterte s decision to end military exercises between the Philippines and the US

JOINT EXERCISES. US (L) and Philippine (R) navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speedboat off the naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite City, west of Manila on June 28, 2013, as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fragile Syria truce tested by violence, US-Russia tensions

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The ceasefire has been marred by a lack of humanitarian aid deliveries sporadic violence and increasing friction between Moscow and Washington

SYRIA TRUCE. A general view taken on September 16, 2016, shows the rubble-strewn Castello Road, the main route for humanitarian assistance in to divided Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

US, Russia strike deal on 'concrete steps' to save Syria ceasefire

Jul 15, 2016 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED US officials are careful not to call the talks a last chance for diplomacy to resolve the bloody 5 year old conflict but they warn time is running out

CLOSER COOPERATION. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) as they meet at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2016. Photo by Vasily Maximov /EPA

ISIS group lost 1% of captured territory in Iraq – US

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:33 AM

I think we all recognize that it s a small percentage of the total right now But we re only six seven months into this thing too says Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby

US, Arab allies launch air strikes on ISIS jihadists in Syria

Sep 23, 2014 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED US media reported five Arab states took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the Islamic State group

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Russian fighters intercepted by US near Alaska

Sep 20, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Although Russian aircraft have entered the zone previously it was the first time in a long time that fighter jets passed through the area says a US defense official

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

White House makes it official: US 'at war' with ISIS

Sep 13, 2014 - 9:54 AM

The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around the globe says White House spokesman Josh Earnest

Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of looting crash site

Jul 19, 2014 - 11:04 PM

The Ukrainian government issues a furious statement declaring that the terrorists with the support of Russia are trying to destroy proof of this international crime

Passengers' belongings lie at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Pentagon cancels military exercise, visits after Thai coup

May 25, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The US has reconsidered its military assistance and engagements citing its own democratic principles and US law

Russia assures US it will not invade Ukraine

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:04 AM

In a phone conversation Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reassures US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who in turn urges an end to Russia s destabiliziing influence inside Ukraine

Malaysia asks US for undersea surveillance gear in jet search

Mar 22, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel assured Malaysia he would assess the availability and utility of military undersea technology for the MH370 search

US says hopeful on Ukraine crisis after Russia talks

Mar 06, 2014 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Although fears of outright war have eased tensions remain disconcertingly high in Ukraine

AGENDA: UKRAINE. Top Western diplomats meet in Paris to discuss the situation in Ukraine, 5 March 2014. In this photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chairs a meeting with the foreign ministers of the EU, UK, Germany, and Poland. Image courtesy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

US pledges $1B to Ukraine as Kerry visits

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED Kerry accuses Moscow of looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine and condemns Russia s intervention on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula as an act of aggression

IN KIEV. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 4, 2014. US State Department photo

US suspends military cooperation with Russia; Kerry to Ukraine

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED World markets plunged and oil prices spiked on fears of an all out offensive that would pit nuclear armed Russia against its Western backed neighbor

SHOW OF LOYALTY. A man waves Russian national flag outside the territory of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, 03 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Russian troops deploy in Crimea as Obama warns Kremlin

Mar 01, 2014 - 8:32 AM

A US defense official says Russia has moved several hundred troops into Crimea