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US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of ... Full Story

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    US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of State John Kerry's ambitious, if perhaps quixotic, hope of ending the decades-long impasse at the cost of focusing on other crises around the world. But Kerry refused to accept defeat, saying "we will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibili...

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    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped into the familiar role of chief consoler Friday as he arrived for meetings in South Korea, a key U.S. ally that is reeling from a deadly ferry disaster.

  • US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway
    US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway

    TOKYO (AP) — Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement.

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  • DHS sec'y puts ex-watchdog on leave after report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The secretary of the Homeland Security Department put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave Thursday following the release of a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critcal reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees.

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    Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.

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