Peaceful elections in Nigeria 'absolutely critical': Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that peaceful and timely elections were vital in Nigeria, where the country is battling a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram.

Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, a force for unity in royal family

Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is a veteran of the country's top leadership, versed in diplomacy from nearly 50 years as the governor of the capital Riyadh and known as a mediator of disputes within the sprawling royal family.

'Possibility' for new Libya peace talks in Geneva next week: UN

A new round of peace talks between Libya`s warring factions will possibly take place in Geneva next week, the United Nations said Friday.

Israeli PM to address US Congress, but Obama not to meet him during March visit
Israeli PM to address US Congress, but Obama not to meet him during March visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Thursday an invitation to address the US Congress about Iran and Islamic extremism.

Canada's Baird denounces ICC war crimes probe of Israel

Canada`s top diplomat on Sunday denounced a decision by the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary probe into possible Israeli war crimes, as he arrived for talks in Jerusalem.

Obama, Cameron to pledge partnership against cyber-crime

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, meeting in Washington on Friday, are expected to announce a newly strengthened partnership against cyber-crime.

Japanese top diplomat Fumio Kishida meets PM Narendra Modi

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday at the start of a two-day trip aimed at boosting ties between Asia`s second and third largest economies.

US to host summit on February 18 to fight 'violent extremism'

The United States will host a summit on February 18 on how to fight "violent extremism around the world" in the wake of the Paris attacks, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.

Netanyahu steps up appeal to French Jews after attacks

This week`s deadly jihadist attacks have again set off a competition between the French and Israeli governments to reassure and secure the affection of France`s increasingly nervous Jewish population.

Kerry meets ailing Oman sultan in Germany

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Oman`s ailing Sultan Qaboos during a brief visit to Munich Saturday, expressing his gratitude for the "strong friendship" with the veteran leader.

Secret files shed light on first Thatcher-Gorbachev talks

Classified documents made public Tuesday shed light on the political courtship between Britain`s Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev -- whom she famously declared she could "do business" with.

US blasts Azerbaijan clampdown on Radio Free Europe

The US State Department on Monday lambasted Azerbaijan over its crackdown on the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, calling the arrests of journalists an attack on civil society.

Syria says ready to discuss Russian plan to end crisis

Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war.

Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

Guinea`s president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram.

Kerry to meet Russia`s Lavrov in Rome on Monday

Top US diplomat John Kerry will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Monday, amid a toughening American response to a Kremlin-backed separatist insurgency in Ukraine.

China says 2014 an year of bumper harvest for its diplomacy

China on Friday said 2014 has been a "bumper harvest" year for its diplomacy and pledged to improve cooperation with India and other neighbouring countries besides the US and Russia in 2015, as it showcased growing support for its ambitious multi-billion dollar Silk Road plan.

Narendra Modi -Tony Abbott: New era of friendship?

"Narendra and I." Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after a summit talks while stressing how the two countries were expanding their cooperation in various areas.

Iran says ready to help Iraq fight IS jihadists

Iran said on Monday that it was at Iraq`s disposal to help its neighbour battle the Islamic State jihadist group, media reported.

Angelina Jolie `open` to politics, diplomacy

Los Angeles: As Americans went to the polls for mid-term elections Tuesday, Angelina Jolie revealed that she is open to a possible role in politics, diplomacy or public service.

Five key dates in North Korea`s sports politics
Five key dates in North Korea`s sports politics

North Korea`s victories at the Asian Games are a new example of how sport, politics and diplomacy are often mixed in dealings with Pyongyang, and by the isolated state`s propaganda machine.