US lawmaker to block deal to sell F-16s to Pakistan

 Describing Pakistan's activities as "immensely problematic", a powerful Republican Senator has vowed to block the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to the country that is acting as a "duplicitous partner" and providing safe havens to terror groups.

Russian air strikes in Syria 'directly enabling' Islamic State: US

Russian air strikes in and around the city of Aleppo against opponents of the Syrian regime are benefitting the Islamic State group, a senior US official charged on Wednesday.

Seriously! Pakistan to get $860 million in US aid to 'fight' terrorists, improve ties with India

Seriously! Pakistan to get $860 million in US aid to 'fight' terrorists, improve ties with India

Under the Economic Support Fund (ESF) of the OCO, the State Department has proposed $400 million to Pakistan.

Kerry brands Islamic State group `apostates`

With an unusual choice of language, US Secretary of State John Kerry waded into Islamic theological debate on Tuesday when he branded the Islamic State group "apostates."

John Kerry urges Syrian peace talks to continue despite attack

Kerry said the conflict could easily engulf the Middle East if no negotiated settlement was achieved.

Kerry, Lavrov to discuss Syria peace talks on Feb 11: Moscow

Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov will meet his American counterpart John Kerry on February 11 to review progress in the Syria peace talks, his office said on Friday.

Terrorist safe havens in Pakistan a serious challenge: US

Terrorist safe havens in Pakistan a serious challenge: US

A top US general has said it is difficult to destroy the "enemy" in Afghanistan if terror groups like the Haqqani network and Taliban have sanctuaries in Pakistan.

China wants new UN resolution on North Korea

 China on Wednesday said it wanted the United Nations Security Council to take further actions and pass a new resolution on North Korea following its nuclear test earlier in January.

North Korean nuclear programme a `major challenge`: John Kerry

North Korean nuclear programme a `major challenge`: John Kerry

So far, China has no substantive actions towards the North have been announced.

Kerry presses China on North Korea, South China Sea

US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday called on China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear activities.

South Korea denies using missionaries to smear North Korea

South Korea on Wednesday rejected allegations -- levelled in a video confession by a detainee in North Korea -- that Seoul was supporting an anti-Pyongyang campaign through missionaries based in China.

John Kerry seeks clarity within 48 hours on Syria peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped for clarity within 48 hours on talks aimed at ending Syria's five-year war which had been due to start today.

John Kerry in Laos to discuss bomb legacy and ASEAN partnership

US Secretary of State John Kerry sat down Monday to discuss the deadly legacy of unexploded American bombs in Laos and China`s influence in Southeast Asia during a high-profile visit to the reclusive communist state.

France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted `this summer`: French economy minister

France hopes that international sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine will be lifted "this summer," French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

John Kerry to press China over North Korea, urge ASEAN unity over South China Sea

In Beijing Kerry plans "in depth" discussions on the South China Sea.

Eliminating nuclear weapons strategic priority: John Kerry

Eliminating nuclear weapons in the region is his country's strategic priority, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said here.

John Kerry tries to ease concerns about warning US-Iran relations

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Gulf Arab officials today to ease their concerns about warming US-Iranian ties and seek consensus on which Syrian opposition groups should be represented at upcoming peace talks.

John Kerry in Riyadh as Saudi-Iran tensions simmer

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday hoping for an easing of tensions between the Sunni power and its predominantly Shi'ite rival Iran.

US urges Turkey to do more in fight against ISIS

US urges Turkey to do more in fight against ISIS

US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter has said Turkey could do more in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Syrian opposition rules out indirect talks before goodwill steps

The talks have also been thrown into doubt by a disagreement over who should represent the opposition.