McCain: ‘Syria civil war could have been stopped last year’

The civil war in Syria could have been stopped last year if President Obama had armed the rebels, Republican Senator John McCain told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “I always believed that we could provide weapons and training, but I also felt it was important to establish a safe zone,”

US Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state

After 28 years in the Senate, one failed presidential bid, and four years as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, D-Mass., was formally confirmed this afternoon to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, sailing through the Senate confirmation process in a matter of days and receiving near-unanimous approval from his colleagues […]

Doctors: Blood clot located in Clinton’s head

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said Monday. They say they are confident that she will make a full recovery. In a statement that revealed the location of the clot, Clinton’s doctors said it is in the […]

Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry, the former presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be the next secretary of state. The senior senator from Massachusetts is noted for having the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed Hillary Clinton, the outgoing top U.S. diplomat.

Susan Rice drops out of secretary of state race

Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration as U.S. secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a difficult Senate confirmation battle. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, said she was withdrawing from the process to avoid a lengthy, costly […]

Clinton to meet Russian counterpart to discuss Syria crisis

Hillary Clinton and the top Russian diplomat will hold a surprise meeting on Thursday with the United Nations’ peace envoy for Syria, signaling fresh hopes of an international breakthrough to end Syria’s 21-month civil war. The US secretary of state, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will gather in Dublin on the […]