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Secretary of State John Kerry

Admiral Robert Papp Jr. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Coast Guard Chief Tapped As Arctic Diplomat

A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns.

07/16/2014

Palestinian men gather items from a destroyed building following an Israeli military strike on Beit Lahya, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014. (credit: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hamas Military Wing: ‘We’ll Be Loyal To The Blood Of The Martyrs’

Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday accepted in principle an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire to end a week of conflict between the Jewish state’s military and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 Palestinians dead and exposed millions of Israelis to Hamas rocket fire.

07/15/2014

File photo of Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Kerry: ‘Not A Question Of Assigning Blame’ For Immigration Crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Central America with the two-part message that the U.S. plans to deport thousands of immigrant children and that the region’s leaders need to combat the “false information” supporting an illegal entry into America.

07/02/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at NATO headquarters on June 25, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry Warns Mideast Nations Against Taking Military Action In Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, after Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.

06/26/2014

Iraqi Shiite fighters raise up their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants on June 23, 2014 during a gathering in the southern city of Basra. (credit: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS

The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

06/25/2014

Kurdistan regional government president Massud Barzani greets US Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan autonomous region, on June 24, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Official: Kerry To Make Clear White House Believes It’s In ‘Nobody’s Interest To Have Kind Of Al Qaeda On Steroids’ In Iraq

The top U.S. diplomat returned to Iraq on Tuesday for the second day in a row, again trying to convince one of its political leaders that overhaul of the Shiite-led government is the best way to deflate a raging Sunni insurgency that is pushing the country toward civil war.

06/24/2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Official: ‘There’s No Magic Airstrike That’s Going To Change The Entire Situation’ In Iraq

Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

06/23/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry brushed aside criticism of Obama administration Middle East policy Thursday, taking exception to assertions Washington has been too passive in the face of surging terrorism in the region.Hill. (Getty Images)

Kerry On Cheney Criticism: ‘This Is A Man Who Took Us Directly Into Iraq, Please’

Secretary of State John Kerry brushed aside criticism of Obama administration Middle East policy Thursday, taking exception to assertions Washington has been too passive in the face of surging terrorism in the region.

06/19/2014

In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama jumps into the Pacific Ocean at Pyramid Rock Beach on Jan. 1, 2013 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Obama Looking To Create World’s Largest Ocean Preserve By Protecting Stretch Of Pacific From Drilling, Fishing

President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.

06/17/2014

Iraqis get out of a vehicle in front of a checkpoint held by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group on June 16, 2014 in Iraq's second city of Mosul. (credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Deputy CIA Director: ‘We Need To Keep Iran Out Of’ Iraq Crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration was willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and was not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists.

06/16/2014

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