Secretary of State John Kerry

An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near the Israeli-Gaza Strip border, on July 21, 2014. (credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Defense Minister Pledges To Keep Fighting Hamas ‘As Long As Necessary’

The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged to keep fighting “as long as necessary” – raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.

07/21/2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks as he takes part in a press conference with unseen US Senator John McCain at the US Embassy in Kabul on Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Graham: ‘Obama Has Become The King Of Indecision’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had harsh words for the Obama administration for the way they have been handling global crises.

07/21/2014

Palestinian Civil Defense workers search for survivors among the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, on July 21, 2014. (credit: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry Heads To Cairo As Palestinian Death Toll Climbs Over 500 In Gaza

The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 512 on Monday, Gaza health officials said, as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign.

07/21/2014

Amid calls for a cease-fire in in the Gaza Strip, more than twice as many Americans say that Hamas (40 percent) is responsible for the current violence in comparison to just 19 percent who blame Israel.  (credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu: Israeli Military ‘To Prepare For Significant Expansion Of Ground Operation’

Israel on Friday announced its first casualty since the start of its ground operation in Gaza — a soldier killed following a night of heavy fighting in the Hamas-ruled enclave.

07/18/2014

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

Kerry in Afghanistan on unannounced visit to meet feuding candidates after US general slain. 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

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