Obama’s U.N. plan backfires on Congress

President Obama’s attempt to outmaneuver Congress and win quick United Nations approval for the Iran nuclear agreement is backfiring on him in Congress, and could further erode support among key players.

U.S. Entices Iran with High-Tech Reactors for Nuke Deal

The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms,

Kerry Calls for Renewed Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will call for a revival of the collapsed Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Sunday when he attends an international conference in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza.

Abbas Appeals to U.N. for Palestinian State

Palestinian officials said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will propose to the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline for an Israeli withdraw to the pre-1967 borders, to pave the way for a Palestinian State as part his “day after” plan following the current conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Full Coverage: Operation Protective Edge Enters 21st Day

After U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed in bringing a ceasefire to the region, U.S. President Barack Obama called and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu to agree to a ceasefire late Sunday night as Operation Protective Edge enters its 21st day. Since the beginning of the operation, 2,538 rockets have been fired into Israel. The death toll in Gaza move above 1,000, while the Israel Defense Forces have lost 43 soldiers.

US, UN Pressing Hard for Ceasefire in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban- Ki moon is to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, and US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday night amid a sudden spurt of intensive efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Kerry to Vienna as Nuclear Talk Stall

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a rare face to face meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Vienna to determine Iran’s commitment to reaching a nuclear agreement with the West.

U.S. Must Be Global Leader in Promoting Gay Rights

White House national security adviser Susan Rice addressed 200 gay rights advocates saying, “America’s support for LGBT rights is not just a national cause but it’s also a global enterprise.”

“I’m Working Hard to Ensure” U.S. has LGBT Ambassadors, Kerry Says

During a gay pride event last week, John Kerry spoke about Ted Osius nomination as a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam said, “(Osius) will be the first openly LGBT officer nominated to serve in Asia,” and “I’m working hard to ensure that by the end of my tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual, transgender ambassadors in our ranks as well.”

Kerry Meets Iraq’s PM; New Iraq Gov’t by July 1

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for nearly two hours on Monday. Kerry received commitments from Maliki to begin the process of forming a new national government in Baghdad by July 1, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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