Vice President Joe Biden told America’s biggest pro-Israel lobbying organization on Monday that President Barack Obama is “not bluffing” about the United States’ determination to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran’s disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog raised pressure on Iran to finally address suspicions that it has sought to design an atomic bomb, calling for swift inspector access to a military base where relevant explosives tests are believed to have been carried out.
US President Barack Obama will visit Saint Petersburg for September’s G20 summit and will also hold a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June.
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Making a case for providing increased support to the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia and Iran on Monday for continuing to ship arms to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
In choosing Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator, President Barack Obama has selected an experienced regulator who has been at the forefront of the agency’s fight to enact tough greenhouse gas regulations.
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Of all major world regions, Europe has worked the hardest to implement policies aimed at countering human-caused climate change. Yet the cornerstone of Europe’s approach – a continent-wide emissions trading system for the greenhouse gases that cause climate change – is in trouble. That experience suggests a better strategy for both Europe and the rest of the world.
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A Climate Commission report calls it the The Angry Summer, and beyond a doubt the three months just past saw heat, flood and drought of biblical and unprecedented proportions in various parts of the country.
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China’s potential carbon tax may spur U.S. lawmakers to consider climate protection more seriously, according to a trader representative.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lamented $46 billion in automatic defense budget cuts as “abrupt and arbitrary” but expressed confidence Friday that the Obama administration will find ways to manage them without jeopardizing national security.
Automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday are expected to touch a vast range of government services.
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President Obama today officially nominated nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to become the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy.
A new Harvard Business School survey found that more than half of surveyed alumni expect U.S. competitiveness to decline during the next three years.