The United States warned Wednesday it was "actively preparing" new sanctions to hit Russia if critical Ukraine talks do not produce concessions from Moscow.
U.S. officials privately signaled they had little hope that the Geneva talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and Washington would make significant progress.Full Story
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden vowed Friday it would work with Ukraine and other allies to prevent countries like Russia from using energy as a "political weapon."
In a telephone call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden said aid from the United States and other countries would help Ukraine "meet its most pressing needs," the White House said in a statement.Full Story
The White House said Wednesday it was disappointed by "unhelpful" actions by both Israelis and Palestinians that threaten to tear apart a U.S.-led peace effort.
Secretary of State John Kerry's bid to save peace talks is in peril after Israel announced plans for new settlement building and the Palestinians took steps towards seeking international recognition.Full Story
A man who opened fire on the White House with an assault rifle after telling friends he was on a mission from God to kill President Barack Obama was jailed for 25 years on Monday.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez drove more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) to the US capital from his home in Idaho to carry out his November 2011 attack.Full Story
The White House said Tuesday it is "very disappointed" that Saudi Arabia has denied a Jerusalem Post reporter's visa to cover President Barack Obama's visit to the kingdom later this week.
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the White House made clear to the Saudis the importance that the reporter have access to cover the trip.Full Story
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov admitted Friday the crisis over Crimea was "a difficult situation" as he began 11th-hour talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London.
With just two days to go until a referendum in the Ukrainian region that the West fears will lead to it being annexed by Russia, Lavrov said: "This is a difficult situation we are in. Many events have happened and a lot of time has been lost."Full Story
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday met Didier Burkhalter, leader of Switzerland and current head of the OSCE group that is seeking a leading role during Ukraine's political transition.
Biden held nine phone calls with ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in recent weeks, seeking to quell political violence, and has emerged as the White House's top pointman on the issue.Full Story
The White House on Tuesday called on Egypt to free three Al-Jazeera television journalists who have been held for more than a month, reportedly in harsh conditions.
President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said the detention of the journalists was "of deep concern" to the U.S. administration.Full Story
The White House called for an immediate end Sunday to clashes between security forces and protesters in Ukraine, warning of possible sanctions.
"We are deeply concerned by the violence taking place today on the streets of Kiev and urge all sides to immediately de-escalate the situation," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.Full Story
The United States welcomed the start of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s trial for four Hizbullah members accused of the Feb. 2005 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.
“We have strongly supported the Tribunal’s efforts to hold accountable those responsible for destabilizing acts of violence in Lebanon,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement on Thursday.Full Story