WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kerry leaves Wednesday on his ninth trip to the Mideast as Secretary of State to resume talks with Israel and the Palestinians aimed at crafting a final status agreement to end the decades-long conflict.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention. On the eve of the latest Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway, Kerry also urged China to release Liu's wife Liu Xia from house arrest and voiced concern over Beijing's clampdown on other activists including anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong. "We strongly urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo, to end Liu Xia's house arrest and to guarantee to Liu Xiaobo and his family members all internationally recognized human rights protections and freedoms," Kerry said in a statement. While calling for a "constructive relationship" with the Asian power, Kerry said: "We continue to believe that respect for international human rights is critical to China's growth, prosperity, and long-term stability.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Outbreaks of looting have spread across Argentina as mobs take advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises to match inflation. Videos show people shattering glass doors and hauling out everything from mattresses and cellphones to baby carriages and beer.