U.N. diplomats are in final negotiations this month on an unprecedented arms trade treaty that would clamp down on the flow of arms around the world.
Ireland's PM says European leaders must be honest and work with colleagues to emerge from the financial crisis.
Dublin will hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal pact, plunging Europe into months of uncertainty and potentially placing a question mark over Ireland's membership of the euro.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the rift that's been exposed between Europe and the UK after the Brussels summit.
A majority of European leaders agreed early Friday on a new deal to try to resolve the continent's debt crisis, but Britain refused to back a broader treaty change.
A majority of European leaders agreed early Friday on a new deal to try to resolve the continent's debt crisis, but some countries including Britain refused to back a broader treaty change.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed on Thursday to put forward an overall plan to change the EU's treaties.
David Cameron will today tell Angela Merkel, German chancellor, that he will back her plans to strengthen economic union in the eurozone, but only on condition that he wins safeguards to protect the City of London from unwelcome European legislation.
When he was arrested in Turkey in 1970, Billy Hayes was given a choice of whom to call. For a scared young man facing serious charges, it was an easy decision: The U.S. consulate in Istanbul.
The Senate will officially take up three trade deals and a scaled-back version of a jobs retraining program for laid-off workers on Thursday.
It's tit for tat on trade treaties between President Obama and congressional Republicans.
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a deal with Colombia to protect labor rights in that South American nation, paving the way for three different trade deals to be ratified by Congress.
With President Obama in Latin America to talk trade this weekend, he faces a new stalemate at home on key treaties that he wants wrapped up this year.
President Barack Obama signed ratification documents for America's new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia on Wednesday, clearing the way for the two powers to put the landmark accord into effect.
Russia's lower house of parliament ratified Tuesday a landmark nuclear disarmament treaty with the United States, the first such weapons pact in the post-Cold War era.
Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar react to the ratification of the nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.
The lower house of the Russian parliament gave preliminary approval Friday to START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday congratulated President Barack Obama on the Senate's approval of a new nuclear arms control treaty between the countries, the White House said.
The Senate ratifies the START treaty which will allow inspections to resume and weapons arsenals to be limited.
The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia -- a major foreign policy victory for the Obama administration near the end of the lame-duck session of Congress.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina expresses irritation at the way the lame duck Congress is working.
Last week, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint argued that the Senate should not approve the new START agreement with Russia because it might force senators to work over Christmas, thus showing insensitivity to the Christian faithful.
The new nuclear arms control pact with Russia cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure.
Senate debate on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia intensified Monday, with Democratic supporters touting the backing of military leaders for the pact while Republican opponents used to Cold War terminology to portray it as a threat to national security.
Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held.
Senate Democrats defeated a Republican amendment Saturday that would have taken out language that recognizes a relationship between offensive and defensive weapons from the preamble of the New START treaty, the proposed nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
On Friday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said the Senate is prepared to vote on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
CNN's Tom Foreman explains what the START accord would mean to the U.S., Russia and the rest of the world.
The Senate began formal debate Thursday on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, a top presidential priority that conservative Republicans had tried to block in the current lame-duck session of Congress.
In November, President Obama said ratifying the New START, a pivotal treaty with Russia, must happen this year.
The Senate voted Wednesday to begin debate on ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, a top presidential priority that conservative Republicans were trying to block in the current lame-duck session of Congress.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) says he is confident that the START Treaty will be ratified before the new year.
The Senate will begin debate on ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia as soon as Wednesday, after the chamber passes the tax package that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.
The Senate will ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia this year, staying in session however long it takes to get it done, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted on Friday.
Facing the ticking time bomb of the Senate's lame-duck calendar, the New START arms control agreement now looks closer to being voted on before the end of the year.
The British government offered the United States a deal to temporarily store cluster munitions at a military base on its soil, despite having signed a treaty banning such storage, according to a State Department cable published by WikiLeaks.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday joined a growing list of former GOP diplomatic and national security heavyweights endorsing the new Russian arms control treaty negotiated by the Obama administration.
CNN's Candy Crowley asks Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen why Pres. Obama is pushing to have the START treaty ratified.
The Republican senator who opposes ratification this year of a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia made clear Sunday that politics, not policy, is the main issue.
President Obama speaks about the progress made at the NATO summit in Lisbon.
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met privately on the sidelines of a NATO summit Saturday, a national security advisor said.
Russia and NATO, once wary and untrusting of each other, have decided to deepen their ties, with both agreeing Saturday to work closely on the crucial issue of missile defense.
President Barack Obama urged the lame duck Senate to quickly ratify the new arms control treaty with Russia, arguing that the United States cannot "afford to gamble" on the need to effectively monitor that country's nuclear stockpile.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the lame-duck Senate on Wednesday to ratify the new Russian nuclear arms control treaty, warning that a failure to do so would undermine a critical need for "stability, transparency and predictability."
A key Republican senator cast doubt Tuesday on the Obama administration's chances of passing the nuclear treaty with Russia during the lame-duck session of Congress.
In a bid to ratify the new nuclear missile agreement with Russia during the lame-duck session of Congress, the Obama administration is offering to spend $4 billion more over five years for nuclear weapons modernization.
President Barack Obama on Sunday reiterated his commitment to getting the U.S. Senate to approve the New START treaty with Russia by year's end, saying he felt "reasonably good about our prospects" for the goal.
With the Senate set to begin its lame-duck session Monday, the Obama administration is telling members it's time for them to vote on the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.
The Obama administration has offered to speed up Sudan's removal from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if the Khartoum government fulfills its obligations under a 2005 peace accord, senior State Department officials confirmed Monday.
The leaders of Britain and France signed a groundbreaking treaty on defense cooperation Tuesday that would combine many elements of their militaries, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the new nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States Thursday.
Since World War II, Democratic and Republican administrations alike have consistently held the United States out as a worldwide model for the protection and promotion of human rights standards.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Senate ratification of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia on Wednesday, stressing that it's a critical component of U.S. efforts to keep tabs on Moscow's arsenal.
The Obama administration pushed for Senate approval of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia on Thursday, hoping to win over Republican lawmakers concerned the pact imposes limits on U.S. missile defense programs.
The proposed U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty will enhance U.S. security and diplomatic credibility, and won't compromise U.S. nuclear force levels or undermine its missile defense, top U.S. officials said Tuesday as they urged the Senate to ratify the pact.
In the week leading up to the meeting of world leaders in Washington, President Obama has been demonstrating a strong commitment to nuclear arms control.
The presidents of the United States and Russia sign a comprehensive arms agreement in the Czech Republic.
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a major nuclear arms treaty Thursday, but critics in the Senate will have their say before anything is put in place.
Today, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a treaty fixing a ceiling for each country of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 deployed nuclear delivery vehicles.
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a major nuclear arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.
President Barack Obama headed to the Czech Republic on Wednesday night to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and sign an arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.
A new arms-control treaty between the United States and Russia is nearly complete, the White House said.
A new international treaty to combat climate change will not be ready when 40 world leaders meet next month in Copenhagen but may be finished next year, a top United Nations official said Friday in Barcelona.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the European Union's Lisbon Treaty Tuesday, he announced on his Web site, paving the way for major changes to the way the 27-nation bloc is run.
The European Union was days away Friday from ratification of the Lisbon Treaty after the president of the Czech Republic -- the remaining holdout in negotiations -- agreed to ratify it.
The Polish president on Saturday signed his country's ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, aimed at streamlining the workings of the European Union.
In a political U-turn, Ireland votes yes on the Lisbon Treaty. ITN's Carl Dinnen reports.
Ireland has voted in favor of the Lisbon Treaty, which would modernize the structure of the European Union, according to official government results released Saturday.
Irish voters are going to the polls again Friday -- to vote on a treaty they rejected just over a year ago.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Antarctic Treaty is vital to protecting the environment.
A United Nations court has found that the United States violated an international treaty and the court's own order when a Mexican national was executed last year in a Texas prison.
Lisa Sylvester reports on the execution of Jose Medellin, a Mexican national convicted of murder.
Mexican national Jose Ernesto Medellin, whose death penalty conviction in the rape and murder of two teen girls sparked international controversy, was put to death in Texas on Tuesday night, prison officials said.
The European Union will not draft a new treaty after Irish voters rejected the existing one last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday.
The Irish "No" toward the Lisbon Treaty leaves leaders struggling for a way out. CNN's Robin Oakley reports.
There is often an air of theatrical unreality about EU summits. This one seems to be the Keystone Cops Meets Othello, or any other tragedy you care to name.
European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for the first time since Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty.
Early results show Irish voters appear to have rejected a referendum on the proposed 'Lisbon treaty of E.U. reforms.'
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Friday that he was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty, but said the government "accepts and respects the verdict of the Irish people."
Voters reject the EU's Lisbon treaty in a referendum, delivering a severe blow to European leaders' plans for reform
CNN's Robin Oakley looks at the issues in Ireland as voters decide on a treaty meant to streamline the enlarged EU.
European Union members will learn Friday afternoon whether Irish voters have shot down or supported their latest attempt to create a new governing treaty.
Voters in Ireland are going to the polls Thursday to vote on a proposed treaty that is meant to streamline the enlarged European Union.
More than 100 countries attending a conference in Dublin, Ireland formally adopted a treaty Friday to ban cluster bombs -- a large, unreliable and inaccurate weapon that often affects civilians long after the end of armed conflict.
One of Francis Williams' favorite stories to tell is about the time he was pulled over for speeding.
A Supreme Court ruling on on US compliance with international treaties may lead to a more rational way of approving them
The Supreme Court has concluded Texas can execute a Mexican man sentenced to death for murder, ending an unusual capital appeal that pitted President Bush against his home state in a dispute over federal authority, local sovereignty and foreign treaties.
European leaders signed a new treaty in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday to reshape the European Union and streamline decision-making, despite criticism that the treaty strips member nations of too much power.
The United States on Wednesday joined an international treaty on adoptions -- a move that will protect both children and parents, and make the State Department a central registry tracking all adoptions coming in and out of the country, officials said.
Forging the legal framework for the European Union has not been without its problems. But 27 member states agreeing to sign a new document will help
A new treaty that will reshape the European Union's institutions and, it is hoped, streamline decision-making is a "European victory", according to the current president of the EU.
The Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines Monday when hearing arguments over the fate of a Mexican murderer on death row, an unusual capital appeal that pits the state of Texas against the Bush administration.
Analysis: Panama's ex-dictator is the only recognized prisoner of war in the world and is trying to use the Geneva Convention to his advantage.
Russia pulls out of arms pact
Why is the EU arguing, yet again, over its constitution?
With upraised right hand and left hand on the Bible, each of our presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush, has solemnly sworn to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States.
Maybe it's panic, hubris, guilt -- or a combination of the three. But every now and again, a corporate chief accused of breaking the law hightails it rather than face the prospect of a very long time behind bars.
The European Union, an economic and political alliance of 15 -- soon to be 25 -- countries, is changing faster and more dramatically than at any other time in its history.
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