Dec 20, 2013 — If confirmed, the Montana Democrat would succeed Ambassador Gary Locke. Baucus had already announced he would not seek re-election next year. An early departure gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a fellow Democrat, the chance to appoint another member of their party to serve out the term.
Nov 8, 2013 — Secretary of State John Kerry is joining the talks in Geneva, boosting expectations about a preliminary agreement. A deal might include some sanctions relief for Iran in exchange for it agreeing to suspend efforts to enrich uranium.
Aug 7, 2013 — The U.S. objects to Russia's granting of temporary asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden. Obama will still attend a summit of world leaders in St. Petersburg next month, but he will not have a separate summit with the Russian leader.