International relations
  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, greets North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae in Beijing Friday, May 24, 2013. The top North Korean envoy delivered a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to Xi on Friday and told him Pyongyang would take steps to rejoin stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, in an apparent victory for Beijing's efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Rao Aimin)

    An apparent victory for Beijing's efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions as Pyongyang pledged to take steps to rejoin stalled talks.

    LAST UPDATE : May 24, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT
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  • Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint news conference before their meeting in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 23, 2013.

    Confidential report from the International Atomic Energy Agency this week indicated Iran upgraded uranium enrichment facilities and steps toward plutonium production.

    LAST UPDATE : May 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
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  • ,The Kremlin's chief of staff Sergei Ivanov listens during a security conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 23, 2013.

    Kremlin wants parallel reductions in non-nuclear precision weapons, signaling reluctance to sign off on a new arms deal with Washington.

    LAST UPDATE : May 23, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
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