Articles by Barry Schweid



Russia Is 'Anti-Democratic Leader'

  • 24 June 08
  • The Associated Press
Propelled by a surge of oil and natural gas wealth, Russia has become the leading anti-democratic force in its region, the U.S.-based democracy watchdog Freedom House said in a report released Monday.

Brezhnev Tried to Lift Nixon's Spirits

  • 26 October 07
  • The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- As the Watergate scandal enveloped U.S. President Richard Nixon in the summer of 1974, he was buoyed by a secret message of moral support from Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to newly released U.S. State Department documents. Brezhnev told Nixon he knew he would not ""crack under the pressure.""

U.S. Maps Alternative Strategy to Stop Iran

  • 24 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Lacking assurances from Russia and China that they would approve UN sanctions, the U.S. administration is trying to deny Iran technology, assets and especially weapons to slow down a suspected nuclear weapons program.

Nazi Holocaust Records Closer to Being Opened

  • 20 April 06
  • The Associated Press
After decades of holding back, Germany has taken a major step toward opening Nazi records on 17 million Jews, slave laborers and other Holocaust victims to historians and relatives long anxious for conclusive information about their fate.

Report Slams U.S. on Torture, Abuse

  • 19 January 06
  • The Associated Press
The Bush administration has a deliberate strategy of abusing terror suspects during interrogation, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in an annual report on abuses in more than 70 countries.

Bush's Nominee to UN Faces Tough Questions

  • 12 April 05
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton faced tough questioning Monday from Senate Democrats on his nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

U.S. Warms to Russian Pressure on Iran Over WMD

  • 06 November 03
  • The Associated Press
Russia is pressuring Iran to make good on promises to open its nuclear facilities to international inspection and may halt the $800 million deal to build a reactor for the Bushehr nuclear power plant if Iran backtracks, a senior U.S. State Department official said.

The U.S. Declares Basayev a Threat

  • 11 August 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday designated Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev a threat to the security of the United States and to U.S. citizens.

Powell Presents Recordings, Photos

  • 06 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Colin Powell made his case against Iraq before the UN Security Council on Wednesday by presenting tape recordings, satellite photos and informants' statements.

Bush Won't Let UN 'Handcuff' U.S. Policy

  • 01 November 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush told the United Nations on Thursday its job was to force Iraq to disarm.

In U.S., Ivanov Mulls Mideast Action Plan

  • 17 July 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met Tuesday with Russian, Arab, European and UN leaders seeking approval of an ""action plan"" to assist the Palestinian people over the next three years.

In Beirut, Powell Struggles to Halt Hezbollah Strikes

  • 16 April 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made a quick trip Monday to Lebanon seeking support for a crackdown on guerrillas who have been rocketing Israel from sanctuary in the southern part of the country.

Powell, Arafat Talk Brings No Cease-Fire

  • 15 April 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called his Sunday meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat ""useful and constructive"" but indicated no progress toward a cease-fire agreement from the Palestinian leader who remains under Israeli confinement in his rocket-scarred headquarters.

EU, UN, Russia Back Powell's Peace Mission

  • 11 April 02
  • The Associated Press
Russian, UN and EU officials endorsed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's peacemaking venture in the Middle East and urged cooperation from Israel and the Palestinians.

U.S., Russia See Legally Binding Pact

  • 14 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday the United States and Russia are likely to come up with a legally binding document outlining their mutual pledge to cut long-range nuclear weapons by two-thirds.

Pentagon Told to Be Ready to Hit Russia

  • 11 March 02
  • The Associated Press
The Pentagon has informed Congress it is planning for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the United States - a policy shift some arms control experts say could make America more likely to use such weapons.

Bush to Meet Putin In Moscow May 23

  • 01 February 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President Bush will hold his next round of talks with President Vladimir Putin on May 23 in Moscow.

Bush Notifies Putin He's Scuttling ABM Pact

  • 14 December 01
  • The Associated Press
Not surprised at the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, President Putin called the decision a mistake.

Bush Tells Putin He Will Cut Arsenal

  • 14 November 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush pledged Tuesday to reduce his country's long-range nuclear arsenal.

Deal Nears to Cut Strategic Warheads

  • 02 November 01
  • The Associated Press
The United States and Russia are moving closer to reducing their storehouses of nuclear weapons.

Bush Names New Moscow Envoy

  • 19 April 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush has selected a career Foreign Service officer to be ambassador to Moscow.

Envoy Says Only Defensive Weapons Will Be Sold to Iran

  • 15 March 01
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin is offering assurances to a concerned Bush administration that only defensive weapons will be sold to Iran.

Bush Cautions Kuchma on Human Rights

  • 02 March 01
  • The Associated Press
Intervening amid rising tensions, President George W. Bush has sent a pointed message to Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma warning that a crackdown on protesters is testing Kuchma's commitment to democracy and human rights.

Nixon Center Urges Diplomacy on Missile Defense

  • 16 February 01
  • The Associated Press
The Nixon Center, a private U.S. policy group, advised the administration of new U.S. President George W. Bush to insist that Russia stop helping Iran develop missiles and nuclear weapons.

U.S. Urges Putin, Rebels to Talk

  • 26 January 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush's administration has urged President Vladimir Putin to open talks with rebels in Chechnya and seek a political settlement.

U.S. Urges Putin to Begin Dialogue With Rebels

  • 25 January 01
  • The Associated Press
President George W. Bush's administration has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to open talks with rebels in restive Chechnya and seek a political settlement.

New Approach to Moscow Expected

  • 24 January 01
  • The Associated Press
The key to the Bush administration's new relationship with Russia is likely to be George W. Bush's determination to push ahead with a national defense against missiles.

Ivanov Says Red Cross Welcome in Chechnya

Albright Firm on Chechnya Conflict

Israel, Syria Open Peace Talks in Washington