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Kerry joins US veterans at D-Day memorial service

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived at a cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer to attend a memorial service for American veterans.

US Secretary of State John Kerry chats to one of the veterans ahead of a memorial service at the US cemetery. Credit: Pool
US Secretary of State John Kerry laughs with D-Day veterans on the 70th anniversary of the landings. Credit: Pool
Memorial services are being held at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux. Credit: Pool

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Kerry: Entire world should be doing everything possible

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the "entire world" should be doing everything they can to help find the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

Kerry condemns kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has reiterated his condemnation of the recent kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as a US team prepares to offer direct assistance on the ground

Kerry said at a Washington news conference: "Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now, and they are going to be working in concert with President Goodluck Jonathan's government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls to their families and their communities.

"We are also going everything possible we to counter the menace of Boko Haram.

"The entire world should not only be condemning this outrage, but should be doing everything possible to help Nigeria in the days ahead."

US sending security team to Nigeria to help with search

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has offered Nigeria support in its search for more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Kerry said the US Embassy in Abuja will form a "coordination cell" that will provide expertise on intelligence, investigation and hostage negotiations, while also helping to facilitate information sharing and victim assistance.

He said he spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan earlier that day, who accepted the offer.

Kerry: Ukraine events 'wake up call' to NATO allies

The US Secretary of State has called events in Ukraine a "wake up call" to NATO allies.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

John Kerry said allies must make it clear to Russia that NATO territory is inviolable, saying "we will defend every piece".

He said the Ukraine crisis puts "our entire model of global leadership" at risk.

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Lavrov tells Kerry Ukraine must stop operation in east

Sergei Lavrov has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Ukraine must stop its military operation in the country's southeastern as part of efforts to defuse the crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Credit: Parspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

In a telephone conversation with Kerry, Lavrov also urged the US to use its influence to secure the release of what the ministry called leaders of the "protest movement" in the region - a reference to pro-Russian separatists.

Kerry and Lavrov discussed efforts to resolve the situation involving detained OSCE military observers, the ministry said, adding that the controlling parts of southeastern Ukraine had not been properly informed of the observers' plans to travel there.

Geneva talks on Ukraine an hour over schedule

The four-way talks between diplomats from the US, Russia, Ukraine and the EU have now run an hour over schedule, according to ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray.

Kerry meets foreign ministers ahead of talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts ahead of four-way talks between representatives of the US, Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

John Kerry with Ukraine's foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsia Credit: US State Department

Mr Kerry met Russia's Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine's Andriy Deshchytsia, having earlier held bilateral talks with EU foreign affairs chief Baroness Ashton.

John Kerry with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: US State Department

John Kerry and Baroness Ashton in Geneva talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has begun bilateral talks with the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Baroness Ashton, about the situation in Ukraine.

Later this morning the pair will join the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers for a further round of talks on resolving the crisis.

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