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Jan 23, 2013

Clinton: U.S. cannot allow northern Mali to be terrorism base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe-haven for Islamist rebels who could eventually pose a more direct threat to U.S. interests, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Testifying to a Senate committee about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton said the growing international campaign against Islamist fighters in northern Mali was a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat.”

Jan 23, 2013

U.S. cannot allow northern Mali to be terrorism base: Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe-haven for Islamist rebels who could eventually pose a more direct threat to U.S. interests, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Testifying to a Senate committee about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton said the growing international campaign against Islamist fighters in northern Mali was a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat.”

Jan 23, 2013

Clinton chokes up as she defends handling of Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton choked up on Wednesday as she defended her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, an event that threatens to stain her legacy and any presidential hopes she may still harbor.

By turns emotional and feisty, Clinton told U.S. lawmakers that she took responsibility for the incident in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but also defended herself.

Jan 22, 2013

State Department delays Keystone pipeline decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp’s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska’s governor said on Tuesday he approved a plan for a section of the line.

“We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year,” said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision before the end of March.

Jan 18, 2013

Clinton assures Japan on islands, invites Abe to U.S. in February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japan on Friday of U.S. support in Tokyo’s dispute with Beijing over a string of islands and invited new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington in late February for a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Clinton held a working lunch with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and both emerged pledging that U.S.-Japan security and economic ties would remain strong following Abe’s landslide election victory last month.

Jan 17, 2013

With no end-game in sight U.S. moves cautiously on Mali

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is responding cautiously to Mali’s widening civil war, hoping to limit U.S. exposure even as French troops go on the offensive against Islamist rebels in the African country and U.S. citizens are caught up in a hostage crisis unfolding in neighboring Algeria.

The escalation of fighting in northern Mali, where West African troops are joining French soldiers battling al Qaeda-inspired rebels, has emerged as the first foreign policy flashpoint facing U.S. President Barack Obama as he begins his second term next week.

Jan 16, 2013

U.S. to recognize Somali government, opening door to new aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will on Thursday officially recognize the Somali government in Mogadishu, ending a hiatus of more than 20 years and opening the door to increased U.S. and international economic help for the violence-plagued African nation, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the shift during a meeting with visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose election last year marked the first vote of its kind since warlords toppled military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson told reporters.

Dec 31, 2012

Secretary of State Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday with a blood clot linked to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, the State Department said in an announcement that looked sure to stir up speculation over the health of one of America’s best-known political figures.

Clinton, 65, has been out of the public spotlight since mid-December, when officials said she suffered a concussion after fainting due to a stomach virus.

Dec 20, 2012

As U.S. grapples with Benghazi report, Clinton absent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not known for avoiding controversy.

But as Washington reviews an independent inquiry that slammed Clinton’s State Department for failures related to the fatal September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton herself remains sidelined by illness and out of the public eye.

Dec 20, 2012

U.S. State Dept seeks more money, vows reforms after Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department
will seek billions of dollars in new funds and revamp security
procedures around the globe in response to a critical
independent probe into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission
in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials said on
Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s two top deputies
appeared at a Senate hearing and conceded that U.S. officials
had failed to “connect the dots” ahead of the attack, which
killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three
other Americans.