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May 24, 2012

U.S. set against recognizing Iranian right to enrich

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran’s insistence that world powers acknowledge what it sees as its right to enrich uranium emerged as a significant difference in international talks on its nuclear energy programme this week, a senior U.S. administration official said.

Speaking after two days of discussions between Iran and six world powers aimed at trying to defuse fears of a covert Iranian effort to develop nuclear bombs, the official added that looming additional sanctions were likely to raise pressure on Iran to seek an agreement ahead of a further round of talks in mid-June.

May 24, 2012

Iran talks with world powers hit snag over sanctions

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran accused world powers on Thursday of creating “a difficult atmosphere” that hindered talks on its atomic energy programme, signaling a snag in diplomacy to defuse fears of a covert Iranian bid to develop nuclear bombs.

The nub of the dispute was not immediately clear as the high-stakes talks went into a second day in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

May 24, 2012

Detailed, “engaged” Iran nuclear talks go to second day

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Talks between Iran and world powers to defuse a dispute about Iran’s nuclear goals go into a second day on Thursday with Washington cautiously hopeful of progress towards an agreed framework for addressing concerns that Tehran wants to build an atom bomb.

“I believe we have the beginning of a negotiation,” a senior U.S. official said of the discussions, which opened on Wednesday in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a renewed effort at diplomacy that will seek to ease decades of ingrained mistrust.

May 18, 2012

Cash-strapped G8 looks to private sector in hunger fight

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – Buffeted by the euro zone
crisis and distracted by political problems at home, the leaders
of the world’s industrial powers are turning to the private
sector to help fight hunger and malnutrition for up to a billion
people beset by shortages, droughts and rising food prices.

U.S. President Barack Obama will announce a new
public-private partnership program on Friday, s eeking to spur
this weekend’s summit of the wealthy Group of Eight to focus on
market methods to boost production, particularly among
hardscrabble small-scale farmers in Africa who may hold the key
to improved world food supplies.

May 18, 2012

U.S. firms eye Myanmar as sanctions suspended

By Andrew Quinn and Paul Eckert

(Reuters) – The suspension of U.S. sanctions barring investment in Myanmar in response to political reforms in the poor southeast Asian state gives a green light to U.S. firms queuing to scout for business in one of the last frontier markets.

“Today we say to American business: invest in Burma and do it responsibly,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a news briefing on Thursday with Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, on his long-isolated nation’s first official visit to Washington in decades as ties between the two countries warm.

May 17, 2012

U.S. suspends sanctions on investment in Myanmar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday suspended sanctions barring U.S. investment in Myanmar in response to political reforms in the poor southeast Asian state, drawing praise from some U.S. lawmakers but criticism from human rights advocates.

“Today we say to American business: invest in Burma and do it responsibly,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

May 8, 2012

Clinton presses Pakistan to do more to stamp out terrorism

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Standing next to India’s foreign minister, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed neighbouring Pakistan on Tuesday to do more to stamp out homegrown terrorism, in comments likely to please the Indian government but annoy Pakistani leaders.

Clinton was speaking a day after accusing Islamabad of foot-dragging in the case of Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based Islamist blamed for masterminding the attack by gunmen on Mumbai, India’s financial capital, in 2008. Clinton has authorised a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture.

May 8, 2012

Clinton praises Indian refiners for Iran oil cuts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on Tuesday on India’s refiners for their cuts in crude imports from Iran in a shift from pressure on the New Delhi government, welcoming the steps the refineries had taken so far.

She said the United States was working with India to find alternative crude supplies, after calling on Monday for New Delhi to do “even more” to reduce its reliance on Iran, its second-biggest oil supplier and the target of U.S. sanctions.

May 8, 2012

Pakistan must not be a launchpad for terrorism: Clinton

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged Pakistan to do more to make sure its territory is not used as a launchpad for terrorism, underlining the prickly relationship with a key ally in the war on militancy.

Clinton made the call during a joint news conference with India’s foreign minister. India has repeatedly accused its nuclear-armed rival of dragging its feet on cracking down on militants operating on its soil.

May 7, 2012

U.S. keeps India waiting on Iran sanctions waiver

KOLKATA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaned harder on India on Monday to deepen cuts of Iranian oil imports, saying Washington may not make a decision on whether to exempt New Delhi from financial sanctions for another two months.

Clinton, on a three-day visit to India, said the United States was encouraged by the steps its ally had taken so far to reduce its reliance on Iranian oil but that “even more” action was needed.