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May 7, 2012

Pakistan dragging its feet on Mumbai mastermind: Clinton

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that Pakistan had not taken enough action against Hafiz Saeed, the Islamist blamed for masterminding the 2008 attack by Pakistan-based gunmen on Mumbai, India’s financial capital.

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors since the carnage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days.

May 7, 2012

Clinton says India needs to do more on Iranian oil imports

KOLKATA (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up pressure on ally India on Monday to further reduce its Iranian oil imports, making clear Washington wanted to see further action before granting New Delhi a waiver from U.S. financial sanctions.

Iran is the second-largest supplier of crude to the energy-hungry country. Publicly, India has rejected Western sanctions but privately it has pushed local refiners to start cutting imports of oil from Iran by 15-20 percent.

May 6, 2012

U.S. seeks Indian assurance on Iran as Clinton visits

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – The United States will seek assurances that India will reduce its purchases of oil from sanctions-hit Iran during a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the South Asian giant this week, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

Clinton started a three-day trip to India on Sunday that will coincide with a visit by a large Iranian trade delegation, as India walks a tightrope of strengthening ties with ally the United States and sating its fast-growing energy needs.

May 6, 2012

Clinton pressures Bangladesh govt in Grameen Bank row

DHAKA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday warned Bangladesh’s government not to undermine pioneering microlender Grameen Bank, saying it was a key driver in the South Asian nation’s slow climb out of poverty.

Clinton met with Grameen’s ousted founder – Nobel Prize-winning economics professor Mohammad Yunus – and later voiced strong support for the organization which has fallen out of favour with Bangladesh’s political leadership.

May 6, 2012

Clinton pressures Bangladesh government in Grameen Bank row

DHAKA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday warned Bangladesh’s government not to undermine pioneering microlender Grameen Bank, saying it was a key driver in the South Asian nation’s slow climb out of poverty.

Clinton met with Grameen’s ousted founder – Nobel Prize-winning economics professor Mohammad Yunus – and later voiced strong support for the organization which has fallen out of favor with Bangladesh’s political leadership.

May 5, 2012

Clinton “bets on Bangladesh” despite turmoil

DHAKA, May 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said she was “betting on Bangladesh” on Saturday as she
began a visit to the impoverished South Asian country, gripped
by growing tensions over the disappearance of an opposition
leader.

Clinton flew to Dhaka after three days of diplomatic drama
in Beijing as China and the United States tussled over the fate
of a blind human rights activist holed up at the U.S. embassy.

May 5, 2012

Clinton heads to Bangladesh after China dissident drama

BEIJING, May 5 (Reuters) – Leaving behind diplomatic drama
over a Chinese dissident, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton faced a fresh test on Saturday as she moves on to
Bangladesh where the disappearance of an opposition leader has
fueled growing tensions.

Clinton will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her
opposition rival, Begum Khaleda Zia, following her arrival late
on Saturday, and will also pay a call on Nobel laureate Muhammad
Yunus, whose removal from the pioneering micro-lender Grameen
Bank has been criticized by Washington.

May 5, 2012

Clinton leaves China as dissident Chen awaits departure

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left Beijing on Saturday after a tense week of negotiations with China over the fate of blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who plans to travel to the United States under a deal to end the standoff.

Despite some speculation that Chen might fly out on the same plane as Clinton, the 40-year-old activist remained in the Beijing hospital he went to on Wednesday from the U.S. embassy, where he had taken refuge after a dramatic escape from 19 months under house arrest in his home village.

May 4, 2012

China says dissident may apply to study in U.S.

BEIJING, May 4 (Reuters) – China said on Friday that blind
dissident Chen Guangcheng could apply to study abroad, a move
praised by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
suggesting an end may be near to a diplomatic standoff between
Beijing and Washington.

But rights activists sounded a note of caution, saying
Beijing could move slowly on granting Chen permisson to leave
out of fear that appearing soft might embolden other challengers
to Communist Party rule before a power handover late this year.

May 4, 2012

Clinton says U.S. willing to work with N.Korea if it reforms

BEIJING, May 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said on Friday that the United States was willing to
work with North Korea if it changed its ways, and also said more
pressure should be bought to bear on Sudan and Syria.

Speaking in Beijing at the end of two-days of high-level
meetings overshadowed by a crisis over a Chinese dissident who
had sought refuge at the U.S. embassy, Clinton sought to
underscore that Washington and Beijing could still work together
on key international issues.