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May 2, 2012

Clinton arrives in China amid uncertainty over dissident

BEIJING (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for annual talks with Chinese leaders that risk being upstaged by the case of a blind dissident said to be under U.S. protection in the Chinese capital.

The fate of legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest while under watch by scores of guards, has distracted from the planned two-day talks, likely to feature trade and market access issues and diplomatic quandaries over Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Apr 30, 2012

Clinton faces personal test in China diplomatic firestorm

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton hoped to highlight stability during her trip to
China this week, but instead flies into a diplomatic hurricane
sparked by the dramatic escape of a blind Chinese human rights
activist now believed to be under U.S. protection.

Clinton is due to depart Washington late on Monday for
Beijing, where she will be joined by Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner and other U.S. officials for high-level meetings with
their Chinese counterparts on Thursday and Friday.

Apr 25, 2012

U.S. seeks to re-engage Pakistan with envoy visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s top envoy for Pakistan will arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday for two days of meetings aimed at resetting the two countries’ fractious relationship after a series of damaging setbacks.

The State Department said Ambassador Marc Grossman would hold bilateral meetings with Pakistani officials and take part in a “core group” meeting with officials from both Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the United States is hoping to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban.

Apr 25, 2012

U.S. says LRA’s Kony “significantly degraded”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-backed efforts to hunt down fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony have “significantly degraded” his ability to wreak havoc across central Africa, but more needs to be done before he can be put out of operation, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama this week extended the mission of some 100 U.S. military advisers dispatched last year to help African government forces battling Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), accused of terrorizing the region for decades through murder, rape and kidnapping children.

Apr 20, 2012

In easing Myanmar sanctions, U.S. seeks to boost reforms

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – The United States is moving
to ease bans on U.S. companies investing in and providing
financial services to Myanmar, and will first target those
sectors that could support democratic reforms in the country, a
senior U.S. official said on Friday.

The official said that final reviews were under way
following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s pledge earlier
this month to begin unwinding U.S. business sanctions, with
decisions expected in coming weeks.

Apr 19, 2012

U.S. struggles to head off wider Sudan conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is working to push Sudan and South Sudan back from the brink of war as the two sides ratchet up hostilities that threaten to upend the U.S.-backed peace deal that led to South Sudan’s independence last year.

The Obama administration’s special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, said on Thursday the situation was a “very serious crisis” that threatened wider conflict between the two foes, which fought a brutal civil war for decades before finally signing a 2005 peace agreement.

Apr 5, 2012
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood launches push to “build bridges” with U.S. leaders

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(Washington Monument obelisk and crescent moon over Washington January 23, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

With PowerPoint presentations and political promises, Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood made its U.S. diplomatic debut this week hoping to persuade Washington that the Islamist group is committed to democracy and rule of law.

Apr 4, 2012

Egypt’s Brotherhood launches U.S. diplomatic push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With PowerPoint presentations and political promises, Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood made its U.S. diplomatic debut this week hoping to persuade Washington that the Islamist group is committed to democracy and rule of law.

A delegation from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the once-banned Islamist movement, has been making the Washington rounds talking to officials and think tank experts about their growing role as Egypt heads toward presidential elections.

Mar 30, 2012

Obama’s North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea’s grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks.

Their hosts, led by North Korean’s chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, had ordered U.S.-style coffee for talks both sides hoped would lead to new negotiations on Pyongyang’s nuclear program and to resumed U.S. food shipments to one of the most feared and secretive countries in the world.

Mar 30, 2012

Insight: Obama’s North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea’s grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks.

Their hosts, led by North Korean’s chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, had ordered U.S.-style coffee for talks both sides hoped would lead to new negotiations on Pyongyang’s nuclear program and to resumed U.S. food shipments to one of the most feared and secretive countries in the world.