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Sep 1, 2011

Give victorious rebels Libya’s U.N. seat: Clinton

PARIS (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that Libya’s interim leaders should be given the country’s United Nations seat but they should also work with their former foes.

Addressing a meeting of world powers on Libya, Clinton also said that the NATO military campaign which supported the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi should carry on as long as civilians are under threat, despite his overthrow.

Aug 29, 2011

U.S. sees economy, assets as Libya’s priorities now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel leaders should look to retrieve frozen assets and revive the country’s oil industry to finance its reconstruction rather than rely on aid from abroad, the State Department said on Monday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend a meeting in Paris on Thursday which will mark a shift in international support for Libya’s rebels to long-term goals from the short-term objective of toppling Muammar Gaddafi, said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Aug 23, 2011

Libya’s next phase carries risks for United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama was a cautious leader in the drive to topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and could face even greater risks as Libya embarks on a messy transition to a post-Gaddafi era.

But the United States — despite deep economic problems and unpopular and costly military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan — may yet find itself saddled with an important role in Libya’s political reconstruction.

Aug 22, 2011

Analysis: Libya’s next phase carries risks for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was a cautious leader in the drive to topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and could face even greater risks as Libya embarks on a messy transition to a post-Gaddafi era.

But the United States — despite deep economic problems and unpopular and costly military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan — may yet find itself saddled with an important role in Libya’s political reconstruction.

Aug 22, 2011

Analysis – Libya’s next phase carries risks for United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama was a cautious leader in the drive to topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and could face even greater risks as Libya embarks on a messy transition to a post-Gaddafi era.

But the United States — despite deep economic problems and unpopular and costly military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan — may yet find itself saddled with an important role in Libya’s political reconstruction.

Aug 18, 2011

U.S. offers North Korea flood aid, but no food yet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has offered North Korea up to $900,000 in emergency flood assistance but has made no decision yet on a broader request for humanitarian food aid for the isolated country, the State Department said on Thursday.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. offer would likely include plastic sheeting, tents and other supplies and that details were being worked out between U.S. and North Korean diplomats at the United Nations in New York.

Aug 18, 2011

U.S. to give emergency flood aid to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will provide North Korea with up to $900,000 in emergency flood assistance, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday in what appeared to be another sign of easing tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

The State Department said the decision on assistance, which has been pending since a U.S. delegation visited North Korea in May, was in response to humanitarian needs arising from recent flooding in the country.

Aug 16, 2011

U.S. risks losing “Arab Spring” opportunity: Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States may lose its chance to reshape the politics of the Middle East if budget pressures hobble U.S. support for democratic forces emerging in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, appearing in a townhall-style meeting, argued strongly against further cuts to military, diplomatic and development spending as the United States struggles to slash its $1.4 trillion deficit.

Aug 15, 2011

U.S. encouraged by Libya rebel push, embassy open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States believes Libyan rebel advances are choking off Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in the capital Tripoli and significantly increasing pressure on the Libyan leader, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said an envoy from the rebel’s National Transitional Council had reopened Libya’s embassy in Washington, further formalizing ties between the United States and the rebel government.

Aug 15, 2011

U.S. refuses Taiwan request for new jets: report

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has refused Taiwan’s request for 66 new Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets which China had warned Washington would risk inflaming tensions between the two big powers, Defense News reported, citing a Taiwan defense official.

Taiwan has repeatedly asked Washington to agree to sell the advanced F-16 fighter jets, citing the need to counter the growing military strength of China, which deems the island a breakaway province that must eventually accept reunification, by force if necessary.