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Oct 12, 2012

Clinton says U.S. must embrace Arab Spring despite dangers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States must look past the violence and extremism that has erupted after the “Arab Spring” revolutions and boost support for the region’s young democracies to forge long-term security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

Clinton, seeking to reinforce the Obama administration’s Middle East policy following a wave of anti-American violence and last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Washington cannot be deterred by “the violent acts of a small number of extremists.”

Oct 12, 2012

Ryan, under pressure in debate, struggles to detail foreign policy

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden
challenged his rival Paul Ryan on Thursday to show how a
Republican administration would alter U.S. foreign policy in a
dangerous world, but extracted few new details on issues
including Iran, Syria and Afghanistan.

Biden and Ryan spent almost half the time in their only
debate sparring over foreign policy, with each side hoping to
score points on issues that have surged to the foreground as the
U.S. presidential campaign tightens in its final weeks.

Oct 10, 2012

U.S. officials say frantic search failed to find envoy in Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – U.S. State Department
officials on Tuesday offered their most detailed description yet
of the dramatic events in Benghazi that led to the death of a
U.S. ambassador, but they backed away from earlier assertions
that the events were triggered by protests against an anti-Islam
video.

The officials were briefing reporters on the eve of a
congressional hearing into on the attack last month, which is
expected to focus on security missteps by the department.

Oct 8, 2012

Romney spares details as he hits Obama on foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday ratcheted up his campaign to cast President Barack Obama as a weak steward of U.S. power, but offered few specific clues about how he would handle world crises differently.

Romney, hearkening back to the “peace through strength” doctrine of President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, gave his most extensive remarks of the campaign on foreign policy -although he focused almost entirely on the Muslim world.

Oct 8, 2012

Analysis: Romney spares details as he hits Obama on foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday ratcheted up his campaign to cast President Barack Obama as a weak steward of U.S. power, but offered few specific clues about how he would handle world crises differently.

Romney, hearkening back to the “peace through strength” doctrine of President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, gave his most extensive remarks of the campaign on foreign policy -although he focused almost entirely on the Muslim world.

Oct 4, 2012

U.S. backs Turkey, hopes Syria dispute doesn’t escalate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States expressed hope on Thursday that Turkey’s border clash with Syria does not escalate further, but stood by its NATO ally’s right to defend itself against aggression spilling over from Syria’s internal armed conflict.

The State Department said Turkey’s decision to mount retaliatory artillery strikes after a Syrian mortar killed five civilians in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday was appropriate and proportional.

Sep 28, 2012

U.S. drops Iranian MEK dissident group from terrorism list

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Friday formally removed the Iranian dissident group Mujahadin-e Khalq from its official list of terrorist organizations, but underscored serious concerns about the group which is seeking to recast itself as an Iranian opposition force.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the decision, effective on Friday, in view of the MEK’s public renunciation of violence, the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade, and their cooperation in the peaceful closure of their paramilitary base in Iraq, the State Department said in a statement.

Sep 28, 2012

U.S., Gulf countries seek to advance missile defense plan

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The United States and its Gulf
partners are looking to deepen cooperation on missile defense as
tensions rise with Iran, and announcements could come soon on
new purchases, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) officials in New York as Washington seeks to boost
regional defenses against perceived Iranian threats.

Sep 28, 2012

U.S., France boost Syria support, less than rebels hoped

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States and France announced increased support for opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, but there was no sign that the direct military aid the rebels want to create safe havens for civilians is on the way.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a meeting of foreign ministers in New York that the United States would provide an additional $45 million in non-lethal and humanitarian aid to the Syrian opposition.

Sep 28, 2012

U.S. formally drops Iranian MEK dissident group from terrorism list

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on
Friday formally removed the Iranian dissident group Mujahadin-e
Khalq from its official list of terrorist organizations, but
underscored that it still has “serious concerns” about the
group.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the decision,
effective on Friday, in view of the MEK’s public renunciation of
violence, the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK
for more than a decade, and their cooperation in the peaceful
closure of their paramilitary base in Iraq, the State Department
said in a statement.