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Sep 8, 2012

Clinton sees Congress moving on Russia trade measure

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress may move this month to upgrade trade relations with Russia, a key part of the Obama administration’s effort to bolster sometimes strained ties with Moscow and open the Russian market to more U.S. companies, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.

Clinton, addressing the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) meeting in Vladivostok, said the Obama administration was working closely with Congress on lifting the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, Cold War-era legislation which has blocked normal trade privileges for Russia.

Sep 8, 2012

Hillary sees Congress moving on Russia trade measure

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress may move this month to upgrade trade relations with Russia, a key part of the Obama administration’s effort to bolster sometimes strained ties with Moscow and open the Russian market to more U.S. companies, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.

Clinton, addressing the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) meeting in Vladivostok, said the Obama administration was working closely with Congress on lifting the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, Cold War-era legislation which has blocked normal trade privileges for Russia.

Sep 7, 2012

U.S. to designate Haqqani network as a terrorist group

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – The United States will designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, accused of some high-profile attacks, as a terrorist group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed a report to Congress saying the network met criteria for a terrorist designation, the department said.

Aug 3, 2012

Clinton urges South Sudan, Sudan to settle oil dispute

JUBA, Aug 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton on Friday urged South Sudan and Sudan to end an oil
dispute that has brought the neighbours to the brink of war, in
the highest-level visit of a U.S. official to Juba since its
independence a year ago.

Clinton visited Africa’s newest nation for the first time on
Friday, hours after a U.S. Security Council deadline expired for
the neighbours to solve a long list of disputes ranging from
border security to oil payments.

Aug 2, 2012

Clinton takes message of reconciliation to South Sudan

KAMPALA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will press South Sudan to resolve disputes with its former rulers in the north, on her first visit to the world’s newest country on Friday.

On an 11-nation African tour, Clinton will be the most senior U.S. since independence last year, warning that bitter divisions over territory and oil threaten to wreck the economies of two nations.

Aug 1, 2012

Clinton says Africa must live up to democratic promise

DAKAR, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton urged Africa on Wednesday to recommit to democracy,
declaring the “old ways of governing” can no longer work on a
continent boasting healthy economic growth and an increasingly
empowered citizenry.

Clinton, launching a seven-nation Africa tour, praised her
hosts in Senegal for overcoming tensions to hold elections in
March that saw President Macky Sall defeat long-time incumbent
Abdoulaye Wade, reinforcing the country’s credentials as one of
the most stable democracies in the continent.

Jul 31, 2012

Security in focus as Clinton begins Africa trip

DAKAR (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Senegal on Tuesday, beginning a trip that will take her both to Africa’s newest nation South Sudan and on a private visit to the continent’s elder statesman, 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

While Clinton’s public focus will be on Africa’s democratic achievements and economic potential, the trip also underscores U.S. security ties in the face of growing threats – from Islamist militants to narcotics cartels.

Jul 31, 2012

Security in focus as Clinton heads to Africa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departs this week on a trip that will take her both to Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan, and on a visit to the continent’s elder statesman, 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

While Clinton’s public focus will be on Africa’s democratic achievements and economic potential, the trip also underscores U.S. security ties in the face of an array of growing threats –from Islamist extremists to narcotics cartels.

Jul 27, 2012

Cautious on Syria, Obama moves to help rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first year in office, U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seeking a new start to a long-strained relationship.

In his third year, Obama demanded that Assad step down.

Now, nearing the end of his first term, with a presidential election looming in November, Obama is moving cautiously toward greater support for Syrian rebels, as international diplomatic efforts that had been Obama’s first preference falter.

Jul 27, 2012

Insight: Cautious on Syria, Obama moves to help rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first year in office, U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seeking a new start to a long-strained relationship.

In his third year, Obama demanded that Assad step down.

Now, nearing the end of his first term, with a presidential election looming in November, Obama is moving cautiously toward greater support for Syrian rebels, as international diplomatic efforts that had been Obama’s first preference falter.