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Jul 26, 2012

U.S. concerned Syria planning massacre in Aleppo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it appeared that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were “lining up” for a massacre in the city of Aleppo, but again ruled out military intervention in the conflict.

The U.S. State Department said that credible reports of tank columns moving on Aleppo along with air strikes by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft represented a serious escalation of the government’s efforts to crush an armed rebellion.

Jul 25, 2012

U.S. presses China on “deteriorating” rights conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pressing China to address its “deteriorating” rights record, citing cases including the nephew of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng who activists say has been targeted following his famous uncle’s departure for New York this year, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, briefing reporters after the annual U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue in Washington, said the United States saw Beijing moving in the wrong direction on human rights.

Jul 24, 2012

Rebel gains inevitable but Assad can still seek exit-US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syrian rebels will eventually control swathes of territory but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still has time to negotiate an exit, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

Speaking as if a rebel military victory was inevitable, though other U.S. officials say the 17-month armed conflict may drag on, Clinton for the first time said the opposition would ultimately be able to provide “safe haven” inside Syria.

Jul 24, 2012

U.S. sees no high-tech trade sanction violations by U.N. agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A preliminary U.S. assessment has concluded that the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) did not violate U.N. sanctions when it sent technical equipment to North Korea and Iran, the State Department said on Tuesday.

As two senior U.S. lawmakers accused the Geneva-based agency of stonewalling a U.S. probe into the transfers, the State Department indicated it was satisfied with WIPO’s cooperation on the issue.

Jul 23, 2012

U.S. in global AIDS fight to win, Clinton vows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will keep pushing for an “AIDS-free generation,” funding more HIV drugs and medical interventions such as circumcision to help turn back the global epidemic, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

“I am here to make it absolutely clear: The United States is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation,” Clinton told the international AIDS conference in Washington.

Jul 19, 2012

U.N. impasse leaves U.S. scrambling for Syria options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Beaten back by a double veto at the United Nations, the United States on Thursday sought to rescue its Syria strategy amid fears that the crisis was lurching into a dangerous endgame.

The Obama administration had fought for a U.N. Security Council resolution setting out consequences for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s failure to halt his crackdown, saying this was essential if international mediator Kofi Annan’s fragile political transition plan was ever to take hold.

Jul 19, 2012

Obama, Putin talk as U.S. says Assad losing grip on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of his country and urged Russia and the international community to get behind a political transition plan to avert sectarian civil war.

U.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin – Assad’s main international supporter – after a Damascus bomb blast killed Syria’s defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, throwing the 16-month old rebellion onto an unpredictable new path.

Jul 18, 2012

U.S. says Assad losing control in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of his country, and with an eye on Russia, urged the international community to get behind a political transition plan to avert a sectarian civil war.

U.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin – Assad’s main international ally – after a Damascus bomb blast killed Syria’s defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, throwing the 16-month old rebellion onto an unpredictable new path.

Jul 11, 2012

U.S. crafted Pakistan “apology” to suit allies abroad, opponents at home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end it was a meeting in a nondescript conference room in Chicago that finally set in motion the long-awaited U.S. apology to Pakistan last week ending a seven-month impasse over NATO supply routes for the Afghan war.

The meeting in late May followed months of clamoring by Islamabad, images of flag-draped coffins on TV, and widespread outcry from Pakistanis incensed by the U.S. air attack that killed 24 of their soldiers on the Afghan border last November.

Jul 6, 2012

U.S. steps up warnings on Iran dissident camp in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned an Iranian dissident group on Friday that time was running out for it to vacate its Iraqi base camp, and said its hope to be taken off the official U.S. blacklist of terrorist organizations could depend on its compliance.

Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, said the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) must complete its move from the Camp Ashraf facility, which the Iraqi government has vowed to close by July 20.