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Jul 24, 2014

Ending bloodshed in Gaza rests on a face-saving truce

CAIRO (Reuters) – A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories.

Egypt is trying to broker a temporary humanitarian truce which would start during one of Islam’s biggest celebrations following the fasting month of Ramadan, in the hope that it will facilitate more permanent ceasefire talks.

Jul 22, 2014

Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their ceasefire proposal.

After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose country has some leverage over Hamas through its control of a border crossing from Egypt to the Gaza Strip, Kerry said there was still “work to do” to resolve the conflict.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry arrives in Cairo to press for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to try to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be challenging.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to try to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 1, 2014

Kerry chides Iran ahead of Vienna nuclear talks, deadline looms

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran ahead of this week’s nuclear talks in Vienna that it has yet to prove that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful in multiple rounds of talks with six world powers as a July 20 deadline nears.

Kerry made these remarks in an op-ed article published on the Washington Post website. The article appeared shortly after it emerged that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is expected to attend the talks, which get under way on Tuesday.

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. No. 2 diplomat expected to attend Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is expected to attend talks between Iran and major powers in Vienna this week that aim to strike a nuclear deal by July 20, diplomats said.

The presence of Burns, who led secret negotiations between Iran and the United States that helped yield a November interim nuclear agreement with Tehran, would open up the possibility of bilateral talks between the two long-time antagonists.

Jun 30, 2014

Iran wrestles with tough choices in Iraq

ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran is wrestling with a complex array of historic alliances and enmities as it tries to develop a coherent response to the swift advance of hostile Sunni Muslim militants in neighboring Iraq.

Despairing of its protege Nuri al-Maliki, Tehran’s Shi’ite clerical establishment has sent mixed messages on working with the Iraqi prime minister’s other sponsor, the United States, with which it shares a goal of averting the country’s break-up.

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Middle East peace envoy Indyk resigns after talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian talks, but the State Department said on Friday he would remain involved in the peace effort.

Indyk’s departure had been widely expected after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement this spring. Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, will return to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, the department said in a statement.

Jun 26, 2014

U.S., EU not poised for new Russia sanctions Friday

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States are not poised to slap fresh sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a U.S. warning that Moscow had only ‘hours” to act on disarming Ukraine separatists, Western diplomats said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to take steps to disarm separatists in Ukraine within “the next hours” as the European Union prepared to discuss deeper sanctions against Moscow at a Brussels summit on Friday.

Jun 24, 2014

As Libya teeters near chaos, U.S. keeps hands-off policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya.

Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi help fuel the bloody conflict in Syria. And an estimated $30 billion in oil revenue has been lost in the past 11 months.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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