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Sep 26, 2014

Iraqi PM says Islamic State plans subway attacks in U.S. and Paris

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq has “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, the prime minister said on Thursday, but U.S. and French officials said they had no evidence to back up his claims.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s comments were met with surprise by security, intelligence and transit officials in both countries. New York’s leaders scrambled to ride the subway to reassure the public that the nation’s largest city was safe.

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. ready to expand South Sudan sanctions to end violence: envoy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States is ready to expand sanctions against South Sudan political and military officials to ensure progress in peace talks and a quick halt to fighting in the country, the U.S. envoy to South Sudan said on Thursday.

Ambassador Donald Booth said recent measures, including sanctions last week against two military officers on opposite sides of the violence, were intended to signal that the United States will not hesitate to act against those standing in the way of peace.

Sep 25, 2014

French, U.S. planes strike Islamic State; Britain to join coalition

NEW YORK/BEIRUT (Reuters) – French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.

The French strikes were a prompt answer to the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria by militants, who said the killing was punishment for Paris’s decision last week to become the first European country to join the U.S.-led bombing campaign.

Sep 25, 2014

Islamic State plans subway attacks in U.S. and Paris – Iraqi PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday, but senior U.S. officials said they had no evidence to back up the claim.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he had received the information Thursday morning from militants captured in Iraq and concluded it was credible after asking for further details.

Sep 25, 2014

Iraqi PM says Islamic State plans attacks on Paris, U.S. subways

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday.

Abadi said the information, which he received on Thursday morning, came from militants captured in Iraq. He said he had asked for further details and concluded it appeared credible.

Sep 25, 2014

Turkey may do more against Islamic State, but how much uncertain

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Turkey appears to be inching towards a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State after the group freed 46 Turkish hostages, but it remains unclear how far it will go to combat the militants.

As the United States builds a military coalition including Gulf Arab states to fight the radical Sunni militant group, Turkey has been conspicuous by its absence, playing no public role in U.S.-led air strikes on Syria this week.

Sep 25, 2014

Turkey may do more against Islamic State, but how much uncertain

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Turkey appears to be inching towards a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State after the group freed 46 Turkish hostages, but it remains unclear how far it will go to combat the militants.

As the United States builds a military coalition including Gulf Arab states to fight the radical Sunni militant group, Turkey has been conspicuous by its absence, playing no public role in U.S.-led air strikes on Syria this week.

Sep 23, 2014

France sees no legal hurdle to attacking IS in Syria

NEW YORK (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday he saw no legal obstacle to attacking the Islamic State militant group in Syria even as he stressed France did not plan air strikes there.

“There is not, to our way of thinking, any legal impediment to responding to Islamic State attacks in Iraq as well as in Syria,” Fabius told reporters on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. aims to keep Iran atomic talks separate from Islamic State conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials hope to prevent two diplomatic challenges with Iran from colliding next week: the Iranian nuclear program and the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.

Their basic dilemma is how to keep Iran from hardening its stance in the nuclear talks out of a belief, which U.S. officials say would be misguided, that Washington might make nuclear concessions in exchange for help against IS.

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hit Russia’s largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

The sanctions, coordinated with similar European Union steps, were triggered by what the West sees as Moscow’s recent effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine by backing pro-Russian separatists with troops, heavy arms and cross-border shelling.. They are the latest economic penalties imposed by the West since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

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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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