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Aug 16, 2013

U.S. walks careful Egypt line; some see mixed messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – By canceling a military exercise with Egypt but not cutting off U.S. aid, President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to show his displeasure at the Egyptian army’s violent crackdown on protesters – without totally alienating the generals.

Obama announced the move a day after at least 623 people were killed, according to Egypt’s Health Ministry, as troops and police used force against protesters seeking the return of President Mohamed Mursi, who was toppled by the military on July 3.

Aug 16, 2013

Analysis: U.S. walks careful Egypt line; some see mixed messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – By canceling a military exercise with Egypt but not cutting off U.S. aid, President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to show his displeasure at the Egyptian army’s violent crackdown on protesters – without totally alienating the generals.

Obama announced the move a day after at least 623 people were killed, according to Egypt’s Health Ministry, as troops and police used force against protesters seeking the return of President Mohamed Mursi, who was toppled by the military on July 3.

Aug 14, 2013

U.S. weighs canceling military exercise with Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering calling off a major military exercise with the Egypt after Egyptian security forces killed scores of protesters on Wednesday, U.S. officials said.

The bloodshed appears to have forced U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration to consider adopting a more muscular stance toward the Egyptian military, which toppled Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, on July 3.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. issues global travel alert, cites al Qaeda threat

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The United States issued a
worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al
Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the
Middle East and North Africa.

The State Department travel alert was based on the same
intelligence information that prompted it to close 21 U.S.
embassies or consulates this Sunday, chiefly those in the Muslim
world, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jul 30, 2013

Israel, Palestinians strive for peace deal within nine months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in U.S.-brokered peace talks.

The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, a diplomatic victory for Secretary of State John Kerry, but one that foreign policy analysts believe has low chances of success.

Jul 30, 2013

Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a “positive” first round of talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

Senior aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first talks this week since 2010, but focused largely on the framework for negotiations rather than the substance of their dispute.

Jul 30, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a U.S.-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.

Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an iftar dinner – the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during Ramadan – hosted by Kerry at the State Department.

Jul 29, 2013

Kerry seeks ‘reasonable compromises’ in Israeli-Palestinian talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for Israel and the Palestinians to make “reasonable compromises” for peace as he prepared to preside over their first direct negotiations in nearly three years.

“It is no secret this is a difficult process. If it were easy, it would have happened a long time ago,” Kerry said with his newly named envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, at his side.

Jul 29, 2013

Kerry seeks ‘reasonable compromises’ in Middle East talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for Israel and the Palestinians to make “reasonable compromises” for peace as he prepared to preside over their first direct negotiations in nearly three years.

“It is no secret this is a difficult process. If it were easy, it would have happened a long time ago,” Kerry said with his newly named envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, at his side.

Jul 29, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume after three years

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians plan to resume peace negotiations this week for the first time in nearly three years after an intense effort by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to bring them back to the table.

The talks are scheduled to resume in Washington on Monday evening and Tuesday and will be conducted by senior aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the State Department said.

    • About Arshad

      "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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