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Jul 28, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume this week

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been invited to resume peace talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said, after a break of nearly three years.

The latest diplomatic push follows months of intense shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said a week ago the groundwork had been laid for a breakthrough, while setting no specific date for talks to restart.

Jul 27, 2013

Egypt’s leaders must pull nation back from brink: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt’s leaders must pull their country “back from the brink,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday, saying Egypt was at a pivotal moment after the killing of dozens of protesters.

Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, witnesses said, days after the army chief called for a popular mandate to wipe out “violence and terrorism.”

Jul 26, 2013

U.S. sidesteps decision whether to cut off aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration sidestepped a decision on cutting off most of the annual $1.55 billion of U.S. aid to Egypt by saying on Thursday it does not plan to rule on whether a military coup took place in Egypt.

The stance resolves a dilemma for the White House: whether to comply with a U.S. law that requires eliminating most aid in the event of a military coup or to find that the armed forces’ July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Mursi was not in fact a coup.

Jul 25, 2013

U.S. does not plan decision on Egypt coup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration told Congress on Thursday it does not plan to make a determination on whether a military coup occurred in Egypt, avoiding a decision that would force the cut off of most of the annual $1.55 billion in U.S. aid.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns delivered the message in separate briefings to senior members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, several lawmakers told reporters after meeting the number two U.S. diplomat.

Jul 21, 2013

In Kerry’s Mideast announcement, hints of success and challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had tentatively agreed to resume peace talks after three years, he did so standing alone as dusk fell over the Jordanian capital.

The image reflects both his achievement and his challenge: few people would have predicted success when he began his quest to get the parties into talks nearly six months ago; yet even as he heralded the planned negotiations, neither was at his side.

Jul 19, 2013

Kerry says Israel, Palestinians lay groundwork for peace talks

AMMAN (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

Kerry, winding up his sixth Middle East brokering mission this year, gave few details. He anticipated Israeli and Palestinian envoys would come to Washington soon for what a U.S. official said would mark the launch of direct negotiations.

Jul 18, 2013

Angry Syrian refugees demand help from Kerry at camp

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (Reuters) – Syrian refugees angrily told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that the United States should set up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect their fellow citizens.

Visiting a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (8 miles) from the Syrian border, Kerry spent about 40 minutes with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community’s failure to end Syria’s more than two-year civil war.

Jul 18, 2013

Syrian refugees demand help from Kerry at Jordan camp

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (Reuters) – Syrian refugees angrily told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that the United States should set up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect them.

Visiting a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (eight miles) from the Syrian border, Kerry spent about 40 minutes with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community’s failure to end Syria’s more than two-year-old civil war.

Jul 17, 2013

Arabs back Kerry push to renew Israel-Palestinian talks

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Arab League endorsed on Wednesday a U.S. drive to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the gaps between the two sides had significantly narrowed.

Kerry’s upbeat rhetoric after separate meetings with an Arab League delegation and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan suggested he may be making some headway in his effort to end a nearly three-year deadlock.

Jul 17, 2013

Kerry says gaps narrowed in bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks

AMMAN/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Wednesday that he was on track toward achieving a resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying gaps had been greatly narrowed.

Kerry made the assessment after his second meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas since arriving in Amman on Tuesday to press on with efforts to revive negotiations frozen since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement building on occupied land. Israel announced a new expansion on Wednesday.

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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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