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Oct 23, 2015

After Netanyahu talks, Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian strife may ease

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday voiced cautious hope there may be a way to defuse Israeli-Palestinian violence that has killed nearly 60 people this month.

Speaking to reporters after about four hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry said he thought there were steps that could reduce the violence and said they needed to be discussed with Jordanian and Palestinian officials.

Oct 22, 2015

After Netanyahu talks, Kerry says may be way to ease Israeli-Palestinian strife

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday voiced cautious hope there may be a way to defuse Israeli-Palestinian violence that has killed nearly 60 people this month.

    Speaking to reporters after about four hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry said he thought there were steps that could reduce the violence and said they needed to be discussed with Jordanian and Palestinian officials.

Oct 22, 2015

Kerry seeks to quiet harsh Israeli-Palestinian rhetoric

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Thursday for an end to inflammatory Israeli-Palestinian rhetoric as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blamed the Palestinians for a recent surge of violence.

Speaking to reporters before their talks, Kerry made no reference to Netanyahu’s suggestion this week that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem during the 1940s, persuaded Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

Oct 22, 2015

Kerry to urge all sides to calm rhetoric after Netanyahu remarks

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric when the two meet on Thursday, days after the Israeli leader linked a Muslim leader to the Holocaust.

Speaking just before a visit to Germany, and following three weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence, Netanyahu suggested Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s, had persuaded Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

Sep 30, 2015

Russia, U.S. face off at U.N. over parallel Syria air campaigns

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and the United States faced off at the United Nations on Wednesday over parallel air campaigns against Islamic State in Syria, with both sides claiming legitimacy for their actions but differing over the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hours after Russian launched its first air strikes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a Security Council meeting that Moscow would liaise with the U.S.-led coalition of Western allies and regional states that has been flying missions for a year.

Sep 30, 2015

Obama ends up dealing with Russia and living with Assad, for now

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia’s military buildup in Syria appears to have forced U.S. President Barack Obama to two unpalatable conclusions: He cannot ignore Moscow, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may survive for some time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, isolated after his annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, secured a meeting with Obama on Monday largely as a result of his surprise movement of planes and tanks into Syria.

Sep 27, 2015

Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets.

As leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said that while it was vital to coordinate efforts against Islamic State militants this was not yet happening.

Sep 26, 2015

Kerry says sees opportunity for progress on Syria as he meets Zarif

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he saw an opportunity for progress this week towards ending Syria’s four-year civil war, as he met Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday.

Western officials said Kerry wants to launch a new initiative to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, which has taken on a new urgency in light of Russia’s military build-up in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a refugee crisis that has spilled over into Europe.

Sep 23, 2015

U.S., Cuba to hold talks on normalizing airline service – U.S. official

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States
wants to strike a deal that lets U.S. airlines schedule flights
to Cuba as soon as possible, a State Department official said,
ahead of the first aviation talks since March.

Delegations will convene in Havana on Sept. 28-29 as the
countries inch toward normal relations after more than half a
century of hostility that followed Cuba’s 1959 revolution. The
two nations restored diplomatic ties and reopened embassies this
summer.

Sep 22, 2015

U.S., Cuba to hold talks on airline service Sept. 28-29: U.S. official

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba plan to hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing airline service, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a step that could benefit U.S. carriers if the island becomes open to American tourism.

The talks will take place Sept. 28-29, the official said, as Washington and Havana inch toward normal relations after more than half a century of hostility that followed Cuba’s 1959 revolution. The two nations restored diplomatic ties and reopened embassies this summer.

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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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