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Apr 12, 2013

G8 ministers fail to agree on Syria; condemn North Korea

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the G8 group of rich countries failed to patch up deep divisions over Syria and condemned North Korea’s threats but did not announce any concrete measures to address Pyongyang’s provocations during a meeting in London on Thursday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking after talks with his counterparts, admitted the world had done too little to try to resolve Syria’s two-year-old conflict, in which an estimated 70,000 people have been killed.

Apr 11, 2013

U.S. seeks tough Chinese stance on North Korea as Kerry heads to Seoul

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) – The United States wants China to deliver a “tough” message to North Korea to rein in its nuclear program and belligerent rhetoric, a U.S. official said on Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Asia.

Kerry begins a three-day visit to Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo as U.S. and South Korean officials say the nuclear-armed North appears poised to test a medium-range missile after weeks of threatening statements.

Apr 11, 2013

G8 ministers fail to agree on Syria; no plan on N.Korea

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the G8 group of rich countries failed to patch up deep divisions over Syria or come up with a concrete plan on North Korea during a meeting in London on Thursday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking after talks with his counterparts, admitted the world had done too little to try to resolve Syria’s two-year-old conflict, in which an estimated 70,000 people have been killed.

Apr 11, 2013

G8 ministers fail to agree on Syria, no plan on North Korea

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the G8 group of rich countries failed to patch up deep divisions over Syria or come up with a plan on North Korea during a meeting in London on Thursday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking after talks with his counterparts, admitted the world had failed to resolve Syria’s two-year-old conflict in which an estimated 70,000 people have been killed.

Apr 10, 2013

Syria, North Korea top G8 meeting in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Western and Middle Eastern nations trying to help the Syrian opposition in its war against President Bashar al-Assad will meet in Turkey on April 20, a U.S. official said on Wednesday as G8 foreign ministers gathered in London for a summit.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria “core group” in Istanbul, said the official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity.

Apr 10, 2013

UK to urge more help for Syrian opposition at G8 talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will call for more help for the Syrian opposition in its civil war against President Bashar al-Assad when G8 foreign ministers meet on Wednesday, but there are no signs of a major shift in policy.

North Korean threats of war will also be high on the agenda of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia – meeting in the British capital.

Apr 9, 2013

Kerry promises steps to help Palestinian economy

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had agreed to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to boost economic growth in the occupied West Bank as he seeks ways to revive Middle East peace talks.

Speaking after a three-day visit to the region, during which he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry told reporters he would provide full details of the economic plans next week.

Apr 9, 2013

U.S. envoy promises steps to help Palestinian economy

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had agreed to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to boost economic growth in the occupied West Bank as he seeks ways to revive Middle East peace talks.

Speaking after a three-day visit to the region, during which he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry told reporters he would provide full details of the economic plans next week.

Apr 8, 2013

U.S. envoy says must fight mistrust for Middle East peace

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he is trying to break down mistrust on both sides of the “festering” conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and would not rush into a new peace process.

Making his third visit to the region in less than three weeks, Kerry met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday night and was to sit down to dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu on Monday night.

Apr 7, 2013

Kerry, Abbas discuss reviving peace talks but offer no details

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday discussed reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but neither side offered details on how, when and whether that might happen.

Kerry, who spoke one-on-one with Abbas for about an hour after a 20-minute group meeting, is on his third trip to the region in three weeks, having accompanied President Barack Obama on his March 20-22 visit and returned alone a day later.

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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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