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Jan 31, 2013

Kerry likely to move cautiously on Middle East peace

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The United States has hinted
it might try Middle East peace-making once again, but Secretary
of State-designate John Kerry is likely to move cautiously, in
contrast to U.S. President Barack Obama’s failed, high-profile
first-term initiative.

While the possibility of another failure may hang over the
White House, Kerry suggested this week that time was running out
for a two-state solution with Israel living alongside a
sovereign Palestinian state. He said it would be “disastrous” if
it did.

Jan 23, 2013

Clinton chokes up as she defends handling of Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton choked up on Wednesday as she defended her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, an event that threatens to stain her legacy and any presidential hopes she may still harbor.

By turns emotional and feisty, Clinton told U.S. lawmakers that she took responsibility for the incident in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but also defended herself.

Jan 9, 2013

U.S. open to better Venezuela ties but it takes two to tango

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The United States said on
Wednesday it would like to improve relations with Venezuela,
gripped by political uncertainty following socialist President
Hugo Chavez’s fourth cancer operation, but it will “take two to
tango.”

Venezuela has said it would postpone Thursday’s scheduled
inauguration for Chavez, 58, who has not been seen or heard from
since surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11. He was diagnosed with an
undisclosed type of cancer in his pelvis in June 2011.

Jan 7, 2013

Russian banks should beware blacklisted Syria banks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major Russian banks should beware dealing with two blacklisted Syrian financial institutions, a senior U.S. Treasury official said, saying U.S. and other banks could shun them as a result.

The U.S. Treasury believes Russian banks continue to deal with Syria’s central bank and with the Commercial Bank of Syria, a state-owned Syrian financial institution, both of which have been blacklisted by the United States, the official said.

Jan 3, 2013

Time not right for Google executive’s North Korea trip – U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said Schmidt and Richardson would be travelling as private citizens, not representatives of the U.S. government.

Jan 3, 2013

U.S.: Time not right for Google executive’s North Korea trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said Schmidt and Richardson would be traveling as private citizens, not representatives of the U.S. government.

Dec 31, 2012

Clinton suffers clot behind right ear, full recovery seen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but is expected to make a full recovery, her doctors said on Monday in a statement released by the State Department.

Clinton did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage as a result of the clot, the doctors said, adding that “she is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family and her staff.”

Dec 28, 2012

Special Report: Inside the West’s economic war with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first week as U.S. president, Barack Obama told Iran’s leaders he would extend a hand if they would “unclench their fist” and persuade the West they weren’t trying to build a nuclear bomb.

So far, they have not. In response, the United States and the European Union this year took a step they had long resisted, imposing trade sanctions to choke off Iran’s lifeblood: oil revenue.

Dec 20, 2012

U.S. State Department security chief leaves post over Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department
said on Wednesday its security chief had resigned from his post
and three other officials had been relieved of their duties
following a scathing official inquiry into the Sept. 11 attack
on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

Eric Boswell has resigned effective immediately as assistant
secretary of state for d iplomatic security, State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a terse statement. A second
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Boswell had
not left the department entirely and remained a career official.

Dec 19, 2012

U.S. State Department officials resign under pressure over Benghazi killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three senior U.S. State Department officials were asked to resign after an official inquiry harshly criticized their offices for failing to provide adequate security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, before it came under attack in September, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security; one of his deputies, Charlene Lamb; and an unnamed official in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs were asked to step down because of the inquiry panel’s report, which did not fault Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in connection with the attack.

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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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