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Sep 18, 2012

USAID mission in Russia to close following Moscow decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Tuesday that it would shut its aid mission in Russia at Moscow’s insistence, a step analysts attributed to Russian misgivings about foreign-funded pro-democracy groups.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, has spent more than $2.6 billion in Russia over the past two decades to help combat infectious diseases, protect the environment, develop a stronger civil society, and modernize the economy.

Sep 13, 2012

In largely symbolic move, U.S. sanctions Hezbollah’s Nasrallah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury sanctioned the leader of the Lebanese militant group and political movement Hezbollah on Thursday for helping Syria crush anti-government protests, as well as two other members for the group’s “terrorist activities” in general.

Sanctions experts described the move against Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as largely symbolic because the penalties – freezing any assets he holds in U.S. banks – had been imposed under earlier U.S. sanctions.

Sep 13, 2012

Intrepid U.S. envoy Stevens nurtured Libyan democracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a mid-level U.S. diplomat, Chris Stevens dreamed up the idea of building bridges with Iran by having the United States extend greetings to the country on Nowruz, the Persian New Year. He took the plan to then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who quickly blessed it.

“That was easy,” Stevens told Albright, according to a State Department colleague knowledgeable about the conversation in the late 1990s.

Sep 12, 2012

Slain Ambassador Stevens helped nurture Libyan democracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in the Libyan city Benghazi, was deeply involved in the transition of the North African state and had been U.S. envoy to the rebels who overthrew ruler Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Stevens, the 52-year-old ambassador to Libya since May, was one of four Americans who died when Islamist gunmen stormed the Benghazi consulate and another safe house refuge on Tuesday night.

Sep 12, 2012

Analysis: Obama, Netanyahu both find themselves in a tight spot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu appear to have landed in a place neither wanted to be: squabbling about Iran, in public, ahead of a U.S. presidential election.

For the Democratic U.S. president, the dispute risks alienating supporters of Israel in a campaign in which Republican nominee Mitt Romney is eager to drive a wedge between Obama and Jewish voters, and to portray the president as weak.

Aug 1, 2012
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U.S. says religious freedom “tenuous” in Egypt, worse in China, Iran, Pakistan

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(U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pours water over a statue of Buddha at the Shwedegon Pagoda in Yangon December 1, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool )

Religious freedom in Egypt appears to be “quite tenuous” and its government has failed to aggressively prosecute perpetrators of sectarian violence, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

Jul 31, 2012

Al Qaeda decline hard to reverse after Bin Laden killing: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s death sent al Qaeda into a decline that will be hard to reverse, the United States said on Tuesday in a report that found terrorist attacks last year fell to their lowest level since 2005.

Describing 2011 as a “landmark year,” the United States said other top al Qaeda members killed last year included Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, reportedly the militant organization’s No. 2 figure after bin Laden’s death, and Anwar al-Awlaki, who led its lethal affiliate in Yemen.

Jul 30, 2012

Religious freedom in Egypt “quite tenuous”: Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Religious freedom in Egypt appears to be “quite tenuous” and its government has failed to aggressively prosecute perpetrators of sectarian violence, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

Clinton made the comment as the State Department released a report that found a marked deterioration in religious freedom in China, where official interference with Tibetan Buddhist monasteries may have contributed to a dozen self-immolations.

Jul 24, 2012

Rebel gains inevitable but Assad can still seek exit-US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syrian rebels will eventually control swathes of territory but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still has time to negotiate an exit, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

Speaking as if a rebel military victory was inevitable, though other U.S. officials say the 17-month armed conflict may drag on, Clinton for the first time said the opposition would ultimately be able to provide “safe haven” inside Syria.

Jul 17, 2012

Clinton sees U.S., Israel in lockstep on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday the United States and Israel were “on the same page” in their determination to prevent Iran from achieving what the West fears its goal of building a nuclear bomb.

In Jerusalem on the last stop of an Asian and Middle East tour, Clinton said she and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “talked about concrete steps that we can take to continue to build the pressure” on Tehran.

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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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