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Feb 25, 2013

Complaints on U.S.-led Afghan troops to be checked, Kerry says

LONDON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday complaints against Afghans working for U.S. special forces in Afghanistan would be investigated, a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered U.S. troops to leave a critical battleground province.

Karzai’s spokesman on Sunday said Karzai had decided that all U.S. special forces must leave Wardak Province within two weeks, after accusations that Afghans working for them had tortured and killed innocent people.

Feb 24, 2013

U.S. urges Syrian opposition to attend Rome talks

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official on Sunday urged the Syrian opposition to attend a planned international meeting in Rome this week, saying it was a chance for rebels to make their case for more support.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was dissension among the opposition about the utility of such meetings and some members have signaled they may not attend.

Feb 24, 2013

Kerry makes first foreign trip as top U.S. diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Kerry views his first trip as U.S. secretary of state as a listening tour, but the leaders he meets will want to hear whether he has any new ideas on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kerry left Washington on Sunday for London, the first stop on a nine-nation, 11-day trip that will also take him to Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha before he returns home on March 6.

Feb 15, 2013

Exclusive: Big powers to offer easing gold sanctions at Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers plan to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the nation’s newly expanded Fordow uranium enrichment plant, Western officials said on Friday.

The officials said the offer is to be presented to Iran at February 26 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and they acknowledged that it represents a relatively modest update to proposals that the six major powers put forward last year.

Feb 15, 2013

Big powers to offer easing gold sanctions at Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Major powers plan to offer to
ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals
with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the nation’s
newly expanded Fordow uranium enrichment plant, Western
officials said on Friday.

The officials said the offer is to be presented to Iran at
Feb. 26 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and they acknowledged that
it represents a relatively modest update to proposals that the
six major powers put forward last year.

Feb 8, 2013

U.S. pharmaceutical exports to Iran cut in half in 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Exports of U.S.
pharmaceuticals to Iran were cut in half last year, according to
data released on Friday, while overall U.S. exports to the
Islamic republic rose about 9 percent because of grain sales.

The official U.S. government statistics appear to support
the claims of sanctions lawyers and some independent experts
that financial sanctions are making it harder for Iranians to
obtain medicine despite loopholes designed to permit such trade.

Feb 7, 2013

Sanctions hurting Iran’s access to capital: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program contributed to a steep drop in Tehran’s access to global sources of capital last year, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a report to Congress.

Foreign banks cut their lending exposure to Iran by the equivalent of $9.1 billion in 2012, down 53 percent, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

Feb 4, 2013

Kerry tells of boyhood East Berlin jaunt as he enters State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on Monday of biking around East Berlin as a 12-year-old, getting a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain as well as a grounding from his father, an American diplomat.

Holding up the diplomatic passport he got as a boy when his father was sent to West Berlin in 1954, Kerry, 69, made self-deprecating jokes about how much he had to learn as he greeted employees on his first working day as secretary of state.

Feb 1, 2013

Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and increasingly sophisticated weaponry to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his 22-month battle against rebels seeking to end his family’s four-decades of authoritarian rule.

Feb 1, 2013

Clinton: window for Iran talks can’t stay open “too much longer”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The window for negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program cannot stay open for “too much longer,” outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday but she declined to provide a deadline.

“I don’t think the window can remain open for too much longer (but) I am not going to put days, weeks or months on it,” Clinton told a small group of reporters on the eve of her departure from the State Department.

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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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