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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.

Dec 19, 2012

U.S. State Dept 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.

Dec 19, 2012

Inquiry harshly criticizes U.S. State Department over Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya was grossly inadequate to deal with a September 11 attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others because of systemic failures within the State Department, an official inquiry found on Tuesday.

In a scathing assessment, the review cited “leadership and management” deficiencies at two bureaus of the department, poor coordination among officials in Washington and “real confusion” on the ground over who had the responsibility, and the power, to make decisions that involved policy and security concerns.

Dec 19, 2012

Inquiry harshly criticizes US State Dept. over Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Security at the U.S. mission
in Benghazi, Libya was grossly inadequate to deal with a Sept.
11 attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others because
of systemic failures within the State Department, an official
inquiry found on Tuesday.

In a scathing assessment, the review cited “leadership and
management” deficiencies at two bureaus of the department, poor
coordination among officials in Washington and “real confusion”
on the ground over who had the responsibility, and the power, to
make decisions that involved policy and security concerns.

Nov 7, 2012

Having dispatched Romney, Obama faces Iran, Syria

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Having defeated Republican
Mitt Romney at home, Barack Obama has no shortage of adversaries
to grapple with abroad, including the governments of Iran, Syria
and possibly China.

The Democratic president’s re-election ensures continuity in
U.S. foreign policy but leaves open questions such as whether
diplomacy can constrain Iran’s nuclear program or whether Israel
or the United States might resort to air strikes.

Oct 23, 2012

Romney praises Obama foreign policy rather than burying it

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – At times, it was as if Mitt
Romney had come to praise Barack Obama’s foreign policy rather
than to bury it.

Monday night’s foreign policy debate between the Republican
presidential nominee and the Democratic president was striking
for the frequency with which Romney aligned himself with Obama’s
strategies rather than distancing himself from them.

Oct 15, 2012

U.S. exports to Iran rise nearly one-third despite sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. exports to Iran rose by nearly a third this year, chiefly because of grain sales, according to U.S. data released last week, despite the tightening of U.S. financial sanctions.

The jump to $199.5 million in the first eight months of 2012 from $150.8 million a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data, is surprising given Western efforts to isolate Iran economically because of its suspected pursuit of nuclear arms.

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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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