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Jun 28, 2012

Exclusive: U.S. expected to grant Iran sanction exceptions to China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to extend exceptions on Iran sanctions to China and Singapore, perhaps as early as Thursday, two U.S. government sources said.

“There should be an announcement today,” on China, Iran’s top buyer of crude, and Singapore which buys fuel oil from the OPEC member, said one of the sources.

Jun 28, 2012

In divided Egypt, U.S. plays all sides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The ambiguous outcome of Egypt’s revolution leaves Washington no choice but to deal with the country’s both major players, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, despite its disagreements with each.

Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement long held at arm’s length by the United States, was declared on Sunday to have won Egypt’s presidency.

Jun 17, 2012

U.S. may have less Mideast clout, uses it with care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Events in Egypt, Bahrain and Syria illustrate the limits of U.S. influence in the Middle East following the Arab Spring and a U.S. reluctance, at times, to exercise such clout as it has.

Court rulings in Egypt and in Bahrain this week, analysts say, show the ruling authorities’ desire to maintain their grip on power and the United States’ limited ability to shape events despite its general support for democracy.

Jun 12, 2012

U.S. worried Russia may be sending Syria helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is worried Russia may be sending Syria attack helicopters and views Russian claims that its arms transfers to Syria are unrelated to the conflict there as “patently untrue,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

The comments came as the Pentagon found itself on the defensive for doing business with Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, given concerns in Congress about the firm’s role in arming the Syrian regime.

Jun 7, 2012

Clinton backs drones after al Qaeda figure killed

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday implicitly defended Washington’s use of drone strikes to kill suspected militants, just days after one of the aircraft killed one of al Qaeda’s most powerful figures in Pakistan.

The killing of Libyan-born Abu Yahya al-Libi has fuelled an increasingly fierce debate about the legality and morality of the drones, which have become one of the chief U.S. weapons against al Qaeda but which opponents say stretch the definition of the legitimate use of lethal force.

Jun 7, 2012

Clinton tells Assad to quit, leave country

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday to hand over power and leave his country, condemning a massacre near the town of Hama that opponents have blamed on his supporters as “unconscionable”.

Clinton said the United States was willing to work with all members of the U.N. Security Council, which includes Russia, on a conference on Syria’s political future as long as it started with the premise that Assad gave way to a democratic government.

Jun 6, 2012

Clinton cool on Russian call for Syria meeting

BAKU (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed on Wednesday a Russian proposal for a meeting on Syria that would include Iran, saying it was “a little hard to imagine inviting a country that is stage-managing Assad regime’s assault on its people”.

President Bashar al-Assad is fighting a 15-month-old revolt by armed insurgents and peaceful protesters, in which, the United Nations says, more than 10,000 people have been killed.

Jun 5, 2012

If it’s Tuesday, Clinton must be in Batumi

BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) – If it’s Tuesday, this must be Batumi.

A sunny day in early June finds U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Georgia’s Black Sea resort of Batumi, a beach town decidedly off the beaten path of high-level diplomacy.

The resort, with modern high-rise hotels contrasting with ornate, tsarist-era buildings, is the sixth stop in the seven countries that Clinton is visiting during an eight-day trip to Scandinavia, the Caucasus and Turkey.

Jun 5, 2012

U.S. promises military training to Georgia

BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) – The United States pledged on Tuesday to help train pro-Western Georgia’s military in coastal defense and underscored its rejection of Russia’s “occupation” of two separatist Georgian regions after a five-day war between Tbilisi and Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visiting the Black Sea resort town of Batumi during a trip to the South Caucasus, urged Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to hold free and fair parliamentary elections as his term as president expires.

Jun 5, 2012

Clinton urges Georgia to hold free, fair elections

BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Georgia on Tuesday to hold free and fair elections and underlined U.S. rejection of what she called Russia’s “occupation” of two separatist Georgian regions.

Visiting the Black Sea resort of Batumi, Clinton made clear the United States hopes to see democracy strengthened after Mikheil Saakashvili’s two terms as president end next year.

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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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