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Jun 8, 2015

U.S.-Turkey dispute on Syria to persist after Erdogan setback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s loss of his parliamentary majority is unlikely to end disagreements between Washington and Ankara, particularly over the conflict in Turkey’s southern neighbor Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Erdogan’s AK Party lost the majority it has enjoyed for more than a dozen years, ushering a period of uncertainty as parties jockey to form a coalition government.

Jun 1, 2015

Barring complications, Kerry injury unlikely to impact Iran talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s ability to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran is unlikely to be affected by the broken leg he has suffered, but one medical expert said possible surgical complications might affect his ability to fly.

Kerry, 71, broke his leg while cycling in France on Sunday, after an intense round of negotiations with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif the previous day, and is being flown home to Boston on a U.S. military aircraft.

May 29, 2015

U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited effect on removing U.S. sanctions on the Communist-ruled island.

President Barack Obama had announced on April 14 he would drop the former Cold War rival from the list, initiating a 45-day review period for Congress that expired on Friday.

May 26, 2015

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30, French envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday.

Six major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement under which Iran would limit its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.

May 19, 2015
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U.S. fears Shi’ite militias fighting for Ramadi could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires

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(Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

The use of Shi’ite militias to try to take back the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State risks unleashing more sectarian bloodletting, current and former U.S. officials said, but Washington and Baghdad appear to have few other options.

May 18, 2015

U.S. signals no strategy shift in Iraq, despite Ramadi’s fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States signaled no intent to shift its strategy in Iraq’s war on Monday, even as the fall of the city of Ramadi to Islamic State called into question the relative strength of Iraq’s army after months of U.S.-led advising and air strikes.

The loss of the western Iraqi city to the militants represents the biggest defeat for Iraq’s government since mid-2014, when Islamic State swept into Iraq and seized more than a third of the country.

May 13, 2015

Closer defense ties between U.S., Gulf critical to terrorism fight: Kerry

ANTALYA, Turkey (Reuters) – A clearer security arrangement between Gulf countries and the United States is critical to fighting terrorism, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, ahead of a summit in Washington with Arab leaders.

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington’s Oval Office later, before the summit with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

May 12, 2015

Kerry meets Putin to gauge flexibility on Ukraine, Syria

SOCHI, Russia, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry met President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to probe
Russia’s willingness to curb its involvement in Ukraine and its
backing of Syria’s president.

Kerry met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for more
than four hours before he sat down with Putin in the Black Sea
resort of Sochi in what was the highest-level U.S. visit to
Russia since the Ukraine crisis began in the autumn of 2013.

May 12, 2015

Kerry to explore Putin’s flexibility on Ukraine, Syria

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to explore Russia’s willingness to curb its involvement in Ukraine and its support for Syria’s president at talks on Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin.

Kerry flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the highest-level U.S. visit to Russia in two years, to discuss issues including the Iran nuclear talks, Yemen and Libya.

May 11, 2015

Putin, Kerry to discuss Ukraine, Syria, Iran, U.S. says

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss Ukraine and other issues, the United States said on Monday in a statement that made no mention of their deep disagreements.

Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War because of Moscow’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. The West has imposed economic sanctions on Russia, triggering retaliatory measures by Moscow.

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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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