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Jun 7, 2014

Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva – U.S

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Senior American and Iranian officials will meet on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, in an apparent bid to break a logjam in wider nuclear negotiations that resume later this month.

    The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who conducted the secret negotiations that helped bring about the Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers. It will also include the senior U.S. negotiator with Iran, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

Jun 7, 2014

Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet June 9-10 in Geneva: U.S.

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – American and Iranian officials will meet on Monday and Tuesday for talks before the next round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday.

The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who conducted the secret negotiations that helped bring about the Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers. It will also include the senior U.S. negotiator with Iran, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

May 25, 2014

Obama upbeat on Ukraine vote, but Russia’s stance seen pivotal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama suggested on Sunday that Ukraine’s election may help unify the country, but analysts said that would depend largely on Moscow’s influence and Kiev’s ability to deal with daunting domestic challenges.

“The Ukrainian people have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to choose their leaders without interference and to live in a democracy where they can determine their own future free of violence and intimidation,” Obama said in a clear allusion to Russian efforts to shape events in Ukraine.

May 22, 2014

Thai coup draws swift condemnation; U.S. says reviewing aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The military takeover in Thailand drew swift international condemnation on Thursday, with the United States saying it was reviewing its military aid and other dealings with its closest ally in Southeast Asia.

Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized control of the government two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.

May 9, 2014

U.S. faults both sides for collapse of Israeli-Palestinian talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian leaders were unwilling to make the “gut-wrenching” compromises needed for peace, a top U.S. official said on Thursday, faulting both sides for the collapse of talks last month.

Offering his first public account of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed, nine-month effort to strike a peace deal by April 29, U.S. special envoy Martin Indyk made clear there was blame on both sides, citing Israeli settlement-building as well as the Palestinians’ signing of 15 international conventions.

Apr 25, 2014

Mediators held in Ukraine as U.S. readies new Russia sanctions

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are expected on Monday to impose new sanctions on Russian individuals, sources said on Friday, as the Ukraine crisis escalated with armed pro-Russia separatists seizing a bus carrying international mediators.

The Pentagon said Russian aircraft breached Ukraine’s airspace several times over the past 24 hours, but did not offer more details. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren called on Russia to “take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.”

Apr 25, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., EU seen imposing sanctions on Russia on Monday – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday in response to Moscow’s alleged efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the EU was expected to name 15 previously unidentified individuals to be sanctioned and would focus on those whom it believes are responsible for the unrest in Ukraine.

Apr 25, 2014

U.S., EU seen imposing sanctions on Russia on Monday -sources

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – The United States and the
European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian
individuals on Monday in response to Moscow’s alleged efforts to
destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter
said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the
EU was expected to name 15 previously unidentified individuals
to be sanctioned and would focus on those whom it believes are
responsible for the unrest in Ukraine.

Apr 25, 2014

Exclusive – Obama plans to call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to speak to several European leaders on Friday to try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

Disagreements among European Union nations on whether to impose new economic sanctions on Russia have held up punitive steps by the United States, said the sources on condition of anonymity, but Washington could also act on its own.

Apr 25, 2014

Obama plans to call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push-sources

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
is expected to speak to several European leaders on Friday to
try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia over
Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

Disagreements among European Union nations on whether to
impose new economic sanctions on Russia have held up punitive
steps by the United States, said the sources on condition of
anonymity, but Washington could also act on its own.

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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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