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Jun 24, 2015

For Kerry, Iran deal would be a legacy hit after many misses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pulls off a nuclear deal with Iran, it will be a singular achievement in a long career in which the grand prize has eluded him.

His 2004 presidential election loss, lack of legislative monuments despite 28 years in the Senate, and failure, like many before, to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians have contributed to a view that he struggles to seal major successes.

Jun 23, 2015

U.S. has begun to fix visa problems, big backlog to be processed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on
Tuesday it has begun to fix a technical problem that had
disrupted U.S. visa issuance around the globe, but it will take
time to work off a big backlog.

About 45,000 visas were issued on Monday, State Department
spokesman John Kirby said, adding that the department typically
issues around 50,000 per day. He declined to predict when the
department would clear its backlog.

Jun 15, 2015

Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate’s wife, it was supposed to remain a secret between him and the government.

The disclosure last week that hackers had penetrated a database containing such intimate and possibly damaging facts about millions of government and private employees has shaken Washington.

Jun 9, 2015

U.S. State Department will not meet Brotherhood group on Washington visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said on Tuesday it will not meet a Muslim Brotherhood group visiting Washington for a private conference but said its policy remained to engage Egypt’s entire political spectrum.

The department announced the decision a day after sources told Reuters that the U.S. ambassador to Egypt had been summoned by Egyptian authorities because of their unhappiness about the private visit by Brotherhood figures to Washington.

Jun 9, 2015

Egypt summons U.S. ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. officials did not intend to meet the group although they had met some Brotherhood figures that came to Washington in January.

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


(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.

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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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