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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.

Apr 28, 2015

U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan’s willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.

Washington told Japanese leaders its commitment to Japan’s security remained “iron-clad” and covered all territories under Tokyo’s administration, including tiny East China Sea islets that Japan disputes with Beijing.

Apr 27, 2015

Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old nuclear standoff, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

Kerry was speaking at the United Nations on the opening day of a month-long conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ahead of a meeting in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their first face-to-face encounter since recent marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Apr 27, 2015

U.S., Japan to unveil new defense guidelines amid China’s rise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new U.S.-Japan defense guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday and may cause unease in China.

A centerpiece of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s U.S. visit this week, the guidelines are part of Abe’s wider signal that Japan is ready to take more responsibility for its security as China modernizes its military and flexes its muscles in Asia.

Apr 24, 2015

Arctic nations to fight climate change despite Russia tensions

IQALUIT, Nunavut (Reuters) – The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

Meeting in the Canadian town of Iqaluit, 300 km (200 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States pledged to work to address emissions of black carbon and methane.

Apr 20, 2015

U.S. says might talk to Iran about regional stability, cites Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Monday it might talk with Iran about promoting regional stability, noting it had been open to including Iran in past efforts to achieve a Syrian peace deal if Tehran had altered its policy.

But it drew a distinction between talking to Iran about issues beyond its nuclear program and actually working with Tehran on such matters, something Washington has ruled out.

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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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