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Mar 3, 2015

U.S. proposes making Radio Marti, broadcaster to Cuba, independent

WASHINGTON/MIAMI, March 3 (Reuters) – The White House has
proposed turning Radio Marti, a U.S. government-controlled
broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba,
into a separate entity as Washington seeks rapprochement with

The proposal, buried in the federal budget released last
month, was made some six weeks after the United States and Cuba
agreed on Dec. 17 to embark on an effort to restore diplomatic
ties and normalize relations after more than 50 years of enmity.

Mar 3, 2015

Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday rejected as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Fars.

Mar 3, 2015

Kerry visits Riyadh to sooth fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

MONTREAUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia’s interest, despite the country’s fears it may boost its rival’s support for Shi’ite Muslim interests in the region.

Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets.

Mar 2, 2015

Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resume on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.

Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were to meet in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux for up to three days of negotiations about restraining the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Mar 1, 2015

Kerry to defend Israel as Netanyahu readies critique of Iran talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.

Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a deal to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions on Tehran. The talks will be held in Montreux.

Feb 28, 2015

Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week -U.S. official

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Talks on curbing Iran’s
nuclear program have made substantial progress, a senior U.S.
official said on Friday as the White House braced for an
onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu.

The official told reporters many hurdles remained to
reaching an agreement to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in
exchange for easing economic sanctions and said he did not
expect one to be reached next week.

Feb 28, 2015

U.S., Cuba say progress made in talks; no date for diplomatic ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States held a second round of talks on Friday toward normalizing ties, and both sides said they made good progress, although they did not set a date for renewal of diplomatic relations that Washington severed 54 years ago.

Going into the talks, Communist-ruled Cuba pushed to be removed from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. But Washington said that while it was reviewing Cuba’s place on the list, the designation should not be linked to the negotiations on renewing relations and opening embassies.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S., Europe seen unlikely to widen Russia sanctions if truce holds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative ceasefire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday.

Despite repeatedly saying that new U.S. or EU sanctions on Russia as well as U.S. lethal assistance for Ukraine remain on the table, neither Europe nor the United States would be eager to go forward if this week’s fragile calm is sustained, they added.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S., Cuba meet for second round of normalization talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuban and U.S. officials met in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations amid friction over Cuba’s place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The one-day talks stem from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes on Dec. 17 to work to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other’s countries, and to exchange prisoners. Washington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54 years ago.

Feb 25, 2015

Kerry questions Netanyahu’s judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.

In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.

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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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