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Feb 2, 2015

U.S. taking ‘fresh look’ at weapons for Ukraine – officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is reconsidering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, senior administration officials said on Monday, but that no decision had been made.

“It’s getting a fresh look,” a senior administration official said of deliberations among Obama administration officials whether to send defensive weapons to prop up Ukrainian forces. “Where things will end up, we don’t know.”

Jan 16, 2015

With flowers and fluent French, Kerry pays respects to France

PARIS (Reuters) – Bearing flowers and his fluent French, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences to France on Friday for the deaths from last week’s Islamist attacks.

The chief U.S. diplomat laid wreaths of white lilies and red roses at the sites of the two attacks, one on the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly and the other at a Jewish supermarket in the French capital. All told, there were 17 victims from last week’s events, in which the three killers also died.

Jan 16, 2015

Paris police arrest 12 linked to shootings as US’ Kerry arrives

PARIS (Reuters) – Police arrested a dozen people suspected of helping the Islamist militant gunmen in last week’s Paris killings, the city prosecutor’s office said on Friday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks.

The arrests came after Belgian police killed two men who fired on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group and German police said they had arrested two people following a raid on 11 properties linked to radical Salafists.

Jan 15, 2015

Kerry pledges support to Bulgaria over energy supplies

SOFIA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
pledged to support Bulgaria’s efforts to wean itself off
dependence on Russian energy at the launch of an annual
strategic dialogue between the two NATO allies on Thursday.

Russia’s cancellation in December of a multi-billion-dollar
gas pipeline that would have benefited Bulgaria has highlighted
Sofia’s vulnerability to fallout from the West’s standoff with
Russia over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Jan 15, 2015

Kerry to give “big hug” to Paris after militant attacks

SOFIA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday his visit to France was to give a “big hug” to Paris after the deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

President Barack Obama’s administration drew criticism from Republican opponents at home for not sending a senior figure to a unity march in the French capital following the shootings, and the White House later conceded that Washington should have sent a higher-level representative.

Jan 15, 2015

Kerry focus on energy, security, corruption in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
will encourage Bulgaria to rely less on Russian energy and to
tackle corruption on Thursday as the two NATO allies announced
the launch of an annual strategic dialogue.

The talks between the U.S. and Bulgarian foreign ministers,
whose focus will include security and energy, are intended to
demonstrate the U.S. commitment to helping Bulgaria resist
Russian influence.

Jan 14, 2015

Kerry and Zarif unexpectedly resume nuclear talks in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif held intensive talks on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme on Wednesday, returning for an evening session, officials said.

Iran and six world powers have renewed their quest for an elusive nuclear deal — seen as crucial to reducing the risk of a wider Middle East war — after negotiators failed for the second time in November to meet a self-imposed deadline.

Jan 14, 2015

Iran’s Zarif seeks progress in nuclear talks with Kerry

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his pending meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday was important to see if progress could be made in narrowing differences on his country’s disputed nuclear programme.

Zarif, asked whether the session was key to setting the stage for the more detailed nuclear negotiations this week, told reporters minutes before his encounter with Kerry in Geneva: “I think it’s important. I think it will show the readiness of the two parties to move forward and to speed up the process.”

Jan 13, 2015

Kerry urges Pakistan to fight terror groups threatening region

ISLAMABAD, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Pakistan must fight militant
groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and U.S. interests, U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday as he offered
sympathy for the victims of last month’s massacre of children at
a Pakistani school.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan has long been suspected by the West
of playing a double game, fighting some militants while
supporting those its generals have regarded as strategic assets
to be used against rivals and neighbours, India and Afghanistan.

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. Kerry lands in Pakistan for talks on security

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on Monday on an unannounced trip to urge the government to do more to crack down on militant groups following last month’s massacre of 134 children by Taliban gunmen.

Kerry is due to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Raheel Sharif as he aims both to offer sympathy and to galvanise Pakistan to combat militants who have used its territory to attack neighbouring Afghanistan and India.

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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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