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May 4, 2015

Kerry says Kenya has role in resolving Somalia, S.Sudan conflicts

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Kenya on Monday it had an important role in helping resolve conflicts in South Sudan and Somalia and pledged $45 million in new aid to help it deal with 600,000 refugees.

Speaking after meetings with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition politicians in Nairobi, he said recent attacks by Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants in Kenya were part of the cost of playing that role.

May 4, 2015

Kerry holds talks on security, al Shabaab threat in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed on Monday ways to counter the threat from the al Shabaab militant group that killed 148 people at a Kenyan university last month.

Kerry, who arrived on Sunday, also commemorated the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in which more than 200 people died, before meeting Kenyatta.

May 3, 2015

Kerry in Kenya to offer help against militants: officials

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday to offer help in countering Somali al Shabaab militants who have staged deadly attacks there and elsewhere in East Africa.

Kerry will also address Kenya’s human rights in meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials as well as discussing the troubled peace process in South Sudan and violence in Burundi, a U.S. official said.

May 2, 2015

Kerry says U.S. wants to renew ties with Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, May 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry said on Saturday the United States wanted to renew ties
with Sri Lanka and announced the start of an annual bilateral
dialogue after years of tensions with the island nation’s former
government.

Kerry arrived in the South Asian country earlier on
Saturday, the first time in a decade that a U.S. secretary of
state has visited Sri Lanka.

May 2, 2015

Kerry visit seeks to reset U.S. relations with Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to offer support for newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena after years of tensions with the former government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa over human rights.

It is the first time in a decade that a U.S. secretary of state has visited Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. designates jailed Greek guerrilla members as terrorists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday designated jailed Greek guerilla group members Christodoulos Xiros and Nikolaos Maziotis as terrorists, a day after protesting a new prison law approved by Greece’s parliament.

“All property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Xiros and Maziotis have any interest is blocked and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen,” the State Department said in a statement.

Apr 21, 2015

Japan, U.S. sound optimistic on TPP trade pact negotiations

WASHINGTON, TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top trade negotiator sounded an optimistic note on Tuesday that he could reach a deal with the United States that is essential to creating a free trade pact covering 12 countries.

A senior U.S. State Department official also said on Monday that a deal is within “grabbing distance” as the world’s largest and third-largest economies race to conclude bilateral negotiations that cover trade in car parts and farm products.

Mar 22, 2015

Iran rejects ‘bullying’ as West stresses unity in nuclear talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take “difficult decisions”.

With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced U.S. “bullying” in the negotiations and repeated Tehran’s denial that it was seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.

Mar 21, 2015

Kerry says progress made in nuclear talks, time to make tough decisions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday talks with Iran had made genuine progress and the time had come to make hard decisions in reaching a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying there was “nothing that cannot be resolved” between the parties, who seek a deal by the end of June.

Mar 19, 2015

European negotiator says framework accord with Iran unlikely soon

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Six world powers are unlikely to reach a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program in the coming days as the sides are still far apart on key issues, a senior European negotiator said on Thursday, blaming Tehran for failing to compromise.

“Contrary to what the Iranians are saying with regard to 90 percent of an accord being done, that’s not true,” the negotiator told reporters on condition of anonymity. “We are not close to an agreement.”