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Oct 21, 2015

Netanyahu Holocaust comment not backed by scholarly evidence?: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments on Wednesday linking a Muslim leader to the Holocaust were not supported by scholarly evidence, the State Department said, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington for talks on ending weeks of Palestinian-Israeli violence.

Netanyahu, speaking just before the start of a visit to Germany, said that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s, persuaded Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

Oct 19, 2015

Kerry says need for clarity to help end Israeli-Palestinian violence

MADRID (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to clarify the status of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound to help end a spate of bloodshed and restore stability.

Kerry, preparing for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Germany and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, likely in Amman, also rejected a proposal by France at the United Nations for an international observer presence at the holy site.

Oct 19, 2015

Kerry says to meet on Israel-Palestinian unrest, Syria in Europe

MADRID (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was important that Israeli and Palestinian leaders clarify the status around Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound and agree on steps to calm unrest during talks this week.

Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Germany and separately with President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah at the end of the week to discuss ways to end the violence.

Oct 18, 2015

Kerry lobbies for U.S. to remain on UNESCO board despite funding arrears

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday lobbied for the United States to be reelected to UNESCO’s board, promising to work with Congress to restore funding after Washington cut off its contributions in 2011 in protest over the Palestinians being admitted as full members.

In a speech at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, Kerry said the United States had led new initiatives and deepened its involvement with UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and educational arm.

Oct 18, 2015

Kerry lobbies for U.S. to remain on UNESCO board despite arrears

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday lobbied for the United States to be reelected to UNESCO’s board, promising to work with Congress to restore funding after Washington cut off its contributions in 2011 in protest over the Palestinians being admitted as full members.

In a speech at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, Kerry said it would be easier to make a case for funding to Congress if the United States was on UNESCO’s board.

Oct 14, 2015

Violence, settlements hurt Israel-Palestinian peace moves – U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Violence and settlement activity are undermining the viability of a two-state political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday as it discussed Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to visit the region.

Speaking a day after Kerry announced his intent to visit the region soon to try to help reduce tensions, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the secretary was not assigning blame when he said a “massive increase in settlements” over the past year had been followed by the current outbreak of violence.

Oct 8, 2015

Ukraine to open debt talks with Russia: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian finance officials will open talks with Russian counterparts on a maturing $3 billion Eurobond that Russia holds on the sidelines of IMF-World Bank meetings in Peru, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, told a congressional hearing there had been no formal discussions with Russia on the issue because Kiev just completed a debt restructuring deal with private creditors on $18 billion of its debt. The Russia bond matures in December.

Oct 6, 2015

Kerry arrives in Haiti to offer U.S. support ahead of elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to underscore U.S. support for elections later this month and to press its leaders to ensure the process is peaceful.

The first round of voting in August was disrupted by violence and bureaucratic problems, a setback for stability in the impoverished Caribbean country. Legislative elections were canceled in 2011 and in 2014.

Oct 5, 2015

Chile, U.S. pledge to fight illegal fishing, create marine parks

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Chile said on Monday
it will create one of the world’s largest marine conservation
parks, and Washington announced two new marine sanctuaries and
an increased drive against illegal fishing to help protect the
world’s oceans.

Addressing the second annual “Our Ocean” conference in the
coastal town of Vina del Mar, Chilean President Michelle
Bachelet said the protected area would include remote Easter
Island, part of Chile’s territory some 3,800 km (2,361 miles)
west of the capital Santiago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Oct 5, 2015

Chile, U.S. create marine parks to counter growing illegal fishing

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Chile said on Monday
it would create one of the world’s largest marine conservation
parks, and Washington announced two new marine sanctuaries and
an increased drive against illegal fishing to help protect the
world’s oceans.

Addressing the second annual “Our Ocean” international
conference in Chile’s coastal town of Vina del Mar, Chilean
President Michelle Bachelet said the protected area would
include remote Easter Island, part of Chile’s territory some
3,800 km (2,361 miles) west of the capital Santiago in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean.