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Jun 29, 2015

State Department won’t say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say whether Secretary of State John Kerry would be willing to testify to a Republican-controlled congressional panel that is probing a 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, told CBS television on Sunday he would seek Kerry’s testimony if the panel does not get “satisfaction” on why Kerry has been so “recalcitrant” in handing over State Department documents from the period of the attack.

Jun 26, 2015

State Department calls Clinton’s email records incomplete

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton did not hand over at least 15 emails from her time as secretary of state, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, undercutting her claim that the 30,000 work emails she provided from her personal server were a complete record.

The department learned the email record was apparently incomplete after Sidney Blumenthal, an old friend and informal adviser to Clinton, provided several previously undisclosed emails to U.S. lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on diplomatic staff in Benghazi, Libya.

Jun 26, 2015

U.S. State Dept. calls Clinton’s email records incomplete

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton did not hand
over at least 15 emails from her time as secretary of state, the
U.S. State Department said on Thursday, undercutting her claim
that the 30,000 work emails she provided from her personal
server were a complete record.

The department learned the email record was apparently
incomplete after Sidney Blumenthal, an old friend and informal
adviser to Clinton, provided several previously undisclosed
emails to U.S. lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on
diplomatic staff in Benghazi, Libya.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States released its annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.

Though the United States and other world powers are attempting to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by June 30, the State Department report criticized Tehran for having the second-highest execution rate in the world and said proceedings often did not comply with constitutional protections.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater contact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States released a long-delayed annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries like Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.

Though the United States and other world powers are attempting to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by June 30, the State Department report criticized Tehran for having the second-highest execution rate in the world “after legal proceedings that frequently didn’t respect Iran’s own constitutional guarantee to due process.”

Jun 18, 2015

Corrected: Putin’s confrontation with West ‘artificial’ – dissident Khodorkovsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s confrontation with the West is “artificial” and aimed at protecting Russia’s ruling elite and distracting attention from a corrupt system, a former Russian oil tycoon said on Wednesday.

“The current confrontation with the West is absolutely artificial,” Mikhail Khodorkovsky told the Atlantic Council think tank.

Jun 18, 2015

Putin’s confrontation with West ‘artificial’: dissident Khodorksovsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s confrontation with the West is “artificial” and aimed at protecting Russia’s ruling elite and distracting attention from a corrupt system, a former Russian oil tycoon said on Wednesday.

“The current confrontation with the West is absolutely artificial,” Mikhail Khodorksovsky told the Atlantic Council think tank.

Jun 16, 2015

Kerry says ‘patience wearing thin’ on Syria’s Assad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had discussed Syria’s use of chemical weapons with Russia and the international community’s patience with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s behavior was wearing thin.

Speaking to reporters via video conference from Boston, Kerry said he was confident Assad’s government was responsible for a “preponderance” of chemical attacks against his own people and that “everyone’s patience is wearing thin.”

Jun 13, 2015

Exclusive: U.S.-Cuba deal expected in early July to restore ties, reopen embassies – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba in early July to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The two sides hope to conclude the deal by the first week of next month, clearing the way for Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Havana soon afterwards for a flag-raising ceremony to upgrade the U.S. Interests Section to a full-scale embassy, the sources said.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. says senior diplomat met with Yemen’s Houthi in Oman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. diplomats met representatives of Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the capital of Oman for a day last week to press for the release of American hostages and discuss a political solution to the country’s conflict, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The department said on Monday that American journalist Casey Coombs, a journalist held by Houthi rebels in Yemen, had arrived in the Omani capital, Muscat, and was in a stable condition. Three other Americans are still believed held by the Houthi militia – two of Yemeni and one of Somali origin.