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Jul 17, 2015

Kerry to host Cuba foreign minister in Washington on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday, U.S. officials said, to mark the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago.

Kerry will host Rodriguez at the State Department after the Cuban official leads the formal reopening of the Communist state’s embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thaw between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro in December.

Jul 17, 2015

Kerry to host Cuba foreign minister in Washington on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday, U.S. officials said, to mark the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago.

Kerry will host Rodriguez at the State Department after the Cuban official leads the formal reopening of the Communist state’s embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thaw between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro in December.

Jul 16, 2015

Republicans target U.N. arms embargo rollback in bid to derail Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Thursday honed their attack plan against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal in Congress, targeting part of the pact that calls for eventually rolling back a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran.

Opponents of the landmark nuclear agreement hope to use the arms embargo issue, one of the final obstacles to the accord sealed in Vienna on Tuesday between Iran and six world powers, to draw some of Obama’s wavering Democrats into helping to derail it.

Jul 16, 2015

Obama: Iran deal is only alternative to more Mideast war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna on Tuesday to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 15, 2015

Obama says Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid more Mideast war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference a day after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 15, 2015

Analysis – With historic Iran deal, Obama gambles on foreign policy legacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sealing of a nuclear pact with Iran marks the biggest foreign policy gamble of Barack Obama’s presidency – a legacy-defining achievement that could yet backfire if Tehran exploits any loopholes or escalates tensions in the Middle East.

No other foreign policy challenge bears Obama’s personal stamp more than the final nuclear accord reached with Iran on Tuesday, and none poses a more critical test of his doctrine of talking to America’s enemies to avoid having to confront them.

Jul 14, 2015

With historic Iran deal, Obama gambles on foreign policy legacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sealing of a nuclear pact with Iran marks the biggest foreign policy gamble of Barack Obama’s presidency – a legacy-defining achievement that could yet backfire if Tehran exploits any loopholes or escalates tensions in the Middle East.

No other foreign policy challenge bears Obama’s personal stamp more than the final nuclear accord reached with Iran on Tuesday, and none poses a more critical test of his doctrine of talking to America’s enemies to avoid confronting them.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S.-Cuba embassy deal could boost bid to undercut trade embargo

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at – and eventually upend – the 53-year-old U.S. trade embargo.

Despite Democratic President Barack Obama’s renewed call to Congress on Wednesday to lift the embargo, he would face resistance from majority Republicans. The White House has offered no sign that he is considering taking further actions on his own.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama affirmed to Cuban President Raul Castro their decision to restore diplomatic relations and said the former Cold War enemies could reopen embassies in each other’s capitals beginning July 20, the Caribbean country said on Wednesday.

Cuba’s foreign ministry cited a letter, which Obama addressed to Castro, that it received from the senior U.S. diplomat in Havana.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named attorney Lee Wolosky, who served in the National Security Council under the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to a post considered crucial to meeting President Barack Obama’s long-standing promise to shut the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

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