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Dec 18, 2014

U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House.

They floated ideas to fight the Democrat Obama’s moves to forge ties and expand commercial ties with the communist-led island after half a century of hostility. Their ideas included denying funds to reopen a Havana embassy and blocking the confirmation of a U.S. ambassador.

Dec 16, 2014

Obama to sign new Russia sanctions bill by end of week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will sign legislation authorizing new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine and providing weapons to the Kiev government by the end of the week, the White House said on Tuesday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House had continuing concerns about the legislation, because it “includes some sanctions language that does not reflect the consultations that are ongoing.”

Dec 15, 2014

White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign a
bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia over its
activities in Ukraine, a senior administration official said on
Monday.

“We are looking at the bill now,” the official said in an
email. The official, who declined to be identified, said the
administration “remains deeply concerned about the aggressive
actions of Russia in Ukraine.”

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. seeks to defuse tensions over Israeli-Palestinian resolutions

BOGOTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States was seeking to defuse tensions over proposed U.N. resolutions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during talks in Europe next week.

Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday and senior European officials to discuss possible resolutions, which would require a vote in the U.N. Security Council where the United States holds a veto.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. urges Colombia to make quick progress to peace

BOGOTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Colombian negotiators on Friday to move quickly in peace talks aimed at ending 50 years of war so that the Andean country can move on and achieve “enormous potential”.

Colombia’s government has been in talks with leftist FARC rebels for more than two years in a bid to draw a line under a conflict which has killed more than 200,000 and stirred optimism through agreements already made on about half the talks’ agenda.

Dec 12, 2014

Kerry tells rich and poor to make climate deal to avoid ‘tragedy’

LIMA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea on Thursday for all nations to work for an ambitious U.N. deal next year to fight climate change, saying time was running out to reverse a course “leading to tragedy”.

He also took aim at domestic U.S. critics of President Barack Obama who question whether climate change is mainly man-made. Kerry said scientific findings were overwhelming and “screaming at us, warning us”.

Dec 11, 2014

U.S.’s Kerry tells rich and poor to make climate deal to avoid ‘tragedy’

LIMA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
made an impassioned plea on Thursday for all nations to work for
an ambitious U.N. deal next year to fight climate change, saying
time was running out to reverse a course “leading to tragedy”.

He also took aim at domestic U.S. critics of President
Barack Obama who question whether climate change is mainly
man-made. Kerry said scientific findings were overwhelming and
“screaming at us, warning us”.

Dec 11, 2014

U.S.’s Kerry tells all nations to work on climate to avoid ‘tragedy’

LIMA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for all nations to work for an ambitious U.N. deal next year to fight climate change, saying time was running out to reverse a course “leading to tragedy”.

He also took aim at domestic critics of President Barack Obama who question whether climate change is mainly man-made, saying that scientific findings were overwhelming and “screaming at us, warning us”.

Dec 11, 2014

Kerry tells all nations to work on climate to avoid ‘tragedy’

LIMA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for all nations to work for an ambitious U.N. deal next year to fight climate change, saying time was running out to reverse a course “leading to tragedy”.

He also took aim at domestic critics of President Barack Obama who question whether climate change is mainly man-made, saying that scientific findings were overwhelming and “screaming at us, warning us”.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. lawmakers set last-ditch push for Islamic State war authorization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a last-ditch push on Thursday to vote on an authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State before they hand full control of Congress over to Republicans next month.

As debate intensified in the House of Representatives and Senate over the campaign against the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria, Democrats launched a plan to attach a formal authorization for the use of military force as an amendment to a water bill the panel considered – and passed – on Thursday.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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