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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.

Dec 4, 2014

McCain blocks Obama’s pick as No.2 diplomat over Iraq policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday he is blocking President Barack Obama’s nomination of Anthony Blinken as the country’s number two diplomat, citing sharp disagreement with the nominee’s past statements on Iraq.

“He’s totally unqualified,” the Republican senator told Reuters, when asked why he was holding up Blinken’s nomination to be deputy Secretary of State.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. senator seeks formal declaration of war against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Rand Paul called on Congress on Wednesday to formally declare war on Islamic State, as debate intensified in the Senate and House of Representatives over the campaign in Iraq and Syria.

The Kentucky senator introduced a Senate resolution seeking to declare that a state of war exists with the militant group, the target of four months of air strikes by U.S. and allied forces.

Dec 2, 2014

Senators renew push for military sex assault bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday renewed a push to overhaul the military’s handling of sexual assault cases, and the effort’s main sponsor said she might block President Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of Defense over the issue.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been working for much of the past two years for the military to shift authority for prosecuting sexual assault cases to an independent prosecutor instead of top commanders, prompted by a sharp increases in reports of such crimes.

Nov 24, 2014

Iran extension prompts calls for more sanctions in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several U.S. Republican lawmakers insisted on Monday that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran be accompanied by increased sanctions, setting the stage for a battle with the Obama administration after their party takes full control of Congress next year.

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, three of the party’s leading foreign policy voices, said they view Iran’s insistence on having any enrichment capability at all as problematic and warned that a “bad deal” would lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

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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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