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Feb 11, 2014

U.S. intelligence director does not believe Karzai will sign security pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. director of national intelligence said on Tuesday he does not expect Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

The Obama administration has been pressing Karzai to sign a security pact that would authorize U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Karzai has refused so far to sign, although Washington insists a deal must be approved before it will agree to leave a troop contingent in Afghanistan.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. Senate approves Baucus as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted
unanimously on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama’s
nomination of Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade
policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing.

The Senate voted 96-0, with Baucus voting present, to
confirm the 72-year-old Montana Democrat to the high-profile
appointment.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. Senate approves nomination of Baucus as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama’s nomination of Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing.

The Senate voted 96-0, with Baucus voting present, to confirm the 72-year-old Montana Democrat to the high-profile appointment.

Feb 6, 2014

Senate plan to change U.S. military sex assault rules still short on votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The senator leading a push to overhaul how the U.S. military handles sexual assault complaints made an urgent appeal on Thursday for more support as the measure stood seven votes short of passage before a vote expected as soon as next week.

Fifty-three U.S. senators now back the reform effort led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, still short of the 60 the bill likely will need to get through the Senate.

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. eases rules to admit more Syrian refugees, after 31 last year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration announced on Wednesday that it had eased some immigration rules to allow more of the millions of Syrians forced from their homes during the country’s three-year civil war to come to the United States.

Only 31 Syrian refugees – out of an estimated 2.3 million – were admitted in the fiscal year that ended in October, prompting demands for change from rights advocates and many lawmakers.

Feb 4, 2014

Iran nuclear deal ‘not perfect’ but buys time, top U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An initial agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program was “not perfect” but it bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday in response to sharp criticism from Congress.

Major world powers struck an agreement with Iran on November 24 to offer Tehran an estimated $7 billion in sanctions relief in return for steps to restrain Iranian atomic activities. The deal called for negotiation of a full agreement within a year.

Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. readies financial sanctions against Ukraine: congressional aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest leaders if violence escalates in the political crisis gripping Ukraine, congressional aides said on Wednesday.

Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified by name because of the sensitive subject, said they had discussed the sanction preparations with administration officials.

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. readies financial sanctions against Ukraine -congressional aides

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian
officials and protest leaders if violence escalates in the
political crisis gripping Ukraine, congressional aides said on
Wednesday.

Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified by name
because of the sensitive subject, said they had discussed the
sanction preparations with administration officials.

Jan 29, 2014

U.S. intelligence head wants Snowden, ‘accomplices’ to return documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. intelligence official called on Wednesday for Edward Snowden and journalists who obtained documents the former contractor took without authorization from the National Security Agency to return the materials to authorities.

At a hearing where the heads of five U.S. intelligence agencies ratcheted up rhetoric calling Snowden a “grave threat” to the nation, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made comments that appeared to accuse journalists who wrote stories based on Snowden’s leaks.

Jan 29, 2014

U.S. spy chiefs say number of foreign militants in Syria rises

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria’s civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, U.S. spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The estimate, given at a Senate intelligence hearing, was much higher than earlier figures of 3,000 to 4,000 foreign fighters in Syria, and came after news emerged this week that Congress had secretly approved more funding to send weapons to “moderate” rebels.

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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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