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May 22, 2013

Panel urges tougher US response to trade secret theft

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – Theft of trade secrets,
chiefly by China, costs the U.S. economy $300 billion a year and
must be fought with sanctions as tough as those used against
terrorism and drug trafficking, an advisory panel said on
Wednesday.

The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual
Property said U.S. responses so far, using the World Trade
Organization and government talks, have not kept up with the
fast growth of trade secret theft by cyber and traditional
methods.

May 21, 2013

Obama urges Myanmar to stop violence against Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged the president of Myanmar on Monday to halt violence against a Muslim minority but praised economic and political reforms in the formerly pariah nation that is emerging as a U.S. ally in China’s backyard.

During the first visit to the White House in 47 years by a leader of the Southeast Asian nation, Obama called for an end to the killings of Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

May 19, 2013

Obama walks a fine line with Myanmar president’s landmark visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will walk a fine line between fostering a U.S. ally in China’s backyard and trying to defend human rights when the president of Myanmar becomes the first head of his country to visit the White House in 47 years on Monday.

Rights groups and some U.S. lawmakers fear Obama has moved too quickly since forging a dramatic breakthrough in relations in 2011 after half a century of military rule in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

May 10, 2013

Benghazi emails put pressure on White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration denied Republican accusations of a cover-up in last year’s deadly attack in Libya, moving on Friday to defuse a renewed political controversy after a news report said memos on the incident were edited to omit references to a CIA warning of an al Qaeda threat.

ABC News reported emails between the White House, State Department and intelligence agencies about the Benghazi attack went through 12 extensive revisions and were scrubbed clean of warnings about a militant threat.

May 10, 2013

Pressure rises on White House after Benghazi emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration denied Republican accusations of a cover-up in last year’s deadly attack in Libya, moving on Friday to defuse a renewed political controversy after a news report said memos on the incident were edited to omit references to a CIA warning of an al Qaeda threat.

ABC News reported emails between the White House, State Department and intelligence agencies about the Benghazi attack went through 12 extensive revisions and were scrubbed clean of warnings about a militant threat.

May 8, 2013

South Korea’s Park urges North Korea to choose new path

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on North Korea on Wednesday to end a “vicious circle” in which it raises and reduces tensions to win diplomatic rewards and buy time to build up its nuclear arms program.

In an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Park said she wanted to break the pattern in which North Korea “provokes a crisis” that draws sanctions from the international community, which later tries concessions to calm things down.

May 8, 2013

South Korea’s Park urges isolated North to choose a new path

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Thursday her country is facing down North Korea’s threats “resolutely but calmly” and called on Pyongyang to end the cycle of tension and short-lived stability on the Korean peninsula.

In her address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Park said South Korea’s stable financial markets and strong economic fundamentals showed Seoul was unbowed by 10 weeks of nuclear war threats from North Korea.

May 7, 2013

North Korea has gained nothing from recent threats – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea vowed on Tuesday to keep up their guard and not reward bad behaviour by North Korea, which President Barack Obama said had won no benefits or prestige from recent war threats.

“If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again,” Obama said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

May 7, 2013

North Korea has gained nothing from recent threats, Obama says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea vowed on Tuesday to keep up their guard and not reward bad behavior by North Korea, which President Barack Obama said had won no benefits or prestige from recent war threats.

“If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again,” Obama said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

May 2, 2013

U.S. seeks North Korean amnesty for American jailed for 15 years

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor on Thursday for crimes against the state, prompting a U.S. call for his amnesty in hopes of avoiding him becoming a bargaining chip between the two countries.

Kenneth Bae, 44, was born in South Korea but is a naturalized citizen and attended the University of Oregon. His sentencing comes after two months of saber-rattling that saw North Korea threaten the United States and South Korea with nuclear war.