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Mar 27, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen’s Houthis: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where the Shi’ite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited but that U.S. intelligence assessments had concluded that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel were training and equipping Houthi units.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. losing ‘information war’ to Russia, other rivals: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government’s international broadcasting arm.

The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the State Department and government-funded news operations.

Mar 23, 2015

Insight – How Obama outmanoeuvred hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy.

But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the process reveal a longer, painstakingly cautious quest by U.S. President Barack Obama and veteran Cuba specialists to forge the historic rapprochement.

Mar 23, 2015

How Obama outmaneuvered hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy.

But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the process reveal a longer, painstakingly cautious quest by U.S. President Barack Obama and veteran Cuba specialists to forge the historic rapprochement.

Feb 25, 2015

Cuba says fast track to restoring ties ‘depends on U.S.’

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said on Wednesday.

Diplomatic ties were severed in 1961, and negotiators for the two longtime adversaries will meet in Washington on Friday, following up on the first round of talks held in Havana last month.

Feb 23, 2015

NSA chief declines comment on spyware reports, says programs lawful

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Security Agency refused to comment on Monday on reports that the U.S. government implants spyware on computer hard drives for surveillance purposes, saying “we fully comply with the law.”

U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers was responding to reports that the NSA had embedded spyware in computers on a vast scale and that along with its British counterpart, had hacked into the world’s biggest manufacturer of cellphone SIM cards.

Feb 10, 2015

U.S. to establish new cybersecurity agency: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday.

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be an “intelligence center that will ‘connect the dots’ between various cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Feb 9, 2015

Obama’s Ukraine policy at crossroads as fighting rages on

WASHINGTON/MUNICH (Reuters) – Russian-backed rebels’ violent offensive in eastern Ukraine leaves President Barack Obama with perplexing and urgent choices, but aides say he will exercise his typical caution in deciding his next move.

Should Obama provide lethal weaponry to the Western-backed Kiev government to staunch Europe’s worst conflict in two decades? Many U.S. lawmakers and some of Obama’s own advisors are calling for that step, but it risks igniting a proxy war with Russia and driving a wedge between Washington and western Europe.

Feb 3, 2015

U.S. hopes pilot’s murder will toughen Jordan’s resolve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State’s burning to death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot is likely to harden Jordan’s position as a member of the U.S.-led coalition striking the militant group in Syria, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Jordan has not retrenched from the air campaign against Islamic State since the group captured pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December.

Jan 25, 2015

Perpetrators of violence in Nigeria will be denied visas for US -Kerry

LAGOS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The United States will deny entry
to anyone responsible for stoking violence during Nigeria’s
election next month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on
Sunday, while urging the government not to delay the poll.

Kerry was in Nigeria to urge its rival political camps to
respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election.
Washington is concerned that post-poll violence could undermine
the stability of Africa’s top oil producer and hamper efforts to
tackle the Islamist militants of Boko Haram.