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Dec 17, 2014

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Cuba, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Months of talks in Canada and at the Vatican, involving one of Obama’s closest aides, culminated on Tuesday, when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spoke by phone for nearly an hour and gave final assent to steps that could end a half-century of enmity and reshape Western Hemisphere relations.

Dec 10, 2014

For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America’s spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways.

Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency’s detention and questioning of militant suspects.

Dec 9, 2014

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Minutes after a U.S. Senate intelligence panel released details of the CIA’s torture of terrorism suspects, President Barack Obama suggested the country should move on.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which has the power to bring criminal charges, looks set to take him at his word.

Dec 7, 2014

Despite failures, U.S. likely to continue raids to free hostages

WASHINGTON/KUWAIT CITY (Reuters) – Despite three failed raids to free U.S. hostages held by militants, the United States will continue to conduct such operations, officials indicated on Sunday, as President Barack Obama grapples with a spate of kidnappings and killings of American citizens.

The latest setback came in a remote area of Yemen early on Saturday, when al Qaeda militants shot American photo journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie during a rescue attempt led by U.S. Special Forces.

Dec 4, 2014

Warily, U.S. learns to live with more muscular Iran role in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Iran, which dueled viciously over Iraq during the years of U.S. occupation, suddenly seem to be working in tandem as they confront what both see as a common, even mortal enemy: Islamic State.

Air strikes by Iran inside Iraq in recent days are only the latest manifestation of an increasingly muscular role by Tehran in Baghdad’s war against Sunni militants. During the administration of George W. Bush, such actions would be denounced as meddling.

Nov 21, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.

The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with a Russian-backed separatist movement in its east, is expected to be announced on Thursday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden.

Nov 20, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.

The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with a Russian-backed separatist movement in its east, is expected to be announced on Thursday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden.

Nov 14, 2014

Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

AMMAN (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem’s holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound, revered by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary, where al-Aqsa mosque stands, and by Jews as the Temple Mount, where their biblical temples once stood.

Nov 13, 2014

Jordanian, Israeli leaders to discuss Jerusalem unrest with Kerry

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Amman later on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to try to ease strife among Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Earlier, Abdullah accused Israel of “repeated attacks” on holy sites in Jerusalem and said they must stop.

Nov 11, 2014

Lacking breakthrough, sides weigh next moves in Iran nuclear drama

MUSCAT/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States, Iran and Europe were weighing their next moves on Tuesday after two days of nuclear talks in Oman failed to produce any apparent breakthrough ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline.

One of Iran’s chief negotiators, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, described the Oman talks as “two days of very hard work”, the official IRNA news agency reported.