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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.

Jan 25, 2015

Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote

LAGOS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps
to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid
concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight
against Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram has killed thousands, kidnapped hundreds and
displaced more than a million people during its campaign to
carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa’s
most populous nation.

Jan 23, 2015

Kerry calls for more resources in anti-extremist fight, warns of Islamophobia

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Countries must devote more resources to fight global extremism, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, but the battle would falter if it becomes consumed by sectarian division or Islamophobia.

Speaking against a backdrop of deadly Islamist militant attacks in France, Pakistan, Nigeria and elsewhere, Kerry told leaders at the annual World Economic Forum: “These kinds of actions can never be excused. And they have to be opposed. With every fiber of our being, they have to be stopped.

Jan 22, 2015

Obama abandons telephone data spying reform proposal -U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
administration has quietly abandoned a proposal it had been
considering to put raw U.S. telephone call data collected by the
National Security Agency under non-governmental control, several
U.S. security officials said.

Obama promised changes in the government’s handling of such
data in a speech a year ago after revelations by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of the agency’s
electronic surveillance of Americans’ communications.

Jan 22, 2015

Iraqi PM warns falling oil price could hurt fight against Islamic State

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi said on Thursday he feared lower revenues from falling
global oil prices could hurt his country’s military campaign
against Islamic State.

Speaking after attending a meeting of members of the
U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in London, Abadi
appealed for more training and equipment for his military. He
said Iraq’s economy had been hard hit by the oil price slump.