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Oct 17, 2013

Analysis: Awash in oil, U.S. reshapes Mideast role 40 years after OPEC embargo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty years after an Arab oil embargo throttled the U.S. economy, surging North American energy production has brought the United States closer to a long-dreamed “energy independence” that is reshaping its goals and role in the Middle East.

On October 17, 1973, OPEC announced an oil embargo against the United States and any other country that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War. That use of oil as a diplomatic weapon has driven an American yearning for disengagement from the Middle East and its problems ever since.

Oct 17, 2013

Awash in oil, U.S. reshapes Mideast role 40 years after OPEC embargo

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Forty years after an Arab oil
embargo throttled the U.S. economy, surging North American
energy production has brought the United States closer to a
long-dreamed “energy independence” that is reshaping its goals
and role in the Middle East.

On Oct. 17, 1973, OPEC announced an oil embargo against the
United States and any other country that supported Israel in the
Yom Kippur War. That use of oil as a diplomatic weapon has
driven an American yearning for disengagement from the Middle
East and its problems ever since.

Oct 16, 2013

U.S. eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander’s eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.

Sep 17, 2013

U.S. lawmakers ask Holder to back probe into Russian helicopter program

Sept 17 (Reuters) – A group of U.S. lawmakers called on U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday to reinforce the
Pentagon’s criminal investigation into an Army aviation unit
that awarded millions of dollars in contracts to Russian and
U.S. firms to maintain and overhaul Russian-made Mi-17
helicopters.

Nine senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives
in a letter said they have “great concern” about allegations of
possible criminal activity related to the Mi-17 program. They
urged Holder “to utilize all available resources, including the
Federal Bureau of Investigation” to support the Pentagon’s
investigation.

Sep 17, 2013

Syria: A chemical crime, a complex reaction

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In early spring France’s ambassador to the United Nations dined with a Russian colleague and discussed the crisis in Syria.

Ambassador Gerard Araud told the Russian diplomat France was going to go public with proof from its intelligence services that Syria’s government was using chemical weapons against its own people. The Russian diplomat laughed, according to a source familiar with the meeting. “Gerard,” he told his counterpart, “don’t embarrass the Americans.”

Sep 17, 2013

Special Report: Syria – A chemical crime, a complex reaction

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In early spring France’s ambassador to the United Nations dined with a Russian colleague and discussed the crisis in Syria.

Ambassador Gerard Araud told the Russian diplomat France was going to go public with proof from its intelligence services that Syria’s government was using chemical weapons against its own people. The Russian diplomat laughed, according to a source familiar with the meeting. “Gerard,” he told his counterpart, “don’t embarrass the Americans.”

Sep 16, 2013

Western powers press Assad to comply; U.N. confirms sarin used

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The United States,
Britain and France warned President Bashar al-Assad on Monday
that there would be consequences if he failed to hand over
Syria’s chemical weapons, and said a U.N. report on the Aug. 21
sarin gas attack left little doubt that Assad’s forces were to
blame.

As expected, a report by U.N. chemical weapons experts did
not say who launched the attack on the rebel-held Damascus
suburb of Ghouta, which prompted the threat of Western military
action. But it did give details of the type of gas and the
munitions used, which some experts said indicated government
forces were responsible.

Sep 16, 2013

U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

PARIS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States, France and Britain on Monday stepped up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and warned he would suffer consequences if Damascus did not comply.

Russia immediately cautioned against imposing tough penalties on the Syrian leader, while in Syria itself fighting was reported on several fronts, with a monitoring group saying a government helicopter had been brought down.

Sep 16, 2013

Western powers say Syria must face consequences for non-compliance

PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – France, Britain and the United
States called on Monday for a swift U.N. resolution committing
Syria to remove its chemical weapons, but Russia introduced a
note of caution about imposing strong consequences if President
Bashar al-Assad failed to comply.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed that an
accord reached at the weekend with Russian counterpart Sergei
Lavrov targeted a U.N. resolution referring to sanctions for
non-compliance, including a new Security Council resolution.

Sep 15, 2013

Kerry reassures Israel on bid to rid Syria of chemical arms

JERUSALEM, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry assured Israel on Sunday a U.S.-Russian deal to remove
Syria’s chemical weapons would be effective, addressing concern
that a lack of resolve would embolden Iran in its nuclear drive.

“We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international
affairs, because that affects all other issues, whether Iran or
North Korea or others,” Kerry said after talks with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.