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U.S. intelligence sees global water conflict risks rising
March 23, 2012 01:11 AM
WASHINGTON: Fresh water supplies are unlikely to keep up with global demand by 2040, increasing political instability, hobbling economic growth and endangering world food markets, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment released Thursday. The report by the office of the Director of National...
Clinton says Japan, EU working to comply with Iran sanctions
February 28, 2012 11:09 PM
WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pledged to aggressively implement new U.S. sanctions on Iran but noted that some allies such as Japan face "unique situations" as they seek to reduce Iranian oil imports. President Barack Obama on Dec. 31 signed into law the...
U.S., Egypt lurch into perilous limbo on NGO case
February 28, 2012 08:41 AM
WASHINGTON: U.S. hopes for a quick end to its dispute with Egypt over pro-democracy groups have been dashed, stranding both countries in a dangerous limbo as pressures build on a security partnership that is vital to Washington. The Obama administration had hoped the row over Egypt's raids on...
U.S. signals possibility of arming Syrian rebels
February 22, 2012 08:42 AM
WASHINGTON/AMMAN: The United States appeared to open the door to eventually arming Syria's opposition, saying that if a political solution to the crisis was impossible it might have to consider other options. The comments, made by officials at both the White House and the U.S. State Department...
U.S., EU welcome Iran nuclear letter, suggest talks possible
February 17, 2012 09:05 PM
WASHINGTON: The United States and European Union expressed cautious optimism on Friday over prospects that Iran may be willing to engage major powers in new talks, but underscored any resumed negotiations must be sustained and focus on the nuclear issue. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and...
Obama banks Syria policy on untested coalition as crisis escalates
February 16, 2012 01:13 AM
WASHINGTON: Eleven months into the bloodiest uprising of the Arab Spring, U.S. President Barack Obama is staking his Syria policy on a fragile and untested international coalition that has few palatable options for ending the violence. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the new...
In growing Syria crisis, Obama has few options
February 15, 2012 08:28 AM
WASHINGTON: Eleven months into the bloodiest uprising of the "Arab Spring," U.S. President Barack Obama is staking his Syria policy on a fragile and untested international coalition that has few palatable options for ending the violence. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the...
Syria raises specter of proxy conflict for U.S., Russia
February 08, 2012 03:56 PM
WASHINGTON: As the Obama administration weighs worst-case scenarios for Syria, one stands out: a civil war that develops into a proxy battle between Arabs and the West on one side, and Russia and Iran on the other. U.S. officials stress they do not want to play a military role in Syria, where...
U.S. hopes Iran sanctions more scalpel than axe
January 04, 2012 01:36 AM
WASHINGTON: The United States has armed itself with some of the toughest sanctions yet targeting Iran but must carefully assess how to avoid catching energy-importing allies such as Japan, South Korea and India in the crossfire. President Barack Obama signed the law Saturday sanctions on financial...
U.S. deeply concerned by Egypt raid on pro-democracy groups
December 29, 2011 08:21 PM
WASHINGTON: The United States expressed deep concern Thursday after Egyptian police raided offices of U.S.-backed pro-democracy and human rights groups, saying the harassment should stop immediately and hinting that Washington could review its $1.3 billion in military aid if the raids continue. ...
Kim death complicates Obama’s Korean nuclear quandary
December 20, 2011 01:30 AM
WASHINGTON: The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il could dim hopes for fresh nuclear disarmament talks with the United States and its key Asian allies as an untested and largely unknown heir takes charge of one of the world’s most feared atomic renegade states. The most crucial...
As soldiers leave, United States diplomats face huge Iraq challenge
December 19, 2011 12:40 AM
WASHINGTON: As the last American soldiers leave Iraq, the U.S. State Department assumes the reins of a complex and risky operation, the success or failure of which could determine whether the costly nine-year U.S. engagement with the country finally bears fruit. U.S. diplomats, shielded by...
As soldiers leave, U.S. diplomats face huge Iraq challenge
December 18, 2011 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON: As the last American soldiers leave Iraq, the U.S. State Department assumes the reins of a complex and risky operation, the success or failure of which could determine whether the costly nine-year U.S. engagement with the country finally bears fruit. U.S. diplomats, shielded by...
Assad's exit in Syria "inevitable" : Saudi prince
November 15, 2011 10:03 PM
WASHINGTON:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's refusal to halt his government's violence against its own people has made his departure from power inevitable, a senior Saudi prince said on Tuesday. Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former chief of Saudi intelligence services, said Assad...
Clinton warns Pakistan on militant ties
October 21, 2011 01:37 AM
ISLAMABAD/KABUL: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Islamabad Thursday to deliver a tough warning to Pakistan to cut suspected ties with militant groups which have strained ties between the uneasy allies. Clinton, arriving from the Afghan capital, Kabul, left directly for the U.S....


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