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US ambassador to China ‘hints at presidential bid’

WASHINGTON — Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to China, has hinted he is considering running for the Republican presidential nomination in comments made to Newsweek. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah and a rising Republican star, was picked by US President Barack Obama for the China posting in 2009 in…

US-Venezuela row heats up, US revokes envoy visa

Diplomatic tensions between Washington and Caracas were rising as President Hugo Chavez rejected a newly appointed US ambassador and Venezuela’s envoy had his US visa revoked. Only hours after the US State Department said Wednesday it wanted to maintain diplomatic links with Caracas, deputy Venezuelan foreign minister Temir Porras said…

US says talk of anti-Gbagbo plot ‘absurd’

The United States on Tuesday denied as “absurd” allegations that it had sent mercenaries to the Ivory Coast to oust strongman Laurent Gbagbo, as tensions mounted in the presidential standoff. “We continue to call on President Gbagbo to respect the will of the Ivorian people and to step down and…

US threatened ‘retaliation’ to bully EU into accepting biotech crops, cable shows

Reacting to a French pledge to represent the “common interest” in considering biotech foods, a former US ambassador recommended publishing a “retaliation list” of European locations where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were being grown in hopes that activists would destroy them and “cause some pain” for officials, a leaked diplomatic…

India objects to TSA pat-down of ambassador

Indian foreign minister complains of airport pat down given to ambassador to US India’s foreign minister said Thursday it was unacceptable that the country’s ambassador to the United States was patted down by a security agent at a Mississippi airport, and said he would complain to Washington. The ambassador, Meera…

China ‘scared to death’ of Pelosi: leaked cable

China was “scared to death” over a visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is outspoken on human rights, and rejected her request to visit to Tibet, according to files leaked Monday. A top diplomat at the US embassy in Beijing said he asked China to consider letting Pelosi go…

Saudi king ‘repeatedly requested’ US attack Iran: WikiLeaks documents

Included in 250,000 documents being released by WikiLeaks this week was a secret diplomatic cable that indicated Saudi King Abdullah had urged the US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, to use force to stop Iran’s nuclear program. According to the document, Abdullah repeatedly requested that the US attack Iran. Other…

Vice President Joe Biden in Iraq on surprise visit

BAGHDAD — US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for a surprise visit aimed at bolstering Iraq’s fledgling democracy almost four months after an inconclusive election. Biden, wearing a blue blazer and khaki slacks, was accompanied on the trip by his wife Jill, who the White House…

Afghan attorney general says US envoy ‘threatened’ him

KABUL — Afghanistan’s top prosecutor Tuesday accused US ambassador Karl Eikenberry of threatening to have him removed from his job if he did not take action against an Afghan banker allegedly involved in fraud. Attorney general Mohammad Is’haq Alko told reporters that Eikenberry had violated “diplomatic ethics” by ordering him…

Israeli ambassador calls raid ‘responsible,’ likens to US attacks in World War II

Likens Israel’s attack on aid ship to US attack on Germany, Japan Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, called his country’s raid on an aid flotilla en route to Gaza “perfectly legal, perfectly humane and very responsible” in an interview Tuesday with Fox News. Oren likened the attack…

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