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Mexico envoy rejects Perry idea of sending U.S. troops

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States rejected a suggestion by Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry that US troops could be sent over the border to quell Mexico’s escalating drug wars. “The issue of participation, or the presence of, US troops on Mexican soil is not on the table,” the…

Clinton outraged as Syrians target U.S. envoy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that Syria ”take every possible step” to protect American diplomats after supporters of President Bashar al-Assad tried to attack the US ambassador. The attempt to storm an office in Damascus where the ambassador,Robert Ford, had just arrived, came with the UN Security Councildivided over whether to threaten Syria with sanctions.…

Gaddafi has ‘suicide plan’ for capital: Russia envoy

MOSCOW — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has a “suicidal plan” to blow up the capital Tripoli if it is taken by rebels, the Kremlin’s special envoy to Libya told a Russian newspaper Thursday. “The Libyan premier told me: if the rebels seize the city, we will cover it with missiles…

US envoy bound for Afghanistan ahead of drawdown

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan was headed for Kabul for regional talks in the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown from the country. Ambassador Marc Grossman, who left for Kabul on Friday, will highlight US commitment to a “long-term, enduring partnership” with Afghanistan,…

Ex China envoy Huntsman launches White House bid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, launching his 2012 White House bid on Tuesday, urged voters to help him rewrite a grim narrative of US decline and sharply assailed President Barack Obama. “We’re not just choosing new leaders. We’re choosing whether we are to become yesterday’s story…

NATO air strike targets Gaddafi’s intelligence headquarters

TRIPOLI – NATO air raids targeted the military intelligence headquarters of Moamer Kadhafi’s battered regime on Monday, ahead of a visit to Libya by an envoy from Russia which has raised concerns about the scope of the military campaign. Royal Air Force Tornado and Typhoon warplanes hit the military intelligence…

Obama’s Middle East peace envoy resigns

By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell announced his resignation on Friday, throwing a new question mark over the Obama administration’s failed effort to restart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. President Barack Obama called Mitchell “one of the finest public servants that our…

Intel Agencies: ‘No evidence’ of Viagra-fueled Libyan rape campaign

There are conflicting reports out of Libya as to whether or not troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have been engaging in systematic rape-sprees fueled by the prescription anti-impotency drug Viagra. Thursday, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice reported to the Security Council that rape is increasingly being…

Ecuador demands U.S. envoy leave over WikiLeaks

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador said on Tuesday it had declared the U.S. ambassador to the country “persona non grata,” demanding the envoy leave over U.S. diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reporting alleged police corruption. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters he had not received a satisfactory explanation from U.S. ambassador…

Libyan envoy in Europe, seeking to end the ‘hell’ of civil war

BREGA/ATHENS (Reuters) – A Libyan envoy was in Europe on Monday seeking to end the oil-producing country’s bloody civil war that has become locked in a battlefield stalemate between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Libya wanted a negotiated political settlement, Greek officials said, because a military solution to the…

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