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Clinton vows to fight Republican aid cuts

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned Congress that she will fight to block a Republican push to restrict aid for Israel’s Arab neighbors and Pakistan and cut off climate change funds. Two panels in the Republican-led House of Representatives have approved billions of dollars in cuts…

U.S. senators see Afghan hope, Pakistan fear

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. Senator John Kerry, who recently visited the region, said US forces’ killing of bin Laden in Pakistan…

Obama backs allies sending military aides to Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama supports the decision by allies to send military advisers to aid Libyan rebels but has no plans to put US “boots on the ground,” his spokesman said Wednesday. A senior American diplomat, meanwhile, told lawmakers in a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday, that Obama…

How much will the no-fly zone cost the US?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s decision to join Western intervention in Libya is raising concerns in the United States about the cost and duration of the military operation. Even if the U.S. role in Libya remains limited, as Obama has promised, the effort will add to record-high debt and deficits that have led…

US eyes sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON – The United States is mulling a “full range of tools” including sanctions against Libya to stop a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters there, the State Department said Wednesday. “We’re looking at a full range of tools and options that are available to us to achieve our goals of…

Afghanistan won’t be ready for US withdrawal: Lugar

US and NATO efforts in Afghanistan suffer from a crippling “lack of clarity” about their ultimate goal and sputtering progress on the ground, a top US lawmaker warned Wednesday. “There is substantial concern about our course in Afghanistan,” said Senator Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations…

US, China, Russia agree on ‘strong’ Iran sanctions: Clinton

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that the major world powers have clinched “strong draft” UN sanctions in a response to an Iran-Turkey-Brazil deal. In a surprise announcement before the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Clinton said the draft resolution would be circulated later Tuesday to the…

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