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American’s imprisonment delayed US-Afghan-Pakistan meeting

WASHINGTON – A scheduled high-level meeting among U.S., Afghan and Pakistani officials this month has been postponed, the State Department said on Saturday amid a deepening diplomatic rift over a U.S. man locked in a Pakistani jail accused of murder. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the decision to scrap…

Egypt and US swap barbs as tension mounts

WASHINGTON – A top Egyptian minister has accused the United States of imposing its “will” on its Arab ally, as the White House warned that Cairo had failed to even reach a “minimum threshold” for reform. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit lashed out Wednesday in a television interview on…

US officials privately say WikiLeaks damage limited

WASHINGTON — Internal US government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to US interests abroad, despite the Obama administration’s public statements to the contrary. A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations…

Palestinians hoist flag in Washington for first time

WASHINGTON — The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Tuesday hoisted its national flag for the first time, saying it symbolized the struggle for independence. The US State Department said the flag ceremony was approved several months ago and does not change the status of the Palestinian mission in Washington.…

US embassy accused of spying in Norway, Oslo demands answers

OSLO — Norway has demanded an explanation from the United States after a television documentary said its embassy had conducted illegal surveillance of hundreds of Norwegian residents over the past decade. According to the TV2 News channel, the US embassy in Oslo employed between 15 and 20 people, including former…

US appalled by ‘barbaric’ stoning plan in Iran

The United States on Thursday urged Iran not to stone to death a woman convicted of adultery, calling the punishment “barbaric.” “Stoning as a means of execution is tantamount to torture. It’s barbaric and an abhorrent act,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “We condemn in the strongest terms…

DHS investigates after man beaten to death in Border Patrol custody

Washington has opened an investigation into the case of a Mexican migrant who died while in US Border Patrol custody, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. “Certainly we are sorry for the loss of life involving Anastasio Hernandez Rojas,” said spokesman Philip Crowley, referring to the dead migrant. “We…

US troops won’t be used to stop illegal immigration: State Dept.

WASHINGTON — US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday. The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use…

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