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Next Israel-Palestinian talks on Monday

WASHINGTON — The next direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians will take place in Jordan on Monday, the US State Department said. “The next meeting is now on Monday the 9th,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Thursday, confirming they will take place in the Jordanian capital Amman,…

Congress cannot accelerate Keystone pipeline decision: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department warned on Monday that a plan by congressional Republicans to fast track the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline decision would violate environmental laws and force it to withhold approval. “Should Congress impose an arbitrary deadline for the permit decision … the department would be…

Clinton speaks with Pakistani PM regarding NATO strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday, again offering U.S. condolences over the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in NATO air strikes last week, the State Department said in a statement. The attack sparked fury in Pakistan and complicated…

Remarks by the President on rescue efforts re: the disaster in Haiti

Please help people in these dire circumstances. The U.S. State Department Operations Center set up the following number for Americans seeking information about relatives in Haiti: (888) 407-4747. The department cautioned that because of heavy volume, some callers may hear a recording. The State Department said those interested in helping…

I’ll Give You Some Civil Rights

You know, for five and a half years, John McCain had no civil rights. In the early 1990s, Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., wrote a letter to the State Department regarding James B. Fowler, who was at the time imprisoned in Thailand on narcotics charges. McCain’s State Department letter was dated Nov.…

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