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U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration vowed Wednesday to keep up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime’s, a day after China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against it. “The US will continue to work with as many countries as we can to increase the pressure on…

U.S. condemns ‘provocative’ mosque attack in Israel

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday condemned what it called a “dangerous and provocative” attack on a mosque in a Bedouin village in Israel, calling on law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice. “The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on a mosque in the…

U.S. condemns car bombing in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States forcefully condemned Tuesday the Islamist militant group Shebab’s attack in Somalia, where more than 70 people were killed in a car bombing. Those killed in the “despicable and cowardly act” included students taking taking an exam in hopes of getting a scholarships to study abroad,…

U.S. dismisses Iran’s nuclear offer as ‘empty promises’

Iran’s offer offer to halt production of low enriched uranium is not credible because the Islamic republic has a record of making “empty promises,” the United States said Friday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told The New York Times last week that his country had offered to stop its production of…

U.S. angry at Israeli settlement move

DENVER, Colorado — The United States expressed clear frustration Tuesday at new Israeli settlement plans in east Jerusalem, in a sign of renewed tension with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Israel approved a plan to build 1,100 new homes in a Jewish settlement, prompting an angry reaction from the Palestinians…

U.S. presses Pakistan for action on Haqqani network

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Pakistan to take action against Haqqani militants the United States blames for an attack on the US embassy in Kabul, officials said. Clinton met in New York with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for 3.5 hours of “very substantial” and “very candid”…

Kadhafi son under house arrest in Niger

WASHINGTON — Fallen Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s son Saadi, who arrived in Niger at the weekend, is being held under house arrest at a government residence, the US State Department said on Tuesday. “Our understanding is, like the others, he’s being detained in a state guest house and that it…

US condemns death of Syrian activist

The United States has condemned the killing of a Syrian rights activist, as rights campaigners reported that the security forces were continuing their deadly crackdown on anti-regime dissent. New York based Human Rights Watch said Ghiyath Matar, 26, had been a key player in organising protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s…

U.S. will veto Palestinian state bid at UN

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it will veto a bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state if it comes to a vote before the UN Security Council. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said US opposition to such a move by the Palestinians “should not come as a…

WikiLeaks threatens to release unredacted cables

LONDON — The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks conducted an online poll Thursday of its Twitter followers to decide whether to publish an unredacted cache of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables. The site last week released 134,000 diplomatic cables, with many showing the unprotected names of informants and other individuals…

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