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U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by new Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that Israel’s decision to build nearly 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” and contradict efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. “We have seen… reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it…

U.S. questions China over new aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it would like China to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier amid broader US concerns about Beijing’s lack of transparency over its military aims. “We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of…

United States denounces Syria’s army as ‘barbaric’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denounced Syria’s army as “barbaric” and “reprehensible” after the latest violence, renewing its charges that President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy. The State Department highlighted the death of 12-year-old boy Talhat Dalat, who human rights activists said died of his injuries on Saturday…

U.S. denies killing Iranian scientist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denied Iranian accusations it assassinated a scientist and urged the Islamic regime not to use the incident to “distract attention” from its contested nuclear program. Assailants shot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wounded his wife as…

Clinton backs Saudi women’s right to drive

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind a campaign by Saudi women to lift a ban on female driving in the ultra conservative, oil-rich kingdom. “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right,” Clinton said,…

Bonner was ‘extraordinary voice’ for human rights: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States expressed sadness Sunday over the death of former Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, hailing the tireless critic of Vladimir Putin as an “extraordinary voice” for human rights. “We note with profound sadness the death of Yelena Bonner, an extraordinary voice among human rights defenders in…

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