Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Obama’s Russia sanctions unlikely to make impact

If history is any guide, sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russian officials, individuals and a bank as punishment for Russia’s actions in Ukraine are unlikely to defuse a crisis that has been likened to the Cold War.

Friday, March 21, 2014

U.S. ‘disappointed’ by Israeli impenitence for ‘weakness’ remark

Four days after Israel’s defense minister publicly accused the U.S. of showing weakness around the world, the Obama administration is still waiting for an apology.

U.S. criticizes Turkey Twitter ban; urges restrictions lifted

The Obama administration on Friday expressed concern over Turkey’s decision to ban Twitter and urged the government in Ankara to lift the restrictions.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

U.S. infuriated by Israeli defense minister’s comments

The Obama administration is seething at criticism from Israel’s defense minister who this week accused the U.S. of showing “weakness” around the world.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SEALs’ tanker seizure highlights Libyan power wrangling over oil, power

The daring, high-seas seizure of a rogue oil tanker by U.S. Navy SEALs off the coast of Cyprus this week has focused fresh attention on the power struggle that has turned Libya into a political time bomb more than two years after the ouster of strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kerry warns of ‘very serious’ response to Crimea-Russia alliance

The U.S. and its European allies ratcheted up the threat of economic sanctions and visa restrictions on Russia on Thursday if Moscow continues to escalate the crisis in Ukraine — as thousands of Russian troops conducted military maneuvers near the Ukrainian border.

US court drops visa case against Khobragade 

A federal judge in New York has dismissed the case against Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and strip search on charges of visa fraud frayed the US-India relations. But prosecutors hinted that they may file a new indictment based on claims that she exploited her Indian housekeeper.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

John Kerry says any resumption of aid to Egypt would depend on reforms in Cairo

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration will soon decide on whether to resume military aid to Egypt, including Apache helicopters key to counterterrorism operations in the lawless Sinai Peninsula that abuts Israel.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reset? What reset? U.S.-Russia ties at worst since Cold War 

Five years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton playfully presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a red “reset button,” a symbol of the Obama administration’s intention to improve ties that had hit a low point during the George W. Bush administration.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Minister sees breakthrough ‘in months’ for long-split Cyprus

The top diplomat from the Turkish north of Cyprus said core differences with the Greek south could be resolved in a “matter of months,” putting the divided Mediterranean island’s reunification within reach for the first time in four decades.