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January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russia demanded that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay be closed down as soon as possible after a Foreign Ministry envoy visited the last Russian prisoner still held there. "This trip has just fortified our principled position, which coincides with approaches of an overwhelming majority of world community members -- states, international human rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, including those from the United States -- to the effect that the Guantanamo prison should be closed as soon as possible,” Konstantin Dolgov, a human rights envoy with the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Saturday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
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April 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine appears to have been provoked by Moscow, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday. “It has all the tell-tale signs of what we saw in Crimea,” Ambassador Samantha Power said on ABC's "This Week. " She said well-armed men wearing plainclothes and speaking Russian took over government buildings in the area of Ukraine near the Russian border. Other reports from the region have described assailants dressed in Russian-style camouflage military uniforms but without insignias.
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May 13, 2011 | By Paul Richter and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is stepping down as the United States' special envoy on Mideast peace, an official acknowledgement that the Obama administration’s 2-year-old peace initiative is dead. Associates said Mitchell saw little point in continuing in the job, since there had been little movement in the peace effort since last fall. Mitchell's resignation takes effect May 20. President Obama officially announced his departure Friday afternoon. "Over the past 2 1/2 years, George Mitchell has worked as a tireless advocate for peace as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will not issue a diplomatic visa to Iran's new ambassador to the United Nations, the White House said Friday, complicating efforts to improve relations between the two countries. The administration opposes the selection of veteran diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi because of his ties to the student group that took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 American hostages in 1979. Earlier this week, the White House said Aboutalebi's appointment was " not viable . " In a rare bipartisan vote Thursday, the House approved a measure designed to bar Aboutalebi's entry to the country.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
CAIRO -- A top U.S. diplomat Monday pressed Egypt's interim leaders for a halt to violence and an inclusive transition to a new democratic government after the nation's Islamist president was ousted in a military coup. The visit by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns came amid widespread anger at U.S. policy toward Egypt and continuing protests demanding the former leader's reinstatement. In remarks to Egyptian reporters, Burns repeated U.S. calls on the military to end “politically motivated arrests,” a reference to the warrants issued for hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members, including ex-President Mohamed Morsi.
WORLD
November 27, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua, a day after the Central American nation filed a complaint with an international court alleging Colombia "made threats of force" regarding disputed territory in the Caribbean. Although details of the alleged threats were not available Wednesday, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon acknowledged that “three or four” navy ships were patrolling the disputed area, insisting that they were there to combat drug trafficking and to “protect rights of Colombian citizens.” Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said at a news conference that she was recalling ambassador Luz Stella Jara because “it is impossible to have a dialogue with Nicaragua.” In an earlier interview with Caracol Radio of Bogota, she described Nicaragua as “the worst neighbor” for allegedly failing to engage in bilateral talks as called for in September by President Juan Manuel Santos to hammer out a treaty covering access to the disputed territory.
WORLD
October 24, 2009 | By Paul Richter
The senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan sought Friday to dispel suggestions that he had been sidelined during dramatic diplomacy in Afghanistan because of his stormy relationship with the Afghan president. Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke acknowledged that he had been in Washington, rather than Kabul, last weekend as Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and other senior U.S. officials pressured a reluctant Karzai to agree to a runoff election, which has been scheduled for Nov. 7. Holbrooke, in a State Department news conference, said he had remained in Washington to take part in deliberations on whether to overhaul the U.S. strategy and send thousands more troops to Afghanistan.
WORLD
December 25, 2012 | By Ned Parker and Lava Selo, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi ended a two-day visit to Syria on Monday after meeting with President Bashar Assad, but reported no progress on halting the conflict. "The situation in Syria is still worrying and we hope that all parties would adopt a solution that would meet the aspirations of the Syrian people," Brahimi said. The former Algerian foreign minister is considered a diplomatic troubleshooter, famed for his work in Afghanistan and Iraq. But he has made little headway in Damascus.
NEWS
January 26, 1985 | Associated Press
Eduardo Palomo Escobar, 54, has been nominated as Guatemala's ambassador to the United States, replacing Federico Fashen Ortega, the government announced Thursday.
NEWS
July 19, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush will nominate Harriet Winsar Isom to be ambassador to Cameroon, the White House has announced.
OPINION
April 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The United States is irked that Iran has chosen as its representative to the United Nations a diplomat who apparently was involved with a student group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The embassy takeover, a violation of international law that led to the 444-day captivity of 52 American hostages, contributed to hostility between the two countries that only recently has begun to abate. But the Obama administration is making a mistake in publicly labeling as "not viable" the posting to the U.N. of Hamid Aboutalebi, an experienced diplomat aligned with Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As indications mounted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will seek reelection, the government lashed out Friday at a United Nations mediator who said an election could doom U.N.-sponsored peace talks meant to end the 3-year-old civil war. Syria's top official spokesman charged that Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League peace envoy, had "overstepped" his duties by saying that Syria's apparent plans to forge ahead with an election despite...
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Henry Chu
KIEV, Ukraine -- The United States continues to rule out military action to eject Russian troops from Crimea and acknowledges that a diplomatic settlement needs to address Moscow's interests in the strategically important peninsula, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Monday. “Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion over,” said Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the top American diplomat in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. But the Obama administration, which has slapped limited sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Crimea, remains committed to finding “an off-ramp” for Moscow that would take into account its “legitimate interests in Crimea in a way that's in conformance with international law and respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Pyatt told reporters at a news conference.
WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open its confidential archives "to hold abusers accountable. " "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report says.
WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Despite criticism from conservationists and some prominent global figures, Japan carried out its annual capture and killing of bottlenose dolphin Tuesday after trapping about 250 of the engaging mammals in a small and infamous south-central cove. Critics of the dolphin hunt and drive this year included Japanese music legend Yoko Ono and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing," Kennedy, the recently arrived U.S. envoy and daughter of John F. Kennedy, tweeted last week , adding that the U.S. government opposes such forms of fishery.
WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russia demanded that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay be closed down as soon as possible after a Foreign Ministry envoy visited the last Russian prisoner still held there. "This trip has just fortified our principled position, which coincides with approaches of an overwhelming majority of world community members -- states, international human rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, including those from the United States -- to the effect that the Guantanamo prison should be closed as soon as possible,” Konstantin Dolgov, a human rights envoy with the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Saturday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
NEWS
May 3, 1987 | United Press International
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Arnold Lewis Raphel as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan by a 76-19 vote Friday.
WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old safe in his Prague residence, according to a statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Jamal Jamal, who assumed his post in October, opened the safe after it was moved from the previous site of the Palestinian mission, the ministry said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
WORLD
December 10, 2013 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- The four men who have served as Ukraine's presidents since independence held an unusual meeting Tuesday, but failed to break the stalemate in the country's worst political crisis since its 2004 Orange Revolution. In a nationally televised round-table discussion with his three predecessors, incumbent President Viktor Yanukovich offered tokens of reconciliation to his political opposition, but nothing that was likely to end the demonstrations that have roiled Kiev, the capital, for nearly two weeks.
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