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April 11, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Senators warned Thursday that Congress would not allow the Bush administration to complete pending security agreements with Iraq without lawmakers' approval, because of concerns that the pacts would tie the hands of the next president. The administration is negotiating two agreements with Iraq -- over long-term security strategy and over rules for activities of the U.S. military.
An economist who belongs to a prominent Mexican political family was sworn in as ambassador to the United States on Tuesday and vowed to improve prickly relations with the U.S. Congress. Jesus Reyes Heroles, 45, a former energy minister, also declared that his government will spend more money to help Mexican migrants in the United States. "The policy is to intensify the efforts to protect our countrymen," he told reporters.
September 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An Iranian American reporter who was barred from exiting Iran for months on suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution was allowed to leave the country Tuesday and return to the United States. Parnaz Azima was one of four Iranian Americans charged with endangering national security, an accusation they denied.
March 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
A task force of 26 prominent Americans and Europeans concluded that transatlantic relations are at a dangerously low ebb, and they faulted both sides. The war in Iraq brought the strains to a crisis point, with France and Germany organizing resistance to U.S. war policy and the Bush administration trying to split the alliance, the task force said in a report released Friday by the private, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. "They see us as bullies," Lawrence H.
August 9, 2009 | Associated Press
President Hugo Chavez on Saturday announced the return of his ambassador to Colombia, but said Venezuela still intended to take a stand against negotiations to lease seven Colombian military bases to the U.S. Chavez told Ambassador Gustavo Marquez to return to Bogota, the Colombian capital, 11 days after the diplomat was recalled. He also reiterated concerns that the U.S. could use bases in Colombia to destabilize the region. "We're not telling Colombia what it has to do with its territory," Chavez said from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, in an interview with Colombia's RCN television.
April 30, 2004 | Sonni Efron and Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writers
In a blow to the Bush administration's troubled efforts to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world, Margaret Tutwiler, the newly confirmed undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, resigned Thursday to join the New York Stock Exchange. Tutwiler, who was sworn in 4 1/2 months ago, had said before she took office that she would leave at the end of President Bush's current term, whether or not he was reelected.
January 8, 1995 | Richard B. Straus, Richard B. Straus is the editor of the Middle East Policy Survey
Shortly after the Republican landslide in November, Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke to a liberal, internationally minded audience on New York's Upper East Side. The prospect of the outspokenly conservative GOP senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, assuming control of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had shaken their composure. McConnell sought to reassure them.
December 5, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Author Daniel Jouve likes to peer through an iron fence outside the Hotel de Coislin in Paris, where Benjamin Franklin emerged as a citizen of an independent nation. It was Feb. 6, 1778, and across the Atlantic, American colonists were fighting a bloody revolution that would last five more years.
October 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Iraq's political leadership, in a rare show of unity, skewered a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution passed last week that endorses the decentralization of Iraq through the establishment of semiautonomous regions. The measure, which calls for a relatively weak central government and strong regional authorities in Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish areas, has touched a nerve here, raising fears that the United States is planning to partition Iraq.
February 2, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Poland's foreign minister said Friday that his country had agreed in principle to a controversial missile defense system proposed by the U.S. after receiving assurances that Washington would help with other defense needs.
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