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US, EU Cautious on Iran Offer to Resume Talks

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and the European Union expressed cautious optimism Friday about Iran’s offer to resume talks with world powers about its nuclear program. Speaking at the State Department Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they are evaluating an Iranian letter on restarting the stalled […]

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US, EU Cautious on Iran Offer to Resume Talks

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and the European Union expressed cautious optimism Friday about Iran’s offer to resume talks with world powers about its nuclear program. Speaking at the State Department Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they are evaluating an Iranian letter on restarting the stalled […]

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Clinton: Resuming Iran Talks Would Require ‘Sustained Effort’

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says if major powers resume talks with Iran about its nuclear program, the discussion would have to be a “sustained effort that can produce results.” Speaking at the State Department Friday with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Clinton said the U.S., EU and their partner countries are […]

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EU Eases Burma Sanctions

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union on Friday eased some sanctions against Burma in response to political reforms initiated by the Southeast Asian country’s nominally-civilian government, which took power last year. The Council of the European Union says it has suspended visa restrictions on 87 top Burmese officials, including the president, vice presidents, members of parliament and their […]

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EU Eases Sanctions on Zimbabwe

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has dropped sanctions against dozens of Zimbabweans but is keeping restrictions on President Robert Mugabe and hardliners within his ZANU-PF party. In a statement Friday, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced the EU has lifted visa bans and asset freezes on 51 people and 20 entities linked to the president and ZANU-PF. […]

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EU Eases Sanctions on Burma

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union on Friday eased some sanctions against Burma in consideration of political reforms that have taken place in the isolated country. The Council of the European Union said in a press release Friday that it has suspended admission restrictions on 87 top Burmese officials, including the president, vice presidents and members of parliament […]

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EU Pledges Further Aid to Burma

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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European Union officials visiting Burma hinted at further easing of sanctions during a meeting Monday with the Southeast Asian nation’s civilian government. European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced an EU pledge to provide nearly $200 million in aid over the next two years. Lower house speaker Shwe Mann promised Piebalgs that April by-elections would […]

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EU Pressures India Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has asked India to use its influence to get Iran to resume talks about its disputed nuclear program. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed his concern about Iran’s nuclear ambitions Friday at an EU-India summit in New Delhi. The West fears Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan […]

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Russia Criticizes EU’s Foreign Policy Chief for “Interfering”

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has accused the European Union foreign policy chief of interfering in its internal affairs by making statements about the Russian election. A spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday that Catherine Ashton’s comments on Russia made February 1st in the European Parliament are bewildering. In her speech, Ashton urged the Russian […]

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EU Eases Travel Bans on Burmese Officials

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it is easing travel bans against top Burmese officials after the government carried out “remarkable” political reforms. EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday the recent release of political prisoners in Burma shows the government is determined to continue reforms. They also welcomed the easing of media restrictions and efforts […]

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