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US mulls wider trade pact with Latin America

The United States is exploring the idea of setting up a wider regional trade pact with Latin America, Secretary of State John Kerry revealed on Sunday. "I believe we could look to a stronger set of initiatives between Canada, the United States, Mexico particularly, and the rest of Latin America. We could do more within the hemisphere," Kerry told CNN Espanol. He told the network's Andres Oppenheimer and the Miami Herald newspaper that he could foresee a wider pact beyond the North American Free Trade Agreement, which groups the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Kerry in Vietnam on first visit as top US diplomat

US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday attended mass at a cathedral in Vietnam, where he served during the war, in a trip aimed at shoring up Southeast Asian ties amid myriad regional tensions. Kerry, a practicing Catholic whose experiences during the Vietnam War inspired his political activism, visited the French-colonial era Notre Dame Cathedral in southern Ho Chi Minh City as he began his first official visit to the nation as the top US diplomat.

Kerry in Vietnam on first visit as top US diplomat

US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday attended mass at a cathedral in Vietnam, where he served during the war, in a trip aimed at shoring up Southeast Asian ties amid myriad regional tensions. Kerry, a practicing Catholic whose experiences during the Vietnam War inspired his political activism, visited the French-colonial era Notre Dame Cathedral in southern Ho Chi Minh City as he began his first official visit to the nation as the top US diplomat.

Vietnam vet Kerry returns to Mekong Delta with new enemy in sight

KIEN VANG, Vietnam - Along the winding muddy waters of the Mekong Delta where he once patrolled for communist insurgents on a naval gunboat, Secretary of State John Kerry turned his sights Sunday on a new enemy: climate change. In this remote part of southern Vietnam, rising sea waters, erosion and the impact of upstream dam development on the Mekong River are proving a more serious threat than the Viet Cong guerrillas that Kerry battled as a young lieutenant in 1968 and 1969.

Americas News Agenda for December 10

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday: + Uruguay poised to legalize marijuana in historic vote + Kerry testifies before Congress on Iran nuclear deal MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana -- part of a broad strategy to combat drug trafficking -- when the senate, dominated by the ruling leftist coalition, votes on a plan proposed by the president. (URUGUAY-POLITICS-CRIME-DRUGS)

Xinhua world news summary at 0040 GMT, Dec. 5

JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed late Wednesday evening in Israel, a spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Israel told Xinhua. Kerry visits the region in an attempt to push forward negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which appear to be stuck, mainly due to Israel's ongoing construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem settlements. (Israel-Kerry-Arrival) - - - -

'Energizer bunny' Kerry wins new diplomatic coup

John Kerry has done it again. Against the odds and confounding all expectations, the top US diplomat has pulled off a second major arms deal with a recalcitrant state in a matter of months. After marathon Geneva talks, Kerry emerged with an interim deal with Iran to roll back its nuclear program which for years has eluded the global community. It comes just weeks after a September accord brokered with Russia to eliminate Syria's declared chemical arms -- even though Damascus had refused previously to openly acknowledge that it even possessed such a toxic arsenal.

Kerry heading to Geneva for Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry was Friday heading to Geneva to help bridge gaps in talks with Iran as negotiators grapple for a deal to rein in its nuclear program. After consulting with his team on the ground, and with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who is chairing the talks, Kerry made a last-minute decision to fly to the Swiss city. "Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva later today with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Kerry to travel to Geneva for Iran talks, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for Geneva on Friday to join nuclear talks between six major powers and Iran, the State Department said. "After consulting with EU High Representative (Catherine) Ashton and the negotiating team on the ground, Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva later today with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Kerry warns of 'increasingly sectarian' Central Africa

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed a lack of confidence Wednesday in the Central African government to contain an "increasingly sectarian" crisis, and pledged aid to a peacekeeping force. Rebels overthrew the Central African Republic's (CAR) president in March, and a transitional government has lost all grip on the huge but impoverished country of 4.5 million people with retaliatory attacks between Muslims and Christians.
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