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Kerry says world powers closer to nuclear deal with Iran

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that world powers had moved closer toward a deal during negotiations with Iran on reining in Tehran's nuclear program and that "with good work" the goal could be reached. Kerry made the statement at a news conference after a three-day meeting between Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Germany, Russia, China and Britain - that ended without an agreement.

Kerry: spying row shouldn't cloud U.S.-EU trade talks

By Lesley Wroughton WARSAW (Reuters) - European concerns about alleged electronic eavesdropping by U.S. intelligence should not be allowed to cloud trade talks next week between the United States and the European Union, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. "This is a trade partnership. It has the ability to lift all of our countries," Kerry said on a visit to Poland. "(It) is really separate from any other issues that people may have on their minds."

U.S. chief diplomat Kerry to travel to Middle East

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East next week to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah as well as senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss stability in the region, Iran and other issues. In addition to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Kerry will make stops in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Morocco during the nine-day trip from November 3 to November 11, the State Department said on Thursday. Poland is also on the itinerary.

Kerry warns that another budget gridlock will damage U.S. leadership

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - America's top diplomat warned on Thursday that the United States could suffer more lasting damage to its influence abroad if the next round of budget talks in a few months lead to another breakdown. Secretary of State John Kerry said the recent 16-day shutdown had raised questions among key allies about whether Washington can be counted on to lead - whether it is in talks with Iran, Middle East peace negotiations or completing an Asia-Pacific trade deal.

Kerry: Biggest risk to US is dysfunction

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday that the greatest risk to the United States was its own dysfunction as he pleaded for no repeat of a government shutdown. Kerry said that the two-week paralysis triggered by lawmakers of the rival Republican Party had set back vital government functions and also cut into the credibility of the United States. Speaking after a month traveling through Asia and Europe, Kerry said what he saw should serve as a "stern warning" for Congress to avoid a similar shutdown when the debt ceiling next approaches in February.

Kerry says US, France will discuss spy row

The United States will discuss its global espionage programme with France, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, after Paris reacted angrily to allegations Washington had spied on millions of phone communications. "We will have ongoing bilateral consultations including with our French partners that address this question," said Kerry, calling France "one of our oldest allies". Speaking in Paris after meeting here with Arab League officials, Kerry refused to comment on the specific allegations involving France.

U.S. will reconsider Egypt aid based on performance: Kerry

By Lesley Wroughton KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States will consider resuming aid to Egypt "on the basis of performance" that encourages democracy through elections, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, a day after Washington halted some aid to Cairo. Speaking shortly after arriving in Malaysia, Kerry said the suspension of some aid to its regional ally did not mean Washington was severing ties with the army-backed government in Cairo over the ousting of President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

Kerry postpones Philippine visit, citing typhoon

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday he was postponing a visit to ally the Philippines due to a typhoon, in the latest setback to a US effort to engage Asia. "Because of the judgement of our pilots... and the approaching typhoon, we are going to postpone the trip that I was going to make to the Philippines," Kerry told reporters on the sidelines of an Asia summit in Brunei.

Kerry postpones Philippine visit, citing storm

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday he was postponing a visit to US ally the Philippines due to a tropical storm, in the latest setback to US efforts to engage Asia. Kerry, who had been drafted in to take over President Barack Obama's cancelled trip through Asia, blamed the cancellation on Tropical Storm Nari, which is bearing down on the northeastern Philippines.

Kerry assures execs of robust US role in Asia-Pacific, says shutdown will end and be forgotten

BALI, Indonesia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America's commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten. Kerry told executives at an Asian economic summit in Indonesia on Monday that the shutdown is simply a "moment in politics." He guarantees that America will move beyond it and will come back more resilient than ever. Kerry is filling in for President Barack Obama, who was forced to cancel his participation to deal with shutdown.
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