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Kerry gets his Twitter account back

A year into the job US Secretary of State John Kerry has relaunched his Twitter account with the aim of reaching out to make "foreign policy less foreign." "It only took a year but @StateDept finally let me have my own @twitter account. #JKTweetsAgain," Kerry wrote in his first tweet in some 298 days on his account @JohnKerry. A few hours later he was trumpeting an event on Thursday, when he will drop the puck at a Washington Capitals game as a way of highlighting the US ice hockey team taking part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Factbox: Prolonged Keystone XL decision to spill into U.S. election season

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's tricky final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is several months away, guaranteeing that the project dividing many Democratic voters will be an issue in the midterm elections that could determine control of the U.S. Congress. The State Department's issuance on Friday of its last environmental review of TransCanada Corp's proposed pipeline puts in motion a few more steps that have to be completed before a final determination is made.

Kerry wishes joy to Koreans, other Asians for Lunar New Year

WASHINGTON, Jany 31 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a special statement Friday extending best wishes to Koreans and many other people who celebrate the Lunar New Year. As millions around the world greeted the Year of the Horse, Kerry said he was sending a congratulatory message on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Kerry to meet Ukrainian opposition leaders in Germany

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Ukrainian opposition leaders on the sidelines of a top security conference in Munich, senior US officials said Thursday. On Saturday afternoon, "he'll have an opportunity to have his first meeting with the major figures in the Ukrainian opposition," a senior State Department official said, just before Kerry left for a three-day trip to Germany. jkb/oh

US weighs 'targeted' Central African Republic sanctions

The United States is weighing "targeted" sanctions against those fueling violence in strife-torn Central African Republic, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. "The United States is prepared to consider targeted sanctions against those who further destabilize the situation, or pursue their own selfish ends by abetting or encouraging the violence," Kerry said in a statement. oh/rcw

Secretary of State Kerry rejects notion U.S. is disengaging from world

By Lesley Wroughton DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed on Friday as "a myth" suggestions that the United States was withdrawing from world affairs. "I'm perplexed by claims I occasionally hear that somehow America is disengaging from the world - this myth that America is pulling back, or giving up, or standing down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth," Kerry told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Kerry says US more engaged than ever in world affairs

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday hit back at criticism that the United States was retreating from the world, and the Middle East, saying America was more engaged than ever. "Far from disengaging, America is proud to be more engaged than ever, and, I believe, is playing as critical a role as ever in the pursuit of global peace, prosperity, and stability," he said in remarks prepared for delivery. jkb/arp/mfp

India foreign minister and Kerry discuss diplomatic row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India could soon reschedule a visit by the U.S. energy secretary that was cancelled because of a diplomatic row, New Delhi said after foreign minister Salman Khurshid met his counterpart U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday. "Both sides looked forward to the early realization of the mutually-agreed calendar of bilateral exchanges," India's foreign ministry said in a statement after the two men met in Montreux, Switzerland, on the sidelines of a Syrian peace conference.

Ukraine protest laws 'anti-democratic'

New laws "rammed through" the Ukraine parliament to curb protests are "anti-democratic," US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, adding that the legislation also violated EU norms. "We believe deeply that the people of Ukraine want to affiliate, they want to be associated with Europe," Kerry said, noting the new laws "are anti-democratic, they're wrong, they are taking from the people of Ukraine, their choice and their opportunity for the future." jkb/adm

Despite Baird's pleas, Kerry says U.S. won't be pushed into Keystone decision

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government says it won't be pushed into making a decision on the long-delayed Keystone pipeline, suggesting Friday that the ongoing lobbying from its northern neighbour won't carry much influence. That statement came from Secretary of State John Kerry as he stood next to his Canadian counterpart, John Baird, the foreign affairs minister who has used his three-day U.S. trip to demand a decision soon.
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