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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.

Kerry to make statement on Syria at 1.30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make a statement on Syria at 1:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) on Thursday, the State Department said. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Isareli defence minister apologises to Kerry over diatribe

Israel's Minister of Defence Moshe Yaalon apologised Tuesday to US Secretary of State John Kerry after he accused the American of having an "obsession" with Middle East peace, sparking a furious diplomatic row between the two allies. The White House had described Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's initial comments as "offensive," in a mark of the degree of outrage in Washington at the latest public spat between the two countries, which follows a major row over Iran policy.

Israel minister angers US with Kerry peace push diatribe

Israel's Minister of Defence Moshe Yaalon apologised Tuesday to US Secretary of State John Kerry after he accused the American of having an "obsession" with Middle East peace, sparking a furious diplomatic row between the two allies. The White House had described Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's initial comments as "offensive," in a mark of the degree of outrage in Washington at the latest public spat between the two countries, which follows a major row over Iran policy.

US: Israeli minister's attack on Kerry is 'offensive'

The White House reacted angrily Tuesday after Israel's defense minister attacked what he called US Secretary of State John Kerry's "obsession" with Middle East peace. President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said Moshe Yaalon's remarks "if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate, especially in the light of everything Secretary Kerry is doing to support Israel's security needs." col-dc/jm

Kerry asks Vatican to help win release of American jailed in Cuba

By Warren Strobel VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked the Vatican to help win the release of an American contractor who has been in jail in Cuba since 2009. Kerry, the first Catholic U.S. secretary of state in more than 30 years, stopped at the Vatican on his way to Kuwait to hold talks with Pope Francis' top aide, Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin.
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