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Deputy Secretary of State Burns to retire in October

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret talks with Iran that led to an agreement to curb its nuclear program and who served as the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East as well as ambassador to Russia, will retire in October, officials said on Friday.

New US ambassador to promote access for US business in China, urge respect for human rights

BEIJING, China - New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus says he'll push for fair trade and urge Beijing to respect international human rights norms. Meeting with journalists Tuesday shortly after arriving in Beijing, Baucus said he will work to ensure a level playing field for American businesses and workers. The former senator from Montana said Washington wants to partner with China in tackling global challenges while also urging Beijing to support the laws, norms, values and rights that undergird global society.

Boeing bullish on Brazil despite lost fighter jet deal

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> says its failure to win a $4 billion-plus fighter jet deal in Brazil was a lost opportunity that will lead it to scale back planned investments in the country, although it still sees excellent opportunities in cargo, defense and biofuels. The Chicago-based aerospace company was until last June the clear front runner to win a deal to supply at least 36 jets to the Brazilian Air Force -- one of the world's significant defense contracts.

Factbox: Bill Burns - from junior diplomat to deputy secretary of state

(Reuters) - Below is the trajectory of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns 31-year rise from a consular officer at the U.S. embassy in Amman to the State Department's second-ranking official. 1982 Entered Foreign Service 1982-1984 Consular/Political Officer, Amman, Jordan 1984-1985 Staff Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs 1985-1986 Special Assistant, Deputy Secretary's office

Factbox: Bill Burns - from junior diplomat to deputy secretary of state

(Reuters) - Below is the trajectory of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns 31-year rise from a consular officer at the U.S. embassy in Amman to the State Department's second-ranking official. 1982 Entered Foreign Service 1982-1984 Consular/Political Officer, Amman, Jordan 1984-1985 Staff Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs 1985-1986 Special Assistant, Deputy Secretary's office

India summons US ambassador over diplomat detention

India on Friday summoned the US ambassador to New Delhi to protest the detention of one of its senior diplomats in New York, the foreign ministry said. "She (Ambassador Nancy Powell) has already been summoned by the Foreign Secretary (Sujatha Singh)," ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP. The move comes after the Indian embassy in Washington said its deputy consul general in New York was taken into custody on Thursday while she was dropping her daughter off at school. pc/co/jta

US names new Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday named veteran diplomat James Dobbins to be the new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan at what he called "a pivotal moment" for the two nations. Dobbins, who has served in difficult posts such as Kosovo and in 2001 raised the US flag over the embassy in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban, will be taking up a job once held by Richard Holbrooke, Kerry said in a statement.
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