Tag: Diplomacy

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International

US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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National

Obama to public: Don’t give up on health sign-ups

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.

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National

For Obama, diplomatic openings on 3 fronts

In this Sept. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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International

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attends a news conference at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem. The Arab League’s decision to sweeten its decade-old proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government. “This is a positive announcement,” negotiator Tzipi Livni told Channel 10 TV, adding it gave “tail wind” to peace efforts. “At the end you need a direct negotiation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File) by Josef FedermanJERUSALEM (AP) — The Arab League’s decision to sweeten its decade-old proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government.

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International

Chinua Achebe, celebrated Nigerian novelist, dies

ACCLAIMED NOVELIST DIES–Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. by Hillel Itale and Jon Gambrell NEW YORK (AP) — The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway: