Lara Jakes
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Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State
by Lara Jakes - October 17, 2014 - 2:34pm
Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.
US: Militants use beheadings to make up for losses
by Lara Jakes - October 6, 2014 - 2:11am
For months, Islamic State militants rampaged across Syria and Iraq, seizing cities, taking hostages and terrorizing all who dared to confront them.
Obama urges enduring cease-fire for Gaza Strip
by Lara Jakes - August 7, 2014 - 8:13am
An enduring stability between Israel and Palestinians is not in the near future, and will require leaders on both sides of the generations-long dispute to take political risks for the sake of peace and prosperity,...
Kerry urges Arab states to not fund Sunni fighters
by Lara Jakes - June 23, 2014 - 6:18am
Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that support eventually could help the fast-spreading insurgency in Iraq, US Secretary...
Kerry urges steps to ensure democracy in Africa
by Lara Jakes - May 4, 2014 - 4:13am
America's top diplomat said yesterday the US is ready to help increase its ties with Africa, but nations across the continent need to take stronger steps to ensure security and democracy for its people.
Kerry: Mideast peace process on 'pause'
by Lara Jakes - May 2, 2014 - 6:40am
The United States was blindsided by a Palestinian deal with a militant group that led to the suspension of Mideast peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, even as he voiced hope that negotiations...
NATO chief: Russian aggression is 'wake-up call'
by Lara Jakes - March 20, 2014 - 7:08am
Russia's advances in Ukraine are the greatest threat to European security since the Cold War, NATO's chief was expected to argue, in a speech yesterday making clear the international military alliance must refocus...
Obama: Russia 'on the wrong side of history'
by Lara Jakes - March 4, 2014 - 9:14am
President Barack Obama on Monday accused Russia of being "on the wrong side of history" with its military intervention in Ukraine and said he's examining diplomatic and economic steps to isolate Moscow.
US prepares tough response for Russia over Ukraine
by Lara Jakes - March 3, 2014 - 7:01am
Western powers on yesterday prepared a tough response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, diplomatic isolation and bolstered allied defenses in Europe unless...
US eyes push against anti-gay laws worldwide
by Lara Jakes - February 27, 2014 - 9:34am
Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights.
Obama calls for limited strikes against al-Qaida
by Lara Jakes - January 29, 2014 - 11:50am
President Barack Obama says the U.S. must remain vigilant against al-Qaida as the terror network takes root across the Mideast and North Africa.
Obama: US intelligence programs need public trust
by Lara Jakes - January 29, 2014 - 11:37am
President Barack Obama says U.S. intelligence systems depend on the public's confidence that privacy rights are not being violated either at home or abroad.
Kerry visits papal diplomat to talk Mideast peace
by Lara Jakes - January 15, 2014 - 7:02am
Intrigued by signals of an invigorated papal diplomacy, US Secretary of State John Kerry enlisted a new ally yesterday in his push for Mideast peace in what he described as a "common enterprise" between America and...
Syrian peace talks yield potato diplomacy
by Lara Jakes - January 15, 2014 - 2:51am
For some watchers of international diplomacy, the somber road to Syrian peace was overrun Monday by potatoes and furry pink hats.
Low expectations for Syrian peace talks
by Lara Jakes - January 12, 2014 - 7:02am
In its last-ditch attempt to get moderate Syrian opposition groups to the negotiating table, the US faces the prospect that a no-show wouldn't be such a bad thing.
NSA: No better way to protect US than surveillance
by Lara Jakes - December 14, 2013 - 6:25am
The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world....
US Senate panel OKs some limits on surveillance
by Lara Jakes - November 1, 2013 - 8:35am
Leaders of a Senate panel that oversees U.S. intelligence issues said Thursday it has approved a plan to scale back how many American telephone records the National Security Agency can sweep up. But critics of U.S....
Brazil speech at UN lashes out at US spy program
by Lara Jakes - September 25, 2013 - 5:50am
Brazil's president delivered a stinging rebuke yesterday to the United States over its surveillance program that has swept up data from billions of telephone calls and emails that have passed through Brazil —including...
US tones down demands that Russia expel Snowden
by Lara Jakes - June 28, 2013 - 8:20am
Rebuffed by Russia's president, the Obama administration toned down demands Tuesday that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden be expelled from a Moscow airport in a sign that...
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