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UPDATE 1-U.S. failure to sanction MbS for Khashoggi killing ‘dangerous’

(Adds details) GENEVA, March 1 (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights investigator said on Monday that it was “extremely dangerous” for the United States to have named Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler as having approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi but not to have taken action against him. Agnes Callamard, special … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.S. does not plan sanctions relief, other steps before Iran talks

(Recasts, adds quotes, background) ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The United Stateshas no plan to ease sanctions or take other steps such asissuing an executive order about returning to the 2015 Irannuclear deal before possible talks with Iran and major powers,White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. Speaking to reporters on … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.S., China face U.N. cooperation test over UK push for vaccine ceasefires

(Recasts, adds detail throughout) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday proposedthat the U.N. Security Council call for ceasefires to allow forCOVID-19 vaccinations, a move that will be a key test ofcooperation at the United Nations between China and new U.S.President Joe Biden’s administration. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.S. says North Korea an urgent priority for the United States

(Adds quotes, details) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – North Korea’s nuclear weaponand ballistic missile programs are an urgent priority for theUnited States and Washington remains committed todenuclearization of the country, the U.S. State Department saidon Friday. The Biden administration’s lack of direct engagement withNorth Korea should not be seen as an indication … Read more