Hillary Clinton

Clinton won't stay on even if Obama gets second term

Clinton won't stay on even if Obama gets second termWashington, March 17 - Hillary Clinton does not plan to remain as US secretary of state if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012 and has "no intention" of making another run for the presidency, she said in an interview with CNN.

Clinton responded with a simple "no" to successive questions by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about serving as secretary of state, secretary of defence or vice president in a second Obama administration.

Her answer was the same when asked, "Would you like to be president of the United States?"


US walking away from Pakistan to have “quite dire consequences”: Clinton

US walking away from Pakistan to have “quite dire consequences”: ClintonWashington, Mar 11: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned America against walking away from Pakistan, reminding that the consequences of abandoning the country had always been disastrous.

After talking about Afghanistan, Clinton told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: "Equally important is our assistance to Pakistan."


US to give $17 mn extra for humanitarian aid in Libya

US to give $17 mn extra for humanitarian aid in LibyaGeneva, March 11 - The US extended its humanitarian aid budget for Libya Thursday, announcing $17 million in donations to relief agencies.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) will receive $10 million and $2 million more are intended for the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR. The international committee of the Red Cross will get $5 million.

The aid was announced as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was suspending ties with the government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Clinton wants international backing for Libya’s no fly zone

Washington, Mar. 9 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that any no-fly zone over Libya should have an international backing and not be a Washington-led effort.

Clinton said: "I think it''s very important that this not be a US-led effort, because this comes from the people of Libya themselves.”

"This doesn''t come from the outside. This doesn''t come from some Western power or some Gulf country saying this is what you should do, this is how you should live", The Sky News quoted her as saying.

She further said, "We are going to support the efforts that are being made, because we think that the people of Libya themselves have to be supported. And we know how difficult this struggle is. We''ve called for Colonel Gaddafi to leave.”


Mid-East crisis: Clinton backs Al-Jazeera, criticizes US media in Senate

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Mar. 5 : US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praise for the Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the Middle East crisis, and simultaneous criticism of American media reportage before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, has been welcomed by the Qatar-based Arab broadcaster.

It maybe recalled that a decade ago, Washington attacked Al-Jazeera as a propagator of anti-American propaganda. Now, however, Clinton has cited the same network for fine news coverage, and tweaked the U. S. media in the process.


Former FBI agent Levinson ''somewhere in southeast Asia'': US

 Former FBI agent Levinson ''somewhere in southeast Asia'': US Washington, Mar 4: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that former FBI agent Bob Levinson, who disappeared when visiting Iran in 2007, is still alive.

Clinton said in a statement on Thursday that the U. S. citizen, named Bob Levinson, is now being held ''somewhere in southeast Asia''.

"We respectfully request the Iranian government to undertake humanitarian efforts to safely return and reunite Bob with his family. The U. S. would appreciate the Iranian government''s efforts in this regard," China''s Xinhua news agency quoted Clinton as saying.


Clinton urges US Congress not to cut ‘important’ Pakistan aid

 Clinton urges US Congress not to cut ‘important’ Pakistan aid Washington, Mar 2 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Congress not to cut American aid to Pakistan even as lawmakers raised concerns about the continued incarceration of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis in Lahore.

After urging lawmakers not to reduce US aid to Kabul, Clinton said: “Equally important is our assistance to Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation with strong ties and interests in Afghanistan.”


US repositioning military forces around Libya for ‘any eventuality’

US repositioning military forces around Libya for ‘any eventuality’Washington, Feb 29: The US defence department has said that it is repositioning forces around Libya, putting further pressure on the autocratic ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after asking him to resign from his post immediately.

"We have planners working various contingency plans, and I think it''s safe to say as part of that we''re repositioning forces to provide for that flexibility once decisions are made," Pentagon spokesman Col Dave Lapan said.


US reaching out to Libyan opposition: Clinton

Hillary ClintonWashington, Feb 28 : US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the US was reaching out to Libya's opposition as she renewed calls for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

The US government had been "reaching out to many different Libyans who are attempting to organize in the east and as the revolution moves westward there as well", Clinton said Sunday before flying off to a meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday.

Libya's opposition, which controls much of eastern Libya and has been encroaching on Tripoli in the west, has been preparing for the transition even as Gaddafi remains defiantly in power.


US assures 'fair' treatment to Indian students of sham varsity

hillary-clintonWashington, Feb 26 : The US has assured that hundreds of Indian students affected by the closure of a sham US university on charges of visa fraud would be given "fair and appropriate" treatment.

The US assurance came in a letter this week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar.

The Feb 22 letter said the State Department is following the case of the Indian students of the Tri Valley University (TVU) closely and working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Indian government to ensure fair and appropriate treatment to the students.


US Christian leaders seek Obama’s help to free jailed Afghan convert

US Christian leaders seek Obama’s help to free jailed Afghan convertWashington, Feb 24: Christian leaders in the United States have sought President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's help for the release of Said Musa, who could be put to death in Afghanistan for abandoning Islam and converting to Christianity.

The Afghan Red Cross worker, who became a Christian eight years ago, was arrested in May last year after a TV program showed him and other Christians worshiping together.

Musa was reportedly abused in prison and threatened with death if he did not renounce his faith.


Clinton tells Egyptian youth to stay firm on democracy

Clinton tells Egyptian youth to stay firm on democracyWashington, Feb 24 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a web chat Wednesday told Egypt's young revolutionaries to remain committed to the long struggle toward true democracy and be mindful of any group or emerging leader trying to "hijack" the process.

Answering some of the more than 6,500 questions that had been submitted online, Clinton also warned Egypt against taking a "step backwards" by restricting the rights of women or minority groups such as Christians.


Clinton condemns killing of four Americans by pirates

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Feb 23 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of four Americans by pirates off Somalia, calling for "continued international progress" toward confronting the menace posed by piracy, Xinhua reported.

"This deplorable act firmly underscores the need for continued international progress toward confronting the shared security challenge posed by piracy in the waters off the Horn of Africa," Clinton said in a statement.


US in secret direct talks with Afghan Taliban

 US in secret direct talks with Afghan TalibanNew York, Feb 19: The Obama administration is reportedly holding direct, secret talks with senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan as part of an effort to forge a political settlement with the group.

According to the New Yorker magazine, the discussions are continuing, they are of an exploratory nature and do not yet amount to a peace negotiation.

When asked for comment on the talks, a White House spokesman said that the remarks that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made earlier offered a "thorough representation of the US position."

Clinton had earlier said that only a political solution would end the war in Afghanistan.


Distrust between Pakistan, Afghanistan “major cause of regional instability”: Clinton

Distrust between Pakistan, Afghanistan “major cause of regional instability”: ClintonWashington, Feb 19: The historic distrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains a `major cause of instability' in the region, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pointed out.

"As we have underscored from the beginning, Pakistan plays a pivotal role. It is a nuclear-armed nation of nearly 170 million people with deep ties and strong interests in Afghanistan," Clinton said at the Launch of the Asia Society''s Series of Richard C. Holbrooke Memorial Addresses.


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