Washington, Sep 2 : The United States has designated the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, linked to the botched Times Square bombing attempt by a Pakistani American, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday also designated two senior TTP leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman as specially designated global terrorists as the US imposed financial and travel sanctions on the Pakistan based group that trained Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad.
Washington, Sep 1 : The US formally designated the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist organization Wednesday, slapping sanctions and travel bans on its leadership.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a public notice that the group met the criteria to be listed as an international terrorist organization under US law.
The Pakistani Taliban has been blamed for the attempted May 1 bombing of Times Square in New York, and other attacks in Pakistan. The group is also known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.
Washington, Aug 14 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called key regional leaders, continuing the America's push to start Middle East direct talks, the State Department said Friday.
"Secretary Clinton discussed with Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu on issues to be resolved for direct negotiations to begin," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in his Twitter messages.
"Secretary Clinton also talked with Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh and Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit about negotiation details," Crowley was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Washington, Aug 12 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday urged Republican Senators to support the passage of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, warning the failure of approval could hurt the country's national security.
Clinton said the Senate has enough time to review the detailed information of the treaty, it must act because the national security is at risk, Xinhua reported.
Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had delayed a vote on ratification of the treaty until the middle of September.
New York, Aug 2 : Former US President Bill Clinton was left teary whereas Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ?floating on a cloud? when their only daughter tied the knot with her long time beau Marc Mezvinsky in a grand ceremony.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the ex-President and Secretary of State got married to Marc on the sun-splashed banks of the Hudson River in Rhinebeck.
When the former President took his daughter''s hand on the dance floor, he transformed from the paradigm of presidential poise to plain ol'' blubbering Bubba.
Washington, July 15 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would hold `most vital' high-level security talks in Islamabad before landing in Kabul for the donors conference scheduled to be held on July 20, America's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said.
Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Holbrooke said Clinton is likely to meet several top officials besides holding talks with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during her stop over in Islamabad.
Washington, July 15 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to look into demands from a group of senators for an investigation into charges that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi as part of an oil-for-terrorist deal.
According to The Guardian, the oil company faces the prospect of being shut out of America after legislation that could ban it from offshore drilling projects for seven years cleared its first hurdle.
Four senators have demanded that BP put its plans to drill in the Gulf of Sidra on hold unless British and state department investigations clear the company of maneuvering for Megrahi''s release.
Washington, July 13 : US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both condemned Sunday''s bomb attack in Uganda that claimed 74 lives.
In a message issued on behalf President Obama, Mike Hammer, NSC Spokesman, said: “The president is deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from these deplorable and cowardly attacks, and sends his condolences to the people of Uganda and the loved ones of those who have been killed or injured. The United States is ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government.”
Washington, June 2 . The perception in the minds of most Americans, especially in the corridors of power, was that the Clintons - Bill and Hillary - would divorce as soon as their stint in the White House ended. So, it came as a surprise and an irony to many that former US Vice-President Al Gore and his wife Tipper announcing on Tuesday that they have separated after four decades of association.
"There was always a perception that the Clintons would split up the day they left the White House," said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman.
Washington, May 15 : While doing nothing to ‘clarify’ her recent ‘serious consequences’ warning over attacks in the US by Pakistan based militants, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once again stressed that Islamabad has to do more against what she described as a ‘common enemy’.
Clinton reiterated that militants breeding on Pakistan’s soil are a matter of great concern for the Obama Administration.
Speaking at the US Institute of Peace, Clinton told a gathering of experts that though Pakistan has been assisting America in the probe concerning the botched Times Square bombing, there is more that it has to do to tackle the scourge of terrorism in that country.
Washington, May 14 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has rubbished reports of the ambitious Kandahar reclamation operation having a devastating effect on the city and its people.
Clinton maintained that Washington has learnt its lessons after the counter-insurgency operations in Iraq.
"They want to have a successful counter-insurgency operation that doesn''t destroy Kandahar in the effort to save Kandahar," BBC News quoted Clinton as saying with reference to US commanders in Afghanistan.
"We''re not fighting the Afghan people," she added during a visit to the US Institute of Peace with President Karzai.
Washington, May 12 - The US has widened sanctions on Al Qaida's Yemen-based wing, restricting their travel, freezing assets and slapping arms embargo on them.
The sanctions are targeted at Qasim al-Raimi and Nayif al-Qahtani, both senior leaders of Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The group claimed responsibility on the failed airline bombing plot last Christmas on a Detroit-bound plane.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the sanctions and the measures were published in the Federal Register Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
New York, May 10 : US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton claims she shares camaraderie with former political opponent President Barack Obama. She also speaks of her amazement when offered the job.
"I ran hard against him, he ran hard against me," she told CBS'''' "60 Minutes".
"He won. I lost. And then, he asked me to work for him on behalf of our country. Now? "We have a great relationship," she insisted.
She says she was taken aback at being offered the position of Secretary of State and initially turned it down, "Just ridiculous, I absolutely did not believe it," she said.
Washington, May 10 : U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that there are people in the Pakistan Government who know the whereabouts of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
"I''m not saying that they''re at the highest levels but I believe that somewhere in this government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda is, where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Afghan Taliban is and we expect more cooperation to help us bring to justice, capture or kill, those who attacked us on 9/11," Clinton revealed on the CBS 60 Minutes show.
Washington, May 8 : In what probably can be seen as the strongest message to Pakistan since the failed Times Square bombing plot, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of ‘severe consequences’ if a successful terror attack is traced back to that country.
In an interview with the CBS, which would be aired on Sunday, Clinton said that though Pakistan’s attitude towards Islamic terrorism has changed in the recent past, it still needs to take far more stringent measures to quell militancy emanating from its soil.
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