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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - An unidentified assailant stabbed Foreign Minister Anna Lindh as she shopped in a department store here yesterday afternoon in an attack that stunned many Swedes and rekindled memories of the killing of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. The motive behind the attack was unclear. "It's a serious situation," an emotional Prime Minister Goran Persson said. "The attack on her is an attack on our open society." The police said a tall man wearing a military camouflage jacket lunged at Lindh as she shopped for clothes at a designer outlet in the upscale NK department store in central Stockholm.
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By Ray McGovern | July 15, 2014
Absent from U.S. media encomia for recently deceased former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is any mention of the historic deal he reached with his U.S. counterpart James Baker in 1990 ensuring that the Soviet empire would collapse "with a whimper, not a bang" (Mr. Baker's words). Mr. Baker keeps repeating that the Cold War "could not have ended peacefully without Shevardnadze. " But he and others are silent on the quid pro quo . The quid was Moscow's agreement to swallow the bitter pill of a reunited Germany in NATO; the quo was a U.S. promise not to "leapfrog" NATO over Germany farther East.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Contributing Writer | April 28, 1992
BERLIN -- Ill, tired and hoping to give his successor the chance to grow into his big shoes, Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher caught Germany off guard yesterday by quitting after 18 years in office.The world's longest-serving foreign minister, Mr. Genscher is also Germany's most popular politician. His resignation is expected to further weaken the government's attempts to come to grips with a host of domestic and foreign challenges.Mr. Genscher, 65, said he was not stepping down because of the government's problems or because of his poor health.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
What is just the second Nobel Peace Prize medal to be sold at auction will go under the gavel later this month at the Baltimore Convention Center. Lot #2029 at the Whitman Expo's spring auction of coins and collectibles will be the 1936 gold medal awarded to Argentina's former foreign minister, Carlos Saavedra Lamas. He received what arguably is the world's most prestigious prize for his role in negotiating the end of a war between Bolivia and Paraguay. The auction will be held March 27-30.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 1, 1990
WASHINGTON -- President Bush met with China's foreign minister yesterday in a major narrowing of the distance between the two powers since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and hinted at an eventual lifting of sanctions while acknowledging continued differences over human rights.The 40-minute session came a day after Foreign Minister Qian Qichen abstained from a United Nations vote in New York authorizing the United States and its allies to wage war against Iraq if it fails to withdraw from Kuwait by Jan. 15.U.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 27, 2003
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon assembled a new coalition government yesterday that unexpectedly ousted Benjamin Netanyahu as foreign minister and includes a far-right party that advocates expelling Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Although the ultranationalist National Union Party is to hold only two minor Cabinet posts, its addition to the government, along with another right-wing faction, the National Religious Party, signals that the government will look skeptically at negotiating an early end to the conflict with Palestinians.
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July 29, 2000
SECRETARY of State Madeleine K. Albright fled Camp David in time to meet North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the highest level meeting between the United States and the half-nation since the war they fought a half-century ago. They are at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which runs a larger meeting for nonmembers called the Asian Regional Forum (ARF). North Korea has never been to the ARF before. Already in Bangkok, Mr. Paek met Canada's Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy.
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By Doug Smith and Raheem Salman and Doug Smith and Raheem Salman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 3, 2008
BAGHDAD - Iraq's foreign minister said yesterday that concessions by both sides had advanced the prospects for a new security agreement needed for U.S. forces to remain in the country beyond the end of the year. Seeking to dispel criticism that the agreement would infringe on Iraqi sovereignty, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the opposition was based on "misrepresentations, confusion and politicking." The agreement being negotiated would be in effect one or two years and would not sanction any permanent U.S. bases, Zebari said at a news conference.
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By JEFFREY FLEISHMAN and JEFFREY FLEISHMAN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 21, 2006
BERLIN -- The German foreign minister appeared in Parliament yesterday and denied reports that his nation's spies helped U.S. forces identify bombing targets during the Iraq war, including a tip on the location of Saddam Hussein. The comments by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier came amid a widening political storm here over what role the former government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder secretly played in assisting Washington on the Iraq invasion and other covert activities that have since come to light.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 10, 1998
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ariel Sharon, a hawkish former defense minister, to be Israeli foreign minister yesterday in an effort to placate the far right as he moves closer to turning over more West Bank land to the Palestinians.With his appointment, Sharon, 70, an ardent advocate for Jewish settlements in the West Bank, is expected to quell domestic opposition to the concessions that Netanyahu is supposedly prepared to make at a peace summit conference in Maryland next week.
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September 25, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with Iran's foreign minister ("Kerry to meet Iran's foreign minister at UN in first face-to-face talks since 1979," Sept. 23) represents a good first step for direct negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests. Hopefully, President Barack Obama will also meet with the new Iranian president, Hasan Rowhani, who has been reaching out to the West since entering office. It is past time for the U.S. to stop allowing Israel and its powerful lobby to dictate our foreign policy, which has caused us so much harm and expense.
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,Los Angeles Times | February 4, 2009
JERUSALEM - Less than a week before Israeli voters pick a new leader, the candidate most involved in negotiations with the Palestinians is on the defensive over newly reported details of an interim peace accord offered months ago by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the standard bearer of Olmert's centrist Kadima Party, was already trailing in the polls before the disclosures last week prompted the hawkish front-runner to accuse her of agreeing to "surrender" parts of Jerusalem for an independent Palestinian state.
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By Laura King and Henry Chu and Laura King and Henry Chu,Los Angeles Times | December 7, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A hoax caller claiming to be India's foreign minister threatened Pakistan's president with war during the final hours of the Mumbai attacks, prompting Pakistan to put its air force on its highest alert for nearly 24 hours, a news report said yesterday. Meanwhile, authorities in India reported the first arrests since the end of last month's siege in India's commercial and entertainment capital, which killed more than 170 people. Police in the eastern city of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, announced that they had detained two men who owned the mobile phone cards that were later used by the attackers.
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By Doug Smith and Raheem Salman and Doug Smith and Raheem Salman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 3, 2008
BAGHDAD - Iraq's foreign minister said yesterday that concessions by both sides had advanced the prospects for a new security agreement needed for U.S. forces to remain in the country beyond the end of the year. Seeking to dispel criticism that the agreement would infringe on Iraqi sovereignty, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the opposition was based on "misrepresentations, confusion and politicking." The agreement being negotiated would be in effect one or two years and would not sanction any permanent U.S. bases, Zebari said at a news conference.
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By James Janega and James Janega,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 24, 2007
BAGHDAD -- Iraq has called on the Kurdish rebel group PKK to halt its cross-border guerrilla war with Turkey and close its offices in Iraq after Turkish officials made a trip to Baghdad yesterday to try to forestall a widening border crisis. But it was clear that Turkey was running out of patience with Iraq to curtail the activities of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has waged a campaign for Kurdish independence in Turkey from camps in the rugged, semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.
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By Peter Spiegel and Peter Spiegel,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 2, 2007
JIDDA, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister gave voice yesterday to simmering tensions between the desert kingdom and the Bush administration, insisting his country is doing all it can to block Saudi militants from crossing the border into Iraq as insurgents and saying he was "astounded" at recent criticism of its efforts by a senior U.S. official. The comments by Saud al-Faisal, at a news conference while flanked by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, came during their high-profile visit aimed at pushing Saudi and other Sunni Arab allies to do more to help the beleaguered Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 9, 2003
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, is opposed to military action to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the foreign minister said yesterday. The minister, Hassan Wirajuda, said that "regime change" through military intervention "would be difficult to accept." Instead, he said that Indonesia supported "every effort on the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction through the United Nations Security Council." Indonesian government officials, preoccupied by the aftermath of the Bali attack in October and the threat of terrorism at home, have said little about Iraq.
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By Mark Magnier and Mark Magnier,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 16, 2001
TOKYO - She has declared war on bureaucrats, slighted Washington, offended Moscow and faced down accusers who consider her crass, arrogant, erratic and a disgrace to women. And that was just her first month. Whether or not you like her style, Japan's first female foreign minister, Makiko Tanaka, has been shaking up the country's politics ever since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi asked her this spring to manage Japan's diplomacy. The circus-like atmosphere, ministerial bickering, uncharacteristic humor, blunt talk and decidedly undiplomatic approach seen during her short tenure are a huge hit in a nation where back-room wheeling and dealing is the political norm.
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By New York Times News Service | May 13, 2007
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's foreign minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, lost a no-confidence vote in parliament yesterday after he was unable to stop the expulsion of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees and illegal workers from Iran in the past three weeks. Spanta was blamed for failing to find a diplomatic solution with Iran that would have prevented the expulsions. He won only 73 votes, while 141 legislators voted against him. Iran has expelled thousands of Afghans before. But the number it expelled this time, more than 50,000, was high for such a short period.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 11, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran --Iran's foreign minister said yesterday that the government would issue a counteroffer to an incentive proposal by Europe, China and the U.S. to get Iran to give up enriching uranium in the short term. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki confirmed that Iran had received the proposal and would offer its own. "We hope that through shuttle diplomacy we can give our proposal in the form of amendment or package after it is finalized to the other side for examination," he said, according to the ISNA news agency.
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