SECRETARY OF STATE

  • US Pakistan expert Robin Raphel loses security clearance in federal probe November 8, 2014

    Washington: A US State Department expert on Pakistan was stripped of her security clearance and is now part of a federal counterintelligence investigation, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Robin Raphel, a retired ambassador who had been an adviser to the State Department's Special Representative for Afghanistan and...
  • Hyderabadborn attorney is Secretary of state for Texas December 21, 2013

    Hyderabadborn attorney Nandita Venkateswaran Berry has been appointed the Secretary of State for Texas, making her the first person of Indian origin to hold the third top executive job in the southern state. Announcing the appointment of Berry, 45, Governor Rick Perry called the Houstonbased attorney one of the most accomplished...
  • Syria will give up control of chemical weapons, says Assad September 13, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said that his government will give up chemical weapons weapons as per the Russian proposal. In an interview to Russian TV, Assad says Syria will initiate the process only if the US stops threatening it. On Thursday US Secretary of State John Kerry had met...
  • US Secretary of State Kerry in Pakistan on unannounced visit August 1, 2013

    Islamabad: US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Pakistan late on Wednesday for a day of talks aimed at easing tensions over US drone strikes while putting pressure on the nuclear armed nation to do more to eliminate militant havens on its territory. In Pakistan on an unannounced visit,...
  • India an ever changing place, says John Kerry June 24, 2013

    New Delhi: US Secretary John Kerry made a strong pitch for India and the US cooperating in clean energy and said the US is keen on implementing the IndoUS civil nuclear deal "as soon as possible". Describing India as a nation that would soon become the most populous and the...
  • John Kerry arrives in India for threeday visit June 23, 2013

    New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to participate in the fourth round of IndoUS strategic dialogue even as US announced to invest $100 million in India's burgeoning clean energy sector. Kerry, 69, accompanied by a highlevel delegation arrived on a threeday visit,...
  • US Secretary of State proposes 20 pc cut in aid to Lanka April 15, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a 20 per cent cut in the American aid to Colombo, a move reflecting the unease in their ties over issues related to human rights, reconstruction and political integration in Sri Lanka after the end of the civil war. It is believed...
  • US President Barack Obama shows off balancing skills with a football March 27, 2013

    US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry may engage in political games. But they occasionally take time off to play some other games as well. Obama goofed around with a football in Washington demonstrating some superior balancing skills. Kerry was also seen enjoying a lighter moment...
  • Suicide bombers attack Afghan police base, 5 officers dead March 26, 2013

    Kabul: Afghan police say eight suicide bombers have attacked one of their headquarters in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing five officers and wounding four. Nangarhar provincial police chief Mohammad Sharif Amin says one insurgent in a bombladen car detonated his vehicle in front of the Jalalabad Police Quick Reaction...
  • Kerry meets Karzai, praises plans for Afghan elections March 26, 2013

    Kabul: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unity on Monday, shortly after the US military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations between the two countries. Kerry, in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit,...
  • Kerry expresses sympathy with victims of Hyderabad blasts February 22, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday made his maiden tweet to express sympathies with the people of Hyderabad, the venue of twin blasts that killed nearly a dozen people. "Saw friend/Foreign Secretary Mathai discussed importance of relationship w/ #India, expressed sympathies to brave people of #Hyderabad JK,"...
  • Kerry meets Mathai, reaffirms importance of USIndia ties February 22, 2013

    Washington: Newly appointed US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday met visiting Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and stressed that there would be no change in IndiaUS relationship, which he is looking forward to take a step forward during his stint at the Foggy Bottom. During his brief meeting with Mathai,...
  • Hillary Clinton to charge $ 200,000 for a speech February 22, 2013

    Washington: Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed up for speaking circuit and will charge a whooping $200,000 per speaking appearance, making her one of the highest paid public figures on such appearances. Notably her salary as the US Secretary of State, which she relinquished less than a...
  • Kerry warns of punishment for NKorea nuclear test February 5, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean and Japanese counterparts have warned North Korea against a possible third nuclear test. On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jongun had issued guidelines on how to bolster the army and protect the nation's sovereignty. The US has read the statement...
  • US: John Kerry sworn in as US Secretary of State February 2, 2013

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned on Friday as America's secretary of state, capping a fouryear tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she left the State...
  • World View: Will Hillary Clinton return for a larger role? February 1, 2013

    Hillary Clinton formally resigned on Friday as America's secretary of state, capping a fouryear tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. ...
  • Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack on Jan 23 January 16, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to testify before Congress on the attack on their consulate in Benghazi, Libya which left its ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead on September 11, 2012. She is also expected to appear before the House foreign affairs committee on...
  • US: Clinton to testify on Benghazi Consulate attack January 9, 2013

    Washington: The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before key Congressional committees on January 22, on the deadly militant attack on a US Consulate in Benghazi, in which the US Ambassador to Libya and three other American were killed. Clinton's testimony before the House and Senate foreign relations...
  • Hillary Clinton plans to return to office next week January 4, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is resting at home in New York after being treated for a potentially dangerous blood clot in her head, plans to return to her office next week, the State Department has said. "Some of the senior staff who spoke to her about...
  • Mystery shrouds sudden illness of Hillary Clinton January 3, 2013

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been under the weather ever since December 10, 2012 when she cancelled a planned trip to North Africa and Middle East due to flu. She later had a concussion and then was being treated for a blood clot near her brain before being...
  • Hillary Clinton discharged from hospital January 3, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from a New York hospital on Wednesday after being treated for a blood clot near her brain and her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, the State Department said. Clinton, who has not been seen in public since December...
  • US: Hillary Clinton hospitalised with blood clot December 31, 2012

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent to the hospital on Sunday with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier in December and was being assessed by doctors, a State Department spokesman said. "In the course of a followup exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a...
  • Obama nominates Kerry as next US secretary of state December 22, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Friday announced the nomination of US Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, calling him the "perfect choice" to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead. Obama settled on Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the 2004 Democratic presidential...
  • Hillary Clinton is tireless and extraordinary, says Obama December 20, 2012

    Washington: Describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is recouping from a stomach infection, as a "tireless and extraordinary" lady, US President Barack Obama has wished her a speedy recovery. "She is tireless and extraordinary. I spoke with her this past week. We can't wait to have her back. I know...
  • Obama to nominate Kerry to head State Department December 16, 2012

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, a source familiar with the process said on Saturday. Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a stalwart Obama supporter, had been widely tipped...
  • US: Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate December 14, 2012

    Washington: Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a difficult Senate confirmation battle. Rice has drawn heavy fire from Republicans for...
  • Want to know Mamata's vision of future: Hillary May 7, 2012

    Kolkata: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said she wanted to know West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's "vision of the future". "I want to know from the chief minister of West Bengal her vision of the future... I come with a belief that India can compete with anybody,...
  • Colin Powell advises 'get mad' in new book September 26, 2011

    Los Angeles: Former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell has penned a book on leadership skills with the advice "get mad, then get over it," set to hit book stores in May 2012, publisher HarperCollins said on Sunday. "It Worked For Me: Lessons in Leadership and Life" is a collection...
  • IndiaUS will define 21st century relations: Hillary July 20, 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed a gathering of students in Chennai on Wednesday. ...
  • Hillary Clinton's visit and her style statement July 20, 2011

    A look of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wardrobe as she visits India. ...