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Kerry: Afghan presidential vote needs to be 'resolved'

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Bourg

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said all of the reports of fraud and irregularities in the second round of the Afghan presidential vote need to be resolved.

The election run-off between the leading contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, has been deadlocked since the June 14 vote, raising concerns in Washington about a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan just as US troops are withdrawing.

Abdullah Abdullah has declared he was the winner of last month's run-off vote, despite preliminary results showing that Ashraf Ghani won the second round.

John Kerry 'to attend Iran nuclear talks this weekend'

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna this weekend to try to break the deadlock in negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme, a senior Western official told Reuters.

John Kerry is reportedly set to attend talks over Iran's nuclear programme this weekend. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "I can tell you that Kerry will be in Vienna this weekend, probably on Saturday."

However, the official added it was unlikely there would be an agreement signed in the near future, given the disagreements between Iran and western nations over Tehran's nuclear programme.


Kerry: US to cut Afghan aid if candidate 'grabs' power

Financial and military aid to Afghanistan would be cut if any party tries to seize power illegally, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

The warning comes after Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed he was the winner of last month's run-off vote, despite preliminary results showing that Ashraf Ghani won the June 14 second round.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to cut aid to Afghanistan if any party tries to seize power illegally. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of Abdullah's supporters gathered in Kabul with some suggesting his camp should declare victory and form a parallel government.

“I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a ‘parallel government’ with the gravest concern,” said Mr Kerry in a statement during a trip to Asia.

US proposes $650 million aid package to Egypt

Apache helicopters fly over Tahrir Square during a protest to support the army, in Cairo July 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters\Amr Abdallah Dalsh

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office in an attempt by Washington to press the country for more moderate policies.

Kerry said the US government has proposed providing an aid package worth $650 million (£380m) to Egypt and is working with Congress to settle differences over the final amount

Earlier this month, the US quietly agreed to send an estimated $572 million US dollars to Egypt in military and security assistance - widely believed to include Apache attack helicopters- on top of $200 million US dollars in economic aid already delivered.

Kerry arrives in Egypt for talks with new president

US secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Cairo for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.

Kerry is the highest-ranking US official to visit Egypt since Sisi, the former military leader who toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests last year, won a May presidential election.

His visit comes a day after an Egyptian court confirmed death sentences against 183 members of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, including its leader Mohamed Badie, in a mass trial on charges of violence in which one policeman was killed.

Hague: Summit 'a turning point' in battle against rape

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he hopes today's summit on sexual violence in war will be a "turning point" in the battle against war zone rape.

He responded to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Twittter:


Kerry joins US veterans at D-Day memorial service

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived at a cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer to attend a memorial service for American veterans.

US Secretary of State John Kerry chats to one of the veterans ahead of a memorial service at the US cemetery. Credit: Pool
US Secretary of State John Kerry laughs with D-Day veterans on the 70th anniversary of the landings. Credit: Pool
Memorial services are being held at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux. Credit: Pool

Kerry: Entire world should be doing everything possible

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the "entire world" should be doing everything they can to help find the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

Kerry condemns kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has reiterated his condemnation of the recent kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as a US team prepares to offer direct assistance on the ground

Kerry said at a Washington news conference: "Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now, and they are going to be working in concert with President Goodluck Jonathan's government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls to their families and their communities.

"We are also going everything possible we to counter the menace of Boko Haram.

"The entire world should not only be condemning this outrage, but should be doing everything possible to help Nigeria in the days ahead."

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