US denies trying to pressure Israel with flight ban

The United States Tuesday denied that a ban on US airliners flying to Tel Aviv and a stark US travel warning were a ploy to push Israel to agree a Gaza truce. "I would wholly disagree with that argument," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, when asked if the two directives were a political move to put pressure on Israelis. "We issued travel warnings because one of our top …
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US envoy in Sri Lanka as pressure builds over war crimes

A top US envoy on Friday pushed for reconciliation in Sri Lanka which is under intense international pressure to probe rights abuses during the final stages of the island's decades-long separatist war. Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, held talks with Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris over a range of issues including allegations that government troops killed …
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