U.S. ambassador warns against "gutting" Iraq mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq urged Congress on Tuesday not to “gut” the post-war diplomatic presence in Iraq after a Senate committee report urged Washington to consider reducing its massive civilian presence there for security reasons. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/c7u2_qhSO8Q/us-iraq-usa-diplomats-idUSTRE7109HS20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama seeks "responsible" budget to curb deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday spelled out that his upcoming budget will seek a “responsible” path to reducing U.S. debts over time, while lawmakers pushed for a summit to tackle the problem. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HJesxbqV1TM/us-usa-obama-budget-idUSTRE7108AW20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. sees Suez Canal closure as inconceivable

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States would respond “diplomatically, economically, militarily” to any closure of the Suez Canal although such an event seems inconceivable, the head of U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HlXHr8j6Qjg/us-egypt-usa-mattis-idUSTRE71086W20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. envoy in Egypt spoke with ElBaradei: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Cairo made contact with prominent Egyptian political activist Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday to discuss a political transition in Egypt, the U.S. Department of State said. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/S8Q64e3qdOw/us-egypt-usa-elbaradei-idUSTRE7107ZJ20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. envoy tells Mubarak to prepare for transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An envoy of President Barack Obama privately urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to prepare for a transition of power, the closest the United States has come to urging Mubarak to step aside. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uiEGKuCRvCw/us-egypt-usa-idUSTRE70R6A920110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?