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Daniel Dombey

By Daniel Dombey, US diplomatic correspondent

There was a flash in Hillary Clinton’s eyes just now as she talked about the issue that is occupying ever more of her time as Secretary of State – Iran’s nuclear programme.

Last month the US-led campaign to increase pressure on Tehran took her to Qatar and Saudi.  Arabia, where King Abdullah welcomed her with a lavish lunch and watched a few minutes of a football match as he sat beside her wearing a frayed pair of Nike trainers. (Later on he switched his giant television to off-road truck racing.)

Iran has also been a constant concern for Clinton during her present swing through Latin America and the position of Brazil, which is currently sitting on the UN Security Council, is particularly important. Read more

By Daniel Dombey, US diplomatic correspondent

What do you say about a natural disaster that has displaced 2m people, destroyed or damaged 500,000 homes and killed some 800 people – but still seems almost overshadowed by an even greater calamity elsewhere?
Hillary Clinton sought to put her thoughts and feelings into words when she paid a flying visit to Chile on Tuesday, whose devastating 8.8 Richter scale earthquake comes hard on the heels of the Biblical scenes of devastation in Haiti.
Arriving with aid, promises of more help on the way and a vow not to distract the country from its emergency and reconstruction effort, she was clearly moved. Read more

Daniel Dombey

By Daniel Dombey, US diplomatic correspondent

There was a certain comic opera quality to the Uruguayan presidential inauguration that Hillary Clinton attended today. Compared with neighbouring states such as Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is a minnow, though a wealthy, well educated and sometimes idyllic one. Read more