A woman rushed past security and threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas on Thursday, but it missed and the former US secretary of state laughed off the incident. Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ducked as the object whizzed past at head height to the left of her. "What was that, a bat?... Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton said initially at the event at the Mandalay Bay hotel/casino, according to video footage by the local KTNV station. Regaining her composure and sense of humor, she added: "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?" -- a reference to the acrobatic dance troupe, which has several shows in Vegas. "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," she said, drawing laughter and cheers from the audience. The blonde woman who threw the shoe was immediately escorted out of the hall, her hands in the air. She was … [Read more...] about Woman throws object at Hillary Clinton in Vegas
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Wednesday in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, on a mission to start mending US ties with the Islamic world. She was to meet Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda and leaders of the Jakarta-based Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) later in the day on the second leg of her four-nation swing through Asia. Wearing a red coat over a black blouse and trousers, Clinton touched down under heavy cloud and was greeted by senior officials and a choir of female students from US President Barack Obama's old primary school in Jakarta. Obama spent part of his early childhood here and has promised to improve relations with the Islamic world after the US-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan under George W. Bush. "We have a responsibility to speak out and to work with the Muslim world on behalf of positive change and to enlist the help of Muslims around the world against the extremists," Clinton told students in Japan on … [Read more...] about Clinton lands in Indonesia with message for Muslims
TOKYO, Feb 16, 2009 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was set to arrive in Japan Monday at the start of an Asian tour expected to focus on the global economic crisis and hot-button security issues including North Korea. Clinton -- who will also visit Indonesia, South Korea and China -- broke with a decades-old tradition of new US secretaries of state travelling first to Europe or the Middle East after taking office. In her talks with Asian leaders, she is also expected to focus on international challenges such as climate change, conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and preventing nuclear proliferation. Two days before leaving Washington, Clinton said she was "ready to work with leaders in Asia to resolve the economic crisis" and "strengthen our historic partnerships and alliances." Clinton also said she was "ready to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Asia" and that North Korea's nuclear programme remains "the most acute challenge to stability in … [Read more...] about Clinton starts Asia tour in Japan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to defuse a dispute over a US air base in Japan as she arrived in Hawaii for Tuesday talks with her Japanese counterpart Katsuya Okada. Launching her fourth Asia tour since becoming the chief US diplomat a year ago, Clinton also said Washington intends to "exercise influence" in Asia for another century and serve as a stabilizing force against China's rising power. Clinton, speaking to reporters on the way to Honolulu Monday on the eve of talks with Okada, played down the dispute over the relocation of the Futenma Air Base on Okinawa that has caused tension in the post-war alliance. "The significance of our meeting is to reaffirm the centrality of our 50-year-old alliance," Clinton said on a tour that will also take her to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. "It (the alliance) provides stability for the region. And I think it's much bigger than any one particular issue," Clinton said, suggesting the alliance trumped the problem of … [Read more...] about Clinton plays down row over US air base in Japan
In a matter of days, Hillary Clinton will leave the State Department behind and become a private citizen for the first time in 34 years. But her next big decision will be a very public one: whether to run for U.S. president in 2016. Many factors would weigh in her favor should she decide to run. She leaves her Secretary of State job as the most popular member of Obama's Cabinet and the country's most admired woman - rated far ahead of even first lady Michelle Obama, according to a Gallup poll of Americans. Plus, her party wants her. A Public Policy Polling survey found that 57 percent of Democrats would like her to run, compared to just 16 percent for another potential candidate, Vice President Joe Biden. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has made no secret that he would love for her to seek the White House. And yet Secretary Clinton seems to harbor doubts. She is recovering from a blood clot near her brain that befell her at the end of 2012. She will be 69 … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton leaving world stage, but for how long?