One aim: to bolster relations with resource-rich countries where China has been aggressively extending its presence.
As one of the few parties to speak to both Israel and Hamas, Cairo sees itself as a natural mediator. But now Turkey has called into question its effectiveness.
President Obama's special envoy to Sudan told senators Thursday that the designation is no longer applicable. But others in the administration disagree.
The violent raid on Camp Ashraf Tuesday is seen as an assertion of Iraqi sovereignty – and of Iran's growing influence on its neighbor.
Iraq flexes its muscles at Camp Ashraf and shows military independence from America, as the Iranian exile group's long strange trip draws to a close.
Washington's move is meant to prod coup's architects to resolve the political crisis.
Exiled President Zelaya has set up camp on the Nicaraguan border to keep up pressure on interim government.
The region, which has increasingly been at odds with Baghdad, holds elections Saturday for a new regional government.
Millions still need her. But her release should not be the focal point of US policy toward the junta.