Clinton cancels trip to Britain, Turkey-US official

WASHINGTON Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:15pm EDT

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WASHINGTON Oct 31 (Reuters ) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cancelled a trip to Britain and Turkey on Monday because of her mother's ill health, a State Department official said.

"Due to illness with her mother, Secretary Clinton has cancelled her scheduled travel tonight to London and Istanbul and will instead remain in Washington," a senior State Department official said.

Clinton was scheduled to attend a conference on cyber-security in London on Tuesday and a regional conference on Afghan security in Istanbul on Wednesday.