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South Sudan favors war over diplomacy, U.N. says

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Rival parties to the conflict in South Sudan are putting military gains ahead of political settlement, a top U.N. official told the Security Council.

EU offers medium-term loans to Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 19 (UPI) -- Lending a financial hand to Ukraine is a safeguard that will ensure stability on the European continent, a European monetary official said Wednesday.
China, EU settle solar trade dispute

China, EU settle solar trade dispute

BRUSSELS, March 19 (UPI) -- A trade agreement with China will give European companies the opportunity to compete in the Chinese solar power market, the EU's trade commissioner said.
Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

VIENNA, March 18 (UPI) -- Iran wants to work toward a draft agreement on a comprehensive solution to a lingering nuclear row with Western powers, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 18 (UPI) -- The Syrian government said Tuesday it suspects a U.N.-backed inquiry based its reporting on highly questionable testimonies.
Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 18 (UPI) -- Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.

Lebanon on edge amid Tripoli clashes

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, March 18 (UPI) -- The Lebanese Ministry of Information reported Tuesday the security situation in the northern city of Tripoli has deteriorated dramatically.
Libyans called to unite after Benghazi attack

Libyans called to unite after Benghazi attack

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 18 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in Libya said Tuesday Libyans need to rally around state institutions for the sake of security following Monday's bombing in Benghazi.

CAR needs urgent support, European leader says

STRASBOURG, France, March 18 (UPI) -- Interim CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza needs comprehensive support to take on the monumental task of securing peace, the European Parliament said.

Rights group wary ahead of Algerian elections

TUNIS, Tunisia, March 17 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Monday it was concerned about the security situation in Algeria as the country prepares for April presidential elections.

Iran not optimistic about upcoming nuclear talks

TEHRAN, March 17 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday he wasn't expecting any major breakthroughs from upcoming nuclear talks in Vienna.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.
North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 17 (UPI) -- The state role in human rights abuses in North Korea means it's time to refer the situation to the international court, a U.N. rights envoy said Monday.

Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Syria tells peace envoy Brahimi to stop meddling

Syria tells peace envoy Brahimi to stop meddling

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 14 (UPI) -- Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Friday the U.N.'s peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, should stay out of the country's internal affairs.
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