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Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Russia responded to new U.S. sanctions over the annexation of Crimea by barring nine U.S. legislators and security officials from entry Thursday.
Truce agreement announced in Ukraine where 26 die in protests

Truce agreement announced in Ukraine where 26 die in protests

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- With deadly protests paralyzing Kiev, Ukraine's president sacked the head of his armed forces Wednesday and announced a truce deal with opposition leaders.

U.S. may join EU call for sanctions against Ukraine leaders

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The United States will coordinate with the European Union on a response to violence in Ukraine that has left at least 26 people dead, the White House said.
Obama's foreign policy priorities in 2014

Obama's foreign policy priorities in 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A day after the State of the Union, the State Department outlined Obama's foreign policy priorities as a "pivot" away from wars towards a "broader agenda."
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Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela showed the power of "taking risks on behalf of our ideals," U.S. President Obama said at a memorial service Tuesday for the anti-apartheid hero.
Air Force One's impressive passenger list for flight to Mandela memorial service

Air Force One's impressive passenger list for flight to Mandela memorial service

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- As Air Force One took off yesterday for Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa, it carried not only President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama but also former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- South Africa's Nelson Mandela had a "wonderful time" in the week before his death because the entire family was with him, a daughter said.

Possibility of Obama-Rouhani meeting evaporates

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Obama will not meet Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. officials said.

White House: N. Korea already has nuclear weapon, Iran doesn't

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- In dealing with North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, it should be noted North Korea already has a nuclear weapon while Iran doesn't, a U.S. official said.

Obama promises help to Kenya, Nigeria, may meet Rouhani

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama, in New York for talks at the United Nations, promised help to Kenya and Nigeria, two nations struck by terror in the last few days.
XI Jinping: Political solution 'only right way out' of Syrian crisis

XI Jinping: Political solution 'only right way out' of Syrian crisis

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping told U.S. President Obama a political solution is "the only right way out" of the Syrian crisis," China's foreign minister said.

U.S. clarifies as concerns about quantitative easing rise

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The United States has sought to clarify its monetary policy as the impact of quantitative easing by some advanced economies raises concerns in emerging ones.

Obama, Putin exchange smiles, small talk as G20 summit opens

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, polar opposites on Syria, shook hands when Obama arrived in St. Petersburg for a Group of 20 summit.
Adviser: WH confident about Syria intel even as Putin wants proof

Adviser: WH confident about Syria intel even as Putin wants proof

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Washington "could not be more confident" about evidence that Syria's regime used chemical weapons despite Russia's demand for proof, a White House adviser said.
Kerry condemns chemical attack in Syria, says it offends humanity

Kerry condemns chemical attack in Syria, says it offends humanity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The reported use of chemical weapons by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad was "undeniable," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

U.S. to enhance efforts to curb wildlife trafficking

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- President Obama signed an executive order Monday to enhance U.S. efforts to combat the multi-billion trafficking industry that is decimating African wildlife.
Obama announces Africa electricity initiative

Obama announces Africa electricity initiative

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 30 (UPI) -- The United States will chip in $7 billion for an ambitious project to bring electricity to more far-flung areas of Africa, President Obama said Sunday.
Obama: Civil society 'incredibly strong' in Senegal

Obama: Civil society 'incredibly strong' in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, June 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday "civil society ... is incredibly strong" in Senegal, the first stop on his tour of several African nations.

China, North Korea hold strategic talks

BEIJING, June 19 (UPI) -- The North Korean government said Wednesday it was involved in high-level strategic talks with Chinese officials in Beijing.
G8 leaders call for political solution in Syria

G8 leaders call for political solution in Syria

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18 (UPI) -- Group of Eight leaders emphasized the need for a political settlement in Syria in a statement issued Tuesday as the summit in Northern Ireland ended.

The Issue: Red line crossed in Syria. Now what?

The scenario is disturbingly familiar: a dictator, charges of atrocities, lack of cooperation with international investigators, a group seeking support from the international community to alleviate their suffering -- we've been here before, repeatedly.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

China softening on North Korea loyalties

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- A change in Chinese leadership may signal a step away from the brink in terms of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a former U.S. State Department official said.
Obama's European itinerary unveiled

Obama's European itinerary unveiled

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's schedule next week will include the G8 summit in Northern Ireland and a trip to Germany, his deputy press secretary said.
Conclusion: Syria used chemical weapons

Conclusion: Syria used chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence analysts conclude Syria deployed chemical weapons in its fight against rebels, crossing a red line, the White House said Thursday.
Obama arrives in Jordan after Israel visit

Obama arrives in Jordan after Israel visit

JERUSALEM, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan Friday after a visit to Israel that included with a stop Friday at the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem.
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