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U.S. Congress passes bill banning Iranian diplomat from U.S.

U.S. Congress passes bill banning Iranian diplomat from U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress passed a bill banning an Iranian envoy to the UN from entering the United States.
Aileen Graef
Government buildings set ablaze in eastern Ukraine

Government buildings set ablaze in eastern Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine, April 8 (UPI) -- Unrest in eastern Ukraine escalated as pro-Russian protesters threw Molotov cocktails, set fire to tires, and put up barriers at a Kharkiv government building.
Aileen Graef
White House considers banning selfies with the president

White House considers banning selfies with the president

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- The White House is considering banning all selfies with President Obama after Samsung used his selfie with Red Sox player David Ortiz as a promotional stunt.
Aileen Graef
President Obama signs executive order in response to South Sudan crisis

President Obama signs executive order in response to South Sudan crisis

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday "blocking property of certain persons with respect to South Sudan."
JC Finley
Senate panel votes to declassify part of torture report

Senate panel votes to declassify part of torture report

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 Thursday to release portions of its findings on the CIA's detention and interrogation methods.
Gabrielle Levy
White House denies allegations that reporters are required to submit questions in advance

White House denies allegations that reporters are required to submit questions in advance

March 20 (UPI) -- Reporter quotes Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney as saying questions for daily press briefings are submitted in advance, White House denies the practice.
JC Sevcik
White House urges international community "to impose costs" against Russia for actions in Ukraine

White House urges international community "to impose costs" against Russia for actions in Ukraine

March 17 (UPI) -- The White House rejected the Crimea referendum as illegitimate and urged international action against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region.
JC Finley
Report Malaysia Airlines jet flew after last contact not confirmed

Report Malaysia Airlines jet flew after last contact not confirmed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 14 (UPI) -- A report suggesting a missing Malaysia Airlines plane traveled for some time after contact was lost has not been confirmed, a Malaysian official said Friday.
Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

KIEV, Ukraine, March 13 (UPI) -- Russia's military began new drills near Ukraine Thursday despite a warning from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia would suffer if it didn't back off.
White House says search area expanding for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370

White House says search area expanding for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370

March 13 (UPI) -- The White House weighed in on the case of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, suggesting Thursday that a new search area may soon be examined.
JC Finley
White House aware of CIA report on Senate staff

White House aware of CIA report on Senate staff

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The White House acknowledged it knew of a Central Intelligence Agency report saying Senate staffers committed a crime by taking documents from a CIA computer.

Senate committee OKs bill to sanction Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would offer aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia for its incursion into Crimea.
Carney: Dignity of the presidency was not 'damaged' by Funny or Die skit

Carney: Dignity of the presidency was not 'damaged' by Funny or Die skit

March 11 (UPI) -- The White House press secretary told reporters that Barack Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns" drove traffic to Healthcare.gov.
Kate Stanton
Obama to meet with Ukrainian prime minister on crisis

Obama to meet with Ukrainian prime minister on crisis

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will meet Wednesday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Washington to discuss the crisis in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
JC Finley
U.S. urges Russia to seize 'off-ramp' option

U.S. urges Russia to seize 'off-ramp' option

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- While responding to Russia's incursion into Ukraine with sanctions and restrictions, the U.S. is also urging Russia to choose the "off-ramp" option.
JC Finley
Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as diplomatic talks in Paris failed to resolve the situation.
The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

U.S. President Barack Obama may have declared 2014 a year of action in his State of the Union address but lawmakers last week moved quickly after returning from their recess to knock down expectations.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
As Russia flexes its military muscle, White House reaffirms Ukraine's territorial integrity

As Russia flexes its military muscle, White House reaffirms Ukraine's territorial integrity

WASHINGTONFeb. 26 (UPI) -- The Obama administration reiterated Ukraine's right to territorial integrity on Wednesday while Russia flexed its military muscle during its military drills.
JC Finley
Aide: Obama, Boehner have 'constructive conversation' on 10 issues

Aide: Obama, Boehner have 'constructive conversation' on 10 issues

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner discussed immigration and other thorny issues Tuesday in a White House meeting, aides said.

U.S. 'reviewing' Uganda aid, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands halt aid

KAMPALA, Uganda, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian officials say they are reviewing relations with Uganda because of a new law they say violates human rights by cracking down on homosexuals.
White House: Yanukovych no longer president of Ukraine; parliament is in charge

White House: Yanukovych no longer president of Ukraine; parliament is in charge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The White House confirmed Monday that it no longer views Viktor Yanukovych as the president of Ukraine, and recognized parliament is legally in charge.
JC Finley
Election of new Ukrainian government delayed

Election of new Ukrainian government delayed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchinov Tuesday announced a delay in plans to elect a new national unity government.

GOP upbeat on Keystone XL pipeline prospects

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Republican governors said they had assurances from President Barack Obama a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will be made by the summer.

White House scolds Venezuela's Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The White House decried Venezuela's president for alleging Washington was plotting with anti-regime protesters instead of solving his country's domestic crisis.
Tymoshenko: 'Cancer' eliminated with removal of Yanukovych

Tymoshenko: 'Cancer' eliminated with removal of Yanukovych

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko told followers Saturday a "cancer" was eliminated with the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from office.
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