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Iraq Parliament confirms PM Abadi's nominees for Ministers of Defense and Interior

Iraq Parliament confirms PM Abadi's nominees for Ministers of Defense and Interior

BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 (UPI) --Iraq's Council of Representatives approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's selection of seven new cabinet ministers on Saturday.
JC Finley
U.S. has faith in oil-rich Yemen

U.S. has faith in oil-rich Yemen

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) --With a major oil company fearful of the security situation in Yemen, the U.S. State Department said it's confidence the government in Sanaa will stay in place.
Daniel J. Graeber
IS oil strategic U.S. objective

IS oil strategic U.S. objective

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) --Disrupting the ability of the group calling itself the Islamic State to raise funds through oil revenue is a key U.S. military objective, an official said.
Daniel J. Graeber
IS oil installations in U.S. cross hairs

IS oil installations in U.S. cross hairs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) --U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in parts of northeastern Syria include strategic control structures and oil refineries, the State Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Has North Korea's Kim Jong Un been deposed?

Has North Korea's Kim Jong Un been deposed?

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 6 (UPI) --Rumors that North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has been deposed have heightened in intensity following a surprise delegation to the South.
Gabrielle Levy
Moscow cancels FLEX U.S.-Russia student exchange program over gay adoption

Moscow cancels FLEX U.S.-Russia student exchange program over gay adoption

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) --Russia has decided to withdraw from FLEX, a student exchange program established with the U.S. in 1992.
JC Finley
U.S. officials slam Israel for settlement plans hours after Obama-Netanyahu meeting

U.S. officials slam Israel for settlement plans hours after Obama-Netanyahu meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) --U.S. officials publicly criticized Israel for its settlement plans following President Barack Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
JC Finley
Yemen's 'unpredictable security situation' prompts U.S. embassy to reduce staffing

Yemen's 'unpredictable security situation' prompts U.S. embassy to reduce staffing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday that it will withdraw some of its staff from its embassy in Sanaa.
JC Finley
Amid coup claims in Lesotho, State Department issues emergency message to U.S. citizens

Amid coup claims in Lesotho, State Department issues emergency message to U.S. citizens

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) --Amid claims of a coup attempt by Lesotho's prime minister, the U.S. Department of State issued an emergency message late Monday to U.S. citizens.
JC Finley
Kurds claim win in latest oil row

Kurds claim win in latest oil row

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 27 (UPI) --A Texas court ruling to dismiss an order to seize Kurdish oil parked off the U.S. coast should give potential buyers confidence, the Kurdish government said.
Daniel J. Graeber
John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
Putin facing tough choices, U.S. says

Putin facing tough choices, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Energy sector sanctions are working so the Kremlin needs to choose between supporting its people or its policies in Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza to observe 72-hour cease-fire

Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza to observe 72-hour cease-fire

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Israeli forces withdrew their ground troops from the Gaza Strip Tuesday for a 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Egypt.
Aileen Graef
Kurds react to U.S. oil cargo

Kurds react to U.S. oil cargo

ERBIL, Iraq, July 30 (UPI) --The federal government of Iraq can't win its claims in the U.S. court system against Kurdish oil exports, the Kurdish natural resources minister said Wednesday.
Daniel J. Graeber
State Dept. calls for release of journalists from Iran

State Dept. calls for release of journalists from Iran

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --The U.S. State Dept. joined human rights groups in calling for the release of four journalists from detention in Iran.
Ed Adamczyk
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