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U.S. trying to get the facts on alleged chemical attack in Syria

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The United States is focused on "nailing down the facts" about the alleged deadly chemical attack in Syria, a State Department spokeswoman said Thursday.

U.S. ties strategic interests to Egypt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. government believes Egypt can return to a democratic path, noting some assistance is vital to U.S. security interests, a spokeswoman said.
Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The first direct Mideast peace talks in five years were "long and serious," Jerusalem said before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's follow-up visit Thursday.
Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners, freed after Israel's highest court rejected a petition to block their release, reached Palestinian territory early Wednesday.

Almost all threat-closed U.S. embassies to reopen Sunday

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Almost all of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates closed this week because of a potential terrorism threat will reopen Sunday, the State Department says.

U.N.'s Ban raises Syrian worries with Russia

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Russian foreign minister he was concerned about the "disconcerting" violence in Syria.

U.S. to support peace talks in Jerusalem, West Bank

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. envoys will support Round 2 of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Jerusalem next week, followed by talks in the West Bank, the State Department said.

Mideast peace talks resume in Jerusalem next week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The next round of Israeli and Palestinian peace talks will be held in Jerusalem next week, followed by negotiations in the West Bank, the State Department said.
Iran can take the heat, Rouhani says

Iran can take the heat, Rouhani says

TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's ability to withstand international pressures will remain steadfast in the new political era in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday.
State Department stands firm on al-Qaida warning

State Department stands firm on al-Qaida warning

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The State Department says it won't change its al-Qaida warning, as Yemen's state news agency denied earlier claims Yemen foiled attacks against an oil facility.

Sudan thwarting humanitarian work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Sudanese government should renew the work permits for humanitarian workers helping those displaced by conflict in Darfur, the U.S. government said.
Air Force evacuating U.S. Embassy personnel in Yemen

Air Force evacuating U.S. Embassy personnel in Yemen

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force transported State Department personnel out of the embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

Yemeni president arrives home amid threats

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Yemeni president returned home following a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss political transition, the government confirmed.
State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The State Department will evaluate intelligence it receives before deciding whether to open or close any more embassies, a department spokeswoman said Monday.

Problems seen with Malian vote

BAMAKO, Mali, July 30 (UPI) -- Early celebrations following weekend presidential elections in Mali suggest there may have been problems at the polls, a political candidate said.
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