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Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 2 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State has deemed the planned June 3 Syrian presidential election "a sham."
JC Finley
Syria, Ukraine top agenda items in Kerry-Lavrov phone call

Syria, Ukraine top agenda items in Kerry-Lavrov phone call

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday regarding Syria and Ukraine.
JC Finley
Americans told to evacuate Libya as U.S. prepares for embassy evacuation

Americans told to evacuate Libya as U.S. prepares for embassy evacuation

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning Tuesday, advising "U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately."
JC Finley
U.S. 'largely' blames China for rig tensions with Vietnam

U.S. 'largely' blames China for rig tensions with Vietnam

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --China is to blame for most of the tensions surrounding the deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Soldiers and Tuareg rebels clash in northern Mali; 36 dead, 30 taken prisoner

Soldiers and Tuareg rebels clash in northern Mali; 36 dead, 30 taken prisoner

BAMAKO, Mali, May 19 (UPI) --Malian defense forces clashed with armed Tuareg rebels in the northern town of Kidal on Saturday, killing eight Malian soldiers and 28 Tuareg rebels.
JC Finley
Chinese nationals missing after riots in Vietnam

Chinese nationals missing after riots in Vietnam

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) --Chinese state-media said Thursday about 10 of its nationals are missing after rioters in Vietnam attacked Chinese businesses to protest a contentious oil rig.
Daniel J. Graeber
No basis to China's South China Sea claims, Vietnam says

No basis to China's South China Sea claims, Vietnam says

HANOI, Vietnam, May 14 (UPI) --China has no sovereignty over waters in the South China Sea where it has deployed government vessels alongside an oil rig, a Vietnamese historian said.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. officials arrive in Nigeria to assist search for abducted school girls

U.S. officials arrive in Nigeria to assist search for abducted school girls

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) --U.S. government officials are on the ground in Nigeria to assist the Nigerian government's search for the school girls abducted last month in Borno state.
JC Finley
China defends oil rig position in disputed waters

China defends oil rig position in disputed waters

BEIJING, May 9 (UPI) --Chinese drilling operations near the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea are normal and within Beijing's territorial waters, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Daniel J. Graeber
FBI agent arrested in Pakistan out on bail

FBI agent arrested in Pakistan out on bail

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 8 (UPI) --An FBI agent arrested Monday in Pakistan as he attempted to board a domestic flight from Karachi to Islamabad with ammunition and knives has been granted bail.
JC Finley
CNOOC rig part of land grab, U.S. says

CNOOC rig part of land grab, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- A move by China to send an oil rig and government vessels to waters claimed by Vietnam may be part of an ongoing power grab, the U.S. State Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Vietnam vows to take action against Chinese rig

Vietnam vows to take action against Chinese rig

HANOI, Vietnam, May 7 (UPI) -- Vietnam will take all "proper and necessary" steps in response to the deployment of a Chinese oil rig in its waters, the deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. concerned by Iranian, Russian energy deal

U.S. concerned by Iranian, Russian energy deal

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- If reports about an energy deal between Iran and Russia are true, it would be a concern to the U.S. government, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Daniel J. Graeber
State Department slams Egypt for mass trial of Muslim Brotherhood members

State Department slams Egypt for mass trial of Muslim Brotherhood members

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State condemned Egypt's continuation of mass trials for members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
JC Finley
U.S. calls Russian foreign minister's remarks 'ludicrous'

U.S. calls Russian foreign minister's remarks 'ludicrous'

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's statements during an interview Wednesday with state-run Russia Today "ludicrous."
JC Finley
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