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North Korea rescinds invitation for U.S. envoy's visit to discuss Bae

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- North Korea withdrew an invitation for a U.S. envoy to discuss imprisoned Korean-American Kenneth Bae but did receive other U.S. visitors, officials said.
Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will "reaffirm the strength" of U.S.-South Korean ties when he meets with officials in Seoul this week, the State Department said.

Opposition protests new Internet ban in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish opposition parties and the international community are calling on the government to scrap a new bill they say would severely limit Internet free speech.

Merkel: U.S. diplomat's EU comment 'unacceptable'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A private comment by a U.S. diplomat, captured by Russian eavesdroppers and posted on YouTube, is "unacceptable," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
Syrian government agrees to attend second round of peace talks

Syrian government agrees to attend second round of peace talks

HOMS, Syria, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Syria's government will participate in a second round of peace talks with rebel representatives in Switzerland next week, a government official said Friday.
Temporary truce in Homs, Syria will allow 'innocent civilians' to leave and aid to enter

Temporary truce in Homs, Syria will allow 'innocent civilians' to leave and aid to enter

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Syrian government agreed to evacuate "innocent civilians" from the embattled city of Homs and to allow humanitarian aid into the city on Friday.
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State Department calls leaked diplomatic conversation 'a new low in Russian tradecraft'

State Department calls leaked diplomatic conversation 'a new low in Russian tradecraft'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The State Department says that a leaked phone call between two senior diplomatic officials is "a new low in Russian tradecraft."
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U.S.: Politics part of security equation in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Security in Iraq is related to political issues and all parties in that regard need their "legitimate grievances" addressed, the U.S. State Department said.

Revenge no answer to CAR crisis, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- With more than 75 people killed in recent fighting, the U.S. State Department said it was "deeply concerned" by violence in Central African Republic.

U.S. stands by Baghdad in oil contract policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it believes any revenue generated in Iraq through oil sales should go through the central government.

N. Korea threatens to back out of family reunion deal

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- North Korea Thursday threatened to back out of its family reunion deal reached only the previous day if the planned South Korea-U.S. military drills are held.
The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Obama administration defended its foreign policy in Syria after claims by Republicans that Secretary of State John Kerry admitted the policy was failing.
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Abbas seeks NATO force in future Palestine

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he proposed to Secretary of State John Kerry a U.S.-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely.
Israeli on Kerry anti-Semitic charge: Not 'personal'

Israeli on Kerry anti-Semitic charge: Not 'personal'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- An Israeli lawmaker tried to explain Sunday that his characterization of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as anti-Semitic was not "personal."

Did Russian missile tests violate 1987 treaty with Soviet Union?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Russian missile tests may have violated the treaty signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S. officials say.
U.S. condemns Afghan prisoner release

U.S. condemns Afghan prisoner release

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the Department of State condemned Afghanistan's extra-judicial ordered release of dangerous prisoners.
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Croatia joins Global Equity Fund to promote LGBT rights

Croatia joins Global Equity Fund to promote LGBT rights

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- On Monday, Croatia joined the Global Equity Fund, an initiative led by the United States to advance LGBT human rights around the world.
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Concerns linger ahead of Thai vote

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government said Monday it was warning of the potential for violence in Thailand ahead of elections scheduled for Feb. 2.
U.S. offers envoy to North Korea to secure release of Kenneth Bae

U.S. offers envoy to North Korea to secure release of Kenneth Bae

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The United States government has offered to send an envoy to North Korea to appeal for American detainee Kenneth Bae's release following a televised press conference in which Bae appealed for U.S. government assistance in securing his release.
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Syrian talks should be rights based, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Parties to a conference on Syria, scheduled Wednesday in Switzerland, should put human rights at the forefront of the agenda, U.N. representatives said Tuesday.

Religious violence in Myanmar draws concern

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Reports of clashes between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have drawn the concern of the U.S. State Department.
UN invites Iran to join Geneva II peace talks on Syria

UN invites Iran to join Geneva II peace talks on Syria

Jan. 20 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Sunday that he had decided to invite Iran's participation at the Geneva II Syria peace talks, set to begin January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland.
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Ukrainian protest law frustrates EU

BRUSSELS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- European Parliament President Martin Schulz said Friday he was "deeply worried" by Ukrainian legislation that could curb the right to protest.

U.S.: choosing Egyptian leadership up to the Egyptian people

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said it was up to the Egyptian people to pick their leaders following word Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run for president.

U.S. expresses concern over China's detention of Ilham Tohti

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The United States is "deeply concerned" over China's detention of economist Ilham Tohti, a supporter of the rights of Uighur Muslims, a U.S. official said.
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