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State Department explains process for Syrian embassy closure

State Department explains process for Syrian embassy closure

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The State Department provided more information Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and honorary consulates.
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U.S. forces seize Morning Glory, a ship carrying Libyan oil

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- U.S. forces seized the tanker, Morning Glory, that left a rebel-held port in Libya with a cargo of illicit crude oil, the U.S. Defense Department said Monday.
US, UN condemn Gaza rocket attacks on Israel

US, UN condemn Gaza rocket attacks on Israel

March 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State and the United Nations condemned rocket attacks launched Wednesday from Gaza into Israel.
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Kerry to discuss Ukraine at meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov

Kerry to discuss Ukraine at meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov

KIEV, Ukraine, March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will tell his Russian counterpart the Ukrainian people must decide their own future, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
El Salvador electoral comisson stands by presidential election process, which State Department called "free and fair"

El Salvador electoral comisson stands by presidential election process, which State Department called "free and fair"

March 12 (UPI) -- Preliminary presidential election results show El Salvador's Vice President, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, as the winner. Norman Quijano is challenging the vote.
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U.S. condemns recent political violence in Burundi

U.S. condemns recent political violence in Burundi

March 11 (UPI) -- The State Department condemned recent political violence in Burundi, including the government's use of "heavy-handed tactics" against opposition groups.
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U.S. expresses concern over Libyan oil seizure

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Reports that illicit shipments of oil were taken from the Libyan port of As-Sidra are deeply concerning, the U.S. State Department said.
CODEPINK co-founder detained, abused by Egyptian authorities

CODEPINK co-founder detained, abused by Egyptian authorities

CAIROMarch 4 (UPI) -- American citizen Medea Benjamin was detained in Egypt while en route to Gaza to join an international women's delegation, and was attacked in custody.
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South Korea: North's missiles appear to be part of Scud series

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Four short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea appear to be part of the Scud series, a South Korean government source told the Yonhap News Agency.
State Department calls for release of arrested Chinese scholar and activist

State Department calls for release of arrested Chinese scholar and activist

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The State Department called for the release of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti on Thursday, a day after he was formally charged with fomenting separatism.
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EU reviews Ukraine's crumbling economy

BRUSSELS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday the EU strategy on Ukraine should put the economy on the same footing as political stability.
U.S. expels 3 Venezuelan diplomats

U.S. expels 3 Venezuelan diplomats

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The State Department confirmed Tuesday it has declared three Venezuelan diplomats persona non grata, and given them 48 hours to depart the United States.
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Iraq confirms stance on Iranian weapons

Iraq confirms stance on Iranian weapons

TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday from Tehran there was no bilateral weapons agreement made with the Iranian government.

Rights group claims Myanmar has discrimination policy

YANGON, Myanmar, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A human rights group says "leaked documents" show Myanmar's government has a policy of discrimination against Muslim Rohingya, including restricting family size.

U.S. booting 3 Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The United States has ordered three Venezuelan diplomats out of the country in reaction to similar action taken by Caracas, the State Department said Tuesday.
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