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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.

No military request from Iraq, Tehran says

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Iran is ready to meet any requests from Iraq for military equipment, but no such request has yet been made, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq said Tuesday.
Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a "brutal and oppressive" leader.
Kerry meets with leaders in Tunis before flying to Paris

Kerry meets with leaders in Tunis before flying to Paris

TUNIS, Tunisia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Tunisians traveled a difficult but necessary road to democratic rule, and the United States applauds their effort, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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.
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