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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.
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.
JC Finley
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."
JC Finley

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.
Aileen Graef
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