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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

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.
JC Finley
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.
JC Finley

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.
JC Finley

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.
JC Finley

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.
Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized for dismissing Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace push as naively obsessive and messianic.
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