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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

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.
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