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Iran can take the heat, Rouhani says

Iran can take the heat, Rouhani says

TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's ability to withstand international pressures will remain steadfast in the new political era in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday.
State Department stands firm on al-Qaida warning

State Department stands firm on al-Qaida warning

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The State Department says it won't change its al-Qaida warning, as Yemen's state news agency denied earlier claims Yemen foiled attacks against an oil facility.

Sudan thwarting humanitarian work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Sudanese government should renew the work permits for humanitarian workers helping those displaced by conflict in Darfur, the U.S. government said.
Air Force evacuating U.S. Embassy personnel in Yemen

Air Force evacuating U.S. Embassy personnel in Yemen

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force transported State Department personnel out of the embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

Yemeni president arrives home amid threats

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Yemeni president returned home following a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss political transition, the government confirmed.
State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The State Department will evaluate intelligence it receives before deciding whether to open or close any more embassies, a department spokeswoman said Monday.

Problems seen with Malian vote

BAMAKO, Mali, July 30 (UPI) -- Early celebrations following weekend presidential elections in Mali suggest there may have been problems at the polls, a political candidate said.
Reports conflict about whether Jimmy Carter will travel to N. Korea

Reports conflict about whether Jimmy Carter will travel to N. Korea

SEOUL, July 29 (UPI) -- Confusion encircled reports that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will go to North Korea, as the White House and the State Department gave different accounts.
Obama praises resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

Obama praises resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The resumption to face-to-face discussions between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington brought praise from U.S. President Obama Monday.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to start in Washington Monday evening

JERUSALEM, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians will resume in Washington Monday evening.

South Sudan political crisis worries U.S.

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- The decision by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir to dismiss his government is of grave concern to the United States, a government spokeswoman said.

U.S. wary of Rwandan role in DRC

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- There is a "credible body of evidence" to support allegations Rwanda is aiding rebels fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.S. government said.

EU move on Hezbollah a mistake, Iran says

TEHRAN, July 24 (UPI) -- The Iranian government said a decision by the European Union to designate the military arm of Hezbollah a terrorist organization was a mistake.

ElBaradei calls for national reconciliation

CAIRO, July 23 (UPI) -- Egyptians need a justice system in place to ensure national reconciliation can open the door to political reform, interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei said.
U.S. not lecturing Egypt on democracy

U.S. not lecturing Egypt on democracy

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomats aren't offering any lectures on democracy to any particular group in the interim Egyptian government, the U.S. State Department said.

Pakistani Taliban says its fighters are in Syria

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 15 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban says more than 100 of its fighters have reached Syria to join local rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
U.S. calls for Egyptian military to release deposed president

U.S. calls for Egyptian military to release deposed president

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The Egyptian military should free deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Obama administration says.

U.S., China discuss cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- A bilateral cybersecurity meeting with Chinese officials set the tone for further cooperation, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

U.S. official in Guyana allegedly traded visas for sex, cash

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department Monday confirmed a consular officer in Guyana is accused of selling visas in return for sex and cash.
Obama 'deeply concerned' by Morsi ouster

Obama 'deeply concerned' by Morsi ouster

CAIRO, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said he is "deeply concerned" after Egypt's military ousted President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution Wednesday.

Pyongyang points fingers on diplomacy row

SEOUL, July 3 (UPI) -- The North Korean government said Wednesday it was frustrated with the blame game under way on the Korean Peninsula.
Kerry calls Karzai twice to smooth waters over Taliban talks

Kerry calls Karzai twice to smooth waters over Taliban talks

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 19 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry called Afghan President Hamid Karzai twice to try to mend fences over the U.S. outreach to the Taliban.

Rebels: Syrian forces used chemical weapons in attack on Zamalka

ZAMALKA, Syria, June 19 (UPI) -- Syrian rebels and their supporters accused government forces of launching a chemical weapons attack on Zamalka Wednesday, killing three people.

Seoul, Beijing to assess North Korean issues

SEOUL, June 18 (UPI) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told lawmakers Tuesday diplomatic outreach with China would focus on North Korean concerns.
Few tilts seen from Iran with new president

Few tilts seen from Iran with new president

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei matters more in terms of foreign policy than the next Iranian president, a U.S. expert on Iran said Friday.
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