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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.
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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.
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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.
U.S. presses Syrian opposition coalition to attend peace conference

U.S. presses Syrian opposition coalition to attend peace conference

PARIS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the main Syrian opposition coalition of the stakes tied to whether it attends a peace summit next week, officials said.

India, U.S. seek to mend fences after diplomat's ouster

NEW DELHI, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- India's foreign minister said Saturday the dispute over the arrest a diplomat in New York did not mean relations with the United States were in trouble.
'Very good progress' at Iranian nuclear negotiations

'Very good progress' at Iranian nuclear negotiations

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- All parties to the Iranian nuclear negotiation talks in Geneva, Switzerland reported "good progress" during the on-going talks.
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State Department recalls diplomat from India in conciliatory move

State Department recalls diplomat from India in conciliatory move

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State announced Friday that it would recall a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi at the request of the Indian government.
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China disappointed with U.S. reaction to new fishing regulations

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Chinese officials voiced dissatisfaction with U.S. criticism of new fishing rules in the South China Sea, urging against sending the wrong message.
Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Seventy-two prisoners to be freed by the Afghan government are "dangerous criminals" with evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, a U.S. official says.
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