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Britain, Germany commit to impose costs on Russia if it reneges on Ukraine agreement

Britain, Germany commit to impose costs on Russia if it reneges on Ukraine agreement

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Britain and Germany expressed their commitment to Ukraine, agreeing to impose costs on Russia if it fails to honor the Ukrainian de-escalation agreement.
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Happy National Day, Zimbabwe

Happy National Day, Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State sent its congratulations to Zimbabwe on the occasion of its 34 years of independence on Friday.
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Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry expressed support for an agreement reached with Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the crisis, and cautioned Russia not to renege.
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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces agreement reached to de-escalate Ukrainian crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces agreement reached to de-escalate Ukrainian crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday from Geneva that an agreement had been reached with Ukraine, the U.S., and EU to "de-escalate" the crisis.
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World Cup Trophy Visits U.S.

World Cup Trophy Visits U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- The World Cup trophy began its trip through the U.S. Monday, its last leg before the tournament kicks off this summer in Brazil.
Sean Kennedy, Medill News Service
EU, Ukraine, U.S. and Russia come together for de-escalation talks

EU, Ukraine, U.S. and Russia come together for de-escalation talks

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Four-party talks focused on de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine are underway in Geneva.
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Nobel winners to White House: Reject Keystone XL

Nobel winners to White House: Reject Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- 10 recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize called on President Obama's administration to reject an application for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
Daniel J. Graeber
Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

ALEPPO, Syria, April 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Syrian National Coalition has asked the U.S. and other nations to take action to stop the "genocide" after bombings in Aleppo.
Aileen Graef
Happy New Year's Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand

Happy New Year's Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State wished the people of Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand a Happy New Year.
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Jimmy Carter takes a swipe at U.S. foreign policy

Jimmy Carter takes a swipe at U.S. foreign policy

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Former President Jimmy Carter took a swipe at recent U.S. foreign policy in an interview with Time.
Aileen Graef
Guinea-Bissau to hold first elections since 2012 coup

Guinea-Bissau to hold first elections since 2012 coup

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, April 10 (UPI) -- The West African nation of Guinea-Bissau will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on April 13.
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Mideast: Ad absurdum

Mideast: Ad absurdum

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Netanyahu and Palestinian Abbas, most say, are now the main obstacles to peace as neither one is politically strong enough to make required concessions. Wrong.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Kerry 'agnostic' deal could be reached on Iran nuclear program

Kerry 'agnostic' deal could be reached on Iran nuclear program

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said was "agnostic" a final deal on Iran's nuclear program would be reached before the July 20 deadline.
Gabrielle Levy
International Roma Day observed on April 8

International Roma Day observed on April 8

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- April 8 is International Roma Day, a day chosen by the International Romani Union in 1990 to celebrate Romani culture.
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Kerry warns Russian foreign minister not to interfere in Ukraine

Kerry warns Russian foreign minister not to interfere in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday morning concerning the growing instability in eastern Ukraine.
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John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, the 10th most senior U.S. Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to former President George W. Bush.

The son of an Army Air Corps serviceman, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and went on to graduate from Yale University class of 1966, where he majored in political science. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966 and, during 1968-1969, served a four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service he was awarded several combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After returning to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesperson and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war. During that period, he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed his superiors to be "war criminals".

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney and co-founded a private firm. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985, where he worked on an early forerunner to the national Clean Air Act. He won a tight Democratic primary in 1984 for the U.S. Senate and was sworn in the following January. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a series of hearings from 1987 to 1989 which were a precursor to the Iran–Contra affair. He was an early backer of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but became a strong opponent of the subsequent war.

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