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Maduro asks U.S. not to impose sanctions in Venezuela in op-ed

Maduro asks U.S. not to impose sanctions in Venezuela in op-ed

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 2 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wrote an op-ed in the New York Times urging the U.S. to not impose sanctions or support opposition groups.
Aileen Graef
Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Russia responded to new U.S. sanctions over the annexation of Crimea by barring nine U.S. legislators and security officials from entry Thursday.

Senate committee OKs bill to sanction Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would offer aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia for its incursion into Crimea.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee postpones Ukraine aid vote

Senate Foreign Relations Committee postpones Ukraine aid vote

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee postponed a vote Tuesday on a bill that would provide aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia for sending troops to Crimea.
Menendez: Keep up sanctions pressure with Iran

Menendez: Keep up sanctions pressure with Iran

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Sen. Robert Menendez told the American Israeli Political Action Committee Tuesday he is "deeply skeptical" of diplomatic efforts with Iran.
Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a "brutal and oppressive" leader.

Think tank warns against U.S. energy 'hoarding'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Hoarding U.S. energy resources leaves the country less secure than if it moves into the global market, the Center for a New American Security finds.

U.S. pro-Israel group: Wait before Iran sanctions vote

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The main pro-Israel U.S. lobby came out against an immediate vote on imposing sanctions on Iran, hours after 42 Republican senators demanded a vote within days.

Menendez skeptical of easing sanctions in Iran

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said he is concerned economic sanctions will expire before Tehran is forced to "dismantle large portions" of its nuclear program.
Pentagon notifies Congress of Iraqi request for attack helicopters

Pentagon notifies Congress of Iraqi request for attack helicopters

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Monday of a proposed foreign military sale that would provide attack helicopters to Iraq to bolster the Iraqi military's counter-extremist mission.
JC Finley
Report: U.S. investigating N.J. Sen. Menendez

Report: U.S. investigating N.J. Sen. Menendez

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., criticized a report federal authorities are investigating him, saying the report is based on "anonymous sources."

U.S. Senate backing new sanctions on Iran if it reneges on nuke pact

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. senators say they back a bill to put new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't fulfill commitments in an interim deal on its nuclear program.

Menendez wants stronger consumer data security after Target hack

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said he asked the Federal Trade Commission to ensure consumers are better protected following Target account data theft.
White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The White House vowed to veto a bipartisan Senate bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it violates an interim deal to curb its nuclear program.

U.S. special rep. confident of concluding Afghan security deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S.-Afghanistan security deal will eventually be concluded despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign it, Ambassador James Dobbins said.
White House, lawmakers duel over new Iran sanctions

White House, lawmakers duel over new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The White House says new sanctions being crafted on Capitol Hill may split Washington from its partners, while a key lawmaker calls them an "insurance policy."
Senators to wait before considering Iran sanctions

Senators to wait before considering Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. senators will wait until hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry before deciding whether to move ahead with new sanctions against Iran, an aide said.
Iran, IAEA sign agreement to improve cooperation on nuke program

Iran, IAEA sign agreement to improve cooperation on nuke program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The U.N. nuclear energy atomic watchdog and Iran signed an agreement Monday in Tehran to strengthen cooperation on Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's "mismanagement of Iraqi politics" may be leading to civil war, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday.

U.S. may press Iran to import nuclear fuel

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Washington may press Iran to import nuclear fuel rather than make it, an official said as talks to end the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program were to begin.

U.S. should make good on its word to Iranian dissidents

LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- There has been consensus by U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle on the U.S. commitment toward Iranian dissidents in Iraq.
MURIEL TURNER, UPI Outside View Commentator
8 members of Congress arrested at immigration reform demonstration

8 members of Congress arrested at immigration reform demonstration

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Eight congressional Democrats were arrested Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol while demonstrating for immigration law reform.

Judge says New Jersey must allow gay marriage; Gov. Christie to appeal

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled Friday the state must permit same-sex marriage, saying gay couples should not be denied federal benefits.
U.N. finds 'clear and convincing' evidence of sarin gas in Syria

U.N. finds 'clear and convincing' evidence of sarin gas in Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A U.N. team of scientists said Monday it has found "clear and convincing evidence" of chemical weapons use in Syria.
Putin's remarks about American exceptionalism, Syria raise hackles

Putin's remarks about American exceptionalism, Syria raise hackles

MOSCOW, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's commentary urging caution in Syria prompted a flurry of comments, including a U.S. senator saying he wanted to vomit.
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