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U.S. urges Iran to release pastor

U.S. urges Iran to release pastor

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has renewed its call for the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who faces a death sentence in Iran.
Italy's Edison shielded from sanctions

Italy's Edison shielded from sanctions

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- A decision by Italian energy company Edison International to leave the Iranian energy sector gives it an exemption from U.S. sanctions, a spokeswoman said.

Pakistan reopens NATO supply routes

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. officials Tuesday welcomed Pakistan's decision to reopen NATO supply routes on its border with Afghanistan with no additional fees to use the routes.

Force won't fix economy, U.S. tells Sudan

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The economic crisis in Sudan can't be solved by taking a hard line against anti-government protesters, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said.
Hezbollah issues message to Egypt's Morsi

Hezbollah issues message to Egypt's Morsi

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 26 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah called on the Egyptian president-elect to return the country to a leadership position in the region.

U.S.: Top Assad advisers poised to defect

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 22 (UPI) -- Top Assad regime advisers have secret plans to defect, U.S. officials said as Jordan granted asylum to a Syrian fighter pilot who landed a warplane near Amman.

Sudanese protests trouble Washington

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Washington expressed deep concern for the crackdown by Sudanese authorities on demonstrators and newspapers in recent days.

Rockets pound southern Israel, 4 injured

BEERSHEBA, Israel, June 19 (UPI) -- Four people were injured Tuesday when a Grad rocket fired by militants in Gaza hit a building in the Ashkelon coastal region in southern Israel, police said.
U.S. revises Syrian helicopter statements

U.S. revises Syrian helicopter statements

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department revised its condemnation of Russian attack helicopters deployed in Syria after it emerged they were refurbished vehicles.
Government says Syria not in civil war

Government says Syria not in civil war

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 14 (UPI) -- At least 78 people were killed in violence in Syria Thursday, human rights monitors said, amid Syrian government denials the country was engulfed in civil war.
Russian arms to Syria concern Clinton

Russian arms to Syria concern Clinton

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday said Russia's shipment of attack helicopters to Syria "will escalate the conflict dramatically."

Seven dead in Myanmar ethnic fighting

RAKHINE, Myanmar, June 10 (UPI) -- Fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanmar has left at least seven people dead, officials said.
Countries expel Syrian diplomats

Countries expel Syrian diplomats

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 29 (UPI) -- The United States joined other Western countries in expelling Syrian envoys Tuesday in protest of last weekend's civilian massacre in Houla, officials said.

U.S. suggests caveats to Iranian gas line

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- A natural gas pipeline from Iran could be considered if Tehran meets the expectations of the international community, a U.S. official suggested.
LGBT groups praise Raul Castro's daughter

LGBT groups praise Raul Castro's daughter

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. visit by Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is being hailed by gay rights groups and criticized by Republican lawmakers.
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