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U.S. shrugs off Russian Black Sea drills

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Russian military maneuvers in the Black Sea aren't necessarily a concern because of transparency assurances, the U.S. State Department said.

Thein Sein warns of use of force if needed

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, March 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein warned he "will not hesitate to use force as a last resort" to put down the Buddhist-Muslim violence in his country.

Washington consultants and opaque Ukrainian government tenders

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Questions have been asked regarding why Ukraine is spending so much money for lobbying firms in Washington.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator

CAR rebels to honor peace deal

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 25 (UPI) -- Rebel commitments to a peace deal secured in January in Gabon bodes well for the Central African Republic, an International Crisis Group director said.

DRC's Ntaganda faces ICC panel Tuesday

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 25 (UPI) -- Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda is scheduled for an initial hearing before judges at The Hague, the International Criminal Court said.

EU, U.S. laud PKK declaration

BRUSSELS, March 22 (UPI) -- A call by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party to end its violent campaign in Turkey is a change for the better, top European diplomats said.

U.S. puts Hezbollah on notice

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The conviction of a Hezbollah courier in a Cyprus sends a strong message that the group can't hide from justice, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

U.S. expects Ntaganda to go to ICC

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. government expects its Rwanda counterparts will transfer rebel leader Bosco Ntagadnda to the ICC, the State Department spokeswoman said.

Chemical weapons allegedly used in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 19 (UPI) -- Syrian government and rebel forces traded allegations the other side used chemical weapons in an attack in Aleppo Tuesday, killing at least 25 people.

Justice urged for DRC rebel Ntaganda

LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- International rights groups and world leaders alike said Tuesday they welcomed the surrender in Rwanda of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda.

Concern over CAR conflict growing

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Members of the rebel Seleka alliance the forces loyal to the Central African Republic's government are called on to end their fighting, a U.S. spokeswoman said.

U.S. fears Central African Republic unrest

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Washington, worried about growing unrest in war-torn Central African Republic, is calling on all sides to carry out a cease-fire, the State Department said.
Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- There are complex challenges remaining for Iraq but the country is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.
Kerry to visit Asia next month

Kerry to visit Asia next month

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first trip to Asia as the top U.S. diplomat next month, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

U.S. sanctions Greek shipping company

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- The United States has imposed sanctions on Greek company Impire Shipping and its president for helping Iran get around sanctions on its energy sector.
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