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Stories with subject: International relations
  • Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:22 am
  • GENEVA - Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:15 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

  • Despite ruling, Iowa to bar all felons from voting 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:11 pm
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa elections officials will continue to bar convicted felons from voting despite a landmark state Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them lost their voting rights, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:08 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

  • US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:36 pm
  • GENEVA - A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.

  • Ex-housekeeper sues Kenyan diplomat over pay 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:45 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - A former housekeeper has sued a Kenyan consular official alleging she took her passport and paid her a fraction of what she was promised after bringing her to work in Los Angeles.

  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:19 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

  • Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:52 pm
  • ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government.

  • NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:01 pm
  • LONDON - North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

  • Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:46 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.

  • Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:02 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The man who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 has apologized for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda mainly against the Tutsi minority - and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people according to government figures.

  • Wisconsin's Oneida tribe hosts food summit 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:52 am
  • ASHWAUBENON, Wisconsin - The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin hopes to combat serious health problems among Native Americans by teaching other tribal members to farm and preserve their own food.

  • Official: Iran will not discuss missile program 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:26 am
  • TEHRAN, Iran - Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

  • Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:46 pm
  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.

  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:10 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.

  • Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a "dangerous" precedent.

  • US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:46 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:17 am
  • LONDON - A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.

  • EU agrees to work more closely with NATO 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:16 am
  • LUXEMBOURG - Spooked by Russia's actions against Ukraine and what the Kremlin may attempt in the future, European Union defense ministers agreed Tuesday to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Iran envoy visits Emirates in sign of warming ties 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:34 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - State media in the United Arab Emirates says Dubai's ruler has welcomed the Iranian foreign minister at his palace, a sign of warming ties between the two countries.

  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:02 am
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 am
  • VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State.

  • Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:20 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

  • UN court upholds Mladic charges at trial midpoint 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:19 am
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal has refused to throw out any charges against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic at the midway stage of his war crimes trial.