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Situation Tense, But Calm, On Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo, July 28 (UPI) — Though officials in Kosovo blamed Serbians for a flare up of border violence, the Serbian president said diplomacy was the best way to resolve any conflict. NATO’s Kosovo Force said border positions in northern Kosovo were attacked by unknown assailants. Both sides were urged to exercise restraint after Kosovo […]

Argentine-U.S. Ties Reach New Low

BUENOS AIRES, July 28 (UPI) — Argentina’s relations with the United States risk reaching a new low after the South American country received angry criticism from U.S. lawmakers over its style of government. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner faced renewed condemnation of government measures that are seen to be suppressing freedom of expression and […]

Press Chief Shot Dead In Dagestan Capital

MAKHACHKALA, Russia, July 28 (UPI) — The press service chief of Dagestan was shot dead Thursday and police sealed all exit roads from the capital, Russian officials said. Garun Kurbanov was shot as he headed to his car in Makhachkala, RIA Novosti reported. “We are using all our resources to close down the city,” said […]

Indo-Pak Talks Positive, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Regardless of the outcome, any dialogue between India and Pakistan is viewed as constructive by Washington, a U.S. State Department official said. New Delhi hosted bilateral talks with Pakistani officials this week. Both sides agreed to modest concessions on trade initiatives in Kashmir, a source of contention between the two […]

OHCHR Concerned By Executions In Belarus

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28 (UPI) — Belarus is in violation of international agreements following the execution of two people under review by the United Nations, a rights committee said. The U.N. Human Rights Committee said it had information to suggest Oleg Grishkovtsov and Andrei Burdyko were executed in Belarus as early as July 13. Both […]

Iran Resolved To Keep Up PJAK Attacks

TEHRAN, July 28 (UPI) — Iranian border guards will continue their assault on Kurdish militants until Iraqi officials deploy troops to secure the border, an Iranian commander said. Iranian forces have been fighting the militant Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, for weeks. Tehran said recently it has around 5,000 troops stationed on […]

Nigeria’s President Considers Term Limits

ABUJA, Nigeria, July 28 (UPI) — Any future Nigerian president would serve only a single term but it may be extended by two years under a proposal from Nigeria’s current leader. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who assumed office last year after the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, received more than half of the votes cast […]

Reform ‘crucial’ For Cairo, London Says

CAIRO, July 28 (UPI) — It is “crucial” that fundamental political reform continues in Egypt, though those reforms are expected to take time, a visiting British official said. Egyptian military authorities who took control of the country following the Egyptian revolution early this year are preparing for elections and constitutional reforms. Protesters have reoccupied the […]

Libya’s TNC Courting Washington

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Washington is reviewing a request from the Libyan Transitional National Council to open an embassy in the United States, the U.S. State Department said. London this week summoned Libyan representatives of Moammar Gadhafi to inform them the TNC was recognized as the sole governmental authority in Tripoli. Members of the […]

Amnesty Calls For Ivorian Security Reform

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) — The Ivorian government is called on to create an accountable state security force capable of impartial protection of all civilians, Amnesty International said. Amnesty International, in a 44-page report, said Ivorian forces and government-backed militia are creating a “climate of fear” that is discouraging displaced residents from returning to their […]

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