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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 […]

U.S. Targets Central European Cybergangs

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Organized Central European cybercrime gangs are a security threat to the United States and have been targeted in a new U.S. strategy released this week. U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime Monday at the White House, warning that international criminals have “taken advantage of […]

Pinera Under Fire Over Chilean Coal Mine Project

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 27 (UPI) — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has been spared a politically damaging campaign to discredit him, at least for now, because he owns shares in a Patagonian coal mine in southern Chile. Critics had said the president’s stake in the Riesco Island coal mine project was a blatant conflict of interest. […]

U.N. Extends Mandate For Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (UPI) — A political crisis in Ivory Coast took a massive toll on the country, the U.N. secretary-general said after the Security Council extended the country’s mandate. The U.N. Security Council, in a unanimous vote, extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast for another year at its current strength of […]

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