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Abkhazia leader survives attempt on life

SUKHUMI, Georgia, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The president of Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia survived an assassination attempt though two bodyguards were killed, an official said Wednesday.

President Aleksandr Ankvab survived when his motorcade struc…

Syria challenges ICRC claims

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The Syrian government provides free healthcare services to all residents, the government said in response to concerns expressed by the ICRC.

The Syrian government, through its official Syrian Arab News Agency, blamed…

Misurata militias trouble HRW

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Authorities in Misurata, the former Libyan rebel capital, aren’t doing enough to stop local militias from harassing displaced people, Human Rights Watch said.

The rights organization called on authorities in Misurata …

Baghdad welcomes Saudi outreach

BAGHDAD, Feb. 22 (UPI) — A decision by the government in Saudi Arabia to appoint a non-resident envoy to Baghdad is testament to developing bilateral relations, an Iraqi lawmaker said.

Riyadh this week said it appointed Fahd Bin Abdul Mohsen al-Zaid…

Iran defiant after inspectors leave

TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The Islamic Republic of Iran has never, nor will it ever, seek to develop a nuclear weapon, the country’s ruling ayatollah proclaimed Wednesday.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said if Iran were allowed to make independen…

U.S. issues travel warning for Colombia

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. citizens are reminded of the dangers of traveling to Colombia despite improvements in security measures there, the U.S. State Department said.

The State Department, in a travel advisory, said narco-terrorist groups c…

PGNiG seeks price cut from Gazprom

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 22 (UPI) — A Polish natural gas distributor filed a lawsuit against Russian natural gas company Gazprom, saying it wanted a 10 percent cut in prices.

Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo filed a suit in an international court…

Oil risks, rewards in Iraq’s Kurdish north

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 22 (UPI) — It remains to be seen whether investors will have the patience to reap rewards from oil developments in the Kurdish north of Iraq, analysis finds.

In May, Iraq is expected to put around a dozen oil and natural gas blo…

Oil company excited about Turkmenistan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Caspian energy producer Dragon Oil announced plans for a lofty oil production target for the coming years in Turkmenistan.

Dragon’s primary focus is on the eastern waters of the Caspian Sea. Dragon, in an…

Shell finds oil in deep U.S. waters

HOUSTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Shell announced that it encountered oil at its Appomattox discovery in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Mississippi Canyon block.

Shell said it encountered roughly 150 feet of oil pay in an appraisal well in the …

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