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GOP blames Obama for high gas prices

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Republican lawmakers blamed energy policies from the Obama administration for the recent rise in gasoline prices.

Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a bill last week that called for more domestic …

Iran claims new oil deal with Ukraine

TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Iranian and Ukrainian entities are investing around $800 million to develop three oil fields in Iranian territory, an Iranian energy official said.

Ahmad Qalebani, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Co., said a con…

Former S. Korea assembly speaker indicted

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Former National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae and former presidential aide Kim Hyo-jae have been indicted for their alleged involvement in a political bribery scandal.

Park was indicted for allegedly bribing a fellow ruling pa…

IAEA talks to Iran amid saber rattling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Iranian and international officials are meeting this week over the country’s controversial nuclear enrichment activities but odds of progress were seen as slim.

First, Iran was unwilling to recognize the team as inspector…

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic militant group on the rise

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Nigeria’s Joint Task Force in Borno state said it killed eight Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram fighters in a shootout in northeastern Nigeria.

Officials said the battle took place Monday at the Baga Fish Market in M…

Don’t forget about Mali, ICRC warns

BAMAKO, Mali, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Fighting in northern Mali has caused at least 60,000 people to become internally displaced, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Aid group Doctors Without Borders in early February stopped working in Mali …

Report: U.S. cuts off Army Corps fraud

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Federal authorities say the defendants in an alleged corruption scandal within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had their sights set on a $780 million contract.

Four people — including two program managers with the Corps …

Geithner: Debit fee pushback no shock

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the Obama administration will not retreat on banking reform despite the banks’ latest pushback on debit card fees.

Geithner told CNN Tuesday new limits on transaction fees char…

U.N. resolution on Syria vetoed

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Russia and China Tuesday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

The proposed resolution included a call for an immediate end to alleged…

26 Bahrainian protesters sent to prison

SAKHIR, Bahrain, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Bahrain’s National Safety Court Tuesday sent 26 protesters to prison for as much as 15 years for their roles in protests this year.

Bahrain’s government said in a statement the defendants were given terms ranging from…

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