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U.S. dismisses Iranian letter as a ‘rant’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday dismissed as “a rant” an Iranian letter to Washington over allegations of an Iranian plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington. “We did receive a lengthy diplomatic note from the Swiss protecting power on behalf of the Iranians,” US State Department spokeswoman…

U.S. stops payments to UNESCO over Palestinian vote

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is stopping financial contributions to UNESCO after the Palestinians were admitted to the organization as a full member. The United States also acknowledged that it could lose international influence as it would lose its right to vote in the UN Educational, Scientific…

Student visa scams at sham U.S. colleges exposed

A case working its way through a federal court in California has exposed huge student visa scams by “sham” universities cashing in on Indians and other foreigners looking for a quick path to jobs in the United States. Enrollment at Tri-Valley University, an unaccredited self-styled Christian graduate school, surged from…

Bosnia condemns ‘senseless’ attack on US embassy

A suspected radical Islamist opened fire on the US embassy in Sarajevo, wounding a police guard in what a Bosnian leader condemned as a “senseless terrorist attack”. Bosnia’s intelligence chief Almir Dzuvo said the suspect was Mevlid Jasarevic, 23, a Serbian national with ties to the local Wahhabi community, a…

U.S. threatens to cut off UNESCO over Palestinian bid

WASHINGTON — The United States warned Wednesday that a vote by UNESCO to accept the Palestinian Authority as a full member with state’s rights could force the United States to cut off funding to the organization. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that in individual and bilateral consultations, the United…

U.S. doubts military option on Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that it did not envision the use of force in Syria in the wake of Libya as it renewed its call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Republican Senator John McCain, speaking Sunday in Jordan, raised the prospect of military action to…

U.S. urges Libya to probe alleged executions

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday urged Libya to uphold human rights and to probe a report of summary executions of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists, calling the allegations “extremely disturbing.” The US State Department also called on Libya to respect the rights of women after Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the interim…

Iran’s supreme leader calls U.S. accusations meaningless

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday U.S. accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were “meaningless,” state TV reported. “A meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few Iranians in America, which was made into an…

Obama demands ‘plot’ answers from top Iranian leaders

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Thursday demanded answers from the pinnacle of Iran’s government over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington and said the facts of the plan were not in dispute. But he also declined to say whether US officials believed that the alleged…

Top Kurd killed in Syria, U.S. calls on Assad to go

A top Kurdish activist and 16 other people were killed Friday as thousands rallied in support of a new opposition front, activists said, as Washington called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “step down now”. The latest violence came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave…

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