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Archive for October, 2011

Syria wary of external plots

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Syrian President Bashar Assad told a Russian television channel his country was working hard to unmask the external plots threatening national stability.

More than 3,000 people have been killed in Syria since an upri…

Alleged kidnappers arrested in Algeria

ROME, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Four people with suspected links to al-Qaida were arrested in Algeria for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of three European aid workers, officials said.

Rossella Urru of Sardinia and colleagues Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon and…

Serbia Parliament puts off Kosovo question

BELGRADE, Serbia, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A session of the Serbian Parliament intended to consider the question of Kosovo has been postponed, officials said.

The government said the delay from Wednesday to Friday was because it intended to accompany its rep…

Protests follow Kyrgyz elections

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Protesters in southern Kyrgyzstan took to the streets Monday after it emerged the former prime minister was the winner of a weekend election.

Kyrgyzstan held presidential elections Sunday, the first vote since an…

Angels’ Night fires down in Detroit

DETROIT, Oct. 31 (UPI) — The number of fires set in Detroit on Angels’ Night before Halloween dropped from last year, thanks to citizen patrols, the mayor’s office said Monday.

The number of arsons Sunday and the weekend was “well below” last year’s…

Iran’s president to testify in fraud case

TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is called to answer to lawmakers over a $2.6 billion fraud case, but an analyst said the administration should survive.

More than 70 members of the 270-seat Iranian Parliament signed a pe…

Russia: Missile shield talks unproductive

MOSCOW, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russian-U.S. talks and Russian-NATO discussions on missile defense have been unproductive.

“Our partners are using different means to duck our question why it is not allowed to give strict …

Curbside bus services’ safety examined

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) — The rapid growth of private sector curbside bus carriers in major U.S. cities poses a challenge to effective safety oversight, a federal report says.

The report, prepared by the National Transportation Safety Board at the r…

Europe protesters distrust leaders

MADRID, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Young protesters in Europe express growing distrust of leaders and blame politicians for having fewer prospects than their parents, a think tank official says.

The Christian Science Monitor reported interviews with about 40 p…

U.S., Israel slam Palestine’s UNESCO bid

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Israel and the United States said a decision by the U.N. cultural organization to accept Palestine as a member didn’t do anyone any favors.

Members of the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization received 107 votes…

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