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Archive for December, 2011

Police crack down on protest in Moscow

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (UPI) — About 60 people were arrested Saturday evening during a protest in Moscow, Russian police said.

Police said about 200 demonstrators gathered in Triumfalnaya Square accompanied by 100 reporters, photographers and bloggers, RI…

Child sex offenders given polygraph tests

HERTFORDSHIRE, England, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Britain is studying the use of lie-detector tests on child sex offenders to gauge if they warrant further investigation, officials said.

In a trial being run by Hertfordshire police, 25 sex offenders deemed to…

Report: Warren Jeffs, in prison, bans sex

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A follower of Warren Jeffs said the polygamous church leader ordered his followers not to have sex while he is in a Texas prison.

The member said he was excommunicated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of L…

DPJ defectors to start new party

TOKYO, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Lawmakers who left the Democratic Party of Japan are set to start a new party next week, officials said Saturday.

The nine Lower House members, led by Akira Uchiyama of Chiba prefecture, left the DPJ in protest over Prime Mini…

Slain student’s family angry at police

MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The family of an Indian student shot dead in Manchester say British authorities have not given them full information about the killing.

Anuj Bidve, 23, died in the early hours of Boxing Day, the day after Christm…

Hijacked Italian crew ‘fine’

ROME, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The captain of an Italian ship hijacked off the coast of Somalia said the 18-member crew is “fine.”

“We are anchored off the Somali coast and the crew is fine,” Captain Agostino Musumeci said Friday.

The oil tanker, the Enrico…

Wildfire forces Chilean park closure

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A massive forest fire has closed down Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, where 14,085 acres of land have burned, officials said.

“We are faced with a hugely complex situation, an extreme scenario, mainly due to …

Arab League monitors express concern

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Arab League monitors voiced their concern Saturday about Syrian snipers shooting at protesters from rooftops.

“We saw them with our own eyes. We call on the authorities to remove them immediately,” said one Arab Leag…

Ga. requires secure ID for state benefits

ATLANTA, Dec. 31 (UPI) — With the dawn of 2012, those applying for a wide range of benefits in Georgia will need secure identification to prove they are legal residents.

Employers and officials are worried about fallout from the state’s strict new i…

Iran to launch missiles in Gulf

TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The Iranian navy plans to test-fire surface-to-air missiles during the final days of military exercises in the Gulf of Oman, a navy official said Saturday.

Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi, deputy commander of the Iranian navy, said it…


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