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Archive for December, 2011

Group says Syria has not freed prisoners

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The Syrian government’s promise to free 700 political prisoners was only a delay tactic, a human-rights group says.

Will Davies, a spokesman for Avaaz.org, said the group has received information that only 13 people…

Christchurch hit by aftershock

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A 5.3-magnitude aftershock earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, early Saturday, officials said.

The quake’s center was 8 miles northeast of Christchurch with a depth of 6.3 miles, the U.S. Geol…

Repairs on Russian sub to take a year

MURMANSK, Russia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Repairing a Russian nuclear submarine, damaged by a fire while docked near Murmansk, will take at least a year, a Zvezdochka shipyard spokesman said.

The outer hull for the Yekaterinburg nuclear sub caught fire Thur…

Maliki marks end of U.S. occupation

BAGHDAD, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised democracy Saturday as he celebrated the official end of the security agreement with the United States.

Maliki spoke for about 25 minutes at a ceremony held in a sports arena, Th…

Death toll from India cyclone climbs to 46

CHENNAI, India, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The death toll from Cyclone Thane on the southeastern coast of India climbed to 46 Saturday and the storm displaced at least 20,000 people, authorities said.

Relief operations were under way in the Cuddalore district …

Two students arrested for bullying

DAEGU, South Korea, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Two South Korean middle school students were arrested Saturday for bullying a classmate who committed suicide, police said.

On Dec. 20, the 14-year-old jumped off an apartment building in Daegu after being severel…

Vancouver gives addicts free crack pipes

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Health officials in Vancouver say they have begun giving crack addicts free pipes as part of an effort to prevent the spread of disease.

About 60,000 kits — which include the pipes, mouthpieces, alcohol …

Skier killed in British Columbia avalanche

REVELSTOKE, British Columbia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A skier buried by an avalanche in British Columbia died Friday — the second skier in two days to die in of an avalanche in the area, authorities said.

The victim Friday, one of four people who had been …

Gingrich says Palin could be running mate

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he would consider former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a potential running mate.

Gingrich also said Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, would be an ideal candid…

Pa. hospital no longer hiring smokers

DANVILLE, Pa., Dec. 31 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania hospital will begin screening job applicants for nicotine early next year, claiming it will not hire smokers, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Geisinger Health System, a hospital in the eastern town of Danvi…

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