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Archive for January, 2012

Algeria ‘foils al-Qaida attack on ships’

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. officials say Algerian intelligence foiled an al-Qaida plot to mount suicide attacks against U.S. and European ships in the Mediterranean at a time when the jihadists are driving to expand operations in North Af…

Two to be tried for sex trafficking in Russia

AMURSK, Russia, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Two residents of Amursk, Russia, suspected of selling young women into sexual slavery, will stand trial, officials say.

Investigators tell ITAR-Tass the suspects recruited and sold 51 young women into slavery abroad. …

Mexico drought worsened by cold

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 31 (UPI) — What officials call the most severe drought Mexico has ever faced has been worsened by a spate of cold weather.

This week, the government authorized $2.63 billion in aid for 19 of Mexico’s 31 states. With agriculture dev…

Report: Air Force punished whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force punished whistleblowers who revealed the improper disposal of human remains, a report released Tuesday said.

The disposal involved body parts handled by the Air Force Mortuary Service at Dover Air Forc…

Viral video raises money for rickets

WUHAN, China, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A video of a man dancing in front of various Chinese universities in an effort to raise awareness about rickets has become a viral sensation, officials say.

The video depicts Xiao Jian dancing clumsily in a white coat i…

No good options for Syria, Turkey says

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Syria appears headed down a path of no return and could face foreign intervention, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said.

Arab monitors left Syria last weekend, citing ongoing violence in the country. The mission was in…

Man jailed for swinging light sabers

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 31 (UPI) — An Oregon man is sentenced to 45 days in jail for trying to hit customers with toy light sabers at a Portland toy store, police said.

David Allen Canterbury, who was serving probation for a previous heroin-possession …

Thai inquiry launched into attack

NONG CHIK, Thailand, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Theera Mintrasak, governor of the Pattani province of Thailand, said Tuesday he would initiate a formal inquiry into an attack on a military base.

The shooting took place in the Nong Chik district on Sunday night…

Plazas Vega sentence upheld in Colombia

BOGOTA, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A Colombian court upheld an appeal of former Col. Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega’s sentence for his role in the disappearance of 11 people in a 1985 military siege.

The Superior Tribunal of Bogota upheld the 30-year sentence, hande…

Kuwait tribe sets candidate’s tents ablaze

ADAILIYA, Kuwait, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Thousands of Kuwaiti tribe members set fire to the tents of a candidate for parliament after he reportedly insulted a member of their tribe who is also running.

Members of the al Mutair tribe descended on the headqu…

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