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Al-Qaida Emerging In Sinai?

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Attacks on civilians in Israel show a complete disregard for human life, Human Rights Watch said, as some analysts suggest al-Qaida may be at work in Egypt. Gunmen dressed in Egyptian military uniforms killed at least six Israelis and injured dozens more in a series of attacks Thursday in southern […]

Turkey Expands Presence In Northern Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Turkey targeted Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for a second day, broadening the reach of its fight against the rebels, officials said. The attacks Thursday came as Turkey said it’s turning intelligence outposts into operations garrisons to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as PKK, to northern Iraq, where […]

Colombian Police Capture Lead Drug Lord

BOGOTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Colombian police in the western part of the country arrested a leading drug trafficker who is wanted for extradition to the United States, officials said. Guillermo Ruedo Toledo, alias El Profe, was captured in a joint operation between local police and Colombian anti-narcotics authorities in the capital of Valle del […]

Minn. GOP Agrees To Pay FEC $170,000 Fine

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Minnesota Republican Party announced it agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for several federal campaign finance violations committed from 2006 to 2008. During that period, the state GOP did not properly report debts on its campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and also inappropriately […]

Racial Imbalance Seen In NIH Grants

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A U.S. study says African-American scientists are significantly less likely than white researchers to win grants from the National Institutes of Health. The study initiated by the NIH after an internal audit indicated possible bias found only about 16 percent of grant applications from black applicants were approved compared with […]

World Crossing ‘red Line’ With Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Violating the sovereignty of Syria at the U.N. Security Council is a red line that shouldn’t be crossed, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations said. World leaders denounced Syrian President Bashar Assad for the brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in his country. U.N. human rights officials had said […]

Pope In Spain: Young People Need Hope

MADRID, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI Friday brought a message of hope to Spanish youth in a World Youth Day address in Madrid, part of his four-day visit to Spain. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world and protesters waited for the pope, who stressed the need for hope for the next […]

Elephant Problem-solving Demonstrated

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — An elephant at the National Zoo in Washington devised a problem-solving strategy to reach a branch with his trunk and grab a treat, zoo officials said. Kandula, the zoo’s youngest elephant, figured out how to roll a large cube underneath the branch and stand on it to secure his meal. […]

Woman Freed In Stolen Shorts Case

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A woman who reportedly slept through the riots in Manchester, England, was jailed for allegedly taking a pair of shorts looted by a friend, officials said. Ursula Nevin, 24, was ordered freed on appeal, The Guardian reported Friday. Nevin, a mother of two, was held for five months before […]

Casey Anthony’s Car Crushed In Florida Junkyard

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — George Anthony, Casey Anthony’s father, has had the white Pontiac Sunfire that belonged to his daughter crushed at a Florida junkyard, officials said. The car was evidence in the murder trial against Casey Anthony, charged with murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, WFOL-TV of Orlando reported. […]

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