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U.S. Urges Russia To End Syrian Arms Sales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Russia to stop selling arms to Syria, where a crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed 2,000 lives. “We want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS News Thursday. Earlier this month, Russia […]

Toxic Seaweed Closes French Beaches

PARIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Beaches in France have been closed amid worries that toxic seaweed, blamed in the deaths of dozens of wild boar, could be a danger to people, authorities said. The problem occurs when runoff of excess fertilizer reaches the ocean, triggering the rapid growth of seaweed that then washes up on […]

Training Taking Center Stage In Afghan War

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Building the capacity of the Afghan military and police is a primary goal of U.S. forces there as they make plans to withdraw, the U.S. State Department said. U.S. President Barack Obama has said that 10,000 U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of this year with another 23,000 […]

Germany To Mark Berlin Wall’s Construction

BERLIN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Germany on Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, Berliners awoke to learn soldiers had erected barbed-wire barricades, closed down roads and blocked railways linking East Berlin and West Berlin. The wall lasted until 1989. The daily […]

Aron: ‘It Hurts’ To Talk About Boy’s Death

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A New York man charged with killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy in July says it is hard for him to discuss the killing because “It hurts too much.” Levi Aron, 35, was charged with murder in the death of Leiby Kletzky, whose feet were found in a plastic […]

One In Five Students Drop Out In California

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nearly 94,000 students in California’s class of 2010 dropped out of high school and 17,000 eighth-grade students quit without attending one day, data indicated. The state’s Department of Education said the numbers may be California’s first accurate assessment of dropout and graduation rates using a system that tracks individual students […]

U.N.’s Ban Frustrated With Libyan Conflict

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — With U.N. members expressing concern over the protracted military conflict in Libya, the U.N. secretary-general said it was time for political solutions. NATO forces in March started enforcing a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The International […]

U.S. Hails Move To End Cairo’s Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Egyptian moves toward lifting a state of emergency declared some 30 years ago is a step in the right direction, the U.S. State Department said. Cairo enacted a series of political restrictions under a state of emergency declared in the wake of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. […]

Pastor: Willow Creek Church Not Anti-gay

CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The pastor of a suburban Chicago mega-church says it isn’t anti-gay — it doesn’t accept any sex outside of marriage, gay or heterosexual. “We challenge homosexuals and heterosexuals to live out the sexual ethics taught in scriptures, which encourage sexual expression between a man and a woman in the context […]

Canadian House Fire Kills Mother, Two Kids

ALEXANDRIA, Ontario, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A house fire in the Canadian town of Alexandria has left a mother and two children dead, officials said. The fire in Ontario province Friday seriously injured the woman’s husband and another child, who were being treated for their injuries at a local hospital, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. […]

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