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Alleged Iraqi Drug Ring Broken In Calif.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Sixty suspected members of an Iraqi drug-trafficking organization were arrested in California, with authorities seizing cash, drugs and guns. The arrests in El Cajon pulled in nearly 2 tons of marijuana and $630,000 in cash, along with explosives and high-powered weapons, law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times […]

Huntsman: ‘Call Me Crazy’ On Evolution

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman took fellow candidate Rick Perry to task over the Texas governor’s remarks about evolution and global warming. Huntsman, a former Utah governor and President Obama’s ambassador to China, posted on his Twitter page that he believes in evolution and “trust scientists on global warming,” […]

New Immigration Regs Draw Kudos From Dems

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Relaxed rules on illegal immigrants announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security drew praise from congressional Democrats. The changes, announced Thursday, would allow many illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and apply for work permits. The changes could be especially beneficial to people who would be eligible […]

U.S. Sees PKK As ‘common Enemy’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party is a “common enemy” in the region and Washington is working with Turkey in the fight, a U.S. State Department official said. Eight Turkish soldiers and one village guard were killed in attacks by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its initials PKK, in southern Turkey […]

Rick Perry: Evolution A Theory ‘out There’

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry finished his first week as a Republican presidential candidate, presenting his message in New Hampshire amid some heckling. Nearly two dozen people with signs saying “Ricky Go Home,” and “Seniors Say No to Ricky” greeted Perry at a rally in Portsmouth, where he was asked […]

Group Calls For Mass Egyptian Protests

CAIRO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A pro-revolution group in Egypt called for mass protests Sept. 9 to express frustration with the lack of political reform in the country. A group calling itself the Second Anger Revolution Youth, in a statement posted on the group’s listing on Facebook, accused the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed […]

Suu Kyi Meets With Myanmar President

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A meeting between President Thein Sein and dissident Aung San Suu Kyi Friday indicated Myanmar’s new government is reaching out to opponents, observers said. Suu Kyi, who spent much of the past 20 years in detention, met with Thein Sein in the presidential palace in the capital, Naypyitaw, where […]

Australian Helicopter Crash Kills Three

SYDNEY, Aug. 19 (UPI) — It could take months to determine the cause of a fatal helicopter crash in the South Australian outback, officials said. The Sydney-based helicopter crashed Thursday evening, killing three Australian Broadcasting Corp. employees, the news agency reported Friday. The crash killed journalist Paul Lockyer, pilot Gary Ticehurst and cameraman John Bean, […]

Gbagbo Allegedly Tied To Financial Crimes

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his wife were charged with embezzlement and other financial crimes, the public prosecutor said. Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, were charged with a series of financial crimes stemming from the post-election crisis in the West African country, the world’s top cocoa producer. […]

Caution Greets Suu Kyi Visit With Leader

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The first post-detention meeting between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the president of Myanmar was a good step but a slow one, an activist said. Suu Kyi met with Myanmar President Thein Sein for the first time since the opposition leader was released from house arrest last […]


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