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Human Trafficking Into China Rising

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smuggling of women and children from neighboring nations into China is increasing despite efforts to fight human trafficking, a senior police official said. Chen Shiqu, head of the Chinese government agency dealing with the problem, said cross-border human traffickers remain a serious scourge and called for greater international cooperation to […]

Patek Deported To Indonesia To Stand Trial

JAKARTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Umar Patek, one of the suspected Bali bomb masterminds deported to Indonesia by Pakistan, will be charged with murder, police officials said. Patek will be charged under the country’s criminal code instead of the law on terrorism, which can’t be applied retroactively, National Police spokesman Inspector General Anton Bachrul Alam […]

Syria Presses Population-center Assault

SARAQEB, Syria, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Syria pressed its assault on northwestern and population centers Friday, dissidents and residents said, as activists vowed mass demonstrations. Tanks and armored personnel carriers were seen in Saraqeb, a city of 37,000 in the northwestern Idlib province bordering Turkey that has seen an upsurge in military brutality in recent […]

Pawlenty, Bachmann Trade Personal Jabs

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty and fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann traded harsh, personal jabs in a GOP presidential-hopefuls debate before the Ames Straw Poll. “Look, she has done wonderful things in her life — absolutely wonderful things — but it is an undisputable fact that in Congress her record of […]

DCF Says Casey Anthony Failed To Protect

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Children and Families says Casey Anthony failed to protect her daughter, and that contributed to Caylee’s death. DCF officials announced Thursday that a thorough three-year review of Caylee Marie’s death shows Casey Anthony failed to protect the child, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. “It is […]

Racketeering Judge Sentenced To 28 Years

SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A former Pennsylvania judge convicted of taking bribes to send juveniles to private detention centers was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering. Mark Ciavarella received the sentence Thursday. He was convicted in February in federal court in Scranton, Pa., on 12 counts, the Christian Science Monitor reported. […]

Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $228.9M

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A winning Powerball ticket worth $228.9 million was sold this week in Dakota County, Minn., state lottery officials said. The winner had not come forward to claim the prize late Thursday, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported. The winning ticket — bearing the numbers 11-18-36-41-46 and Powerball 38 — has the […]

Debt Deal May Be OK For States

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. debt deal struck Monday in Congress may not be as difficult on states as originally thought, budget analysts say. For fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1, the legislation requires discretionary program spending be cut by $7 billion, Stateline.org reported Thursday. That means mandatory entitlement programs such as […]

Report: Man Shot By Army In 1971 Innocent

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A young man killed by a British soldier 40 years ago in Northern Ireland was unarmed and not a member of any militant group, a report released Thursday said. The Historical Enquiries Team released its findings on the 40th anniversary of Billy McKavanagh’s death, the Belfast Telegraph reported. […]

Man Dies Three Days After Riot Beating

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A man who died days after he was beaten into a coma during a riot in London’s Ealing district was a victim of homicide, police said Friday. Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was attacked Monday night. He died late Thursday, The Guardian reported. Investigators from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command […]

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