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‘World’s’ U.S. Reporter Arrested In London

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A former “News of the World” reporter in Hollywood has been arrested in London in connection with the telephone hacking scandal there, officials said. James Desborough was arrested Thursday when he arrived at a south London police station to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the telephone hacking investigation […]

Two IED Blasts Kill 2 Dozen Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Coalition forces and Afghan government leaders condemned a roadside bombing that killed 24 Afghans and wounded 11 Thursday in Herat province. Afghan officials said Taliban insurgents were behind the bombing, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said in a release. “Insurgents plan attacks such as these without […]

Insurgents Responsible For Afghan Deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says 80 percent of the civilian casualties there are caused by “anti-government elements.” Militants have stepped up their suicide attacks on civilians, the UNAMA said in its June report to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The biggest killer of civilians in Afghanistan […]

Daycare Workers Cleared Of Assault Charge

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Canadian judge ruled two daycare workers who taped an unruly 3-year-old boy to a chair weren’t guilty of assault in the Winnipeg, Manitoba, facility. The incident dates back to 2009 when the two unidentified daycare workers admitted to loosely taping the boy to a chair twice after they […]

‘Underwear Bomber’ Can Represent Himself

DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Umar Faroud Abdulmutallab, accused of trying to blow up an airplane over Detroit Christmas Day 2009, is competent to act as his own attorney, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds announced her ruling Wednesday after asking Abdulmutallab if he understood the charges, legal procedures and possible penalties, The […]

Abbas Hoists Palestinian Flag In Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hoisted the Palestinian flag atop the new Palestinian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, officials said. “In these days it delights us as Palestinians to see the Palestinian flag flying in the heart of Lebanon, in the heart of the Lebanese people, and in the heart of […]

Journalists Face More Time In Jail

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A pair of Swedish journalists could spend 28 days more in an Ethiopian lockup as officials investigate an incident that left them injured, officials said. Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were hurt and arrested July 1 following a skirmish between Ethiopian government troops and the guerrilla organization Ogaden […]

CBC Radio Drops Former Separatist Leader

MONTREAL, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s French radio network has canceled a commentator’s contract for former Quebec separatist leader Gilles Duceppe. Two days after announcing Duceppe, 64, would provide commentary on a radio news program, the CBC’s Radio-Canada division announced Wednesday the deal was off because of a “misunderstanding,” the QMI agency […]

‘Hot Sauce’ Mom Child Abuse Trial Begins

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Opening statements began in the child abuse case against the Alaska “hot sauce” mom, whose televised punishment methods led to complaints and charges. Jessica Beagley of Anchorage is accused of abusing her adopted Russian son by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower […]

11 Held Following Joint Iraqi-U.S. Raid

KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A U.S.-Iraqi military offensive resulted in the detention of 11 people, eight of them wanted for alleged terrorist activities, officials in Kirkuk said. “A Joint Force from Kirkuk’s Police, Iraqi Army’s 12th Division and an American Force, have launched two security operations in Daqouq and Riyadh townships of Kirkuk […]

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