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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 […]

Shark Attacks Prompt Swimming Ban

MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Shark attack warnings were posted at Russia’s Far East Marine Reserve following this week’s attacks on swimmers, reserve Director Andrei Malyutin said Friday. Predatory sharks along the coast of the Sea of Japan attacked two swimmers this week, prompting the Far Eastern Primorye Territory administration Thursday to take the action, […]

Coup Leading To USSR Fall Recalled

MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A coup attempt by Communist hardliners 20 years ago to preserve the Soviet Union touched off instead a revolt for democracy. Now, however, democracy has withered and the old ways of ruling by intimidation and favoritism have become entrenched, observers told The Washington Post in an article published Thursday. The […]

Two Soldiers Charged With Teen’s Slaying

SPRING LAKE, N.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Two soldiers were charged with murder and disposing of a corpse in the death of a Spring Lake, N.C., teen, whose body was found in a wooded area, police said. Deputies from Harnett and Cumberland counties found the body of Vincent Carlisle Jr., 17, Thursday in the woods […]

Stage Collapse Kills 5; Concert Canceled

HASSELT, Belgium, Aug. 19 (UPI) — One of the largest outdoor music festivals in Europe was canceled after a stage collapsed during a storm in Belgium, killing five people, organizers said. The violent storm struck Thursday just hours after three-day Pukkelpop kicked off in Hasselt, east of Brussels, CNN reported Friday. Reports varied about the […]

Rep. Lewis: Black People Support Obama

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said black Americans are frustrated about the scarcity of jobs but are not unhappy with President Barack Obama Lewis, visiting a job fair in Atlanta Thursday, made his comment in response to a suggestion earlier this week by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., that African-Americans, while […]

Tactics Used Against Flash Mobs Questioned

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The use of cellphones and Internet social media open a door into the world of technology-aided crime, a Rhode Island-based criminologist said. Using cellphones and Facebook, bands of young people have come together in flash mobs to steal goods and assault bystanders. Complicating the issue is whether police or other […]

Tymoshenko Says She Can’t See Doctor

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been barred from seeing her personal doctor, spokeswoman Marina Soroka said. Soroka said Tymoshenko, detained in Kiev while awaiting trial for exceeding her authority in signing natural gas deals with Russia in 2009, has bruises and blotches on her body, RIA […]

Arson Attacks Hit Berlin For Fifth Day

BERLIN, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Vandals burned 11 more vehicles in a fifth day of arson attacks in Berlin, officials said Friday. The incidents were “politically motivated” at first, then turned into copycat attacks, CNN reported. “While the first attacks were concentrated on the district of Charlottenburg, more and more copycats are now trying to […]

Blast Kills Dozens In Pakistani Mosque

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) — An explosion set off by a teenage suicide bomber killed at least 50 people and injured about 100 others Friday in a Pakistani mosque, authorities said. The attacker set off a bomb about 2 p.m. in a mosque in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency near a border […]


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