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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 […]

Dust Storm Blankets Phoenix Area

PHOENIX, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A string of thunderstorms generated a dust storm in the Phoenix area, and 60 mph winds downed trees and damaged property, forecasters said. The National Weather Service said wind gusts toppled trees at least a foot thick and tore the roof off a house, The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reported. […]

Libyan Protesters Claim Oil Refinery

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The British air force sank a boat of troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi at the end of a battle with rebels for Libya’s last operational oil refinery. Pro-Gadhafi forces fled by sea after a firefight that ended the leader’s control of the oil facility in Zawiyah, about […]

Shark Victim’s Wife Heard ‘awful Scream’

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The wife of a British man killed by a shark in the Seychelles said the newlywed couple had been told there were no sharks in the area where he was attacked. Gemma Houghton Redmond had been filming her husband Ian snorkeling just before he was attacked off Anse Lazio […]

Gbagbo, Wife Charged With Economic Crimes

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the central bank in an attempt to stay in power, investigators said. As a result, Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, have been charged with looting, armed robbery and embezzlement, the BBC reported. Gbagbo is also […]


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