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Iran, Kurds To Work To Combat PJAK

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iran and Kurdish officials in Iraq have plans to set up a joint committee to fight Kurdish rebels along their border, an Iranian official said. Hassan Danaifar, the Iranian envoy to Baghdad, said delegates from Tehran discussed forming an action plan with authorities in the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq […]

Boston Tavern Allegedly Barred Minorities

BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The state of Massachusetts says a Boston bar refused to allow black and Hispanic friends to enter to celebrate a white friend’s birthday. The attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit Monday against Peggy O’Neil’s Bar and Grille in Dorchester, a neighborhood once mostly white that has become increasingly diverse over […]

Thailand Needs Major Reform, HRW Says

TOKYO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — In a congratulatory message to Thailand’s new prime minister, Human Rights Watch laid out a laundry list of reforms it would like the government to implement. Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of the fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, became Thailand’s prime minister following a vote in Parliament in early August. […]

U.S. Suggests Gadhafi Take The Hint

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Defections from the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi suggest he should take the hint and step down, the U.S. State Department said. Various media reports have suggested Libyan Interior Minister Nasser al-Mabruk Abdullah arrived in Cairo, though it was unclear if he’d defected. Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the […]

Firm Settles With EPA Over 2006 Explosion

BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The operator and owners of a paint factory in Danvers, Mass., gutted in a 2006 explosion, have agreed to pay $1.3 million to the U.S. government. The settlement depends on the property being sold, The Boston Globe reported. C.A.I. Inc., which manufactured paint and ink on the site, and Sartorelli […]

Bahrain Rights Investigation Not Completed

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 16 (UPI) — There were no conclusions made about the human rights record in Bahrain, a commission said after mobs forced its offices to close their doors to the public. The state-appointed Bahrain Commission of Inquiry announced it closed its offices after protesters fought with staff members. The offices were stormed following […]

Mom Sentenced For Botched Circumcision

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Oregon woman whose botched circumcision on her 3-month-old son left him bleeding and in severe pain received five years of probation. Keemonta Peterson, 30, of Portland, who pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment, must undergo mental health treatment and work with a mental health probation officer as part […]

Insanity Defense For Mom In Teens’ Deaths

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Attorneys for a Florida mother accused of killing her two teenage children have filed notice they will use insanity for her defense. The move by attorneys for Julie Schenecker, 50, of Tampa follows last week’s announcement by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office that it would seek the death […]

Lawyers Trying To Avert Va. Execution

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Lawyers for a man convicted of raping and killing an elderly woman in her Virginia apartment are making final attempts to save his life. Jerry Terrell Jackson, now 31, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday, the Newport News Daily Press reported. Gov. Bob McDonnell declined Friday to […]

Man Abused Sleeping Woman On Plane

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 65-year-old New Jersey man received a one-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a flight. Ramesh Advani, of Berkeley Heights, had pleaded guilty in April to reaching under the woman’s blanket and sexually assaulting her during a Continental Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Newark […]

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