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Paul Ryan Denies Presidential Aspirations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Congressional fiscal hawk Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Tuesday tapped down a report he was mulling a possible run for president. Roll Call reported what it described as a well-placed Republican operative as saying Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, was considering entering the 2012 race but likely would decide against it. […]

Britain: The Struggle Begins

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Britain is sweeping up the physical debris from days of rioting that rocked the country earlier this month but the new Battle of Britain has just begun. There “will be no complacency,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. “And we will not stop until this mindless violence and thuggery […]

Report: Gov’t Mortgage Role To Be Extended

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama has told advisers to develop a proposal that would keep the government playing a major role in mortgages, sources told The Washington Post. The sources said the proposal would extend a federal loan subsidy for most home buyers. But the White House attempted to knock down the […]

Rebels Set Sights On Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Rebel forces in Libya said they have made strategic advances and hope to enter Tripoli by the end of the month. The statement came as rebel fighters battled Tuesday in Zawiyah, 33 miles west of the capital, as they strive to topple Col. Moammar Gadhafi, CNN reported. “We will […]

Dead D.C. Socialite Had Sought Protection From Husband

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The 91-year-old Washington socialite found dead Friday in her Georgetown home had sought protection from her 47-year-old husband, court documents indicate. Viola Drath had obtained multiple protective orders against her husband, Albrecht Gero Muth, during their 21-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Monday. In 2006 Drath told police Muth attacked […]

Perry On Bernanke: Almost ‘treasonous’

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning in Iowa for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Federal Reserve is almost “treasonous.” Perry, one of the front-runners for the nomination, also said Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would get an “ugly” reception in Texas, USA today reported. Perry’s comments came Monday night […]

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 […]

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