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Camel Breeder Blames Qatar For Deaths

DOHA, Qatar, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of a Qatari camel-breeding farm where 15 racing camels died has criticized the state-run animal husbandry department that blamed him for the deaths. The department had accused farm owner Misfer Safran Al Merri of improperly preparing a solution of pesticide that allegedly led to the death of […]

Pfizer Begins Payments In Drug Trial Case

KANO, Nigeria, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer has agreed to compensation for four Nigerian families involved in a controversial drug trial, authorities said. Children of the families were among 200 children given the experimental anti-meningitis drug Trovan in 1996 during a meningitis epidemic in the Nigerian city of Kano as part of […]

Student Says He Plotted Death Of Principal

MEMPHIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A student charged with the murder of a Memphis private school principal told police he didn’t like her and had planned the act for months, authorities said. Eduardo Marmolejo, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Suzette York, his principal at the Memphis Junior Academy, who […]

Afghan Taliban Reintegrating, U.S. Says

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Taliban foot soldiers are slowly taking steps to reintegrate themselves into the society in Afghanistan, a top U.S. commander said. The U.N. Security Council in June voted to split sanctions imposed on al-Qaida and Taliban members. The process is seen as part of an effort to clear moderate elements […]

Judge Asked To Dismiss Patdown Lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Attorneys for the Richmond, Va., International Airport and a man who claimed airport security violated his rights argued whether the case should be dismissed. Federal attorneys argued security personnel at a checkpoint acted properly, while the attorney representing 21-year-old Aaron Tobey of Charlottesville, Va., said security personnel went too […]

Al-Shabaab Conscripting Child Soldiers

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Somali refugees are fleeing to Ethiopia for fear their children might be conscripted by Islamist insurgents, a United Nations refugee official in Africa said. “A lot of these rural families have been forced to support al-Shabaab militias that go through their areas, either giving them the animals or the […]

Canadian Copters In Jamaica For Hurricanes

TRENTON, Ontario, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Canadian military is deploying 65 air force personnel and three helicopters to Jamaica as hurricane season ramps up, defense officials said. Defense Minister Peter MacKay announced the deployment of troops and three CH-146 Griffon helicopters to the Caribbean island that suffered major devastation by Hurricane Dean in August […]

NGOs Complain Of Minsk Repression

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A decision by authorities in Belarus to sideline human rights groups in the country makes it nearly impossible to hear independent voices, critics say. Belarusian authorities had charged Ales Bialatski with tax evasion. Bialatski served as the head of human rights group Viasna. Human Rights Watch said it “appears” he […]

Woman Who Abandoned Newborn Wants Custody

WHEATON, Ill., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A refugee from Myanmar who left her newborn son in a neighbor’s yard in a Chicago suburb says she wants to regain custody of the boy. Nunu Sung, 26, is in prison serving a short term for lying to police and is scheduled to be paroled in January, the […]

Swastika Turns Up In Child Meal

UMEA, Sweden, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The parents of an 8-year-old Swedish boy say they were shocked to find a swastika tattoo in the fast-food meal they purchased for their son Eddie. “We couldn’t believe our eyes,” said Malin Hagglund, Eddie’s mother. “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.” The swastika was included in […]

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