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Hezbollah Brushes Off Tribunal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Hezbollah is the target of a smear campaign by a tribunal investing a former Lebanese prime minister’s death, Hezbollah’s secretary-general said. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon unsealed its indictment against four members of Hezbollah accused of plotting and carrying out the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik […]

U.S., Egypt Scrap Joint Military Drills

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United States and Egypt agreed to scrap military exercises planned for the region because of the political events in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said. The U.S. Central Command takes part in the biennial, multilateral military Exercise Bright Star. The drills involve forces from the United States, Egypt and […]

Second Shark Attack In Russia’s Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Marine biologists say they are puzzled by a second shark attack in 24 hours off Russia’s Far East coast after a teenager was bitten. The shark attacked the 16-year-old Thursday near Zheltukhin Island, inflicting injuries to his legs, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. He was taken to a […]

Satisfaction With U.S. Condition At 11%

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Americans’ satisfaction with conditions nationally tumbled to 11 percent, the lowest level since December 2008, Gallup reported Thursday. Results of the August poll indicate satisfaction is down 5 percentage points from July’s 16 percent. Gallup said the decline was a likely response to recent negotiations to raise the federal […]

China Tries To Cut Off Coverage Of Biden

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Coverage of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks before bilateral meetings with Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping was cut short by Chinese officials. On Biden’s first full day in China, Xi spoke first, calling Biden’s visit a “major event” in U.S.-China relationships and expressing his desire to work with Washington […]

U.S. Supports Ankara’s Fight Against PKK

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Washington stands by its allies in Turkey as it tackles the threat of militants in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the U.S. State Department said. After eight Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by militants in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by the initials PKK, Ankara announced there would be […]

BP Investigating Gulf Oil Sheen

HOUSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Oil giant BP says it is investigating a “sheen” of oil observed in the Gulf of Mexico but that there was no indication it was the result of a new oil spill. A sheen, a shiny coating floating on the surface of the sea, can be the result of leaked […]

Man Charged With Mowing Over Baby Ducks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Clay County, Fla., employee was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly using his power mower to run over and kill a group of ducklings, officials said. Mark Preston Akers, 29, of Middleburg, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly chased a mother duck and a group of seven ducklings […]

U.N. Rights Official Heads To Myanmar

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United Nations announced it was sending a special envoy to assess the human rights situation under Myanmar’s new government. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, announced he was launching a fact-finding mission Saturday to investigate the situation in the country. “This mission […]

Two Indicted In Pornography Bust

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors have indicted two men for luring young women to Florida where they were allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted and videotaped. Investigators said in a news release Lavont Flanders Jr., 40, of Miami Gardens and Emerson Callum, 45, of Miami were arrested and charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy, […]


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