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Biden Catches Basketball Game In China

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took in a basketball game after arriving in Beijing for his first trip to East Asia as vice president. Biden watched the Georgetown Hoyas take on a team from Shanxi province and left before the end of the first half. When he left, the Hoyas […]

Official: Iraqi Troops Can Defend Country

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Iraqi forces are capable of defending their country from insurgency despite the two days of violence, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq said. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in a USA Today editorial board interview said the deadly terrorist attacks this week that killed at least 77 people […]

Police Defuse Car Bomb In Dagestan

MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A powerful car bomb packed with nails and ball bearings and equivalent of about 200 pounds of dynamite was defused Wednesday, police in Dagestan said. Police in the south Russian region said the explosive device was in a car parked outside of a shopping area in Khasavyurt, the RIA Novosti […]

Air Force Imposes Civilian Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force is under a 90-day civilian hiring freeze following a hiring slowdown that began this spring, Air Force officials said. The move mirrors similar freezes announced earlier by the Army and the Marine Corps as the U.S. military attempts to rein in spending ahead of budget cuts, […]

Another Quake Jolts Japan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

Survey: Canadians Wearying Of ‘green’

TORONTO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Canadians are growing weary of the marketing term “green” and becoming more environmentally complacent, a survey published Wednesday in Toronto indicated. The advertising agency Bensimon Byrne’s survey of 1,500 Canadians in late June and early July was done by The Gandalf Group. It showed the environment was no longer among […]

Egyptian Youth Calls For Mubarak Execution

CAIRO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Revolutionary youths in Egypt said they are gathering signatures on a petition supporting the execution of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The group, which calls itself the Youth Shadow Government, said Mubarak should be given the death penalty as punishment for those who lost their lives during the 30 years he […]

Israel Detains Al-Jazeera Bureau Chief

JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An Israeli military court extended the remand of an al-Jazeera bureau chief arrested in the West Bank last week for alleged ties to Hamas. Samir Allawi, 46, who heads the network’s bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan, was arrested Aug. 10 as he prepared to leave Israel via the Allenby Bridge border […]

Saleh Vows Return To Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 17 (UPI) — President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to return to Yemen and charged the anti-government movement wanted to return Yemen to its pre-independence days. Saleh, recuperating in Saudi Arabia from burns he sustained in an attack on the presidential palace in June, also said he was committed to conducting elections, but […]

Israel Mulls Goodwill Gestures To Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Senior members of Israel’s defense establishment recommend a series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinian Authority before September, an official said. Defense Minister Ehud Barak proposed the plan in a move designed to convince Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to back down from seeking unilateral statehood recognition at the United Nations […]

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