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HRW Blames Everyone For Crisis In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Atrocities committed both by al-Shabaab and pro-government forces are making life even worse for the people of Somalia, Human Rights Watch said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Human Rights Watch […]

James Anderson Remembered In Candlelight Vigil

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil to remember James Craig Anderson, a black man allegedly run down by a white teenager, officials in Mississippi said. The vigil Sunday in the parking lot of the Metro Inn, where Anderson, 49, was allegedly run down June 26, attracted people of all […]

Charlotte Police Train For 2012 DNC Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Police in Charlotte, N.C., began training with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prepare for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, officials said. The three-day course, offered by the agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, includes a mix of classroom and field instruction, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Security preparations […]

Erdogan Losing Patience With PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Those who continue to support the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party will pay a heavy price for their crimes, the Turkish prime minister said. Ankara and the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, have been locked in battle since the 1980s. Efforts to resolve the impasse […]

Blagojevich, Others Await Sentencing

CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption conviction means others charged in the federal investigation will soon know their fate, officials said. Blagojevich will be sentenced Oct. 6 for his role in what federal prosecutors have called “Operation Board Games,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. Last week U.S. District Judge Amy […]

Sadrists Tell U.S. To Get Out Of Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Washington is making an effort to make sure Iraq remains a very dangerous place, a spokesman for the party loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada Sadr said. Salah al-Abadi, a spokesman for the Sadrist Movement, told Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency that it was the Americans’ fault for unsettling trends in […]

Hackers Attack San Francisco’s BART Site

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The computer hacker group Anonymous said it had broken into a Web site associated with San Francisco’s BART train service and released customer data. The hackers said the attack was in retaliation for BART’s decision to block cellular telephone service to prevent an anti-police protest, the San Francisco Chronicle […]

Hezbollah Trains Weapons At Israel

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hezbollah weapons will remain pointed at Israel regardless of the level of frustration the Shiite movement may face domestically, a lawmaker said. Hezbollah and Israel fought a bruising 34-day war in 2006. The Shiite movement claimed victory after withstanding the full force of the Israeli military and its subsequent […]

Syria Denies It’s Shelling Latakia

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Syrian military sources said Monday that reports the country’s navy was shelling neighborhoods in the port city of Latakia are without merit. Rami Abdel Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London, told CNN at least five people had been killed by artillery fire and heavy […]

Syrian Forces Move Offensive To Latakia

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protesters moved to the port city of Latakia, where at least 25 people were killed, opposition groups said Monday. Violence across Syria claimed at least 42 lives Sunday, an anti-government group told CNN. Syrian gunships were used, the group said. Among the dead in Latakia […]

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