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Talks For Shalit’s Release Under Way

CAIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — New talks between Israel and Hamas have been under way in Cairo in a bid to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, officials said. London based al-Hayat reported Monday representatives from Israel and Hamas in Gaza met last week. An Egyptian official told the Arab-language newspaper that while […]

Papua New Guinea In Aussie Refugee Deal

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Papua New Guinea will reopen a refugee processing center for Australia, even though an Australian court has thrown doubts over the Australian government’s plan. Papua’s Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Ano Pala said the agreement with Australia is part of his country’s efforts with neighboring states […]

Bratton: I Want London’s Top Police Job

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Bill Bratton, who led the police in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, says he’d want to be London’s top cop if Britain’s home secretary would let him apply. “If it was open to people other than British citizens, it would be something I would seriously consider,” Bratton told The […]

Obama Starts Bus Tour With Lowest Rating

CANNON FALLS, Minn., Aug. 15 (UPI) — President Obama, his approval rating below 40 percent for the first time, hits the road Monday with a swing-state bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Gallup released its survey results Sunday at the end of a pivotal campaign weekend for Republicans, as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., […]

Perry, Bachmann Appear Together, No Chat

MANCHESTER, N.H., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann managed to appear at the same party venue in Iowa without acknowledging each other publicly. Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota fresh off a straw poll victory in Iowa, stayed on her campaign bus until Perry finished speaking at the GOP […]

Key Mubarak Trial Witness To Be Decided

CAIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Defense lawyers for Hosni Mubarak say they are awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether key testimony will be allowed in the former Egyptian president’s trial. Cairo Criminal Court Judge Ahmed Refaat could rule as early as Monday if de facto Egyptian leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s defense minister […]

4 Die In Idaho Plane Crash

BURLEY, Idaho, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A small plane crashed and burned near Burley, Idaho, Sunday afternoon, killing all four people on board, authorities said. The plane went down southwest of the Burley airport’s runway, the Twin Falls Times-News reported. Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said he didn’t know if the […]

India Observes Independence Day

NEW DELHI, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Indians Monday observed their 64th year of independence, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauding India’s progress but noting much remains to be done. The anniversary marked India’s freedom from Britain’s colonial rule in 1947 when the subcontinent was divided into India and Pakistan. Islamabad observed its Independence Day on […]

1 Dead, 5 Wounded At Canada Casino

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Gunfire outside a casino in Kelowna, British Columbia, Sunday left a suspected gang member dead and five other people wounded, police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was hunting for at least one gunman in a sport utility vehicle who opened fire on another vehicle leaving […]

Police Investigating American Abduction

LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Pakistani police worked Monday for leads in the weekend abduction of an American working with a U.S. consulting company in Lahore. Pakistani media reported authorities had made little headway in the case thus far, about 30 hours after the man, identified as Warren Weinstein, reportedly was abducted by gunmen […]

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