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North Africa Refugees Arrive In Italy

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A boat carrying hundreds of refugees from North Africa landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday, authorities said. Nearly 2,500 migrants have landed on the island off the coast of Sicily in the past three days, ANSA reported. A total of around 40,000 migrants fleeing unrest […]

Tymoshenko Wants Her Trial Slowed Down

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has urged the judge at her abuse of office trial in Kiev to slow down the proceedings. Tymoshenko said Tuesday the almost daily hearings and the amount of material to be examined is depriving her of her right to a defense, the RIA […]

Teen Questioned Over Stockholm Explosions

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A teenager arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion at a Stockholm school that injured a girl may be behind several other neighborhood blasts, police said. The explosion at the Solbacken preschool was the result of a powerful homemade firecracker and a 4-year-old girl’s hands were injured in the […]

Serbia Appeals U.S. Death Sentence

RENO, Nev., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Serbian government has appealed to a U.S. court to spare the life of a Serbian citizen currently facing execution in Nevada, officials said. The Serbian consulate said it was not informed about the arrest of Avram Nika as required by international law, and the Serbian government maintains such […]

Protesters Can’t Stop Bridge Construction

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A commander of NATO-led forces in Kosovo has told villagers in the Serb enclave of Priluzje he can’t stop the construction of a bridge over the Sitnica River. However, Erhard Buehler assured the group his troops would be there permanently to provide security, Serbian broadcaster B92 reported Tuesday. The […]

Foul Play Ruled Out In Death Of Children

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A high court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled foul play was not involved in the food poisoning deaths of two French children at a Dubai restaurant in 2009. However, the Dubai Cassation Court rejected the appeal of a doctor, a cook and a supervisor who […]

Huge Majority Dissatisfied With Congress

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — An overwhelming majority think Congress is doing the worst job Gallup said it has ever measured, survey results released Tuesday indicate. A resounding 84 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the job Congress is doing, while just 13 percent said they approve, tying the all-time low approval of […]

Second Oil Spill At Shell North Sea Platform

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Authorities in Scotland say a second oil leak from a drilling platform in the North Sea has been confirmed. In the initial spill at Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform 112 miles east of Aberdeen last Wednesday, an estimated 216 tons of oil spilled into the sea, The Scotsman in Edinburgh […]

U.S. Official: Iraq Can Deal With Threats

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iraq has focused its national defense almost exclusively on addressing internal threats, a U.S. military official said. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in an interview with the Pentagon Channel said the Iraqi military has made impressive gains since it was dismantled during the 2003 invasion. “The size has increased […]

New Trial Sought In Sweat Lodge Deaths

SEDONA, Ariz., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Attorneys for a self-help guru convicted in three deaths in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony say he deserves a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct. Lawyers for James Arthur Ray, found guilty of negligent homicide in the deaths of the participants, argue the prosecution did not disclose evidence in […]

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