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HRW Asks Arab League To Do More On Syria

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Human Rights Watch called on members of the Arab League to have an emergency meeting to address bloodshed in Syria. The advocacy group notes that, by its estimates, around 2,000 civilians were killed at the hands of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad since the uprising began in March. Arab […]

Possible Coverup In Hacking Scandal

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A letter released Tuesday by the panel probing Britain’s phone-hacking scandal raises new questions about a possible coverup, a panel member said. Labor MP Tom Watson of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee called the 4-year-old letter written by News of the World’s former royal correspondent “absolutely devastating,” […]

Liberian Elections Key To Recovery

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Successful elections in Liberia, scheduled for October, will secure the gains made since the end of the civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The United Nations has deployed peacekeepers in Liberia since 2003 to preserve a cease-fire that ended a bloody civil war. The conflict there killed at […]

Mubarak Case Blacked Out For Security

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A decision by a Cairo court to discontinue live television broadcasts of Hosni Mubarak’s trial was taken for national security reasons, an advocate says. Mubarak, ousted as president in the Egyptian revolution early this year, is facing a Cairo court along with Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and members of his […]

Couple No-show For Trial In Death Of Boy

EDGARD, La., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Louisiana judge issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a mother and stepfather charged in the death of her 8-year-old son. District Judge Mary Hotard Becnel issued the warrant after Tonya and Errol Victor Sr. did not appear Monday for a final status conference for their trial […]

U.N. Calls For Determination In Somalia

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — All authorities in Somalia are called on to take part in a September meeting to chart a road map for the country’s future, the U.N. Security Council said. A September conference planned in Somalia is expected to develop “clear timelines and benchmarks” to be carried out by the transitional […]

Coup Trial Judges Asked To Step Down

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Members of Turkey’s judiciary were accused of lacking objectivity and independence by 21 defendants on trial on charges of plotting to undermine the government. Defense attorneys for the 21, including War Academies commander Gen. Bilgin Balanli, demanded that the judges recuse themselves from the case, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News […]

Perry’s Dollar Dash Prompts Concern

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s work to build a funding network before entering the Republican presidential race has backers worried about some donors, observers say. Perry’s allies accepted help from a lobbyist Perry criticized last year in the GOP gubernatorial primary for apparently suggesting on film he could get meetings […]

Ga. Teen Arrested In Fatal Sword Attack

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Georgia teenager has been arrested after a sword attack Monday left his great-grandmother dead and his grandmother injured, police said. The stabbing took place at a home in Douglasville, west of Atlanta, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported. Police said the teen’s 77-year-old great-grandmother was fatally stabbed while the grandmother, thought […]

Newspaper Hacked; Fake Death Report Posted

MONTREAL, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Web site of the French-Canadian newspaper Le Devoir in Montreal was hacked early Tuesday and wrongfully reported the provincial premier had died. Staff noticed the posting around 1 a.m., but couldn’t immediately fix it, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The article claimed 53-year-old Liberal Premier Jean Charest had died […]

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