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Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 16

PEOSTA, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) — President Obama hosts the White House Rural Economic Forum at Peosta, Iowa, to discuss growing the economy and jobs, the White House said Tuesday. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: — Host, along with members of the White House Rural Council, the rural economic forum at Northeast Iowa Community […]

Nepali President Orders Consensus Government

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav gave the Constituent Assembly until next Sunday to form a government of consensus or the country will go to the polls. Yadav issued a brief statement to national media soon after Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal stepped down Sunday under increasing pressure from all […]

Human Rights Lacking In Britain, Iran Says

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iran kept up its criticism of Britain’s handling of the last week’s rioting, saying over the weekend that London had “no respect” for human rights. Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Islamic Consultative Assembly’s foreign policy committee, Saturday blasted Britain’s response to the riots, which spread across London […]

Local Govt. Debt Under Control, Ministry

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Local governments’ debt at the end of 2010 totaled $1.7 trillion, but the Chinese finance ministry said it is “controllable” with some risks. Last year’s debt, as reported by the National Audit Office, accounted for 27 percent of China’s gross domestic product, but China Daily reported the ministry’s announcement calmed […]

British Teen Gets Bionic Arm

WOKINGHAM, England, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Wokingham, England, teenager born without a hand is now the owner of a bionic arm that he says is “amazing” complete with a Mercedes logo on it. Matthew James, 14, previously had a simple open-and-close grip prosthetic limb in place of his missing hand, Sky News reported. When […]

Parties Face Deadline For Consensus

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Nepal’s squabbling parties have until Sunday to form a unity government, as the Himalayan state faced another political crisis after its prime minister quit. Jhalanath Khanal resigned Sunday as prime minister, a post he had held for only about six month, after consensus talks with other party leaders failed. […]

Giordano To Be Held 16 More Days

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A judge in Aruba ordered the suspect in the disappearance of a Maryland woman be held in Aruba for 16 more days. Gary Giordano, 50, the sole suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, appeared in court in Aruba Monday. A judge ordered that Gardner remain in the country […]

Report: New Stryker Protects Troops Better

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The latest model of Stryker combat vehicles used by the U.S. Army in Afghanistan protects troops better than older versions, military analysts say. The new design, with a V-shaped hull, reached army brigades in the spring, USA Today reported. A total of 37 soldiers have died and 239 have been […]

Conservatives Ask Widow To Stop Using Logo

MONTREAL, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Conservative Party of Canada sent a letter to a Quebec widow, asking her to stop using the party’s logo on her anti-asbestos Web site. Michaela Keyserlingk, whose husband died of mesothelioma — a cancer of the lungs that is linked to asbestos poisoning — received the cease-and-desist letter by […]

Tibetan Monk Immolates Self

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 29-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk died after setting himself on fire in China to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, the Free Tibet advocacy group said. The incident, also reported by China’s official Xinhua news agency, occurred Monday in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the second self-immolation incident in five months, which […]


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