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Retired Zimbabwe Army Chief Dies In Fire

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An electrical fire has claimed the lives of former Zimbabwe army chief Solomon Mujuru and his girlfriend, an official said. Air Marshall Henry Muchena confirmed to The Zimbabwean that Mujuru, 62, died in a fire that broke out at his Beatrice Farm home. The name of his girlfriend was […]

Israel Retaliates After Grad Rocket Attack

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Hours after a Grad rocket fired from Gaza exploded north of Beersheba, the Israeli army hit suspected terror sites in Gaza, killing a Hamas operative. The army said five other Palestinians were injured in the air strikes that hit five targets, including a weapons smuggling tunnel near the border with […]

Northern Syrian City Rocked By Violence

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Shelling from gunboats and tanks bombarded Latakia, Syria, Tuesday, the fourth day of a military assault to quell anti-government protests, witnesses said. A resident identified only as Ismail said at least five people died and government snipers were positioned throughout the northern city, taking shots at anyone venturing onto […]

Ancient Hercules Statue Found In Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A marble statue of Hercules dating back to the second century was uncovered in excavations in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, officials said. Dr. Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority described the find as a “rare discovery.” “The statue, which probably stood in a niche, was part of […]

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. […]


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