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Freak Winter Storm Socks New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A freak winter storm with heavy snow and bitterly cold weather hit New Zealand, grounding air traffic and closing roads, officials said. Four people were taken to a hospital in Auckland after high winds dropped a tree on their home. Forecasters warned people to avoid travel and to […]

Tropical Storm Gert Heads For Bermuda

MIAMI, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A tropical storm warning was posted for Bermuda Monday, with Tropical Storm Gert expected to strengthen as it moved toward the island, forecasters said. Gert, about 175 miles southeast of Bermuda, had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving along a northerly path at 14 mph, the National […]

Bombings, Shootings Rock Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A series of bombings and shootings across Iraq Monday killed dozens of people and wounded scores more, police said. The number of dead varied, with CNN reporting at least 67 people and The Washington Post reporting 70. CNN reported at least 170 people were wounded. Iraqi security forces were the […]

Barak Approves New Housing In Ariel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved the construction of 277 housing units in Ariel in the West Bank. Israel Radio said Monday 100 of the 277 housing units will be allocated to evacuees of the 2005 Gaza Strip disengagement and the rest will be sold on the open market. Construction […]

New U.S. Envoy Assures China

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) — China, the largest holder of U.S. debt, can rest assured its investments are safe, the new U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke said in Beijing. Locke said despite the recent U.S. credit-rating downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, buyers continue to acquire U.S. Treasury bonds, China Daily reported. “It’s a clear indication that […]

Obama’s Schedule For Monday, Aug. 15

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — President Obama begins a three-day bus tour of the Midwest Monday to discuss improving the economy and strengthening the middle class, the White House said. Once in the Midwest, the daily agenda indicates Obama will: – Hold a town hall event in Cannon Falls, Minn., at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park. […]

Syria: Israel Has Built ‘racist’ Fence

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Syria told the United Nations Israel has violated U.N. agreements and harmed Golan Heights residents by building a “racist separation fence,” Haaretz reported. A letter, submitted Aug. 8 by Bashar Ja’afari, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N., to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,, accused Israel of trying to separate the Syrian-Druze population […]

Israel Increases Efforts Against Statehood

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Israel has stepped up efforts to get other countries to oppose the Palestinian request for statehood at the United Nations in September, officials said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent letters to more than 40 heads of state, urging them to vote against the Palestinians, saying the vote “places in doubt […]

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 […]


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