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U.S. Touts Benefits Of Envoy To Damascus

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is challenging the Syrian regime about its unfulfilled promises of reform, the U.S. State Department said. Syrian President Bashar Assad has rolled out a series of political reforms his regime claims address concerns expressed by anti-government protesters in recent months. The official Syrian Arab […]

Serial Killer Sowell Sentenced To Death

CLEVELAND, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A judge in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County imposed the death sentence Friday on serial killer Anthony Sowell on the recommendation of a jury. Sowell, convicted in the murders of 11 women, listened for an hour to statements from family members of victims before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dick […]

Cruise Lines Limit Onboard Smoking

MIAMI, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smokers will have fewer places to light up on cruises because U.S. cruise lines are cracking down on smoking in many areas of their ships, officials say. Norwegian Cruise Line of Florida has announced smoking will be banned inside cabins on all 11 of its ships starting in January, The […]

Ethnic Tensions Linger In Kyrgyzstan

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — An ethnic Uzbek accused of having ties to ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 died after he was allegedly tortured by police, Human Rights Watch said. A Kyrgyz investigation, looking into ethnic violence that gripped parts of southern Kyrgyzstan after an April 2010 coup led President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to […]

U.S. Urges Russia To End Syrian Arms Sales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Russia to stop selling arms to Syria, where a crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed 2,000 lives. “We want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS News Thursday. Earlier this month, Russia […]

Toxic Seaweed Closes French Beaches

PARIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Beaches in France have been closed amid worries that toxic seaweed, blamed in the deaths of dozens of wild boar, could be a danger to people, authorities said. The problem occurs when runoff of excess fertilizer reaches the ocean, triggering the rapid growth of seaweed that then washes up on […]

Training Taking Center Stage In Afghan War

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Building the capacity of the Afghan military and police is a primary goal of U.S. forces there as they make plans to withdraw, the U.S. State Department said. U.S. President Barack Obama has said that 10,000 U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of this year with another 23,000 […]

Germany To Mark Berlin Wall’s Construction

BERLIN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Germany on Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, Berliners awoke to learn soldiers had erected barbed-wire barricades, closed down roads and blocked railways linking East Berlin and West Berlin. The wall lasted until 1989. The daily […]

Aron: ‘It Hurts’ To Talk About Boy’s Death

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A New York man charged with killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy in July says it is hard for him to discuss the killing because “It hurts too much.” Levi Aron, 35, was charged with murder in the death of Leiby Kletzky, whose feet were found in a plastic […]

One In Five Students Drop Out In California

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nearly 94,000 students in California’s class of 2010 dropped out of high school and 17,000 eighth-grade students quit without attending one day, data indicated. The state’s Department of Education said the numbers may be California’s first accurate assessment of dropout and graduation rates using a system that tracks individual students […]

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