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Peace Institute Honors Afghan Defense Advisers Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Some American civilians who have been working in Afghanistan to ease the transition of power from U.S. forces to Afghans say local authorities are taking more control of their finances but a senior defense official said the U.S. transition effort should have begun earlier. The U.S. Institute of Peace had […]

Iran Proposes Peacekeepers For London

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Tehran notes the “crimes and brutality” continue in London at the hands of the “despotic monarchy” and said it was time to send in peacekeepers. Iran has lobbed criticism against the British government as rioters laid siege to the streets of London in recent days. The French Ministry of Interior […]

Industry Says Recommendations On Fracking ‘disappointing’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The oil and natural gas industry called a U.S. Department of Energy panel’s recommendations for regulation of hydraulic fracturing “disappointing and confusing.” An environmental watchdog group also was disappointed but for different reasons. American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard praised the committee’s acknowledgement of the economic and energy security benefits […]

PM: It’s A New Era For Cambodia, Thailand

BANGKOK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to discuss troop withdrawals from the area near the Preah Vihear temple, where clashes killed several people. The agreement to meet is a sign relations between the neighboring countries are improving, the Bangkok Post reported Friday. Commanders from Thailand’s Second Army Region and Cambodia’s Division […]

Backers Of Yemen’s Saleh Warn Of Coup

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A national council proposed by the Yemeni opposition will either be dead on arrival or be viewed as a call for war, a government minister said. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was released this week from a hospital in Saudi Arabia more than two months after he suffered injuries […]

Mubarak’s Attorney Seeks Criminal Records

CAIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s attorney says he wants to see criminal records of protesters hurt or killed in the uprising leading to Mubarak’s exit. Yousry Abdel Razak filed a lawsuit Friday with the Administrative Court requesting the names of people injured or killed in the country’s revolution between Jan. […]

Iraqis Debate Strategic Council

BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Though disagreements over the details of a strategic policy council remain, Sunni-backed lawmakers in Iraq said a draft law on the measure is a good first step. Former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi led the Iraqiya slate to a narrow victory in 2010 parliamentary elections. The Sunni-backed alliance was […]

Israeli Protests Grow

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Parents, doctors, students and other Israelis turned out in force to participate in nationwide marches for better living conditions, observers said. In Tel Aviv, tent-dwellers angry about high housing costs marched from the Ichilov Medical Center toward the city’s shopping district, Kikar HaMedina, and were joined by medical […]

Lukashenko Pardons Prisoners

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The government in Belarus announced the country’s president issued a series of pardons for anti-government protesters arrested in December. “(President) Alexander Lukashenko has pardoned from prison terms nine participants of mass disturbances on Independence Square on Dec. 19, 2010,” a presidential statement was quoted by Russia’s state-run news agency […]

Charges Filed In Fatal Lebanon Bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A military judge filed charges against “unknown” possible accomplices in a blast that killed two men trying to arm an explosive device north of Beirut, Lebanon. The men were killed when a hand grenade wrapped in plastic explosives packed with steel balls went off as they prepared to detonate […]

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