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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 […]

Bratton: I Want London’s Top Police Job

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Bill Bratton, who led the police in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, says he’d want to be London’s top cop if Britain’s home secretary would let him apply. “If it was open to people other than British citizens, it would be something I would seriously consider,” Bratton told The […]

Obama Starts Bus Tour With Lowest Rating

CANNON FALLS, Minn., Aug. 15 (UPI) — President Obama, his approval rating below 40 percent for the first time, hits the road Monday with a swing-state bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Gallup released its survey results Sunday at the end of a pivotal campaign weekend for Republicans, as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., […]

Perry, Bachmann Appear Together, No Chat

MANCHESTER, N.H., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann managed to appear at the same party venue in Iowa without acknowledging each other publicly. Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota fresh off a straw poll victory in Iowa, stayed on her campaign bus until Perry finished speaking at the GOP […]

Key Mubarak Trial Witness To Be Decided

CAIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Defense lawyers for Hosni Mubarak say they are awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether key testimony will be allowed in the former Egyptian president’s trial. Cairo Criminal Court Judge Ahmed Refaat could rule as early as Monday if de facto Egyptian leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s defense minister […]


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