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Chavez To Return To Cuba For Treatment

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is returning to Cuba, where he had a tumor removed in June, for further treatment of his cancer. Chavez returned to Cuba last month for chemotherapy, and he has said his treatment is going well, although details about his disease haven’t been disclosed, […]

200 Tanks Enter Hama, Violence Continues

HAMA, Syria, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Syrian officials say they have regained control of Hama, where rebel fighters calling for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad launched an offensive. Activist groups in Hama said at least 200 civilians were killed by government artillery and snipers since the fighting in Hama started Sunday, The New York […]

Japan Observes Ironic Nuclear Anniversary

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The 66th anniversary of the world’s first atomic attack was marked Saturday in Hiroshima by Japan’s prime minister, who disavowed nuclear policies. Naoto Kan told a crowd of thousands he wanted to steer the country away from nuclear power dependency, the Kyodo News Agency reported. The United States dropped […]

Al-Shabaab Leaves Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Al-Shabaab’s withdrawal from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, represents a change in strategy, Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamoud Rage said. The militant Islamist group with ties to al-Qaida withdrew its fighters from Mogadishu Saturday, but that doesn’t mean it will end its rule in other parts of Somalia, The New York Times […]

China Slams U.S. On Debt Policy

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The Chinese government issued a harsh rebuke to the United States Saturday for its economic policy and debt management. China is the biggest lender to the United States and published a harsh reprimand via the New China News Agency, chastising Washington for “short-sighted political wrangling” that led to Monday’s 11th […]

Grimm Calls For Balanced Budget Amend.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., Saturday blasted the Obama administration for “overspending, overtaxing and over regulating.” Grimm, who represents New York’s 13th Congressional District, made the comments in the weekly Republican media addres, filling in for House Speaker John Boehner. Grimm called for President Barack Obama to support a Balanced […]

Afghan NATO Helicopter Crash Kills 38

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. military helicopter carrying 31 Americans and seven Afghans crashed late Friday in eastern Afghanistan, killing all aboard, the government said. A statement from President Hamid Karzai’s office in Kabul said the Chinook helicopter went down in the province of Warduk, CNN reported. In the statement, Karzai expressed […]

East China Braces For Typhoon Landfall

HANGZHOU, China, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The southeastern Chinese province of Zhejiang was in a state of emergency Saturday as Typhoon Muifa approached from the south, state media reported. The storm has sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts up to 90 mph and was forecast to bring high winds, rain and tidal havoc to […]

Jury Convicts 5 New Orleans Policemen

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Five New Orleans police officers were convicted by a jury of various charges related to deadly shootings on a bridge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The jury stopped short of finding four officers guilty of two counts of murder in the case, although it convicted the […]

Obama: Jobs, Growth ‘urgent Mission’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday the nation’s “urgent mission” is to create jobs and accelerate economic growth. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama noted Congress passed legislation this week to cut federal spending and debt, but he said Democrats and Republicans “are going to have to work […]

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