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U.S. Lawmakers To Target Iran’s Bank

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is called on to take dramatic steps against Iran’s central bank as part of an effort to sideline the regime, lawmakers said. A letter, put together by U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said more economic action is needed against Iran. “In our […]

Zimbabwe Diamond Torture Camp Alleged

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Zimbabwe’s security forces are allegedly operating a torture camp in the country’s Marange diamond fields, the BBC’s Panorama TV investigative show reported. Victims told of severe beatings and sexual assault, Panorama said Monday. The claims come as the European Union is considering a partial lift of a trade ban […]

Syria Reacts To GCC Criticism

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Gulf Cooperation Council is ignoring facts on the ground by criticizing Syria’s response to a violent uprising, a government source said. The U.N. Security Council stopped short of issuing a formal resolution condemning Syria for its crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. It did, however, issue a strong statement criticizing […]

Smugglers Turn To Mail To Ship Drugs

MIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — With increased security and violent drug wars at the Mexican border, smugglers are turning to the mail to ship drugs, officials say. Increasingly, smugglers are relying on both the U.S. mail and commercial carriers, which they see as posing less risk than crossing the border with trailer-loads of drugs, […]

Bahraini Detainees Allege Torture

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Many of the prisoners held in Bahrain were tortured by state security forces as a matter of principle, a former detainee and opposition leader said. Two members of a former opposition party were among the more than 140 people released from prison by Bahraini authorities. Former lawmakers Matar Matar […]

Gadhafi Losing Ground, London Says

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi is facing political, economic and diplomatic setbacks, a British official said. NATO forces in March began supporting a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone. Though regime change wasn’t included in U.N. Security Council resolutions mandating force in Libya, world leaders said there was no future for a […]

Rep. West On Geithner: ‘No Lights On’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Rep. Allen B. West, R-Fla., Monday called on Timothy Geithner to resign, saying the U.S. treasury secretary has no idea what to do to help the economy. “Well, I think having had Timothy Geithner sit before us and testify in the Small Business Committee and I had an opportunity to […]

U.K. Soldier Faces Atrocity Allegation

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Britain’s Defense Ministry says it is investigating reports that a soldier cut fingers off dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to keep as souvenirs. The allegations have been made against a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion deployed in Helmand province from September 2010 to April this year, […]

Sentence To Stand In Swedish Honor Killing

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Sweden’s Supreme Court says it will not re-open an honor killing case, allowing a 10-year sentence against an Afghan couple to stand. In Sweden’s most recent “honor” killing, 20-year-old Abbas Rezai was found dead in an apartment in southern Sweden in November 2005. Prosecutors alleged Rezai was killed because […]

General Say Use Military Against PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Police forces in Turkey won’t be able to take on Kurdish militants with the same effectiveness as the national military, a retired general said. Ankara announced it was planning to extend police operations in southern parts of the country as part of counter-terrorism operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, […]

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