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Beirut Reports No Luck In Hariri Probe

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 9 (UPI) — None of the suspects sought in the 2005 slaying of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have been detained, Beirut told a special tribunal Tuesday. Lebanese authorities in their update to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said they weren’t able to apprehend any of the suspects named by the […]

WikiLeaks IDs Four Said To Have Helped Syrian Regime

BRUSSELS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Newly leaked U.S. cables from WikiLeaks identify four men said to have helped finance the Syrian regime or hide money for it. EUobserver reports the diplomatic notes, dating from 2006 to 2009 and published by WikiLeaks, focus on actions against Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his suspected role in […]

London Criticizes Press Freedoms In Iran

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Iran is taking concrete steps to ensure that its people are cut off from the outside world through a culture of censorship, London said. British Middle East and North African Minister Alistair Burt in a statement said more than two dozen journalists are behind bars in Iran and more than […]

Report: Many Mobile Apps Insecure

OAK PARK, Ill., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A study by a U.S. security company found many smartphone applications do not fully protect personal information. ViaForensics examined apps for Google’s Android system and Apple’s iOS, Cnet reported. The survey found 76 percent of the apps store usernames with no encryption and 10 percent do not encrypt […]

Sect Leader Warren Jeffs Gets Life In Prison

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Texas jury Tuesday sentenced polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison for sex with underage girls he called “wives.” The Salt Lake Tribune said the jurors in San Angelo conferred for 40 minutes before reaching the life sentence on one count of aggravated sexual assault […]

Rights Situation In Belarus Worries U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Washington is deeply concerned by reports that a top Belarusian human rights activist was arrested by state authorities, the State Department said. Belarus is facing mounting international criticism over its human rights record following a crackdown against opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko following last year’s election. Belarusian authorities had charged […]

Maryland Woman, Robyn Gardner, Missing In Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Maryland woman has vanished in Aruba, and the man she was traveling with has been arrested on the Caribbean island, police said. Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Md., has not been seen since Aug. 2, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Gary Giordano, who was arrested at the airport […]

Stress Can Boost Student Performance

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Stress can improve performance for confident students but lower it for more anxious ones, a University of Chicago researcher says. Knowing how to deal with stress can make a big difference in performance, says Sian Beilock, an associate psychology professor and expert on poor performance by talented people. In a […]

U.S. Facing Myriad Of Threats In Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Terrorist activity, as well as severe restrictions on official movement in Pakistan, is behind the latest travel warning, the U.S. State Department said. The State Department announced it has issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens in Pakistan, an ally in Washington’s fight against international terrorist groups like al-Qaida. “The […]

Returnees Now Face Scrutiny At U.S., Mexico Border

PHOENIX, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Efforts to stop the flow of guns and money from the United States to Mexico have made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to return home, officials say. U.S. immigration agents now scrutinize passengers on southbound buses, The New York Times reports. Pedestrians and those traveling by car are also […]

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