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Gunfire, Random Arrests Reported In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Heavy gunfire was heard across Syria Tuesday as witnesses and activists say Syrian forces were making arbitrary arrests in two parts of the embattled country. Activists said heavy shooting broke out in the eastern town of Dier Ezzor, were arbitrary arrests were made and at least two people were […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 9

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — President Obama announces first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday in Springfield, Va., the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Receive the daily briefing. – Announce new fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles during a visit to Moving Services in […]

Court Halts Australia’s Asylum Swap Deal

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Australia’s High Court dealt a blow the country’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers who arrived by boat to Malaysia for processing. The court put a temporary stop on the first group, which the government was getting ready to send overseas last weekend. Lawyers for the group of 16 […]

Iran: West Trapped In Libya Impasse

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The West has reached an impasse with its military intervention in Libya, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says. Salehi, speaking during a news conference Saturday with Beninese Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassirou Arifari Bako, said NATO countries seeking the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have become bogged down […]

U.S. Troops’ Remains To Land At Dover AFB

DOVER, Del., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The United States will succeed in Afghanistan despite 30 U.S. troop deaths in a helicopter shot down by Islamist Taliban militia, President Barack Obama said. “We will press on, and we will succeed,” Obama said Monday as the troops’ remains were being prepared to be flown to Dover Air […]

Euro, Asian Markets Continue Selloff

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) — European and Asian stocks plunged Tuesday ahead of Wall Street’s opening bell in a rampant global selloff on Europe’s debt crisis and the U.S. credit downgrade. British, German and French stock indexes fell more than 2 percent in early-morning trading following daylong gyrations in Asian markets. In late-afternoon trading […]

Crisis Meeting Following British Mayhem

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Rioting in 10 London districts and three other British cities quieted by dawn Tuesday as Prime Minister David Cameron was to hold a crisis-response meeting. Cameron reversed an earlier decision not to cut short his central Italy vacation and took a military plane home around 3 a.m. (10 p.m. EDT […]

Man Suspected Of Killing Grandmother, Aunt

PRESTON, England, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A young man was being questioned Monday in northern England after the bodies of his grandmother and aunt were found in their burning house, police said. The dead women were identified as Maureen Allen, 79, and her daughter, Geraldine Allen, 56, the Daily Mirror reported. Maureen Allen had lived […]

Riots Interrupt Top Pols’ Vacations

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Violent riots erupted in London with most senior members of the British government out of the country on vacation. A Royal Air Force plane was dispatched to Italy late Monday to pick up Prime Minister David Cameron, The Guardian reported. Cameron, who was in Tuscany with his family, planned to […]

Healy, First Woman To Head NIH, Dies At 67

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Dr. Bernardine Healy, who helped reorganize the U.S. National Institutes of Health as its first woman director, has died. She was 67. Healy suffered from brain cancer, The Washington post reported. She died Saturday at her home in Gates Mills, Ohio, where she lived with her second husband, Dr. Floyd […]

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