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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, […]

Yemen Still Investigating Saleh Attack

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Yemeni authorities said they were still investigating the June 3 attack that put the country’s president in the hospital for more than two months. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar were released from a military hospital in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Both were gravely […]

U.N. Voices Concerns Over Famine Victims In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — United Nations officials say they’re concerned about reports of women and young girls subjected to rape and sexual harassment while fleeing famine in Somalia. Bunmi Makinwa, the United Nations Population Fund regional director for Africa, expressed the agency’s worries during a visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. […]

Al-Qaida-linked Rebels Pounded In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The withdrawal of Islamist insurgents from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, is a major gain for the shaky Western-backed Transitional Federal Government and comes as the United States is stepping up a covert war against the group that’s linked to al-Qaida. As the Americans escalate counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, across the […]

Russia, Georgia Trade Barbs On Anniversary

MOSCOW, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Russia, on the anniversary of its war with Georgia, said the country’s president is “ill-bred” though it didn’t make the same claim against the Georgian people. Russian forces responded when the Georgian military invaded the separatist republic of South Ossetia in 2008. The conflict spilled over to engulf forces from […]

Abu Ghraib Release Upsets Iraqis

BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Iraqi citizens expressed outrage after a U.S. Army corporal accused of torture at the country’s Abu Ghraib prison was released from prison during the weekend. The U.S. army released Charles Graner from a Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison during the weekend after he served more than six years of a 10-year […]

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