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Afghan Security Head Killed In Explosion

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An explosion Thursday in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province killed the district security head and wounded three children, authorities said. The victim was Payenda Khan, head of the area’s National Directorate of Security, provincial council chief Mahbobullah Mahbob told CNN. The incident occurred in Bander Khanabad district and the Taliban […]

Hurricane Eugene Should Lose Its Punch Soon

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Hurricane Eugene retained its strength but was expected to weaken Thursday as it moves over colder Pacific waters, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Eugene, a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 125 mph, was about 670 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, […]

Emily’s Movement Prompts Watches, Warnings

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Warnings and watches were posted for many Caribbean islands as the center of Tropical Storm Emily nears Hispaniola’s southern coast, forecasters said Thursday. Emily, with sustained winds of 50 mph, was about 25 miles south-southwest of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic, and about 100 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the National […]

Belarus, S. Ossetia Cool On Joining Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Belarus and South Ossetia have reacted cautiously after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested he would like to see them join the Russia Federation. Putin, speaking to a youth forum Russia’s Monday, indicated he held out hope that Belarus, South Ossetia and Russia could join a common state. “It is […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 4

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama has one meeting listed on the daily schedule for Thursday. In the morning, Obama will receive the daily briefing.

Geithner Likely To Stay After Strong Pleas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Timothy Geithner is expected to stay on as U.S. Treasury Secretary through President Barack Obama’s term after receiving White House pleas, officials said. Geithner, who turns 50 Aug. 18, has not yet notified the White House of his intentions, and family considerations could still win out, advisers tell The New […]

Washington Prepares New Syrian Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Washington is readying new Syrian sanctions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations censured Assad-regime violence against civilians. “We are exploring broader sanctions that will isolate the Assad regime politically and deny it revenue with which to sustain its brutality,” Clinton said of new targeted sanctions being […]

Obama: Limiting Debt And Spending Is Good

CHICAGO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Liberal Democrats must understand the importance of limiting U.S. debt and government spending, President Barack Obama told his re-election campaign supporters. “All the progressives out there — I want you to understand, we can’t just ignore this debt and deficit,” he said in Chicago during the largest of three fundraising […]

Fears Euro System Will Collapse In Debt

ROME, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Fears mounted Thursday the system sustaining Europe’s debt crisis would collapse amid alarm Italy and Spain were sliding into debt that couldn’t be bailed out. Italy and Spain — the eurozone’s third- and fourth-largest economies and the world’s seventh- and 10th-largest — opened the bond markets Thursday with borrowing rates […]

Three NATO Soldiers Die In Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Two NATO soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan, the military said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said the two died Wednesday but gave no other details, CNN reported. Also on Wednesday, another NATO solider died but CNN reported it was from non-battle related injuries. […]

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