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Hebrew Desired As Only ‘Official Language’

JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Some Israeli lawmakers have proposed making Hebrew the only official language in Israel, dropping English and Arabic, officials said. English and Arabic are currently accepted as official languages in Israel, Haaretz reported Thursday. The lawmakers’ bill would give Arabic “special status” and says Arabic speakers “have the right to linguistic […]

Tour Bus Crash Sends 28 To Hospital

WHITNEY POINT, N.Y., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A bus carrying tourists from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Newark, N.J., crashed into a gully along Interstate 81 in New York, injuring 28 people, police said. Authorities said weather likely was a factor in the accident Wednesday in which the bus veered into a gully and landed on […]

Thaci: NATO Deal Is Unworkable

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci says an agreement to remove roadblocks in Kosovo’s Serbian-run north is unworkable. Thaci said the agreement reached by KFOR Cmdr. Erhard Buhler and Serbian government officials won’t work, the roadblocks won’t be removed, and an embargo on Serbian goods would remain in force, B92 […]

Glass Falls From Second Toronto Building

TORONTO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Glass cascaded onto downtown streets from a second Toronto high-rise building this week as engineers try to determine what’s causing the incidents. The most recent shower of glass came from the 16th floor of the 42-story Festival Tower Tuesday night, the Toronto Star reported. No one was injured, but a […]

Israeli Cabbies Protest High Diesel Costs

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Hundreds of Israeli taxi drivers blocked a main road in Tel Aviv Thursday to protest the high price of diesel fuel, observers said. The protest over diesel prices was one of several rallies over economic and social issues called across the country, Haaretz reported. Taxi drivers blocked a […]

Kremlin May Sell Rosneft Shares

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An aide to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the Kremlin might sell its stake in private oil company Rosneft by 2017. The Kremlin owns more than a 75 percent stake in Rosneft, the country’s largest oil company. The Kremlin reportedly wants to offload around 25 percent of that by 2013 […]

Gadhafi Son: He, Militant Rebels In Talks

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 4 (UPI) — One of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons says he’s trying to forge an alliance with radical Islamic elements among Libyan rebels to drive out the more liberal dissidents. The leading Islamist whom Saif Gadhafi identified as his key counterpart was Ali Sallabi, who confirmed to The New York Times the two […]

Biological, Chemical Weapons Expert Dead

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The body of Jonathan B. Tucker, an expert on biological and chemical weapons, was found in his home in Washington, D.C., officials said. The District’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of death was so far unknown, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Tucker’s body was found July […]

U.S. Hands Over Libyan Embassy To TNG

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department has handed over the Libyan Embassy in Washington to the Transitional National Council, a State Department official said. The official said the move would allow Libyan rebels to reopen the embassy, accredit diplomats and claim control over the embassy’s frozen bank accounts worth about $13 million, […]

Japanese Nuclear Officials To Be Replaced

TOKYO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Japan’s three nuclear policy officials are being replaced over the handling of the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis, Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said. The officials are the vice minister for economy, trade and industry, the head of the nuclear safety agency and the head of the country’s natural resources agency, […]

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