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Reconciliation Key For Ivorian Recovery

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The way members of the former Ivorian government are treated could influence the war-torn country’s reconciliation process, a U.N. rights envoy said. French peacekeepers helped detain former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo in April, ending a period of political violence that followed November presidential elections meant to heal the […]

Ousting Gadhafi Is End Goal, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — There is unity among the parties involved that see the ultimate goal as ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power, a U.S. State Department official said. The rebel-backed Transitional National Council for Libya has made diplomatic gains in recent weeks. It’s widely recognized as the legitimate authority by members of […]

EU Financial Chief: We Have To Watch Words

BRUSSELS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Olli Rehn, the economic affairs commissioner for the European Union, tried to reassure investors Friday about the Spanish and Italian economies. Rehn broke his vacation with a news conference in Brussels. He blamed poor communication for the drop in stock prices and said Italy and Spain are both basically doing […]

IDPs In Georgia Worry Amnesty

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Though Georgia’s government has done more for the plight of internally displaced, they still make up 6 percent of the population, Amnesty International said. Amnesty International, in a report published Friday, highlighted what it said was a pattern of forced evictions of the internally displaced in Georgia. The advocacy group […]

Judicial Panel Hears Arguments Over Lesbian Juror

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court in California is considering arguments in a case in which a lesbian potential juror was dismissed from a case regarding a gay inmate. Trial lawyers shouldn’t be able to dismiss potential jurors because of their sexual orientation, defense attorneys told a panel of the U.S. […]

China Has New Rules On Panda Exhibitions

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s State Forestry Administration, in a move aimed at protecting endangered pandas, announced new rules on exhibition of the animals. The SFA said on its Web site pandas under the age of 2 or older than 25 cannot be used for exhibition purposes, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported […]

Polar Bear Kills 1, Injures 4 In Norway

TROMSO, Norway, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A polar bear killed one member of a British group traveling in Norway and seriously injured four others, authorities said. The bear attacked early Friday in a remote wilderness popular with tourists, researchers and adventurers, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office in the Svalbard district told the BBC. The […]

U.N. To Review Thai Trafficking Status

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The United Nations is interested to hear about Thailand’s progress in controlling the trafficking of people, a U.N. special envoy said. Joy Ngozi Ezelio, the U.N. special envoy on human trafficking, in a statement said she was visiting Thailand next week for meetings regarding human trafficking. “I look forward […]

IRS: 1,470 Millionaires Paid No Income Tax

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The Internal Revenue Service says 1,470 of 235,000 U.S. millionaires paid no income tax in 2009. The IRS said millionaires comprised less than 1 percent of the 140 million tax returns filed in 2009 and that 8,274 U.S. citizens claimed incomes of $10 million or more. The tax rate for […]

Conductor Forgiven For Ejecting Girl, 11

KUMLA, Sweden, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The adult sister of an 11-year-old girl kicked off a train in Sweden because she didn’t have a ticket says she has forgiven the conductor. “I forgive her for what she’s done and I ask SJ [the train company] to allow her to keep her job,” said Grace Kayenga, […]

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