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Greek Cabbies Suspend 19-day Strike

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Greek cab drivers halted a 19-day strike Friday after the government agreed to temporarily limit the number of new taxi licenses. After several hours of negotiations, taxi owners and drivers voted to suspend the strike against a government deregulation plan until Sept. 5, Ekathimerini.com reported. The vote came after […]

Florida Teacher Admits To Sex With Teen

MIAMI, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Florida teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old high school student, authorities said. Waleska Velasquez, 29, a science teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, was arrested Wednesday and release on bond Thursday, The Miami Herald reported. Police say Velasquez, charged with three counts of having sex […]

Widespread Support For A ‘Caylee’s Law’

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Florida voters would overwhelmingly support a proposed “Caylee’s Law” that would make it a felony not to report a dead or missing child, a poll indicates. Following the Casey Anthony murder trial, a survey by Quinnipiac University of 1,417 Florida voters found 83 percent supported proposed legislation that would […]

Oil Spill Impacts On Nigeria Studied

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Oil spills have made Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta one of the most polluted places on Earth, requiring $1 billion and 30 years to clean up, a U.N. report says. The Nigerian government commissioned a study by the U.N. Environment Program that looked at 200 locations and 75 miles of […]

Russian Buddhists Request Dalai Lama Visit

ELISTA, Russia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Russian Buddhists have asked the country to let the Dalai Lama visit, a request Russia has consistently denied. The request to the Foreign Ministry came from Buddhists in the Caspian north coast region of Kalmykia, European Russia’s only Buddhist-dominated region, a representative of a Kalmykia central temple said, RIA […]

Opponents Say Zambian President Can’t Run

LUSAKA, Zambia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Zambian President Rupiah Banda is not eligible to serve because his father was born in an area now in Malawi, an opposition party says. Banda and the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy say his father was a Zambian citizen, born in Chipata, the BBC reported. According to the Zambian […]

Italy Calls For NATO Investigation

ROME, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Italian officials are asking why NATO allegedly refused to help rescue passengers on a boat stranded in Libyan waters with numerous dead people aboard. Italy asked NATO to investigate itself over claims it ignored calls Thursday to help rescue the ship’s nearly 400 passengers. Dozens of the people on the […]

HRW Welcomes Atrocities Initiative

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Directives from Washington aimed at preventing mass atrocities and human rights violations may be effective if implemented properly, Human Rights Watch said. U.S. President Barack Obama called for an atrocities prevention board to respond quickly to early signs of grave human rights abuses. Human rights and war criminals would be […]

Babysitter Allegedly Had Sex With Boy, 14

SOUTHINGTON, Conn., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A young Connecticut woman had sex with a 14-year-old boy she was hired to baby sit, police said. Loni Bouchard, 20, faces charges that include second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a juvenile, the Hartford Courant reported. Bouchard, who lives in Clinton, was arrested by police there […]

Grisly Details Of South Kordofan Recounted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Ethnic cleansing is emerging as part of the growing humanitarian emergency unfolding along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, a U.S. panel was told. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., presided over a hearing before a House subcommittee on human rights in Africa. Witnesses said there were worrying trends emerging […]

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