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Myanmar Sets Up Human Rights Commission

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Myanmar has set up a Human Rights Commission, according to a brief report in the government newspaper New Light of Myanmar. The formation comes after the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, called for an independent commission during his visit to the country last […]

Plan Would Keep 3,000 U.S. Troops In Iraq

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta supports a plan to keep 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. troops in Iraq after this year’s withdrawal deadline, a military official said. The plan, one of at least two plans The New York Times reported the administration is considering, would break a longstanding pledge by President […]

Rick Perry Likely In Spotlight In GOP Debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry will likely be in the bulls-eye in Wednesday’s Republican presidential hopefuls’ debate, a public policy think tank research fellow said. “This is the downside of marching to the front of the pack,” Bill Whalen of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution said of Perry, whose surging […]

Giant Texas Wildfire Destroys 700 Homes

BASTROP, Texas, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The most desolating wildfire in Texas history, destroying some 700 homes, grew so big and vicious the U.S. Forest Service took charge Wednesday, officials said. The Bastrop, Texas, fire near Austin — one of nearly 200 fires that erupted across the state in the past week — raged out […]

Syria Defers Meeting With Arab Bloc Chief

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Conditions beyond Syria’s control are to blame for Syria putting off an Arab League chief’s visit seeking an end to the crackdown, the state news agency said. The 22-member league had no immediate comment on the last-minute cancellation of Wednesday’s meeting. The cancellation ahead of a possible rescheduling came […]

CM Denies Private Jet Allegation

NEW DELHI, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The chief minister of India’s Uttar Pradesh state angrily denied an allegation she’d dispatched an empty private jet to Mumbai to bring back a pair of sandals. Chief Minister Mayawati, a leader of the lower-rung Dalits under India’s outlawed Hindu caste system, told reporters WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange should be […]

Couple, Relative Killed In Store Robbery

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The owner of a Philadelphia grocery store, his wife and sister-in-law were shot and killed Tuesday in an apparent robbery, police said. The triple homicide at Lorena’s Grocery in the West Philadelphia neighborhood occurred just after 8 p.m. EDT, WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, reported. Police said the killings were carried out by […]

Toddler Left Tied Up In Homicide House

BANNING, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) — Police found a toddler tied up and gagged Tuesday in a house in Banning, Calif., where three people were killed in an apparent drug-related homicide. The boy’s mother was one of the victims, The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported. Police said they did not see the 2-year-old in their first […]

Weatherman Found Asleep In Tub With Corpse

MAUMELLE, Ark., Sept. 7 (UPI) — Authorities said Tuesday they were investigating how a Little Rock, Ark., TV weatherman wound up asleep in a bathtub with a naked dead man. Homeowner John Barbour of Maumelle told police he awoke to snoring Monday and found KARK-TV meteorologist Brett Cummins, 33, sleeping in a dry bathtub alongside […]

Storm Toll Rises, Water Facilities Hit

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Rescue teams using helicopters raced Wednesday to save thousands of people stranded in western Japan as the death toll mounted from a killer storm. The death toll from Typhoon Talas — a slow-moving gigantic storm that struck the country’s mountainous region in the west during the weekend — has risen […]

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