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Chechen Official Attacked, Shot

YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Chechen government official was attacked and slightly injured by an unidentified assailant in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, police said. Police said the assailant approached Salautdin Mamakov from behind and shot him Monday evening, apparently with a non-lethal firearm that uses rubber bullets, RIA Novosti reported. Mamakov, the […]

EU Commission Wants Border-control Powers

BRUSSELS, Sept. 6 (UPI) — The European Commission says it wants EU member states to surrender border-control decisions and give a central role in those matters to the commission. “Freedom of movement of persons is a common European good and decisions affecting it should be taken at EU level,” home affairs spokesman Michele Cercone said […]

Moscow Man Says He Didn’t Rape Daughter

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Moscow man has begun a hunger strike to protest a 13-year jail sentence, saying he’s not guilty of charges of raping his 7-year-old daughter, his wife said. RIA Novosti reported Vladimir Makarov, who was sentenced Monday, was charged after his dead sperm were found in his daughter’s urine when […]

Al-Qaida Waning In Arab Spring?

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Al-Qaida may struggle to gain a foothold in the Arab world after public demonstrations, not holy war, brought about regional change, analysts say. Relatively peaceful demonstrations brought down the governments of Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year. Those gave way to the so-called Arab Spring, a surge of political frustration […]

Russian Politician Under House Arrest

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Moscow court has ordered the former governor of Russia’s Tula region be placed under house arrest amid allegations he accepted a $1.3 million bribe. Vyacheslav Dudka will be under house arrest in the village of Khomyakovo in the Tula region, ITAR-Tass reported Tuesday. The court ordered house arrest over […]

Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing 2

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet on a routine training flight exploded in the air and crashed in the Urals early Tuesday, killing both pilots, officials said. Russian media report authorities said the crash occurred minutes after the plane took off from Bolshoye Savino airfield. A Defense Ministry source told RIA […]

Assad Welcomes ICRC Delegation To Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Damascus welcomes the work of the International Red Cross in the country as long as the organization remains independent, the Syrian president said. Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, met Syrian President Bashar Assad following a visit to the central prison in Damascus. Kellenberger […]

Case Against Tymoshenko Collapsing?

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 6 (UPI) — The case against Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has collapsed “completely,” her lawyer claimed from Kiev. Tymoshenko is charged with corruption stemming from a 2009 gas deal with Russia she helped broker while serving as prime minister. The current government claims the deal struck a blow to the […]

Clashes, Arrests Follow Mubarak Trial

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Almost two dozen people were arrested after clashes broke out following the resumption of the murder trial against Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian officials said. Mubarak and members of his inner circle are on trial for murder in connection with the death of unarmed protesters during the country’s revolution earlier this year. […]

Britain’s Preemie Twins, 4, Start School

CHATHAM, England, Sept. 6 (UPI) — British 4-year-old twins Gracie and Mikey Swindell, born after only 24 weeks gestation, have started school, officials said. The twins, who doctors thought would never survive, rushed through the gates at the Wingate Infants’ school in Chatham, The Sun reported Tuesday. The twins were unable to breathe at birth […]

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