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Lebanese Prime Minister Wants French Peacekeepers To Remain

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged France to retain its presence in the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. Two months ago French U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon troops came under attack in southern Lebanon. Mikati wrote to French President Nicholas Sarkozy, “I assure you, Mr. President, of my determination […]

Sadr Calls For Iraqis To Rise Up Against Government

BAGHDAD, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Moqtada Sadr, the leader of Iraq’s Sadrist movement, has urged the Iraqi “resistance” to respond to the U.S. military temporarily closing Baghdad’s airspace. On Aug. 30, U.S. forces temporarily closed Baghdad’s airspace to civilian traffic for roughly an hour after U.S. forces in Iraq received a “credible” threat. U.S. military […]

Nigerian Governor Denies Islamic Sects In State

ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Nigeria’s Adamawa Gov. Murtala Nyako has denied Boko Haram is operating in his state. Nyako’s denial comes even as soldiers of the 23rd Armored Brigade based in the Adamawa state capital Yola said they killed suspected members of the dreaded Islamic militant secretive sect. Last week unknown gunmen attacked […]

Sudanese Army Attacks SPLM Forces

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 6 (UPI) — The Sudanese government attacked the residence of Blue Nile state Gov. Malik Agar in the state capital Al-Damazin. Agar is also the chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North. SPLM-N Secretary-General Yasir Arman said Sudanese army troops launched a night military offensive Friday targeting the SPLM’s Joint Integrated […]

Somali Troops Kill Al Shabaab Militants

GAROWE, Somalia, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Somali government troops in Puntland have killed more than 20 Al Shabaab militants. Puntland Deputy Security Minister Abdi-Jamal Osman Mohamed told a news conference the deaths were the result of fighting in Galkayo between Puntland security forces and Al Shabaab militia members. The clashes erupted Thursday after Al Shabaab […]

2 Dead In Uncontrolled Texas Wildfires

BASTROP, Texas, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Texas’ most destructive wildfire ever — one of more than 63 raging statewide — consumed more than 25,000 acres and 500 homes near Austin, officials said. Another one of the wind-whipped infernos killed a mother and her 18-month-old child who were unable to escape their mobile home near Gladewater, […]

Helicopters Deliver Food, Relief Supplies

TOKYO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Japanese authorities Tuesday airlifted food and essential supplies to typhoon victims in the western region as the death toll from the storm mounted. Thousands of people remained stranded in Nara and Wakayama prefectures, among the worst hit by Typhoon Talas, which brought heavy rains that triggered massive flooding and mudslides […]

GOP Rep. Has Bill To Reverse NLRB Ruling

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — A member of Congress has introduced a bill to undo a ruling requiring employers to notify employees of their rights under the U.S. National Labor Relations Act. Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., introduced a measure last week that would reverse the Aug. 30 decision by the National Labor Relations Board, The […]

Iran Offers Nuke Program ‘supervision’

TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Iran offered Monday five years’ “full supervision” of its nuclear program by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency if the agency lifts its sanctions. Iran said, however, it would move forward with its uranium-enrichment programs whatever the agency decides on sanctions, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. “By lifting the […]

Rollins Cuts Role In Bachmann Campaign

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — U.S. GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager said Monday he is cutting back his role and his deputy said is resigning from the campaign. Rollins, a veteran Republican campaign manager, plans to reduce his role to a senior advisory capacity, citing health reasons and the toll of day-to-day management […]

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