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Report: 750K Somalis Could Starve To Death

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 5 (UPI) — About three-quarters of a million Somalis could starve to death because of poor crop production and reduced purchasing power, a U.N. food agency said Monday. A survey indicated acute malnutrition and the mortality rate pushed southern Somalia’s bay region into the famine category, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis […]

Knox’s Appeal In Roommate’s Death Resumes

PERUGIA, Italy, Sept. 5 (UPI) — The family of the British student killed while studying in Italy say they don’t want the woman to be forgotten nor her death to be in vain. Stephanie Kercher said she wrote to the family’s lawyers in Italy, expressing “anxiety and trouble” about an appeal by two of the […]

Lee Moves Inland; Blamed For 3 Deaths

MCCOMB, Miss., Sept. 5 (UPI) — The storm once called Tropical Storm Lee moved inland Monday after flooding parts of the Gulf Coast and being blamed for three deaths in Texas, officials said. The storm, with sustained winds of about 34 mph, was moving on a northeasterly track at about 7 mph, the National Hurricane […]

S. Korean Suicide Rate Rises Sharply

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Suicides in South Korea hit 15,413 in 2009, or more than 42 per day, a government report said Monday. The 2009 deaths were more than double the number reported in 1999 and were the highest among the 34-member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said the report […]

Obama’s Schedule For Monday, Sept. 5

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — President Obama flies to Detroit to participate in a Labor Day event Monday, the White House said. During the afternoon event, Obama will deliver remarks on his efforts to create jobs and strengthen the economy, the daily agenda indicates. Obama will deliver his jobs plan to a joint session of […]

Irish Pol: Vatican In Sex-abuse Denial

DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 5 (UPI) — The Vatican is in denial about its role in an alleged culture of priest sexual abuse of minors, an Irish politician said in a new salvo against the Holy See. An Irish-government report released in July into sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Cloyne in southeastern Ireland — […]

Political Committees Raise $242 Million So Far

The major U.S. political party committees raised more than $242 million in the first half of 2011, the Federal Election Commission said Wednesday. The amount the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee took in was a 14.4 percent increase from same period in 2009 and a 26.5 increase from 2007.

Rebels Poised To Attack Gadhafi Stronghold

BANI WALID, Libya, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Libyan rebels were poised to attack one of Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds Monday after talks for the city’s peaceful surrender collapsed, a spokesman said. The attack on besieged Bani Walid, a desert city of 60,000 people about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, may have begun, with al-Jazeera reporting […]

Sink Holes Force China Highway Closure

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Chinese authorities Monday closed a highway in eastern Jiangxi province after two sink holes appeared on a slope nearby. China Daily quoted local reports that one of the holes, 10 meters (about 33 feet) wide and deep, appeared on a slope of the Shanghai-Kunming Highway. Details about the other one […]

Typhoon Death Toll Rises To 26

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Rescuers Monday searched for 54 people missing in the aftermath of Typhoon Talas that left at least 26 dead in Japan’s western region, officials said. The deadly weekend storm had crossed into the Sea of Japan by late Sunday, but not before lashing six of the prefectures with torrential rains […]


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