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Ban Urges U.N. Members To Sign Nuke Ban

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations, including the United States, Monday to ratify the United Nations-backed treaty banning nuclear weapons. “Over the course of the Cold War, hundreds of nuclear weapon tests left behind a devastating legacy for local citizens and their natural environment,” he said in a […]

Cheney Says Iraq Leaks Came From Bush

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s soon-to-be-released memoir says former President George W. Bush authorized the Iraq strategy leak. Cheney wrote in “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” to be released Tuesday, that he was stunned to find that Bush authorized the leaks, as Cheney believed doing so could […]

Medvedev Warns About Election Violations

SOCHI, Russia, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned lower house members seeking election this winter not to sabotage or otherwise interfere with other candidates. At a party leaders meeting in Sochi Monday, Medvedev also advised against inciting racial hate, RIA Novosti reported. Doing so will bring dire consequences to those who […]

New Orleans Notes Katrina Anniversary

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Residents in New Orleans and elsewhere remembered the tragic events that began six years ago Monday when Hurricane Katrina struck. President Obama said the anniversary demanded “more than remembrance.” “[What's] required of us is our continued efforts to make sure that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast fully recover, […]

London Police Keepstreets Calm During Fair

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — London police say they thwarted attempts to incite rioting at the Notting Hill Carnival via social media. About 16,000 police officers were stationed across the city Sunday for the start of the carnival in the upscale neighborhood, which is the largest street festival in Europe, The Daily Telegraph reported. “We […]

Cantor Unveils Jobs Plan Big On Regulation Cuts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined a jobs plan that would target 10 regulations for elimination and enact one major tax cut for businesses. Cantor, outlined his plan — presented as contrast to jobs proposals President Obama plans to offer next week — in an e-mail to rank-and-file Republicans, […]

IRS Audits Calif. City Bond Issuance

VERNON, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) — The Internal Revenue Service says it’s auditing a bond issue by Vernon, Calif., in the third major investigation of the troubled community in the past year. City officials said they were notified this month by the IRS that it had obtained information about the $490 million tax-exempt bond issue […]

Gypsy Crime Gangs Expanding In Australia

SYDNEY, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Australian investigators say gypsy gangs may have expanded their crime operations into drug dealing. The Daily Telegraph reported in its Tuesday edition the Department of Fair Trading has uncovered alleged ties between gypsy gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs. Officials estimate gypsy gang crime, which often includes scams against the elderly, […]

German Chancellor Unhappy With Plane

BERLIN, Aug. 29 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to switch out her new Airbus A340 for an older plane, inherited from communist East Germany. The plane, meant to be Germany’s response to the United States’ Air Force One, has been having technical issues, The Local reported Monday. Issues include engines overheating and […]

Scotland’s University Fees Rate Attacked

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A legal challenge to Scotland’s university fees policy calls it “anti-English” as English undergraduates pay large fees while Scottish students pay nothing. Under the policy instituted by Scotland’s nationalist administration, English students face paying up to $59,000 to attend Scottish universities while local undergraduates will pay nothing, The Daily […]

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