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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 […]

Activists Plan Protests Against G8, NATO

CHICAGO, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Activists are planning massive protests in Chicago to coincide with a Group of Eight and North Atlantic Treaty Organization gatherings next spring. More than 160 people representing 50 activist organizations met in Chicago Sunday to begin planning two demonstrations and a march for the week-long joint G8-NATO summit scheduled for […]

Man Walking Dog Aids Cop In Arrest

CHICAGO, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A Chicago man walking his dog came to the aid of a police officer struggling to put a man under arrest. Tom Lashinski, 28, was exercising his mother’s dog early Sunday when he saw what looked like two people fighting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He then realized one of the […]

Pentagon Looks At Ways To Cut Budget

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Department is considering options across all military branches to reduce spending, officials said. The Army is considering ending some targeting and communications systems and trimming combat brigades. The Navy might delay ship construction and cut back on the number of sailors, among other things, The Washington Times […]

Bachmann: Irene, Quake ‘God’s Way’

SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann was joking when she said Hurricane Irene and a recent quake were God’s attention-getters, an aide said. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said Sunday at a campaign appearance in Sarasota, Fla. […]

CIA Veteran Calls For Return To Rendition

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A former CIA officer says the wave of pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East is a disaster for U.S. and British intelligence collection. Michael Scheuer, who once led the CIA unit that pursued Osama bin Laden, says help from Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan and Lebanese intelligence services has “dried-up” because […]

Report Expected To Reveal Priest Abuse

DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — An impending report is expected to reveal there was sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland’s County Donegal and efforts to hide it, The Guardian reports. The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is preparing to publish the results of its investigation into allegations of clerical […]

Arab League To Send Leader To Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Protests in Syria’s capital city escalated as the Arab League said it plans to send its leader to Damascus to press the government to end the bloodshed. Human rights activists reported dozens of protests in Damascus suburbs during the weekend, as well as shots being fired at protesters trying […]

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