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Syria Delays Arab League Visit

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Syria announced that it asked the secretary-general of the Arab League to delay his scheduled visit to the country. Arab-League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi was scheduled to visit Syria, presumably this week. The official Syrian Arab News Agency, however, said Damascus has asked Arabi to postpone the visit for […]

Rivalries Still Exist In Ivory Coast

MONROVIA, Liberia, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Ivorian refugees at camps in Liberia are dealing with harassment and threats as tensions remain after the near civil war in Ivory Coast, authorities say. Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down following November presidential elections in Ivory Coast after the international community recognized Alassane Ouattara as the winner. The […]

Somalia Looks To End Of Transition

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The transition period for the government in Somali will come to an end in August 2012, delegates at a U.N.-backed meeting in Mogadishu declared. Nearly three dozen delegates from the Arab League, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and the European Union met to discuss ending Somalia’s transitional period, the […]

$40M In Social Security Paid To Deceased

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — An audit of U.S. Social Security Administration records estimates the agency has paid out more than $40 million to people who are deceased. CNNMoney.com said the Social Security Office of the Inspector General’s estimate is based on a sample tested during a 2008 audit. Family members or funeral directors usually […]

U.S. Targets Zawahiri, Al-Qaida Chiefs

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 7 (UPI) — In recent weeks, the United States and Pakistan claim to have killed or captured several top al-Qaida operatives, despite the outcry in Pakistan over the U.S. assassination of Osama bin Laden. These actions primarily involve the CIA and the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command. They’re part of an […]

Zoo Dolphin Dies In Freak Accident

CHICAGO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The death of a young dolphin at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago was the result of the animal colliding with another dolphin, zoo officials said. Nea, a 4-year-old female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, died of a fractured skull following the incident Monday, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported. No one witnessed the accident but trainers […]

Ex-Citigroup Exec Guilty In $22M Scheme

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A former Citigroup Inc. executive pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $22 million from the company and wiring the money to his personal bank account. Gary Foster, 35, a former Citigroup vice president who pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to bank fraud charges, faces up to 10 years […]

Toxic Dump Site Threatened By Flooding

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 7 (UPI) — Flooding triggered by Hurricane Irene has created a problem for one of the most toxic chemical dump sites in the United States, officials in New Jersey say. A 400-acre Superfund site in Bridgewater, N.J. remains under 13 feet of water raising serious safety concerns, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported […]

Bloomberg: Give Ground Zero A New Name

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) — It’s time to rename Ground Zero, where two hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade twin towers a decade ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as Ground Zero. Never,” Bloomberg said Tuesday when updating […]

Judge Denies DNA Retesting In Amanda Knox Trial

PERUGIA, Italy, Sept. 7 (UPI) — An Italian appeals court Wednesday rejected a prosecution request for more DNA testing on the alleged weapon used in the slaying of a British exchange student. The ruling is seen as a victory for lawyers representing U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in their appeal of […]

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