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Case Against Tymoshenko Collapsing?

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 6 (UPI) — The case against Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has collapsed “completely,” her lawyer claimed from Kiev. Tymoshenko is charged with corruption stemming from a 2009 gas deal with Russia she helped broker while serving as prime minister. The current government claims the deal struck a blow to the […]

Clashes, Arrests Follow Mubarak Trial

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Almost two dozen people were arrested after clashes broke out following the resumption of the murder trial against Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian officials said. Mubarak and members of his inner circle are on trial for murder in connection with the death of unarmed protesters during the country’s revolution earlier this year. […]

Britain’s Preemie Twins, 4, Start School

CHATHAM, England, Sept. 6 (UPI) — British 4-year-old twins Gracie and Mikey Swindell, born after only 24 weeks gestation, have started school, officials said. The twins, who doctors thought would never survive, rushed through the gates at the Wingate Infants’ school in Chatham, The Sun reported Tuesday. The twins were unable to breathe at birth […]

Lebanon’s PM Meets STL Authorities

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Lebanon’s prime minister met with officials with the tribunal probing the 2005 slaying of Rafik Hariri for the first time since June, his office confirmed. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati met in Beirut with authorities from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, sources told the Daily Star newspaper. The unannounced […]

Iraqis Flee Iranian Border Shelling

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Iranian forces shelled villages along the border with Iraq a day after Kurdish militants said they were interested in negotiating a cease-fire. Kurdish authorities said villagers were fleeing areas north of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, after Iranian forces pounded the area Tuesday. Iran has thousands of troops deployed along […]

Turkey Cuts Ties With Israel

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Turkey is “totally suspending” ties with Israel for its raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in 2010, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. Eight Turks were killed in the raid. Erdogan said his country is cutting military and commercial ties and will impose further sanctions because of Israel’s […]

Much Of House Budget Savings Symbolic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Budget-cutting mandates the House passed in the early days of Republican John Boehner’s turn as speaker may be more symbolic than practical, a review indicated. Cuts included in the two mandates passed resulted in pay raises for chiefs of staff even as the payroll for lower level aides was slashed, […]

Cameron Calls For Rendition Probe

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an independent inquiry into reports British intelligence sent terrorist suspects to Libya. Cameron told the House of Commons that the accusations were “significant” but repeatedly praised the work of the intelligence services in recruiting the Libyan regime in the fight against international terrorism, […]

Diplomatic Cables Allege Putin Holds Grudge With Estonia

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (UPI) — U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks allege Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a personal issue with Estonia going back to World War II. The cables, released last week by the Web site, were published by Kommersant on Monday, The Moscow Times reported. A cable from 2009 alleges Putin holds […]

Restaurants Seek Food Stamp Customers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — More and more U.S. restaurants say they want to be allowed to accept food stamps as the entitlement program continues to grow. USA Today reports restaurants have not typically accepted food stamps, distributed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as federal rules generally prohibit their use […]

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