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Teachers, Public Workers Strike In Italy

ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Millions of workers belonging to Italy’s largest union went on strike Tuesday to protest a $63 billion austerity package. The Italian news service ANSA said the strike, which includes teachers, hospital workers and public servants, was expected to halt public transportation and cause disruptions in schools and government services. Demonstrations […]

Blogger Accuses FBI Of Spying On Israel

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — U.S. supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress were recorded on FBI wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, a blogger reported. In an interview with The New York Times published Tuesday, Richard Silverstein provided a motive for the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the prosecution in a Maryland […]

Egyptians Protest Israeli Embassy Wall

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Egyptian activists called for a protest at the Israeli Embassy to demand a halt to the construction of a cement wall outside the embassy. “I’m a Pro-Intifada Egyptian,” “Egyptian Unity” and other movements called for the protest, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, al-Masry al-Youm reported. In a statement, the groups […]

Rhode Island Is No. 1 For Pension Problems

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 6 (UPI) — Rhode Island has the nation’s largest unfunded pension liability, state Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo says. Though barely 1 million people live in Rhode Island, Raimondo told The Washington Post the state’s pension shortfall amounts to at least $6.8 billion. To fix the problem, Rhode Island officials are considering what […]

Man Held Daughter Hostage In Australia

SYDNEY, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Police stormed a Sydney office building and arrested a man who held his young daughter hostage and may have had a bomb, officials said. The girl, was rescued. The man had said he had a bomb in his backpack but there was no immediate word on whether an explosive device […]

Ex-Yugoslav Official Sentenced To 27 Years

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 6 (UPI) — An army official of the former Yugoslavia was sentenced in the Netherlands Tuesday to 27 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Momcilo Perisic, 67, was sentenced after he was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He had pleaded not guilty. […]

Barak: Enemies Wouldn’t Dare Use WMDs

JERUSALEM, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Enemies are not likely to start an “all-out war” and “wouldn’t dare” use chemical weapons against Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday. Barak was responding to an assessment of the stability of the region by Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg Monday. The general said the Middle East was on the […]

Testimony Undercuts Case Against Mubarak

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Witnesses in the corruption and murder trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak testified Tuesday they didn’t receive direct orders to kill protesters. A lawyer who represents families of people who died during the protests that led to Mubarak’s ouster called the trial a farce because witnesses called to testify […]

Democracy Blogger Arrested In Egypt

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Lebanese blogger was arrested at Cairo International Airport because his name appeared on an Egyptian intelligence blacklist, a friend said. Imad Bazzi was apprehended when he tried to enter the country, al-Masry al-Youm reported Tuesday. The friend, Egyptian blogger Mohamed ElGhory, said Bazzi was told he would be deported. […]

Lee’s Floods Prompt Ala. School Closings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 6 (UPI) — Heavy rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Lee forced the closing of schools in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, school officials said. The auditorium of Pinson Valley High School collapsed Monday night after up to 5 feet of rain collected in the building, The Birmingham News reported. Schools spokeswoman Nez Calhoun […]

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