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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 […]

Rescuers Free Whale Calf In N. England

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A 30-foot-long whale calf stranded on a mud flat off Northern England’s east coast was freed Tuesday, officials said. More than 50 rescuers worked for nearly 7 hours to free the animal after it got two-thirds of its body stuck in mud at the Immingham docks, the BBC reported. Once […]

Tea Party Wants Apology For Hoffa’s SOB Comment

DETROIT, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Tea Party leader demanded an apology from President Obama for Teamsters Union President James Hoffa’s calling the conservative activists “sons-of-a-bitches.” Hoffa used the derogatory term during his remarks to introduce Obama at a Labor Day rally in Detroit. Saying the Tea Party launched a “war on workers,” Hoffa said: […]

Judge Denies Tymoshenko Petition

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was denied a request Tuesday for more time to prepare testimony in her gas contract case. Judge Rodion Kireyev refused the former prime minister’s petition, saying Tymoshenko was given plenty of time to prepare, ITAR-Tass reported. “The defendant actually refused to testify,” Kireyev […]

Many Boomers Plan To Leave No Inheritance

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Many baby boomers say they plan to spend their money while they’re alive instead of leaving it to their children in estates. The Los Angeles Times reports a survey of millionaire baby boomers by investment firm U.S. Trust found only 49 percent deemed it important to leave money to […]

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