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Sri Lankan President Lifts Emergency Laws

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday lifted emergency laws that were imposed in 1983 at the start of the Tamil Tiger rebellion. Rajapaksa, whose military put down the rebellion in May 2009, told Parliament there was no longer a need to extend the laws, the Sri Lankan government […]

Rockets, Missiles Hit Southern Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (UPI) — More than 20 rockets and missiles were fired at southern Israel after the death of an Islamic Jihad commander in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, the army said. Grad missiles and Qassam rockets fell in Beersheba, Ashkelon and Ofakim Wednesday night, injuring a 9-month old baby and setting a vehicle […]

Iran Sues Russia Over Defense Systems

MOSCOW, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Iran sued Russia in the International Court of Justice over its refusal to supply S-300 missile systems, an Iranian diplomat said. The two countries signed a contract in 2007 requiring Russia to provide Iran with at least five S-300 systems, Iran’s Press TV reported. Russia has said it is unable […]

Report Advises Against Palestinian Statehood Bid

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A British professor who occasionally gives the Palestinians legal advice warned against their statehood bid next month at the United Nations, Ma’an reported. A seven-page document from Guy-Goodwin Gill, obtained by Ma’an, states that an initiative to transfer Palestinian representation from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to a new […]

Egyptian Envoy Says Cairo Warned Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Egypt warned Israel against conducting a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip, said Yasser Othman, the Egyptian envoy to the Palestinian territories. Othman was referring to Israel’s response to a terror attack that killed eight Israelis a week ago near Eilat. Five Egyptians were killed when Israeli troops […]

EU: OKs Needed To Impose Border Controls

BRUSSELS, Aug. 25 (UPI) — EU members seeking to restrict movement in the passport-free zone will need to gain permission from Brussels, an early draft of a new proposal indicates. The draft of a new European Commission proposal was obtained by the Financial Times. In it, the European Union proposes that any member state seeking […]

N. Korean Offer Welcome But ‘insufficient’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — North Korea’s offer to suspend nuclear tests and resume the six-party talks is welcome but “insufficient,” a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said. Victoria Nuland said the offer, reportedly made Wednesday by North Korean leader Kim Jong II while visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, is a familiar one. “We’ve seen these […]

Former Home Secretary Used Inmate Labor

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The British Prison Service is investigating why two inmates on work release painted the house of former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, officials said Wednesday. Smith, a former Labor member of Parliament, said the work was legitimate and that she and her husband, Richard Timney, had made a donation to a […]

Truckers Union Blocks Sydney Thoroughfare

SYDNEY, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Hundreds of union officials representing truckers and bus drivers stopped traffic on a major thoroughfare Thursday in Australia’s largest city. The protest in the Sydney district of Rose Hill was aimed at working conditions, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported. The shop stewards, who had been attending a conference at […]

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Top Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban leader during a joint operation in north Afghanistan’s Faryab Province, NATO said. A Taliban subordinate was also killed in the operation in the province’s Ghormach district, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force reported on its Web site. The Taliban leader was identified […]

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