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Airstrikes In Gaza After Mortars Fired

GAZA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — An Islamic Jihad commander was killed and two Palestinians injured in separate Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Wednesday, the army said. The Egyptian news agency MENA reported an Egyptian woman was injured when a rocket fired by Palestinians in Gaza exploded on the Egyptian side of Rafah. The Chinese news agency […]

Ex-Japanese Foreign Minister Eyes Top Job

TOKYO, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Japanese former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara confirmed he will run his party’s leadership race next week to succeed Naoto Kan as prime minister. Maehara, who resigned as foreign minister in March, said he will focus on uniting the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and halt its plummeting approval ratings. The […]

Report: Plane Skidded On Its Nose

SHANNON, Ireland, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A plane trying to land at Shannon Airport in western Ireland had trouble with crosswinds before skidding on its nose for more than half a mile, a report says. No one on board the Aer Arann flight from Manchester, England, was injured in the July 17 incident, The Irish […]

Zardari Cautions Against Aid Cut

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Any cut in U.S. aid would both hurt Pakistan’s economy and send a negative signal to its people, Pakistan’s president told a visiting U.S. Senate delegation. Meeting the delegation in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari said he hoped U.S. lawmakers would not take any such steps, Dawn newspaper reported. […]

Police Trying To Identify Amnesiac

LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Police said they were trying to identify a man who came to a hospital in England with what he said was a splitting headache and no memory of who he is. A week after his appearance, the man’s name and address are unknown, The Independent reported. No one matching his […]

Man Guilty In 1999 Suitcase Killing

LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A dozen years after a woman’s body was found in a suitcase in a parking lot at London’s Heathrow International Airport, her accused killer has been convicted. Youssef Ahmed Mosalem Wahid, 42, who was extradited from Bahrain, was convicted Monday of the murder of Fatima Kama, the Uxbridge Gazette reported. […]

11 Killed In Australian House Fire

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Tongan immigrants gathered Tuesday outside a house gutted by fire in northeastern Australia to mourn the 11 people who died there. The blaze in the Brisbane suburb of Slacks Creek was believed to have been set off by four gas bottles exploding, The Courier-Mail of Brisbane reported. The fire […]

Tea Party Cultural Characteristics Defined

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Voters sympathetic to the Tea Party movement reflect four primary cultural and political beliefs to a greater degree than others do, U.S. researchers suggest. Lead author Andrew J. Perrin, an associate professor of sociology in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, and colleagues […]

Govt. Seeks Compromise As Hazare Fasts

NEW DELHI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader in India began his ninth day of fasting Wednesday as the government scrambled to meet his demands. The campaign of Anna Hazare, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, has galvanized tens of thousands of people across the country, drawn attention around the world, and raised concerns […]

Russian President Urges War Crime Tribunal

MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili should face a war crimes tribunal, but he doubts that will happen. Medvedev made the comment during a news conference Thursday, as the third anniversary of the Georgia War nears, ITAR-Tass reported. “If you asked for my personal opinion, […]

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