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Despite Denials, U.S. Wants Calm In Sudan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department called on both sides to the conflict in Sudan to settle their differences and let humanitarian workers into South Kordofan. Human rights groups said they uncovered evidence that Sudanese airstrikes on the population of South Kordofan left crop devastation, displacements and scores of civilians dead in […]

Zimbabwe MPs Not Accepting Circumcision

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Male Zimbabwe Parliament members have declined a proposal asking them to be circumcised to set an example in the fight against AIDS, officials say. Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe proposed the circumcision to male MPs after evidence found that men are 60 percent less likely to become infected with […]

Pentagon Responds To Fraud Report

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The Pentagon is committed to improving its contracting in war zones after a commission found at least $31 billion was lost to fraud, a spokesman said. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan found at least $31 billion was lost to waste and fraud during operations in both […]

Officials: Man Smuggled Cocaine In Body

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Authorities say a German man tried to board a flight from Las Vegas to London with more than a kilo of cocaine inside pellets in his digestive system. Officials said Wednesday Christopher Adiegwu, 43, was charged in an indictment with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to […]

Tymoshenko: Case About Ukraine’s Future

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko told a court in Kiev her corruption trial could influence the country’s future. Tymoshenko is on trial in connection to a 2009 gas deal she helped broker with Russian energy company Gazprom while serving as prime minister. The deal prompted Gazprom to resume gas […]

Protesters Gather Outside Ethiopian School

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Sept. 1 (UPI) — About 300 Israelis of Ethiopian descent protested segregation outside Nir Etzion, a school attended almost entirely by Ethiopian children. The school, considered an “Ethiopian ghetto,” was supposed to be closed and its students integrated into other schools, The Jerusalem Post reported. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni spoke to protesters […]

Iran Warns Of Western Role In Arab Spring

TEHRAN, Sept. 1 (UPI) — There will be major problems in the Muslim world if Western powers are allowed to exploit the so-called Arab Spring, Iran’s supreme leader warned. A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s tenure after more than 23 years in power. That […]

Prison Break Reported In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Dozens of prisoners escaped from an Iraqi prison following a deadly August, though the U.S. military said it was its best month since the start of the war. Iraqi officials said Thursday they recaptured 21 of the 35 prisoners who escaped from a detention center in northern Ninawa province. Abdul […]

Mother Allegedly Shoots 2 Children, Flees

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Sept. 1 (UPI) — An East St. Louis, Ill., mother allegedly shot two of her children and fled the scene by car before being apprehended, police said. The woman, identified as Yokeia Smith by relatives, was caught by police in downtown St. Louis Wednesday after hitting three pedestrians with her vehicle, […]

Final Canadian Province Bans Road Texting

EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Alberta became the 10th and final Canadian province Thursday to ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones and texting behind the wheel. Among the other nine provinces, Alberta’s law is seen as more wide-ranging, as it give police officers the discretion to lay charges of distracted driving for other things […]


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