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Eid Clashes Leave 20 Dead In Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Following last week’s attacks by Islamic militants, religious conflict at the end of Ramadan left at least 20 people dead in Nigeria, the government said. Clashes erupted when Christians in northern Nigeria tried to block Muslims who were gathering at an area mosque to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end […]

Perry, Bachmann Are S.C. Primary Favorites

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are early favorites heading into the wide-open South Carolina primary, state Republicans say. GOP leaders say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Go. Jon Huntsman shouldn’t be counted out, The Hill reported Tuesday. “I think South […]

New Laws Allow More Eavesdropping

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Privacy advocates say new laws and technologies allow the U.S. government to eavesdrop on Americans as it never could before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “It used to be the case that if the government wanted to find out what you read and what you wrote, it would have to […]

Organs From HIV Donor Transplanted

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Five organs from a donor with HIV were mistakenly transplanted in patients at National Taiwan University Hospital, health officials said. The Department of Health said it is trying to determine how a transplant team harvested organs from a 37-year-old donor who tested positive for HIV, the Taipei Times reported. […]

Obama Approval Ratings Stuck At 40 Percent

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama averaged a 40 percent job-approval rating last week, tying his record-low ratings of the two previous weeks, Gallup said Tuesday. The last time Obama’s average weekly approval rating registered at least 50 percent among all Americans was May 30-June 5, Gallup said. Obama still receives broad […]

Foreign Firms Helped Gadhafi Spy

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A tour of an abandoned security unit in Tripoli showed how Moammar Gadhafi’s regime tracked Libyans and the involvement of foreign firms in the surveillance. People familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal Libyan officials discussed high-tech spying devices with several companies — including Boeing’s Narus unit, […]

U.S. Panel Tells Of ‘historical Injustice’ In Guatemala

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Researchers in a 1940s U.S.-funded study in Guatemala violated ethics by exposing individuals to sexually transmitted diseases without consent, a panel found. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its assessment Monday on the U.S. Public Health Service study in the Central American country in which vulnerable […]

Latest WikiLeaks Postings Name Names

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Nearly 134,000 U.S. cables posted on the Web recently by WikiLeaks list names of people who spoke in confidence to U.S. diplomats, government officials said. State Department officials and human rights activists raised concerns that diplomats in authoritarian countries could face reprisals, including arrest, violence or being dismissed from their […]

Omar Letter Predicts Taliban Victory

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A lengthy message reportedly written by the leader of the Afghan Taliban predicts “imminent victory” over NATO forces in Afghanistan. The statement e-mailed to journalists and posted on a Web site used by the Taliban said more foreign troops are dying because Taliban fighters have learned NATO tactics and […]

Budget Change Sought For United Nations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. House Republicans say they are introducing legislation that would allow countries to choose which activities of the United Nations they want to fund. The voluntary budget measure, sponsored by Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, would also end funding for Palestinian refugees and limit the use of U.S. funds only to […]

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