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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 […]

Boko Haram Has Ties To Al-Qaida

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram in the last year has solidified its relationship with al-Qaida groups, a U.S. official familiar with terrorist groups said. Boco Haram told the BBC it carried out last week’s attack that left dozens of people dead and many more injured at the U.N. offices in […]

Sarah Palin Confirms Weekend Tea Party Rally

INDIANOLA, Iowa, Sept. 1 (UPI) — After hours of conflicting reports, organizers confirmed potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak at a Tea Party rally in Iowa. Consultants from Palin’s team threatened to withdraw her from the rally if former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell were present at the event, Politico reported. O’Donnell was uninvited […]


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