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Army, Fearing Violence, Trains Settlers

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The army is training some West Bank settlers in preparation for possibly violent pro-statehood Palestinian demonstrations next month, Israeli officials said. Security leaders and members of emergency response teams from the settlements are being trained, Haaretz reported. Settlers may be armed with stun grenades and tear gas, the […]

EU, NATO Dismiss Abkhazia Election

SUKHUMI, Georgia, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The European Union and NATO say they don’t recognize the results of this past weekend’s election of Aleksandr Ankvab as the president of Abkhazia. Ankvab, one of three candidates who were vying to replace the late President Sergei Bagapsh in the breakaway Georgian region, won with nearly 55 percent […]

Israel Fears Terrorists Might Get Missiles

JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Israeli defense officials said Tuesday they fear new anti-tank missiles from Iran may be transferred to Hamas in Gaza or Hezbollah in Lebanon. Unnamed officials told The Jerusalem Post they fear the missiles will be used against Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers. On Monday, IRNA, Iran’s state news agency, […]

Yoshihiko Noda Elected PM Of Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Japanese Parliament Tuesday elected Yoshihiko Noda as the country’s sixth prime minister in five years. He succeeds Naoto Kan, who resigned last week. Noda, 54, who was finance minister in the Kan Cabinet, had earlier been elected president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in a runoff, clearing […]

Leukemia Death Not Linked To Power Plant

TOKYO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Leukemia killed a worker at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, where radiation was released, but its operator said the death was not linked to his work. Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was struck by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, said the man […]

Remnants Of Nanmadol Headed Toward China

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Remnants of Typhoon Nanmadol headed toward China’s Fujian Province Tuesday after lashing Taiwan with heavy rains and killing 16 people in the Philippines. The storm was expected to make landfall in the province after weakening over Taiwan, China Daily reported. Nanmadolwas known as Mina in the Philippines, where it struck […]

Australia Pays Asylum Seekers To Go Back

SYDNEY, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Australia has been giving grants of as much as $4,000 to help people who have failed to win asylum in Australia return to their nation of origin, records show. The so-called reintegration assistance program has awarded cash and other considerations to unsuccessful asylum seekers, The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported Monday. […]

11 Years In Prison For Tibetan Monk

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Chinese court sentenced a Tibetan monk to 11 years in prison for “intentional homicide” in the self-immolation death of his 16-year-old nephew, also a monk. The accused was identified as Drongdru, a monk in the Kirti Monastery in the Aba Tibetan-Qiang region in southwest China’s Sichuan province, the state-run […]

19 More Trapped Miners Rescued

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Relief teams in northern China Tuesday rescued 19 of the 22 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine for eight days, authorities said. The search went on for the other three, said the vice governor of Heilongjiang Province where the mine is located, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Rescuers […]

Dismissed For ‘empathy,’ Students Sues

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A student who says he was dismissed from a Webster University program for lacking empathy has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Missouri school. David Schwartz, 44, said he was told by Dr. Stacy Henning, the director of counselor education at the school, that he lacked sufficient empathy […]

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