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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 […]

Teen Child Porn Collector Pleads Guilty

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Canadian teenager who admitted to starting his child pornography collection when he was 12 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation. The youth, whose name was withheld, entered his plea in Winnipeg, Manitoba, along with an apology, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. “I know what […]

Judge Blocks Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A law making it a crime to be an undocumented alien in Alabama was temporarily blocked by a federal judge just days before it was due to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn said she will rule no later than Sept. 28 on a request to stop […]

Lockerbie Bomber’s Letter Found In Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 maintained his innocence in a private letter to Libya’s intelligence chief. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi wrote “I am an innocent man” in a letter discovered by The Wall Street Journal at intelligence headquarters in Tripoli, […]

White House Directs Sept. 11 Tributes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. government officials have received detailed guidelines from the White House on how to commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. They call for honoring the memory of those who died on American soil but also remembering that attacks by al-Qaida and extremist groups have occurred in […]

Seven More Protesters Die In Syria

DARAA, Syria, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Protesters rallied in several Syrian cities Tuesday, clashing with government forces in confrontations that left at least seven people dead, activists said. They said at least 17 other people had been killed Monday by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Los Angeles Times reported. Tuesday’s rallies in […]

Executions Stayed For 8 Weeks In India

CHENNAI, India, Aug. 30 (UPI) — September hanging sentences for three men in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were stayed for eight weeks by an Indian high court. The order was issued Tuesday by the court in Chennai, capital of the southern Tamil Nadu state. Officials there had appealed to Indian […]

Gadhafi Diplomats Leave Files In Canada

OTTAWA, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Libyan diplomats loyal to Moammar Gadhafi who were ousted from Canada earlier this year left behind boxes of government files, expatriates said. Mustafa Shakshouki, a spokesman with the Libyan Canadian Association, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. unidentified people who have been in the diplomats’ vacant $7 mansion since the last […]

North Korea Blamed For Cyberattack

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Investigators in South Korea said they found evidence the North was responsible for a cyberattack against a South Korean bank in April. Nearly half of the servers of the Nonghyup agricultural bank crashed, destroying key data and leaving about 30 million customers unable to use ATMs or online services for […]

Gov. Shumlin: ‘It’s Just Devastating’

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 30 (UPI) — The storm that was once Hurricane Irene forced the evacuation of at least 300 homes in Quebec, with at least one person feared dead, authorities in Canada said. Nearly a quarter of a million Quebec residents were without power during the storm’s height, with about 5 inches of rain […]

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