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Torture Claims In Rwanda Genocide Trial

HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The defense in the genocide case of Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba is alleging most of the statements by witnesses were obtained through torture. An appeal of Bazaramba’s conviction for involvement in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 began at the Helsinki Court of Appeals on Monday, Helsingen Sonomat reported. Prosecutors […]

Judge orders striking faculty to return

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A judge has ordered striking faculty at Central Michigan University back to work less than 24 hours after they voted to walk in a contract dispute.

An Isabella County judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to…

Putin Urges Mandatory Primaries

MOSCOW, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he wants legislative amendments to introduce primaries for all political parties. “I would like to ask you to consider and discuss with your colleagues from other political parties ways of making such preliminary elections a legally binding norm,” Putin told a meeting of the […]

Italian Debt Causes Political Wrangling

ROME, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Italyian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to be facing opposition to his austerity measures after publicly rebuking a key coalition government ally. The Italian Senate’s debate over the details of the government’s plan to cut $65 billion in spending and balance the budget over the next two years has […]

U.S. Urges Caution On Iraq, Turkey Border

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkey needs to make sure it’s in close contact with Iraq during its on assault on Kurdish rebels, the U.S. State Department said. Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said that although Ankara has the right of self-defense in taking on the threat from Kurdish rebels, “we […]

Judge Orders Striking Faculty To Return

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A judge has ordered striking faculty at Central Michigan University back to work less than 24 hours after they voted to walk in a contract dispute. An Isabella County judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to a request from the university administration, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday. […]

Merkel Gives Serbia Conditions To Join EU

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Berlin says Serbia must make amends with Kosovo in order to join the European Union, though the Serbian president said the situation is very complex. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Belgrade, marking the first visit to Serbia by a top Western leader since Serbian war crimes suspect […]

Sinai Crisis Could Spark Egypt-Israel War

CAIRO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Israelis and Palestinians are observing an uneasy truce after five days of fighting in southern Sinai but the clashes underlined how a security crisis brewing since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled Feb. 11 could explode into a wider conflict. Since the ouster of Mubarak, who actively supported Egypt’s historic […]

Adoption Sought For Injured Fla. Whale

KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — A 12-foot whale cared for in Florida after being stranded needs a new home because federal officials have declared the animal non-releasable back to the wild. The 1,800-pound pilot whale, injured in a May stranding off the Florida Keys, is being rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Conservancy facility […]

Alleged Mexican Cartel Figure Extradited

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — An alleged high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf Cartel has been extradited to the United States on drug conspiracy charges, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Aurelio Cano-Flores, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” made his initial appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in Washington. He was extradited Friday after being […]

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