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Al-Shabaab Still Lurking In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The aid group Oxfam said its assistance to Somalia was saving lives, though concerns remain from looting by militant group al-Shabaab. Famine is gripping much of Somalia in part because of a drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa. The United Nations has expressed concern about the effects […]

Cairo Says Security An Internal Matter

CAIRO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Security issues in the Sinai Peninsula are an internal affair for the Egyptians, an official with the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces said. Militants crossed the Egyptian border into Israel last week, killing at least seven people in a series of raids. The attackers were allegedly wearing Egyptian military […]

Cameron: Gadhafi Regime ‘in Full Retreat’

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the events in Libya Monday, saying the “vast majority of Tripoli” was under control of rebel fighters. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime is “falling apart and in full retreat,” Cameron said. He said he did not know of Gadhafi’s whereabouts. “The latest information is that the […]

Donations Roll For Supercommittee Members

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Members of the U.S. congressional supercommittee, tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings, have been wooed by special interest groups, a review indicated. Financial disclosure statements filed this weekend indicate some members of the 12-member, bicameral bipartisan panel got more campaign contributions in July from political action committees than anyone […]

Redistricting Hurts Some GOP Lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Population shifts and partisan interests are forcing some U.S. congressional incumbents into unfamiliar terrain under redistricting plans, observers say. Every 10 years state legislatures redraw congressional districts based on U.S. Census information. This year, the redrawn maps are forcing some longtime incumbents to run in unfamiliar and sometimes hostile territory. […]

Mennonite Women Allege Rape In Brazil

MANITOBA COLONY, Bolivia, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A Mennonite woman in Bolivia says she hopes an upcoming trial will offer her family closure in an alleged rape that involved the drugging of entire families. The case involves a veterinarian and a group of eight others who allegedly altered an animal tranquilizer for use on humans, […]

Canadian Socialist Leader Jack Layton Dies

TORONTO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The leader of Canada’s socialist New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, died Monday of cancer at his Toronto home, his family said. He was 61. “We deeply regret to inform you that the Honorable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 a.m. today,” a […]

Debt Deal No Help To Congress Budget Work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Congress may be late in funding the U.S. government despite the debt ceiling deal that provides appropriators with an overall 2012 spending level, aides said. Part of issue is the “supercommittee” established by the debt ceiling-deficit reduction deal, The Hill reported. Congressional leaders may opt to wait until after Congress […]

Wall St. Donors Move From Obama To Romney

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Many Wall Street leaders who backed Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential bid now are donating to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, a review shows. The review of fundraising data indicates 67 people working in the financial sector and living in the New York metropolitan area donated to Obama in […]

Dems Skeptical Of GOP Governors’ Overtures

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Republican governors of Wisconsin and Ohio, after intense partisan battles, signaled a willingness to work with Democrats for the public good, observers say. But Democrats say such overtures are more smoke and mirrors rather than a desire for substantive discussions about the direction of their states, The New York […]


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