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Man Loses Lawsuit Over Penis Amputation

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Kentucky jury ruled against a man who sought $16 million over the loss of his penis, agreeing with a doctor who said he found cancer and had to remove it. Phillip Seaton of Waddy, Ky., had sued Dr. John Patterson for loss of “service, love and affection,” arguing […]

Iran: Some Urge Caution In Aiding Assad

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s elite al-Quds Force, clandestine arm of the Revolutionary Guards, for helping Syrian President Bashar Assad, Tehran’s strategic ally, crush a 5-month-old insurrection. But it seems there are some in Tehran who are urging the Iranian leadership to step back from using […]

Report: Cartoonist Badly Beaten In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 25 (UPI) — An Arab cartoonist who has sharply criticized the Syrian government was severely beaten by the country’s security forces, activists say. Ali Farzat was hospitalized after being forced from his car in Damascus, beaten and dumped on the side of the road, the BBC reported. Farzat’s cartoons have taken aim […]

Foreign Workers Stranded In Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A group of laborers stranded in Baghdad say a contractor first cheated them and then left them with no money and no papers to leave the country. They are living in an abandoned building that once housed a restaurant for U.S. soldiers, The New York Times reported Thursday. The International […]

World Considers Next Steps For Libya

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Delegates at a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul noted there was much work to be done but were upbeat about new developments, leaders said. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns represented U.S. interests at the international meeting on Libya in Istanbul. Burns in a statement […]

N.J. Supreme Court Changes Witness Rules

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 25 (UPI) — The New Jersey Supreme Court says the test for reliability of testimony established by the U.S. Supreme Court should be revised. The court, in a unanimous decision issued Wednesday, said the current test does not sufficiently deter inappropriate police conduct and overstates the jury’s inherent ability to evaluate evidence […]

Firefighters Battle Two Montana Wildfires

MISSOULA, Mont., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Firefighters battling two wildfires in Montana in hot, dry conditions say they’ve contained part of one while the other, a larger fire, has slowed. Calm weather Wednesday allowed crews working the 2,000-acre West Riverside fire that threatened more than 40 homes to corral the northeast flank of the blaze, […]

Washington Monument Closed By Quake Damage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The Washington Monument will remain closed while repairs are made following Tuesday’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake, the U.S. National Park Service said. The monument was closed Tuesday following the quake and the National Park Service said an inspection Wednesday uncovered additional cracks in the pyramidion, or uppermost section of the structure. Officials […]

Quebec Mulls ‘status’ For Journalists

MONTREAL, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The French-Canadian province of Quebec is considering regulations on who can be designated a professional journalist. Provincial Culture Minister Christine St.-Pierre is promoting a measure that would establish a recognized “status of professional journalist” that would provide “better access to government sources,” the French La Presse newspaper reported. Her measure […]

U.S. Welcomes Arab Pressure On Syria

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Washington welcomes a decision by the Arab League to have an emergency meeting on the situation unfolding in Syria, the U.S. State Department said. Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said Washington was calling on its partners in the region to “tighten the noose” on Damascus in terms […]

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