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Myanmar Must Address ‘serious’ Issues

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 26 (UPI) — There are “serious human rights issues” remaining in Myanmar despite a number of steps taken by the government toward meaningful reform, a U.N. official said. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special envoy for human rights in Myanmar, said the new government there had made steps needed to usher in […]

U.S. Looks To Free Up Money For Libya

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The United Nations backed a U.S. proposal to free $1.5 billion in Libyan assets to provide critical assistance to the Libyan people, Washington said. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at a meeting for the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul called on the international community to release Libyan assets frozen as […]

U.S. Targets Smuggling Through Caribbean

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Florida’s U.S. Attorney said a crackdown on drug smuggling at the Mexican border likely will result in more smuggling through the Caribbean. Wifredo Ferrer said cocaine and other illegal drugs still come to the United States primarily through Colombia to Mexico and across the Southwest border, The Miami Herald reported. […]

4 Years In Jail For Microsoft Embezzler

SEATTLE, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A former Microsoft contractor in Washington state convicted of embezzling $500,000 Friday faced a four-year prison sentence. Manyvone Phanhsiry pleaded guilty in April to taking $457,000 as a Microsoft contractor responsible for providing the corporation’s interns with pre-paid debit cards, Seattlepi.com reported Thursday. Phanhsiry requested excess debit cards, which were […]

Amtrak Train Derailed In Nebraska

BENKELMAN, Neb., Aug. 26 (UPI) — Two locomotives and three rail cars of an Amtrak train were derailed near the Nebraska-Kansas border after colliding with a farm vehicle, Amtrak officials said. There were no reports of life-threatening injuries to the estimated 178 passengers or the train’s crew in Friday’s 9:50 a.m. EDT incident, an Amtrak […]

Contractor Who Shot Civilian Seeks Return To Afghanistan

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. prosecutors asked a judge to reject the request of a former Blackwater contractor convicted of manslaughter who wants to return to work in Afghanistan. Chris Drotleff of Virginia Beach, Va., was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian, and in June U.S. District […]

Libya Limits EU, NATO Options In Syria

BRUSSELS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An uncertain political outcome in Libya is tying the hands of EU and NATO decision-makers as they weigh options in response to the government-led bloodbath in Syria. Neither direct military action nor support to an armed opposition is among options that can be seen as being available to an overburdened […]

Rallies Mark Last Friday Of Ramadan In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Thousands of protesters rallied across Syria to mark the last Friday in Ramadan, as activists said President Bashar Assad’s troops killed at least eight people. Activists allege pro-government forces Thursday killed at least eight people, seven in Hama alone, Sky News reported. Widespread arrests and beatings also were reported […]

U.S. Hails End To Sri Lankan Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A decision by the Sri Lankan president to end an emergency law in place since the 1970s is welcome news that must be enforced, the U.S. State Department said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced Thursday that, with the Tamil Tiger rebel group defeated, there was no need to keep […]

Obama Heading Back To D.C. Early

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Friday cut short his Martha’s Vineyard vacation as Hurricane Irene took aim at the Eastern Seaboard. Obama decided to head back to Washington Friday night instead of waiting until Saturday morning as planned, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Obama, who spoke with […]

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