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U.S. Worried About Chinese Military

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Washington is pursuing a cooperative relationship with Beijing but is concerned about the “pace and scope” of China’s military investments, an official said. U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, in a statement, said he had concerns after reviewing the latest report to Congress on Chinese […]

Bombs Defused, Suspects Arrested In Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Authorities in Russia said they defused two bombs and detained five suspected terrorists Thursday in the country’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia. Russia’s National Anti-terrorism Committee said one of the detained militants is suspected of being involved in a 2010 bombing in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, which killed […]

Obama Discusses Irene, Libya, Economy

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 25 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard vacation Thursday for briefings on Libya and Hurricane Irene — then it was off to the beach. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said counterterrorism adviser John Brennan briefed Obama on developments in Libya where the search was on […]

Eight GOP Hopefuls In Presidential Debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Eight Republican presidential candidates say they’ve agreed to take part in the upcoming Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation debate in California. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will appear at the Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley Sept. […]

Yosemite Records 17th Death Of The Year

MARIPOSA, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Authorities at Yosemite National Park say a 17th person has died in what has been an unusually dangerous year at the California park. A man who fell Monday evening off Half Dome, the park’s landmark granite formation in the Sierra Nevada, has been identified as Ryan Leeder, 23, of […]

Saleh Well Enough To Use A Pen, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — No matter where he is, the Yemeni president has the ability to use a pen and sign a political transition deal, a U.S. State Department official said. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia despite his recent release from a hospital where he was recovering from wounds suffered […]

‘Indiana Jones’ Rabbi Accused Of Fraud

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Maryland rabbi described as the “Jewish Indiana Jones” is accused of fraud for allegedly making-up stories of finding Torahs in former concentration camps. Menachem Youlus, 50, was arrested Wednesday in New York City on federal fraud charges for allegedly misrepresenting the origin of Torahs sold through his “Save […]

Thai Red Shirts Convicted Of 2010 Arson

BANGKOK, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Four members of the Thai Red Shirt movement were given 34-year prison sentences for their roles in anti-government activity in 2010, a court ruled. The sentences were the harshest handed out for 21 Red Shirt supporters accused of the 2010 arson of a town hall in northeast Thailand. The courts […]

Canada Bails On S. Korean 2012 Expo

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The Canadian government says it won’t participate in South Korea’s Expo 2012 event because the $10 million cost was outside its post-recessionary budget. A recent letter from Heritage Minister James Moore to the South Korean embassy said Canada wouldn’t build a pavilion at the expo because “our government […]

Serbia Not Ready To Give In Quite Yet

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Serbian authorities can’t accept the preconditions for European members laid out by Berlin “at the moment,” the country’s envoy to Germany said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Belgrade. She said that if Serbia wants to join the European Union, it needs to let European security teams do […]


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