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Israel And Turkey Still At Loggerheads

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Turkey is planning a series of anti-Israel campaigns in response to Israel’s refusal to apologize for the flotilla raid last year, an Israeli official said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday Israel had no intention of apologizing to Ankara for the incident in which nine Turkish activists were killed by […]

Victim’s Family Wants Van Der Sloot Trial Speeded Up

LIMA, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A suspect in the death of a U.S. teenager could see charges dropped in the death of a Peruvian woman if prosecutors don’t move quickly, the woman’s family said. Joran van der Sloot is a suspect in the death of Stephany Flores, whose body was found in his hotel room […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 18

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — President Obama meets with members of his administration before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Meet with his senior economic advisers. – Meet with his national security team. – Travel to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Serbia: Kosovo Border Talks To Resume

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Serbia and Kosovo will resume talks next month in Brussels to settle their border crisis, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic said. Djelic said at a Tuesday news conference in Belgrade the fresh round of the 6-month-old talks aimed at defusing the cross-border tension with Kosovo will be Sept. […]

Romney: Obama Rest During Crisis Is Wrong

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A presidential vacation, even in Massachusetts, is wrong when the U.S. economy is in crisis, GOP White House hopeful and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said. “If I were president today, I wouldn’t be looking to go spend 10 days on Martha’s Vineyard,” Romney told WLS-AM, Chicago’s “Don Wade & […]

Battle Rages For Last Libyan Oil Refinery

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A fierce battle raged Thursday as rebels and Gadhafi-regime loyalists fought for control of Libya’s only working oil refinery, residents and witnesses said. The battle for the 120,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Zawiyah could be decisive in determining whether the rebels win control of the strategic Mediterranean coast city 30 miles […]

Report: Syria Adopts Shoot-on-sight Policy

YAYLADAGI, Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Syrian security forces have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy to prevent Syrians from fleeing into Turkey, activists and people who crossed the border alleged. The accusation came as the United Nations was expected to propose the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, investigate Syrian President Bashar Assad and his […]

Officials Worry About Solitary Terrorists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A so-called lone-wolf terrorist may be the greatest threat within the United States, officials say. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security, in a bulletin Tuesday, reminded law enforcement agencies of Anders Behring Breivik, charged with 78 deaths in Norway, CNN reported. Breivik allegedly killed eight people in a bombing […]

Obama Wraps Up Midwest Swing

ALPHA, Ill., Aug. 18 (UPI) — President Barack Obama wrapped up a three-day bus tour in the Midwest with an open-air town hall meeting Wednesday in a rural village in northwestern Illinois. In his opening remarks at the Country Corner, a store in Alpha, the president talked of the economic problems facing the United States. […]

Harsh Riot Sentences Criticized

LONDON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — While British Prime Minister David Cameron applauds the harsh sentences handed to rioters, his Liberal Democratic allies are less enthusiastic. Lawyers have warned there appears to be a “post-code lottery,” with judges in some districts being far more severe, The Daily Telegraph reported. Two young men who tried unsuccessfully to […]

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