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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 […]

Libya Transition Meeting Set In France

PARIS, Aug. 25 (UPI) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said an international conference will be held in France to map out Libya’s transition after the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi. Sarkozy pledged support for opposition forces in Syria but stopped short of offering military action, EUobserver reported Thursday. The conference in Paris is set for Sept. […]

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 […]

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