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EU Has Strong Words For Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — With Ukraine marking an anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union, Europe is reminding that justice and politics must be separated, an official said. On Wednesday, Ukraine marked the 20th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union. European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, in a statement, said he was reminded […]

Syrian Rebels Form National Council

HOMS, Syria, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Pro-democracy Syrian rebels formed a national council as state-run media reported 14 Syrians were killed at “the hands of terrorists” in Homs. At the United Nations, meanwhile, the European Union — with U.S. backing — introduced a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would impose a complete […]

Georgia Accused Of Preparing Invasion

MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Russia has accused Georgia of preparing an invasion into the breakaway province of South Ossetia under the guise of a Friday peace march. The Russian Foreign Ministry said more than 3,000 people, mostly displaced Georgians from South Ossetia, have been asked to march into the region to mark the third […]

Chilean Protester Threatened Via Twitter

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Chilean Supreme Court ordered the protection of a student protester who received death threats through a social networking Web site, officials said. The president of University of Chile’s student federation, Camila Vallejo, was placed under police protection after receiving threats through Twitter from a high-ranking culture ministry official, […]

Serbia And Germany At Odds Over Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Serbia’s foreign minister said his country has failed to reach common ground with Germany regarding Kosovo. Vuk Jeremic made the comment following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Belgrade, Serbia’s B92 reported Wednesday. Merkel told Serbia it must renew negotiations with Pristina, allow the European Union mission to operate […]

Nancy Reagan Uninjured After Fall

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Former first lady Nancy Reagan was not hurt after she tripped and fell during an event at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., a spokeswoman said. Reagan was being escorted to her seat and appeared to have lost her balance and fell, KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, reported […]

Mexico And Cost Rica Combat Crime

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Mexico and Costa Rica have signed a series of treaties and agreements to combat organized crime and drug trafficking, officials said. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed a series of pacts, including the Strategic Association Accord, which will strengthen trade, investment and political ties […]

Colombian Government To Aid Fault Victims

BOGOTA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he will grant about $65 million in reconstruction funds to a region destroyed by a crack in the earth’s crust. Santos said the government plans to relocate hundreds of families after the newly developed geological fault destroyed a neighborhood in Cartegena last week, El […]

Canada’s Layton Lies In State In Ottawa

OTTAWA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The body of Canada’s socialist party leader Jack Layton arrived in Ottawa Wednesday to lie in state in Parliament before his state funeral in Toronto Saturday. Layton, 61, died Monday in his Toronto home of cancer. His closed casket was to be viewed privately by family and dignitaries before public […]

Party Disputes Turkish Death Toll Claim

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Kurdistan Workers Party disputes Turkish military claims as many as 100 Kurds were killed in recent aerial assaults in northern Iraq. A party spokesman told Iraq’s al-Sumaria television network the death toll among PKK members did not exceed three during the five-day operation. The spokesman accused the Turkish […]

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