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Thailand’s Human Trafficking Rising

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thailand faces a rise in human trafficking, a United Nations expert said, urging the country to fight the corruption blamed for the problem. Joy Ezeilo, speaking in Bangkok at the end of a 12-day trip, said she found that “internal trafficking in children is rampant” and that migrant, stateless and […]

Ban Encouraged By Myanmar Meeting

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a recent meeting between Myanmar’s new president and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a hopeful sign. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader in her country, met with President Thein Sein Friday for discussions on finding common ground on […]

U.S. Congresswoman Warns Of Cutting Aid

JERUSALEM, Aug. 23 (UPI) — An American congresswoman visiting Jerusalem said Egypt would lose $2 billion in U.S. aid if it backed out of its 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, also said the United States would suspend about $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority if it goes ahead with […]

OSCE: Armenia Softening Law On Religions

YEREVAN, Armenia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — European officials say they’re working with Armenia to amend a draft law governing religious groups to better protect the human rights of minorities. Rights advocates, the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe, the U.S. State Department, the Council of Europe and others have consistently criticized the proposed Armenian […]

Thai Parties Criticize Ex-PM’s Japan Visit

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thai opposition parties are crying foul over a visit to Japan by fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose sister recently won a national election. Thaksin is on a routine and personal visit to Japan, his aides said. The multi-millionaire spends most of his time in self-exile in Dubai. Thaksin, […]

Syrian Forces Kill Three During U.N. Visit

HOMS, Syria, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Syrian security forces shot three people dead in the restive western city of Homs during a visit by a U.N. humanitarian team probing atrocities, witnesses said. The victims were killed when security forces opened fire on crowds who had poured out to meet the fact-finding team in the flashpoint […]

Assassination Trial Tied To Israeli Spies

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The trial of the alleged assassin of an Iranian physics professor will shed light on Israel’s anti-Iranian terrorist involvement, Tehran’s prosecutor claimed. Defendant Ali Jamli Fashi, charged in the death of Tehran University Professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was allegedly trained by the Israeli national intelligence agency Mossad and given $120,000 […]

Fighting Flares, Tension In Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Machine-gun and anti-aircraft fire blazed in Tripoli Tuesday as loyalist forces stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the Libyan capital. The fighting on the streets and rooftops, 36 hours after rebels claimed to have all-but-captured Tripoli, and the appearance outside a hotel of Moammar Gadhafi’s son Seif […]

Turkey To Press Attacks Against Kurds

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkish officials say the cross-border fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and Iraq will go on until the militant group has been eliminated. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear Sunday that operations against the militant Kurdish group would persist, Today’s Zaman reported. “[Some people […]

Tainted Vinegar Kills 11 In China

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Tainted vinegar was blamed in the deaths of at least 11 people, and another 120 were sickened, in China’s northwest Xinjiang-Uighur region, authorities said. The incident occurred Friday at a large meal served during Muslims’ month-long observance of Ramadan in Sangzhu village, China Daily reported Tuesday, quoting local police. The […]

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