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Official: China Street Children Need Help

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Chinese government agencies need to do more to help street children and to reunite them with their families, a leading official says. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu discussed the exploitation of street children in a speech Friday at a conference in Beijing, Xinhua, the official government news agency, reported. He said […]

RAF Red Arrow Pilot Dies In Airshow Crash

BOURNEMOUTH, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A member of the elite Red Arrow stunt flying team was killed in a crash Saturday at an airshow in southern England, the British Ministry of Defense said. The pilot was identified as Flight Lt. Jon Egging, British Forces News reported. Group Capt. Simon Blake, commandant of the RAF’s […]

Memorial To Martin Luther King To Open

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, to open this month in Washington, is surrounded by memorials to four presidents, two of them slave owners. King will be the first person honored on the mall who did not serve as U.S. president. The memorials nearby honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham […]

Iran Gives U.S. Hikers 8 Years

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Two U.S. hikers were sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison for espionage, state television said Saturday. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, have 20 days to appeal the prison terms, the Tehran Times reported. Bauer, Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all graduates of the University of California at Berkeley, […]

Shell Stops North Sea Leak

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A valve on a pipeline off Scotland has been closed after leaking 1,600 barrels of oil into the North Sea in 12 days, Royal Dutch Shell has announced. Divers were able to shut off the valve Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported. By the time the leak was stopped, it […]

Biden Reassures China U.S. Is Solvent

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Visiting China for the first time since becoming vice president, Joe Biden said he would work with Chinese leaders on ways to deal with the global recession. Biden met with China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai in Beijing, where he said China and the United States together should work at […]

Ukraine President Predicts EU Membership

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Ukraine desires good relations with Russia, but sees its future in Europe, President Viktor Yanukovych said. “Despite difficulties, the key step has been made: we have finally made up our mind with our future,” Yanukovych said. “The European choice has become the basis of Ukraine’s foreign political identity, and […]

Officials Worry About Crowding In Jails

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The increasing number of people jailed in England and Wales as a result of social unrest is dangerously overcrowding jails there, police officials said. The Prison Service said Friday it is “closely monitoring the estate for any potential unrest” following the jailing of hundreds of rioters in the United Kingdom, […]

Palin Video Keeps Her Name In Media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Former vice-presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has released a video hinting she might be a presidential candidate this year, officials said. In the video released by Palin’s political action committee Friday, Palin highlighted her appearance at the Iowa State Fair last week and alludes to a scheduled visit […]

N. Korean Leader Starts Russian Tour

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled by train to Russia Saturday on a weeklong visit that includes meetings with Russia’s president and prime minister. South Korean intelligence officials in Seoul said the 70-year-old leader and his entourage traveled to the eastern city of Khasan and would continue on to […]

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