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GOP Primary Voters Say Tea Party A Plus

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Most Republicans say the oft-criticized Tea Party movement will be a plus for their party in next year’s U.S. presidential race, Rasmussen Reports said Friday. Fifty-eight percent of likely Republican primary voters said they believe the grassroots movement will help Republicans next year, while 22 percent said the movement would […]

Sudan Challenges South Kordofan Claims

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Khartoum announced that it forwarded a letter to the United Nations challenging allegations of war crimes committed in South Kordofan. Dafalla al-Haj, the Sudanese representative to the United Nations, said a recent report from U.N. human rights officials on South Kordofan state was based on hearsay and didn’t reflect […]

Al-Qaida Emerging In Sinai?

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Attacks on civilians in Israel show a complete disregard for human life, Human Rights Watch said, as some analysts suggest al-Qaida may be at work in Egypt. Gunmen dressed in Egyptian military uniforms killed at least six Israelis and injured dozens more in a series of attacks Thursday in southern […]

Turkey Expands Presence In Northern Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Turkey targeted Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for a second day, broadening the reach of its fight against the rebels, officials said. The attacks Thursday came as Turkey said it’s turning intelligence outposts into operations garrisons to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as PKK, to northern Iraq, where […]

Colombian Police Capture Lead Drug Lord

BOGOTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Colombian police in the western part of the country arrested a leading drug trafficker who is wanted for extradition to the United States, officials said. Guillermo Ruedo Toledo, alias El Profe, was captured in a joint operation between local police and Colombian anti-narcotics authorities in the capital of Valle del […]

Minn. GOP Agrees To Pay FEC $170,000 Fine

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Minnesota Republican Party announced it agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for several federal campaign finance violations committed from 2006 to 2008. During that period, the state GOP did not properly report debts on its campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and also inappropriately […]

Racial Imbalance Seen In NIH Grants

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A U.S. study says African-American scientists are significantly less likely than white researchers to win grants from the National Institutes of Health. The study initiated by the NIH after an internal audit indicated possible bias found only about 16 percent of grant applications from black applicants were approved compared with […]

World Crossing ‘red Line’ With Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Violating the sovereignty of Syria at the U.N. Security Council is a red line that shouldn’t be crossed, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations said. World leaders denounced Syrian President Bashar Assad for the brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in his country. U.N. human rights officials had said […]

Pope In Spain: Young People Need Hope

MADRID, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI Friday brought a message of hope to Spanish youth in a World Youth Day address in Madrid, part of his four-day visit to Spain. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world and protesters waited for the pope, who stressed the need for hope for the next […]

Elephant Problem-solving Demonstrated

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — An elephant at the National Zoo in Washington devised a problem-solving strategy to reach a branch with his trunk and grab a treat, zoo officials said. Kandula, the zoo’s youngest elephant, figured out how to roll a large cube underneath the branch and stand on it to secure his meal. […]


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