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Uganda Debates Amnesty Law For LRA

KAMPALA, Uganda, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Ugandan prosecutors are debating the validity of the country’s amnesty law as authorities review the case of a top rebel commander. Col. Thomas Kwoyelo, a rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, is charged with crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping. More than 10,000 LRA rebels were pardoned under […]

4-year-old Dies After Being Mauled By Dog

MELBOURNE, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A 4-year-old Australian girl was mauled to death as her mother tried to fight off the pit bull-mastiff that ran into the family’s home, authorities said. Jackline Anchito and her daughter were with several women leaving the Melbourne home Wednesday when the dog attacked, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. They […]

Police: No Charges In Kentucky Grenade Mishap

HAZARD, Ky., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Police in Kentucky say no charges will be filed in an incident where a tear gas grenade exploded, sending 20 people to a hospital. All of those injured in the explosion last month have since been released from the hospital, WYMT-TV, Hazard, reported Wednesday. Investigators said three children were […]

U.N. Damns Syria’s Human Rights Record

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Syrian military forces used snipers and other methods to kill people demonstrating against their government, a U.N. report determined. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights office published an 84-page report on atrocities allegedly committed by Syrian forces. Its report covered a period from March 15-July 15. The OHCHR […]

Debate In Fla. Over Fate Of Stranded Whale

KEY LARGO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A wildlife advocate says he is urging euthanasia for an ailing whale stranded in the Florida Keys nearly four months ago. Russ Rector is leading a drive to euthanize the 12-foot-long female pilot whale currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, The Miami Herald […]

Liver Transplant Couple Welcomes Baby

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Florida couple, both liver transplant recipients, celebrated the birth of a baby doctors believe is the first born to two such transplant recipients. Trine Engebretsen gave birth to a son, Andersen Thomas Labbe, July 21 at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, The Miami Herald reported. Trine, 30, […]

Hezbollah Brushes Off Tribunal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Hezbollah is the target of a smear campaign by a tribunal investing a former Lebanese prime minister’s death, Hezbollah’s secretary-general said. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon unsealed its indictment against four members of Hezbollah accused of plotting and carrying out the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik […]

U.S., Egypt Scrap Joint Military Drills

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United States and Egypt agreed to scrap military exercises planned for the region because of the political events in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said. The U.S. Central Command takes part in the biennial, multilateral military Exercise Bright Star. The drills involve forces from the United States, Egypt and […]

Second Shark Attack In Russia’s Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Marine biologists say they are puzzled by a second shark attack in 24 hours off Russia’s Far East coast after a teenager was bitten. The shark attacked the 16-year-old Thursday near Zheltukhin Island, inflicting injuries to his legs, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. He was taken to a […]

Satisfaction With U.S. Condition At 11%

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Americans’ satisfaction with conditions nationally tumbled to 11 percent, the lowest level since December 2008, Gallup reported Thursday. Results of the August poll indicate satisfaction is down 5 percentage points from July’s 16 percent. Gallup said the decline was a likely response to recent negotiations to raise the federal […]

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