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Hanoi Calls For Halt To Anti-China Protest

HANOI, Vietnam, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Vietnamese government warned demonstrators in Hanoi to end their weekly protests against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea or face police action. If the demonstrations, which have occurred since early June and attracted 300 or more people, aren’t halted, police and security authorities will move in, […]

Strong Quake, Tsunami Warning In Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A strong earthquake Friday shook northeast Japan and a tsunami warning was issued for the region, already devastated by the March 11 disaster. Kyodo News said the quake measured 6.8 which led meteorologists to issue a tsunami warning. CNN said the Japanese Meteorological Agency had issued tsunami advisories for Miyagi […]

Biden, Xi Jinping Attend Trade Conference

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Friday attended a business dialogue in Beijing to boost bilateral trade ties with China, America’s largest foreign creditor. Biden, who stopped in China on the first leg of his Asian tour, which will also taken him to Mongolia and Japan, was joined at the Beijing […]

Negotiator Accused Of Piracy Involvement

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Mohammad Saaili Shibin has been indicted on piracy charges for allegedly negotiating the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage by Somali pirates. Shibin, 50, was indicted Thursday in Norfolk, Va., on 15 counts for allegedly acting as a ransom negotiator for pirates who took over the M/V Marida […]

Moderate Drinking Reduces Dementia Risk

Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say. Wine was more beneficial than beer or spirits.

Gunman Found Dead After Hotel Standoff

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Police say a suspect who barricaded himself into a San Rafael, Calif., hotel room and fired a gun onto a highway has been found dead in the room. The man, identified as Peter James Thomas, 38, was found dead Thursday afternoon after a 24-hour standoff with police in […]

NCO Who Doubts Obama Birth Gets Discharge

OMAHA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force is discharging a sergeant who refused to report for duty, citing doubts about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, officials say. Staff Sgt. Daryn Moran’s commander authorized the discharge Aug. 4 when Moran said he refused to show for duty beginning Aug. 11 in Germany, Politico reported. Moran […]

No Early Sept. Japan-U.S. Summit

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A U.S.-Japan summit early next month has been set aside, a Japanese official said Friday, apparently because the Japanese prime minister may soon leave office. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, citing “Japan’s current political situation,” said the two sides decided against planning the summit between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and […]

Hackers Breach BART Union Site

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Hackers cracked into a the BART Police Officers’ Association Web site and released the names of 102 BART officers online, authorities say. The hack, carried out Wednesday, was in response to the temporary disabling of underground cellular and Wi-Fi service at downtown San Francisco BART stations, the San Francisco […]

ATF Says Agents Were Not Promoted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms denies a published report that three of its agents involved in a controversial weapons operation were promoted. The agency said Wednesday the agents were transferred to Washington from Phoenix with no change in rank and pay grade. “They did not receive salary or […]

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