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‘Underwear Bomber’ Can Represent Himself

DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Umar Faroud Abdulmutallab, accused of trying to blow up an airplane over Detroit Christmas Day 2009, is competent to act as his own attorney, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds announced her ruling Wednesday after asking Abdulmutallab if he understood the charges, legal procedures and possible penalties, The […]

Abbas Hoists Palestinian Flag In Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hoisted the Palestinian flag atop the new Palestinian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, officials said. “In these days it delights us as Palestinians to see the Palestinian flag flying in the heart of Lebanon, in the heart of the Lebanese people, and in the heart of […]

Journalists Face More Time In Jail

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A pair of Swedish journalists could spend 28 days more in an Ethiopian lockup as officials investigate an incident that left them injured, officials said. Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were hurt and arrested July 1 following a skirmish between Ethiopian government troops and the guerrilla organization Ogaden […]

CBC Radio Drops Former Separatist Leader

MONTREAL, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s French radio network has canceled a commentator’s contract for former Quebec separatist leader Gilles Duceppe. Two days after announcing Duceppe, 64, would provide commentary on a radio news program, the CBC’s Radio-Canada division announced Wednesday the deal was off because of a “misunderstanding,” the QMI agency […]

‘Hot Sauce’ Mom Child Abuse Trial Begins

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Opening statements began in the child abuse case against the Alaska “hot sauce” mom, whose televised punishment methods led to complaints and charges. Jessica Beagley of Anchorage is accused of abusing her adopted Russian son by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower […]

11 Held Following Joint Iraqi-U.S. Raid

KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A U.S.-Iraqi military offensive resulted in the detention of 11 people, eight of them wanted for alleged terrorist activities, officials in Kirkuk said. “A Joint Force from Kirkuk’s Police, Iraqi Army’s 12th Division and an American Force, have launched two security operations in Daqouq and Riyadh townships of Kirkuk […]

Va. Scheduled To Execute Rapist-murderer

JARRATT, Va., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A man convicted of raping and killing an 88-year-old Williamsburg, Va., woman will be executed Thursday by lethal injection barring an 11th-hour reprieve. Jerry Terrell Jackson is scheduled to be put to death Thursday night at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, the Newport News Daily Press reported. Jackson, […]

Shalit Talks Said To Be Deadlocked

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Indirect Israeli-Hamas talks on a deal to secure the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been postponed indefinitely, al-Hayat reported. The London based newspaper reported Thursday a third round of indirect talks has been delayed at the request of Egyptian mediators. “Each party is interested in getting the […]

Two Missing In Alaska Plane Crash

CORDOVA, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Two men believed to be aboard a small plane that crashed east of Cordova, in the Gulf of Alaska, were missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers said. Wreckage of the airplane, which is owned by Cordova resident Richard Stoltzfus, was found washing ashore near the mouth of Seal […]

Casey Anthony’s Attorney Under Florida Bar Probe

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Florida Bar says it’s investigating attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter, over his client’s probation. Meanwhile, lawyers for Casey Anthony asked a Florida appeals court Wednesday to overrule an order requiring her to return to Orlando to serve a year’s […]

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