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Montreal Fire Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Critical

MONTREAL, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An early morning house fire Wednesday in Montreal killed a man and his son and left the wife and mother in critical condition, firefighters said. The fire broke out in the kitchen of a two-story, six-unit row house before 3 a.m., The (Montreal) Gazette reported. Firefighters found the 31-year-old man, […]

Russian Arms Dealer Loses Out In Libya

MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The cancellation of weapons contracts from Libya cost a Russian state-run arms exporter $4 billion, a head of the company said Wednesday. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week said he supported the U.N. Security Council resolution in March that sanctioned international military action in Libya. Moscow abstained from voting on […]

Second Suit Challenges FDA Cigarette Regulations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Five tobacco companies filed a second lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of regulations and graphic warning labels under a 2009 U.S. law. The new suit, filed Tuesday, challenges specific regulations that led to the Food and Drug Administration choosing nine graphic warning labels, The New York Times reported. The companies lost […]

Ex-Ukrainian Leader Wants Putin To Testify

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A court in the Ukraine was told Wednesday that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin must give evidence at the trial of former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko testified that it would be “impossible to establish the truth” in the case without the testimony of the Russian […]

Four Missing After Copter Crashes In China

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A search was on for four people missing after a police helicopter crashed in a northern suburb of Beijing Wednesday, police said. Five members were aboard the helicopter were returning from a rescue drill when the aircraft crashed into a reservoir, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported. One crew member […]

Sadrists Condemn U.S. Military Action

KARBALA, Iraq, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Alleged movement of U.S. forces into Karbala last week was an act of terrorism that violates bilateral security arrangements, an Iraqi official said. A lawmaker in the Sadrist political party, loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada Sadr, said U.S. forces entered parts of Karbala last week. Tariq al-Khekany told the […]

Record-breaking Heat Continues In Texas

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A tropical storm or a strong cold front are the only ways to bring substantial heat and drought relief to the beleaguered state of Texas, a weather expert said. Unfortunately, neither event is on the horizon, Meteorologist Brian Edwards of AccuWeather.com said. Houston has become the latest city […]

Saleh ‘legitimate Until 2013′

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Thousands of supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh turned out to hear his address though opponents said political change was needed immediately. The embattled Yemeni president told supporters that he would return “soon” from Saudi Arabia. Saleh was recently released from a hospital in Riyadh where he was […]

Japan Criticized For Radiation Policy

TOKYO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A cancer center chief said Japan’s method of designating individual homes as radioactive due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster is faulty. Director Masamichi Nishio of the National Hospital Organization Hokkaido said designating hot spots on a house-by-house basis “is not reasonable” since radiation levels are influenced by living […]

Biden Catches Basketball Game In China

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took in a basketball game after arriving in Beijing for his first trip to East Asia as vice president. Biden watched the Georgetown Hoyas take on a team from Shanxi province and left before the end of the first half. When he left, the Hoyas […]

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