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Quartet Calls For Palestinian-Israel Talks

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Middle East Quartet Tuesday called for Palestinians and Israelis to engage in direct peace negotiations next month in Washington. The quartet — comprised of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union — issued a statement in New York in which it “again […]

U.S. Targets Haqqani Network Commander

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it has labeled as a terrorist a commander of a Taliban-affiliated group plaguing Afghanistan, freezing his U.S. assets. The terrorist tag also forbids U.S. citizens from doing business with the commander, Sangeen Zadran, who the department said is responsible for numerous high-profile attacks in […]

Italian Mayor Proposes Legalizing Prostitution

ALTOPASCIO, Italy, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The mayor of a small Tuscan town is suggesting the legalization of prostitution in an attempt to address Italy’s economic crisis. Altopascio Mayor Maurizio Marchetti has proposed the creation of red light districts throughout Italy to combat budgeting shortfalls, ANSA reported. “Today this is a totally illegal industry where […]

Somali Refugees Remain In Dire Straits

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The famine situation in Somalia remains bleak, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday, with deaths occurring at alarming levels among refugees reaching Ethiopia. U.N. officials said in a release the malnutrition prevalent among the Somali refugees in Ethiopia is being complicated by a suspected outbreak of measles. The U.N. […]

Co. Gets Ownership Of Titanic Artifacts

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Georgia company that salvaged more than 3,000 artifacts from the Titanic on the ocean floor has won ownership of the items after a 20-year court battle. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith’s decision Monday in Norfolk, Va., gives RMS Titanic Inc. control of the items, but stipulates they […]

Air Force Base Implements Hiring Freeze

DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has put a hiring freeze into effect, officials say. The 90-day hiring freeze is accompanied by buyouts and early retirement to eligible employees, as well as reducing the number of temporary employees, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported. Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer said Monday […]

Police: Many Rioters Had Gang Ties

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Between 20 percent and 25 percent of those arrested in the London riots had gang ties, the acting head of the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday. Acting Commissioner Tim Owen said the information came from an analysis of the backgrounds of those arrested last week, the Evening Standard said. Police have […]

Another Body Found During Niagara Search

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Searchers looking for the body of a Japanese student presumed dead after plunging off Niagara Falls found the body of another person, authorities said Tuesday. The Niagara Parks Police Service said the identity of the man whose body was recovered after being spotted by a helicopter from the Erie […]

D.A.: Case Workers Failed Slain Girl

SHAWNEE, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma says child welfare workers failed a 5-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father less than a month after she went to live with him. At a news conference Monday, Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said a report on the death of Serenity Anne Deal […]

Target Of Alleged Killing Plot Shot Dead

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A young Philadelphia man whose former girlfriend is charged with trying to recruit someone on Facebook to kill him has been gunned down. Police said Corey White, 22, was shot and killed late Monday near his home in West Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The killing came a few hours […]

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