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Iran’s Covert War With Israel In Caspian

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A senior Iranian general has warned zerbaijan about getting too close to Israel, underlining fears in Tehran that the Jewish state could use Iran’s northern neighbor to launch pre-emptive strikes against Iran’s nuclear program. Israel has been quietly building intelligence and military links with oil rich Azerbaijan, a largely […]

Pregnant Teen Shot And Killed, Baby Saved

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A pregnant teenager was shot and killed in Chicago Tuesday night but doctors were able to save her baby, authorities said. Police said Charinez Jefferson, 17, was walking with friends in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side when a male gunman got out of a car and opened […]

Tribunal Publishes Warrants In Hariri Case

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Special Tribunal for Lebanon made public Wednesday the arrest warrants of four suspects accused of ties to the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. The tribunal recently released the names of those accused of having a role in the 2005 assassination of Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister. The […]

Chinese ‘one-child’ Victim Seeks Asylum

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Federal officials say a Chinese mother threatened with sterilization under China’s “one-child” policy may be allowed to stay in the United States. Federal prosecutors say they’ve decided to drop a passport-fraud case against Zuo Mei Ke, who was smuggled into Florida on a cruise ship with five other […]

Fraud Charges Against Fla. Fortunetellers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Florida authorities say a family of fortunetellers is charged with fraud for allegedly swindling $40 million from desperate people who came to them for help. Federal charges were filed against nine people running businesses in Fort Lauderdale, alleging that over two decades they defrauded people who came to […]

Active U.S. Envoy To Damascus Is ‘vital’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Having an ambassador on the ground in Syria helps Washington get a better understanding of the situation as it unfolds, the U.S. State Department said. International patience with the bloodshed in Syria is evaporating though the U.N. Security Council is unable to reach a consensus resolution on the issue. Opponents […]

Father Accused Of Killing Disabled Son

THIBODAUX, La., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Louisiana man accused of killing and decapitating his disabled son has been assigned an attorney knowledgeable in death penalty cases. District Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson selected Kerry Cuccia, director of the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana, to represent 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, The Daily Comet of Thibodaux, La., […]

Italian Counterfeit Coin Mint Raided

NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Police in Naples, Italy, say they’ve busted a counterfeit mint capable of making perfect copies of one-euro coins. In the Wednesday raid, police found sufficient raw material to make 10,000 euros, Italian news agency ANSA reported. The storefront facility in the center of Naples contained advanced minting machinery that […]

Young Murder Suspect Gets Third Psychiatric Exam

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A third psychiatric exam has been ordered for a 12-year-old Florida boy accused of first-degree homicide in the beating death of his 2-year-old half brother. Cristian Fernandez was arrested by Jacksonville, Fla. police in March, the day before David Galarraga died of his injuries, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported. […]

HRW Asks What’s Different Post-Mubarak

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Prosecutors operating in Egypt under military authority aren’t much better at permitting dissenting voices than the previous regime, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch said there were a large number of civilians on trial in military courts for what it said were nothing more than “major” attacks on […]


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