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Tymoshenko Fears Death In Prison

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, says she is afraid she will be killed while she is in prison. Tymoshenko, 50, expressed her fears in a statement she issued just before an appeals court in Kiev Friday turned down her request for bail, the EUobserver reported. Tymoshenko is being […]

Numbers Show Euro On Thin Ice

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Slow economic growth in France and debt concerns throughout Europe are poised to undermine the euro’s value compared to the U.S. dollar, numbers show. A measure that shows how slanted up or down options prices are, based on one-month 25 percent risk reversals, has hit record at 3.60 volatility […]

Polish Derailment Blamed On High Speed

PIOTRKOW TRYBUNALSKI, Poland, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A Polish train derailment that killed at least one person and injured more than 80 others was the result of excessive speed, officials said Saturday. The passenger train was traveling about 70 mph when four carriages derailed Friday in the village of Baby, near the town of Piotrkow […]

U.S. Monitoring Al-Qaida Ricin Poison Plot

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring an al-Qaida operation in Yemen involving deadly ricin-laden bombs, The New York Times said Saturday. The report said the plot was uncovered more than a year ago that indicates al-Qaida operatives have been collecting castor beans – the base of the deadly and rapid poison […]

Castro Absent From His 85th Birthday Party

HAVANA, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was conspicuously absent from his 85th birthday party in Havana, officials said. Musicians and dancers across Latin America paid tribute to the former Cuban leader with a concert at Karl Mark Theater in Havana Saturday, The Daily Telegraph reported. Castro has been in poor health […]

Oxfam: Some Pakistani Flood Aid Stolen

OXFORD, England, Aug. 13 (UPI) — An official with a Pakistani group was fired for allegedly embezzling $260,000 intended for flood victims, officials at the British charity Oxfam said. An independent financial investigation discovered the missing funds after Oxfam found falsified invoices and checks had been used to divert money in a pair of flood […]

Alleged Pot Smugglers Busted Off SoCal

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Three Mexican nationals were caught allegedly smuggling marijuana worth nearly $450,000 into California on a small boat, officials said. The U.S. Border Patrol, Oceanside Harbor Patrol and a helicopter from Customs and Border Protection spotted the boat near Red Beach, south of San Onofre State Beach, the Los Angeles […]

Ex-NYC Top Cop Tells U.K. To Toughen Up

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A former New York City police commissioner says British police need to instill fear in response to rioting by youth in five English cities this week. Prime Minister David Cameron took on Bill Bratton as an adviser to deal with rioting that spread from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and […]

GOP: Obama Made Weak Economy Worse

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — President Barack Obama “inherited a weak economy” from a Republican administration, but isn’t making it better, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday. In the party’s weekly media address, Toomey said the president’s Democratic strategies had made a bad situation worse. “President Obama inherited a weak economy, but by nearly every […]

American Kidnapped In Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Gunmen kidnapped a U.S. businessman Saturday from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, police said. Police told The Nation newspaper “some two dozen” armed men converged on the guarded home of 65-year-old Jason Warner and abducted him about 3:30 a.m. Several security guards were injured in the attack at Warner’s […]

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