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Blagojevich, Others Await Sentencing

CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption conviction means others charged in the federal investigation will soon know their fate, officials said. Blagojevich will be sentenced Oct. 6 for his role in what federal prosecutors have called “Operation Board Games,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. Last week U.S. District Judge Amy […]

Sadrists Tell U.S. To Get Out Of Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Washington is making an effort to make sure Iraq remains a very dangerous place, a spokesman for the party loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada Sadr said. Salah al-Abadi, a spokesman for the Sadrist Movement, told Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency that it was the Americans’ fault for unsettling trends in […]

Army Team Seeks To Simplify Language

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. Army terminologists at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., say they’re working to simplify military language by doing away with unnecessary acronyms and abbreviations. Carlos Soto, a terminologist with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate Joint Multinational Doctrine Division, said his team is looking to do away with some of the […]

Hackers Attack San Francisco’s BART Site

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The computer hacker group Anonymous said it had broken into a Web site associated with San Francisco’s BART train service and released customer data. The hackers said the attack was in retaliation for BART’s decision to block cellular telephone service to prevent an anti-police protest, the San Francisco Chronicle […]

Hezbollah Trains Weapons At Israel

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hezbollah weapons will remain pointed at Israel regardless of the level of frustration the Shiite movement may face domestically, a lawmaker said. Hezbollah and Israel fought a bruising 34-day war in 2006. The Shiite movement claimed victory after withstanding the full force of the Israeli military and its subsequent […]

Syria Denies It’s Shelling Latakia

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Syrian military sources said Monday that reports the country’s navy was shelling neighborhoods in the port city of Latakia are without merit. Rami Abdel Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London, told CNN at least five people had been killed by artillery fire and heavy […]

Syrian Forces Move Offensive To Latakia

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protesters moved to the port city of Latakia, where at least 25 people were killed, opposition groups said Monday. Violence across Syria claimed at least 42 lives Sunday, an anti-government group told CNN. Syrian gunships were used, the group said. Among the dead in Latakia […]

U.N. Finds Evidence Of War Crimes In Sudan

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Flagrant violations of international law in the Sudanese border state of South Kordofan mustn’t go unpunished, the top U.N. human rights official said. South Sudan became an independent country July 9 as part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan’s civil war. Issues such as oil revenue and […]

Japan Commemorates WWII Surrender

TOKYO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated his pledge of peace Monday during the 66th anniversary of the country’s surrender in World War II. “Our country inflicted considerable damage and pain on many countries, especially the people in Asian nations,” Kan said during a government-sponsored ceremony marking the 66th year of […]

Rembrandt Stolen From California Hotel

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A Rembrandt drawing, “The Judgment,” was stolen from a luxury hotel in Marina del Rey, Calif., despite top-notch security, officials said. The 11-by-7-inch drawing was valued at more than $250,000 and was taken from the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey when the curator was distracted, the Los Angeles Times reported. […]


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