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Insiders Suspected In Iraq Bank Robbery

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Insiders, possibly guards, robbed the Baghdad Bank in Iraq of nearly $1 million, officials said. The thieves made off with more than $850,000 (1 billion dinars) in Saturday’s robbery, bank officials told Aswat al-Iraq. “The robbing of the private Baghdad Bank that took place inside the bank on Saturday, took […]

WikiLeaks: Cuba Confides In Coast Guard

MIAMI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — The U.S. Coast Guard has developed into a productive middleman between American and Cuban officials, diplomatic messages released on WikiLeaks revealed. The Coast Guard has had a so-called Drug Interdiction Specialist based in Havana since 1998, and the job has unofficially grown into a point of contact between the two […]

Gun Seized In Argentina Tourist Slayings

SALTA, Argentina, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Officials say they have found a gun that may have been used in the slayings of two French tourists in Argentina. The .22-caliber weapon turned up at a home next to the residence of one of seven suspects detained in the shooting deaths of the two women in Salta […]

Second Soldier Jailed For Afghan Homicides

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Aug. 7 (UPI) — The second of five U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan citizens began serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to reduced charges. In a plea agreement, prosecutors reduced the original charge of premeditated murder to involuntary manslaughter for 23-year-old Army specialist Adam Winfield at his military […]

Pakistan Building Collapse Toll Rises

LYARI, Pakistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Five more bodies have been pulled from a collapsed apartment building in Lyari, Pakistan, raising the death toll to 29, the army said Sunday. The building crumbled Thursday and engineers on the scene told Geo News it would take some time to complete the removal of the debris. The […]

U.K. To Return Four Ancient Items To Egypt

CAIRO, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Egyptian officials say four antiques from the 1300s BC will be returned by British authorities who seized them from a collector who had tried to sell them. The items had been removed from the base of a statue of King Amenhotep III at his tomb in Luxor and recently turned […]

Two Iraq Bombings Kill 7, Wound 16

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two separate insurgent bombings killed seven people in Iraq Sunday, among them a Sunni Muslim paramilitary leader, security officials said. Police told China’s state news agency Xinhua multiple bombs were planted in the home of an unidentified leader of the Sunni Awakening Council group in the Abu Ghraib district, about […]

Students Get Degrees Posthumously

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 7 (UPI) — The families of five of six students killed in an April tornado accepted their posthumous degrees from the University of Alabama, officials said. Family members walked across the stage Saturday to receive degrees for students killed when a tornado struck Tuscaloosa and the university April 27, the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) […]

Oil Leaking From Sunken Ship Off Mumbai

MUMBAI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Oil leaking from a sunken cargo ship near the Mumbai harbor had spread at least 7 miles from the site Sunday, the Indian coast guard reported. The Panamanian-flagged MT Rak Carrier sank Thursday, but there were few details released about the cause. All 30 crew members were rescued. Navy and […]

Libyan Rebels Claim Western Town

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Libyan rebels claimed victory over government forces after a heavy weekend battle for the western town of Bir al-Ghanam, 50 miles from Tripoli. Soldiers loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi flanked the town from three sides and exchanged rocket fire with the rebels for five hours, CNN reported Sunday. Medical […]

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