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Opposition Snubs Cyprus President

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Cypriot President Demetris Christofias tried to revitalize his government and reach out to the opposition but was left with a new Cabinet much like the old one. Kikis Kazamias, a former member of the European Court of Auditors, was added to the Cabinet as finance minister Friday, The New […]

1 Of 3 Bodies Recovered From Vernal Falls

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Aug. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. National Park Service said Saturday the body of one of three hikers swept over Yosemite’s Vernal Falls on July 19 has been recovered. Yosemite Rangers and search-and-rescue personnel found the body of Hormiz David, 22, of Modesto, Calif., Friday afternoon about 240 feet from the […]

Perry Addresses 20,000 At Prayer Rally

HOUSTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed a crowd of 20,000 people at a Christian rally in Houston simply as Rick Perry of Austin. But the governor spoke to many issues that are likely to be his themes if he runs for president, Politico reported. “Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry […]

China Eases Birth Restrictions For Victims

ZHOUQU, China, Aug. 6 (UPI) — China has relaxed its birth-planning policy for families that lost children in a mudslide last year that killed more than 1,700 people, officials said. Surgery to reverse previous sterilization procedures has been provided to 27 families and is available free of charge to residents of Zhouqu, in Gansu Province, […]

Protected Birds Turn Up In Chef’s Salad

GODSHILL, England, Aug. 6 (UPI) — A British man has been busted for killing a protected species of bird that ultimately wound up on a menu as a chef’s salad. The unnamed man, 45, was arrested after a restaurant in Godshill, Isle of Wight, was found to be serving rook salad, The Daily Telegraph reported. […]

Chavez To Return To Cuba For Treatment

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is returning to Cuba, where he had a tumor removed in June, for further treatment of his cancer. Chavez returned to Cuba last month for chemotherapy, and he has said his treatment is going well, although details about his disease haven’t been disclosed, […]

200 Tanks Enter Hama, Violence Continues

HAMA, Syria, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Syrian officials say they have regained control of Hama, where rebel fighters calling for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad launched an offensive. Activist groups in Hama said at least 200 civilians were killed by government artillery and snipers since the fighting in Hama started Sunday, The New York […]

Japan Observes Ironic Nuclear Anniversary

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The 66th anniversary of the world’s first atomic attack was marked Saturday in Hiroshima by Japan’s prime minister, who disavowed nuclear policies. Naoto Kan told a crowd of thousands he wanted to steer the country away from nuclear power dependency, the Kyodo News Agency reported. The United States dropped […]

Al-Shabaab Leaves Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Al-Shabaab’s withdrawal from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, represents a change in strategy, Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamoud Rage said. The militant Islamist group with ties to al-Qaida withdrew its fighters from Mogadishu Saturday, but that doesn’t mean it will end its rule in other parts of Somalia, The New York Times […]

China Slams U.S. On Debt Policy

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The Chinese government issued a harsh rebuke to the United States Saturday for its economic policy and debt management. China is the biggest lender to the United States and published a harsh reprimand via the New China News Agency, chastising Washington for “short-sighted political wrangling” that led to Monday’s 11th […]

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