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Kyrgyz Presidential Bidders Line Up

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The Kyrgyz prime minister entered the race to become the country’s next president in elections scheduled for October, his party said Monday. An April 2010 coup in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee his stronghold in the south of the country to Belarus. Since the 2010 coup, the […]

N.C. Gears Up For Same-sex Marriage Fight

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Groups across North Carolina say they expect a fight over a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage when lawmakers convene in September. Campaigns over the proposal for the constitutional amendment have sprung up across the state, including petition drives, postcard drives, messages from church pulpits, rallies, billboards and […]

HRW Blames Everyone For Crisis In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Atrocities committed both by al-Shabaab and pro-government forces are making life even worse for the people of Somalia, Human Rights Watch said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Human Rights Watch […]

James Anderson Remembered In Candlelight Vigil

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil to remember James Craig Anderson, a black man allegedly run down by a white teenager, officials in Mississippi said. The vigil Sunday in the parking lot of the Metro Inn, where Anderson, 49, was allegedly run down June 26, attracted people of all […]

China’s Appetite For Oil Imports Increases

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) — China’s dependence on imported oil grew to 55.2 percent in the first five months of this year up from 55 percent last year, reports state-run news agency Xinhua, citing figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In 2009, however, China’s dependence on imported oil rose to 33 percent. […]

Charlotte Police Train For 2012 DNC Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Police in Charlotte, N.C., began training with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prepare for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, officials said. The three-day course, offered by the agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, includes a mix of classroom and field instruction, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Security preparations […]

Erdogan Losing Patience With PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Those who continue to support the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party will pay a heavy price for their crimes, the Turkish prime minister said. Ankara and the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, have been locked in battle since the 1980s. Efforts to resolve the impasse […]

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 […]

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