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India Observes Independence Day

NEW DELHI, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Indians Monday observed their 64th year of independence, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauding India’s progress but noting much remains to be done. The anniversary marked India’s freedom from Britain’s colonial rule in 1947 when the subcontinent was divided into India and Pakistan. Islamabad observed its Independence Day on […]

1 Dead, 5 Wounded At Canada Casino

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Gunfire outside a casino in Kelowna, British Columbia, Sunday left a suspected gang member dead and five other people wounded, police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was hunting for at least one gunman in a sport utility vehicle who opened fire on another vehicle leaving […]

Police Investigating American Abduction

LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Pakistani police worked Monday for leads in the weekend abduction of an American working with a U.S. consulting company in Lahore. Pakistani media reported authorities had made little headway in the case thus far, about 30 hours after the man, identified as Warren Weinstein, reportedly was abducted by gunmen […]

Canada Father Charged With Slashing Infant

CALGARY, British Columbia, Aug. 15 (UPI) — An 11-month-old Canadian boy is recovering after his father allegedly slashed him repeatedly with a knife, authorities say. The 32-year-old Calgary man was charged with attempted murder Sunday and is expected to make a court appearance Monday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Police arrested the unidentified man after […]

China Plant Shut Down After Protest

DALIAN, China, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A chemical plant in Dalian, China, was ordered shut down by authorities Sunday after thousands of people protested the risk of toxic leaks at the facility. Authorities ordered the closure and relocation of the Fujia chemical plant 6 hours after the protest began, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported. […]

1 Killed, 8 Injured By Amusement Park Ride

TAQUARA, Brazil, Aug. 14 (UPI) — An airborne amusement park ride car struck and killed one teenager and left eight other people injured in Brazil Sunday, officials said. Alessandra Aguilar, 17, was fatally injured at the Glory Center Amusement Park in Taquara, Brazil, O Globo reported. Aguilar was buying tickets for a ride when a […]

$1M Raised In Crash Victim’s Name

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A fundraising campaign in the name of a deceased 9-year-old girl has raised over $1 million to bring clean drinking water to African villages, officials say. As of Friday, the fund-raising campaign started in Rachel Beckwith’s honor had raised $1,006,313 from more than 26,000 donations, The News Tribune of […]

Flawless Diamond To Be Sold Online

CLEVELAND, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A huge, flawless yellow diamond will be sold by the federal government in an online auction next month, officials say. The 43.51-carat diamond was seized by FBI agents in 2006 during an undercover investigation leading to the conviction of Paul Monea for money laundering, the U.S. Marshals Service said in […]

Tropical Storm Gert Nears Bermuda

MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gert became the seventh named storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season Sunday and was threatening Bermuda, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 p.m. advisory that Gert was about 215 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and was heading to the north-northwest at 8 […]

Killer Bull Claims 3rd Life In Spain

XATIVA, Spain, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A man was killed by a bull during a festival in Xativa, Spain, becoming the beast’s third victim, officials say. The bull, named Mouse, fatally attacked the man, who died at a hospital later, during an amateur bullfighting event Saturday night, the BBC reported. The bull, which weighs 1,100 […]

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