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Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Felt ‘close To Death’

SHANGHAI, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei felt he was near death during his nearly three months of hooded imprisonment, a source close to the artist said. The secret detention was “the toughest situation a human being can be in” and he felt “close to death” every minute, the source told […]

Yemen’s GPC Has U.S. Backing?

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Washington believes the return of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is part of the solution to the political crisis there, a Yemeni politician said. Saleh was released this week from a hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he was recovering from injuries suffered during a June 3 attack on a […]

Tribunal Urges Hariri Suspects’ Surrender

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The four men indicted in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri should surrender, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said Thursday. An open letter was posted on the tribunal’s Web site by Judge Antonio Cassese to inform the four men “of their rights and to urge […]

Poll: Washington Can’t Fix Economic Mess

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S. residents have little confidence the federal government can fix the nation’s economic woes and are dissatisfied with the political system, a poll found. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they have little or no confidence in Washington’s ability to fix the economy, results released in a Washington Post poll released […]

Virginia Mall Buttock Slashing Attack Victims Up To Nine

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Police are now investigating nine attacks on young women and teenagers whose buttocks were slashed with a box cutter or razor at Virginia shopping malls. The most recent attack was on a teenager at the XXI Forever store in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County, Va., July 25. Fairfax […]

Iran Issues Travel Warning For U.K.

TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (UPI) — After calling on the British government to exercise restraint in handling London riots, Iran said it was advising its citizens there to be on high alert. British Prime Minister David Cameron deployed tens of thousands of police in London and other major metropolitan areas to control riots that began last […]

Mubarak Sons Could Face Additional Charges

CAIRO, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, could face three new corruption charges, officials said. Prosecutors previously interrogated the two over claims they manipulated Egypt’s stock exchange and made money from the country’s debt settlement, al-Masry al-Youm reported. The brothers are now in Tora Prison, awaiting […]

Lebanon Bombing Kills One, Injures Two In Antelias

ANTELIAS, Lebanon, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Police Thursday tried to determine whether a bomb that exploded in a parking lot in Antelias, Lebanon, was aimed at Judge Albert Serhal or his son. The two bombers involved died and a passerby was slightly injured. The blast near Center Hajj occurred about 11:30 a.m. shortly after Serhal’s […]

Judge Who Demands Punctuality Often Late

TORONTO, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Canadian judge with zero tolerance for lateness in his Toronto-area court has a poor record of returning to the bench on time, the Toronto Star reported. Last month, Justice Howard Chisvin of the Ontario Court in Newmarket threw out 12 criminal cases when a Crown prosecutor was late in […]

Hackers Pass Breivik E-mails To Police

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A group of Norwegian teen computer hackers claimed they opened e-mails sent by accused killer Anders Breivik, which were then passed to police. The hackers turned over correspondence containing details about Breivik’s contacts and private life to the freelance Norwegian journalist, Kjetil Stormark, who then handed the material to […]

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