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Chinese Parents Decry Child-quota Laws

BEIJING, Chile, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s preference for boys and strict controls on the number of births have combined to create a climate in which children are sometimes seized, observers say. The practice is especially bad in Longhui County, a poor rural area in Hunan, a southern Chinese province, where at least 16 children […]

Suit Challenges Low-income Housing Plan

CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government says in a lawsuit condemning a low-income housing complex in Joliet, Ill., would force African-American residents to move to another town. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, charges Joliet violated federal housing laws and seeks to stop the condemnation unless the city “develops and […]

Muslim Brotherhood Hails Mubarak Trial

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political party said the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak was a victory for the people. Mubarak appeared Wednesday on a hospital gurney before a court in Cairo on murder and corruption charges. The ailing 83-year-old president, along with his sons, former interior […]

U.S. Admits Iraq Might Need Some Help

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Iraqi security forces are strong enough to defend the country, though they may need additional U.S. support, a U.S. State Department official said. Iraqi political leaders gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki permission to negotiate the status of the remaining U.S. forces in the country. Baghdad said it would consider […]

One Dead, Five Hurt In Lightning Strike

FREDONIA, Ariz., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A 64-year-old German national was killed and five others injured after a lightning strike on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, officials said. By the time park rangers arrived on the scene, members of the vacationing party were performing CPR on the woman, who was later […]

EU Leaders To Meet On New Eurozone Woes

BRUSSELS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — European leaders have called crisis talks to discuss measures to stop European stock markets tumbling further in a blow to an already badly bruised eurozone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero scheduled conference calls to look at further emergency measures […]

Tymoshenko Arrested During Court Hearing

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested Friday during a hearing in Kiev about abuse of office charges. Prosecutor Lilia Frolova asked for detention, telling a judge Tymoshenko has obstructed the investigation into charges involving a 2009 gas agreement with Russia, RIA Novosti reported. Tymoshenko had been banned […]

Report: Strauss-Kahn A Problem On Planes

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Lawyers for the woman allegedly raped by Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York say they have received tips of his history of harassing female flight attendants. Kenneth Thompson and Douglas Wigdor told Le Parisien they received an anonymous letter that said Air France assigns only men in first class when Strauss-Kahn […]

Reconciliation Key For Ivorian Recovery

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The way members of the former Ivorian government are treated could influence the war-torn country’s reconciliation process, a U.N. rights envoy said. French peacekeepers helped detain former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo in April, ending a period of political violence that followed November presidential elections meant to heal the […]

Ousting Gadhafi Is End Goal, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — There is unity among the parties involved that see the ultimate goal as ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power, a U.S. State Department official said. The rebel-backed Transitional National Council for Libya has made diplomatic gains in recent weeks. It’s widely recognized as the legitimate authority by members of […]

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