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Nigeria Orders Investigation Into Its Army

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nigeria’s defense minister, saying some troops “overreacted,” called for an investigation into abuse of civilians by troops battling an extremist sect. The shooting death of a woman carrying her young child sparked the investigation but the alleged abuses have been going on for some time, the BBC reported. Troops […]

Pakistani Court Sentences Soldier To Death

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Pakistani court sentenced a paramilitary soldier to death after finding him guilty of killing an unarmed teenager in a shooting that was caught on a video. The anti-terrorism court in Karachi imposed the death sentence Friday on Shahid Zafar in the June killing of Sarfaraz Shah, 17, who […]

British Police Faced ‘unprecedented Situation’

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Home Secretary Theresa May didn’t have a role in the aggressive tactics police used to squelch rioting across Britain, police chiefs’ leader Hugh Orde said. Orde, president of Britain’s Association of Chief Police Officers, said the tactics were more robust because more officers were made available during the days of […]

Obama’s Schedule For Friday, Aug. 12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama meets with business leaders and Super Bowl winners Friday, the White House said. The daily agenda indicates Obama will: – Meet with business leaders to discuss the U.S. economy. – Welcome the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers, recognizing the team for its efforts on […]

Gunmen Kill Three Policemen In Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Two gunmen attacked a police party escorting prisoners Friday in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing three policemen, authorities said. The policemen were returning after taking three prisoners for medical checkups, Xinhua reported, quoting local television channels. The news agency’s report said the attacks occurred in the morning near a hospital on […]

Human Trafficking Into China Rising

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smuggling of women and children from neighboring nations into China is increasing despite efforts to fight human trafficking, a senior police official said. Chen Shiqu, head of the Chinese government agency dealing with the problem, said cross-border human traffickers remain a serious scourge and called for greater international cooperation to […]

Patek Deported To Indonesia To Stand Trial

JAKARTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Umar Patek, one of the suspected Bali bomb masterminds deported to Indonesia by Pakistan, will be charged with murder, police officials said. Patek will be charged under the country’s criminal code instead of the law on terrorism, which can’t be applied retroactively, National Police spokesman Inspector General Anton Bachrul Alam […]

Syria Presses Population-center Assault

SARAQEB, Syria, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Syria pressed its assault on northwestern and population centers Friday, dissidents and residents said, as activists vowed mass demonstrations. Tanks and armored personnel carriers were seen in Saraqeb, a city of 37,000 in the northwestern Idlib province bordering Turkey that has seen an upsurge in military brutality in recent […]

Pawlenty, Bachmann Trade Personal Jabs

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty and fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann traded harsh, personal jabs in a GOP presidential-hopefuls debate before the Ames Straw Poll. “Look, she has done wonderful things in her life — absolutely wonderful things — but it is an undisputable fact that in Congress her record of […]

DCF Says Casey Anthony Failed To Protect

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Children and Families says Casey Anthony failed to protect her daughter, and that contributed to Caylee’s death. DCF officials announced Thursday that a thorough three-year review of Caylee Marie’s death shows Casey Anthony failed to protect the child, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. “It is […]

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