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Kremlin May Sell Rosneft Shares

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An aide to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the Kremlin might sell its stake in private oil company Rosneft by 2017. The Kremlin owns more than a 75 percent stake in Rosneft, the country’s largest oil company. The Kremlin reportedly wants to offload around 25 percent of that by 2013 […]

Gadhafi Son: He, Militant Rebels In Talks

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 4 (UPI) — One of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons says he’s trying to forge an alliance with radical Islamic elements among Libyan rebels to drive out the more liberal dissidents. The leading Islamist whom Saif Gadhafi identified as his key counterpart was Ali Sallabi, who confirmed to The New York Times the two […]

Biological, Chemical Weapons Expert Dead

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The body of Jonathan B. Tucker, an expert on biological and chemical weapons, was found in his home in Washington, D.C., officials said. The District’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of death was so far unknown, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Tucker’s body was found July […]

U.S. Hands Over Libyan Embassy To TNG

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department has handed over the Libyan Embassy in Washington to the Transitional National Council, a State Department official said. The official said the move would allow Libyan rebels to reopen the embassy, accredit diplomats and claim control over the embassy’s frozen bank accounts worth about $13 million, […]

Japanese Nuclear Officials To Be Replaced

TOKYO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Japan’s three nuclear policy officials are being replaced over the handling of the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis, Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said. The officials are the vice minister for economy, trade and industry, the head of the nuclear safety agency and the head of the country’s natural resources agency, […]

Afghan Security Head Killed In Explosion

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An explosion Thursday in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province killed the district security head and wounded three children, authorities said. The victim was Payenda Khan, head of the area’s National Directorate of Security, provincial council chief Mahbobullah Mahbob told CNN. The incident occurred in Bander Khanabad district and the Taliban […]

Hurricane Eugene Should Lose Its Punch Soon

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Hurricane Eugene retained its strength but was expected to weaken Thursday as it moves over colder Pacific waters, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Eugene, a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 125 mph, was about 670 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, […]

Emily’s Movement Prompts Watches, Warnings

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Warnings and watches were posted for many Caribbean islands as the center of Tropical Storm Emily nears Hispaniola’s southern coast, forecasters said Thursday. Emily, with sustained winds of 50 mph, was about 25 miles south-southwest of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic, and about 100 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the National […]

Belarus, S. Ossetia Cool On Joining Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Belarus and South Ossetia have reacted cautiously after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested he would like to see them join the Russia Federation. Putin, speaking to a youth forum Russia’s Monday, indicated he held out hope that Belarus, South Ossetia and Russia could join a common state. “It is […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 4

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama has one meeting listed on the daily schedule for Thursday. In the morning, Obama will receive the daily briefing.

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