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France Offers London Help In Riots

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — France has offered British police help in tracking down and arresting looters involved in widespread rioting in London and elsewhere, officials said. The French Ministry of Interior offered to send police officers with extensive “expertise” in catching rioters, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. More than 1,500 people have been arrested […]

Pregnant Calif. Woman Killed By Pit Bull

PACIFICA, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A pregnant California woman was mauled and killed in her home by one of the family’s two pit bulls, police said. Greg Napora of Pacifica told police he returned home from work Thursday and found one of the dogs standing over his wife’s body, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. […]

Court Refuses To Hear Activist’s Appeal

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The Kiev Appeals Court says the arrest of activist and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko cannot be appealed. Tymoshenko was arrested Aug. 5, and accused by prosecutors of hurting the Ukraine’s national interests by signing “unfair” gas supply deals with Russia when she was Prime Minister in 2009, […]

Libyan Civilian Casualties Concern U.N.

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 12 (UPI) — All sides must take caution to ensure Libyan civilian deaths are minimized as pro- and anti-government forces fight, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Ban also said “a cease-fire linked to a political process” is the only practicable way to achieve peace in the country ripped by violence as pro-democracy […]

Kenya Refuses To Open New Refugee Camp

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Despite overcrowding at the world’s biggest refugee camp, Kenyan officials won’t open another camp, saying Somali refugees should be cared for in Somalia. Aid workers said they’re desperate to move Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp as its population swells past 400,000 into another camp, which was built last […]

Scientists Isolate Bioenergy Gene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Isolating a gene controlling ethanol production in a microorganism could provide scientists with a missing link for bioenergy, the U.S. Energy Department said. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center found the that controls its capacity to produce ethanol gene in the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum. Scientists use expensive […]

Suu Kyi Wants Dam Project Halted

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Political activist Aung San Suu Kyi has appealed to the Myanmar and Chinese governments to stop construction on a major dam on the Irrawaddy River. Suu Kyi, 64, said the Myitsone Dam would destroy natural habitat on the 1,300-mile-long river that enters Myanmar from China and exits into the […]

Retiree Who Confronted London Rioters Dies

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A 22-year-old man was arrested in the death of a 68-year-old retiree who was attacked after confronting rioters in the Ealing area of London, police said. Richard Mannington Bowes, who received head inturies in the attack, died after being removed from life support, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The suspect […]

U.S. Wants Syrian Energy Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Washington wants to see its European partners put more pressure on the Syrian oil and natural gas sector with sanctions, the U.S. secretary of state said. International pressure is mounting on Syrian President Bashar Assad as bloodshed in the country continues. The U.N. Security Council stopped short of issuing a […]

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 […]


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