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U.S. Trade Gap Jumps By $2.3 Billion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. international trade deficit rose to $53.1 billion in June, up from an upwardly revised $50.8 billion in May, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The previous estimate for May was $50.2 billion. For June, exports totaled $170.9 billion, while imports totaled $223.9 billion. Exports, at $170.9 billion, were […]

Canadian Trade Deficit Widens In June

OTTAWA, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Canada’s international trade deficit widened to $1.6 billion in June with a 1.7 percent decrease in exports, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Thursday. “Exports fell to $36.5 billion, largely the result of declines in energy products and automotive products,” the agency said. “Exports of energy products declined 5.1 percent to […]

Former Philippine President Arroyo Has Surgery

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was recovering from surgery to remove an infected cervical spine implant, officials said. Doctors said they were unable to reconstruct the infected implant and the former president will be required to wear external support to compensate for its failure, Philippine Inquirer.net reported Thursday. Arroyo’s […]

Poll: Hawaii Bluest State, Utah Reddest

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Hawaii and the District of Columbia were most Democratic so far this year while Utah was the most Republican, a Gallup poll survey indicated. Nationwide, Democrats held a slight advantage in the first half of 2011 in the Gallup tracking data released Wednesday, with 44 percent of Americans identifying […]

Parents Of Japanese Tsunami Victims Sue School

SENDAI, Japan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The parents of Japanese children killed when a tsunami hit their school bus have sued the private school they claim ignored warnings, officials said. Parents of four of the dead children filed a lawsuit against Hiyori Kindergarten, a private school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. […]

Belgrade Negotiator: Kosovo Crisis Is Over

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The crisis in Kosovo is over, said Belgrade team leader Borislav Stefanovic, if Pristina is barred from setting up operations in the north. “The crisis is over, and we are about to enter the dialogue in Brussels,” Stefanovic said in a B92 report. Serbia protested when Kosovo set up […]

STL Vows To Take Case To Trial

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 11 (UPI) — One way or the other, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will end up with a trial in the slaying of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the tribunal judge said. The tribunal announced in July that four alleged members of Hezbollah were wanted in connection with the 2005 assassination of […]

Anti-U.S. Sentiment A Concern In Egypt

CAIRO, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department expressed concern about reports that foreigners, including U.S. citizens, are being questioned about why they’re in Egypt. “Let me say with regard to this kind of anti-Americanism that’s creeping into the Egyptian public discourse, we are concerned,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Wednesday during a […]

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 […]

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