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Iran Helps Assad Fight For Survival

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Turkish government says it has intercepted an arms shipment from Iran headed for Tehran’s key ally Syria, where the regime is battling to crush a 5-month-old uprising in which an estimated 1,700 protesters have been killed. Tehran is widely reported to be providing military aid and counterinsurgency specialists, […]

U.N. Mission Strikes Sour Note On Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Armed violence and widespread poverty continue to affect the lives of Iraqi citizens, a report from the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said. Iraqi lawmakers agreed to let the country’s prime minister approach U.S. officials about the possibility of keeping U.S. military trainers in the country beyond a Dec. […]

Court Postpones Review Of Mubarak Appeal

CAIRO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An Egyptian court has postponed reviewing an appeal by former President Hosni Mubarak of a May administrative court conviction. Mubarak, 83, and two co-defendants said they were not properly notified of the case charging them with cutting off lines of communication during Egypt’s January revolution, al-Masry al-Youm reported Tuesday. Mubarak’s […]

U.S. Urges Russia To Back Off Georgia

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Washington calls on Moscow to pull troops out of parts of Georgia and honor a 2008 cease-fire that ended conflict there, the State Department said. Moscow and Tbilisi traded insults Monday, the third anniversary of a Russian military response to Georgia’s invasion of the separatist republic of South Ossetia in […]

Dallas Roasts For 38 Days, And Counting

DALLAS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The string of triple-digit temperature days in Dallas reached 38, with forecasters warning the heatwave could stretch into the middle of August. The current heat spell ranks second on the all-time list for the number of consecutive days of 100-degree temperatures in Dallas, eclipsing a 29-day span in 1998, AccuWeather.com […]

Police Locate Suspects In Five Killings

KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Police in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory said Tuesday they had located three of four suspects wanted for the slaying of five people. The bodies of the five were found in cabins, an abandoned mine and a gully Monday, ITAR-Tass reported. On Monday, the body of a watchman was found in […]

Italy’s Foreign Ministry Eyes London Riots

ROME, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Italian nationals in and around London are advised to avoid crowded areas in the city as rioting in England entered its fourth day, the Italian government said. Demonstrators set two police cars on fire Saturday in London after roughly 300 people gathered to demand justice for a man killed by […]

Recalls Put Wis. Senate Control In Play

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Six Wisconsin Republican state senators face recall votes Tuesday, putting control of the state’s upper chamber in play. One Democratic senator has withstood a recall attempt, and on Aug. 16, two more Democrats will face recall votes. State Government Accountability Board officials won’t offer turnout projections, but people on […]

U.N.’s Ban Hails U.S. Genocide Measure

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Measures declared last week by Washington to work to prevent genocide and mass atrocities are positive steps, the U.N. secretary-general said. U.S. President Barack Obama called for an atrocities prevention board to respond quickly to early signs of alleged human rights abuses. Human rights abusers and war criminals would […]

Dagestan Street Brawl Leaves Seven Dead

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An argument in the Dagestan region turned violent, escalating into a street fight in which seven people died, including a young girl, Russian police said. Police said the confrontation between two groups of young men in the republic’s Untsukulovsky district disintegrated rapidly into a shootout, The Moscow News reported. About […]

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