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Suicide Watch Kept On Confessed Killer Levi Aron

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Confessed child killer Levi Aron has been moved from New York’s Bellevue Hospital to Rikers Island and put on a round-the-clock suicide watch, authorities said. A specially designated correction officer is posted outside the cell holding Aron, arraigned last week in the July 12 killing and dismemberment of 8-year-old […]

S&P: No Regrets In Lowering U.S. Credit Rating

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Standard & Poor’s Monday defended its decision to lower the U.S. credit rating and blamed the vitriol in Washington in part for the downgrade. David Beers, S&P’s managing director of sovereign ratings, told CNN the United States must follow the agreement reached last week to the letter if it hopes […]

U.S. Lawmakers To Target Iran’s Bank

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is called on to take dramatic steps against Iran’s central bank as part of an effort to sideline the regime, lawmakers said. A letter, put together by U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said more economic action is needed against Iran. “In our […]

Zimbabwe Diamond Torture Camp Alleged

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Zimbabwe’s security forces are allegedly operating a torture camp in the country’s Marange diamond fields, the BBC’s Panorama TV investigative show reported. Victims told of severe beatings and sexual assault, Panorama said Monday. The claims come as the European Union is considering a partial lift of a trade ban […]

Syria Reacts To GCC Criticism

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Gulf Cooperation Council is ignoring facts on the ground by criticizing Syria’s response to a violent uprising, a government source said. The U.N. Security Council stopped short of issuing a formal resolution condemning Syria for its crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. It did, however, issue a strong statement criticizing […]

Israel Seeks ‘strategic Reach’ For Navy

HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Israel seeks to build up its navy, partly to counter the Iranian ballistic missile threat, with missile-firing submarines and two other warships. Israel’s military planners said the country will purchase three more missile-firing submarines from Germany and build two corvettes that could be armed with the first naval version […]

Smugglers Turn To Mail To Ship Drugs

MIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — With increased security and violent drug wars at the Mexican border, smugglers are turning to the mail to ship drugs, officials say. Increasingly, smugglers are relying on both the U.S. mail and commercial carriers, which they see as posing less risk than crossing the border with trailer-loads of drugs, […]

Bahraini Detainees Allege Torture

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Many of the prisoners held in Bahrain were tortured by state security forces as a matter of principle, a former detainee and opposition leader said. Two members of a former opposition party were among the more than 140 people released from prison by Bahraini authorities. Former lawmakers Matar Matar […]

Gadhafi Losing Ground, London Says

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi is facing political, economic and diplomatic setbacks, a British official said. NATO forces in March began supporting a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone. Though regime change wasn’t included in U.N. Security Council resolutions mandating force in Libya, world leaders said there was no future for a […]

Rep. West On Geithner: ‘No Lights On’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Rep. Allen B. West, R-Fla., Monday called on Timothy Geithner to resign, saying the U.S. treasury secretary has no idea what to do to help the economy. “Well, I think having had Timothy Geithner sit before us and testify in the Small Business Committee and I had an opportunity to […]

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