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Russia, Georgia Trade Barbs On Anniversary

MOSCOW, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Russia, on the anniversary of its war with Georgia, said the country’s president is “ill-bred” though it didn’t make the same claim against the Georgian people. Russian forces responded when the Georgian military invaded the separatist republic of South Ossetia in 2008. The conflict spilled over to engulf forces from […]

Abu Ghraib Release Upsets Iraqis

BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Iraqi citizens expressed outrage after a U.S. Army corporal accused of torture at the country’s Abu Ghraib prison was released from prison during the weekend. The U.S. army released Charles Graner from a Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison during the weekend after he served more than six years of a 10-year […]

London Chides Zimbabwe Over Diamond Fields

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Authorities in Zimbabwe are called on to conduct a transparent investigation into allegations of torture at the country’s Marange diamond field, London said. Security forces in Zimbabwe are accused of operating torture camps at diamond fields, the BBC discovered. People who were released from the camp described the mine as […]

Geithner To Remain As Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told President Obama he plans to stay in his job through the fall of 2012. Geithner has been battling the U.S. economic crisis since 2007, first as a Federal Reserve official then as Treasury secretary, and had considered leaving after Congress raised the debt […]

Obama Approval 50 Percent Or Higher In 16 States

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 8 (UPI) — People in 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama at least a 50 percent approval rating for the first half of 2011, Gallup reported. Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland paced the approval ratings for Obama, while Idaho residents had the least positive appraisal […]

U.S. To Grant Waivers On NCLB

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Obama administration said it will grant waivers to U.S. states saying they can’t meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. Efforts to reform the signature education legislation of President George W. Bush have stalled in Congress. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he decided to grant […]

Flooding Danger To Oil, Gas Pipelines?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Oil and natural gas pipelines along the Missouri River might be vulnerable to scouring by raging floodwaters, officials said. Exxon Mobil in Montana is looking to reposition a ruptured section of its Silvertip oil pipeline more than 40 feet below the bed of the Yellowstone River. Flood waters […]

Nebraskans Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Opponents of a heavy crude oil pipeline from Canada planned through Nebraska want the state’s governor to get behind their campaign. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The current network terminates in Oklahoma and Illinois […]

Heritage Oil Starts Drilling In Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Independent energy company Heritage Oil announced it started drilling its Miran West-3 well in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Heritage said operations at Marin West-3 were initiated with the goal of appraising reserves. The start of the drilling represents the company’s appraisal campaign in the Kurdish region, the company […]

U.S. Lawmakers Visiting Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The American Israel Education Foundation organized visits to Israel by 26 Democrats and 55 Republicans from the U.S. Congress, officials said. The Democratic contingent was to arrive Monday, the Republicans in the weeks ahead, The Jerusalem Post said. The Democrats are led by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and […]

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