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Obama’s Schedule For Wednesday, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — President Obama has several meetings out of the public eye and hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan Wednesday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: — Receive the daily briefing. — Meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. — Meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. — Host […]

Ai Weiwei Hits Out Again At Beijing

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Ai Weiwei, one of the harshest critics of the Chinese government, used Twitter to hit out against the detention of two other activists. Ai, an international artist who himself was detained for 80 days before being released in June, also described the effect of detention on two people who had […]

U.S. Reviews Alaska’s Oil And Gas Reserves

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United States must consider a wise approach to tapping into the vast oil and natural gas resources in Alaska, the U.S. interior secretary said. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting Alaska along with Deputy Secretary David Hayes, who is chairman of a high-level working group on energy development […]

Suit: Non-Jew Suffered Taunts For Yarmulke

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A New York man who donned a Jewish skullcap as part of his embrace of “theosophy” said he was fired for complaining about taunts from colleagues. Ciro Rosselli, 29, said he started wearing the yarmulke to work at consulting firm McKinsey & Co. after he took up theosophy, which […]

Wisconsin Senate Stays In Republican Hands

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Republicans retained control of the Wisconsin state Senate early Wednesday, successfully defending four seats in the broadest recall effort in state history. Republican state Sens. Robert Cowles of Green Bay, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Luther Olsen of Ripon survived the recall, beating Democratic challengers. Incumbent Republican Alberta […]

New Syrian Barrage, U.S. Sanctions Readied

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Syria stepped up its crackdown Wednesday as Washington readied new sanctions and the U.N. Security Council was to debate a new response to the bloodshed. The early-morning fresh assaults targeted at least two restive cities and several towns and villages, including in Idlib province bordering Turkey, rights and […]

Euro, Asian Markets Rebound After Fed Move

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — European and Asian stocks rebounded Wednesday before Wall Street’s opening bell on a Federal Reserve pledge to keep U.S. interest rates near zero for two years. British, German and French stock indexes rose more than 2 percent in early-morning trading following a “relief rally” in Asian markets. In late-afternoon […]

Woman Who Fought For Garden Plans Moves Out

OAK PARK, Mich., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Michigan woman who battled city officials to win the right to keep her front yard vegetable garden said she and her family are moving to Seattle. Julie Bass made headlines in June when she was ticketed by the city of Oak Park for planting vegetables in her […]

Six Die In Karachi Violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Ethnic and targeted killings claimed six more lives in violence-ravaged Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and its main port and financial capital, police said. The victims in the overnight drive-by shootings and other acts of violence in different parts of the city included activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and […]

Bats Drive Woman From Apartment

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Scottish woman says she has temporarily left her apartment in Aberdeen to hundreds of bats roosting in a crawl space. Alison Murray, who works for an oil company, bought the top-floor flat in January, The Scotsman reported. In May, she realized she was sharing it with the bats […]

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