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Gilani Meets King Abdullah

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, traveling to Mecca for Ramadan, held extensive talks with Saudi King Abdullah, sources told Dawn newspaper. The two talked about enhancing trade and economic ties between and agreed to stand by each other in times of need, the report said. Although […]

Israeli UAV’s Protect Gas Fields

JERUSALEM, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A number of unmanned aerial vehicles are conducting surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Israel’s gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. A decision to deploy the UAV’s is mainly out of concern Hezbollah may try to target the gas fields, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. In July the cabinet […]

11 Die In Plane Crash In Russia’s Far East

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A cargo plane hauling food crashed in Russia’s Far East after the pilot reported an engine fire, killing 11 people, officials said. The wreckage of the An-12 transport plane was found near a gold and silver mining operation in the Omsukcha district, RIA Novosti reported. The plane had nine crew […]

Muifa Inflicts Heavy Economic Losses

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Muifa, a typhoon-strength storm spawned in the west Pacific, weakened into a depression Tuesday, but not before inflicting heavy economic losses on China. The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said Tuesday direct economic losses from the storm were estimated at 3 billion yuan, or $466 million, Xinhua reported. […]

Canada Orders All Libyan Diplomats Out

OTTAWA, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Canadian government has ordered all Libyan diplomats out of the country within five days and frozen their bank accounts, the foreign affairs minister said. Minister John Baird issued the order in Ottawa Monday night. “Canada declares all remaining diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Ottawa ‘personae non grata,’ [unwanted] […]

Gunfire, Random Arrests Reported In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Heavy gunfire was heard across Syria Tuesday as witnesses and activists say Syrian forces were making arbitrary arrests in two parts of the embattled country. Activists said heavy shooting broke out in the eastern town of Dier Ezzor, were arbitrary arrests were made and at least two people were […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 9

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — President Obama announces first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday in Springfield, Va., the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Receive the daily briefing. – Announce new fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles during a visit to Moving Services in […]

Court Halts Australia’s Asylum Swap Deal

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Australia’s High Court dealt a blow the country’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers who arrived by boat to Malaysia for processing. The court put a temporary stop on the first group, which the government was getting ready to send overseas last weekend. Lawyers for the group of 16 […]

Iran: West Trapped In Libya Impasse

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The West has reached an impasse with its military intervention in Libya, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says. Salehi, speaking during a news conference Saturday with Beninese Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassirou Arifari Bako, said NATO countries seeking the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have become bogged down […]

Suspect Flees In A Police Cruiser

DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, Quebec, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Police in Canada said a man arrested for a driving infraction escaped by stealing a police vehicle. Officers in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, said the 33-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Sources and Roger Pilon boulevards and somehow managed to […]

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