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Canadian PM Talks Business In Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper promoted further trade and economic ties between Brazil and Canada in Sao Paulo for a second day Tuesday. Harper and a contingent of political and business leaders arrived in Brasilia Monday and were greeted by President Dilma Rousseff. Throughout the day at Planalto Palace, […]

Feds, Ala. School District Hit Deseg Deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the Pickens County, Ala., school board to eliminate racial disparities in its system, the department said. Under terms of the agreement, the board, working with state officials, will develop policies and programs to eliminate racial disparities in student discipline, grade retention, graduation […]

Jurors View Photos Of Nursing Home Victims

CARTHAGE, N.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Jurors at the North Carolina trial of a man accused of killing eight nursing home residents were shown graphic crime scene photographs by prosecutors. Family members of the victims sobbed while a sheriff’s deputy explained each of the photos he took to document the deaths at the Pinelake Health […]

Experts Try To Decode Breivik’s Manifesto

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Computer security experts are working to decode what they think may be hidden messages in a manifesto published by accused Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik. Brievik e-mailed the 1,500-page document to online contacts on July 22, less than 90 minutes before he detonated a bomb in downtown Oslo, then […]

Libyan Rebels Dissolve Their Cabinet

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Libyan rebels dissolved their cabinet, leaving rebel Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril Tuesday as the only one to keep his job, a rebel spokesman said. The spokesman told The New York Times the cabinet was dissolved for “improper administrative procedures” that led to the arrest and subsequent killing of a […]

Somali Rebels Offered Amnesty

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Somalia’s transitional government announced Tuesday it has offered amnesty to al-Shabaab fighters in Mogadishu if they surrender and renounce violence. The offer follows the retreat of the al-Qaida-linked group from the capital, CNN reported. A spokesman for the group, which has been waging an insurgency against the government since […]

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. […]


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