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Syrian Forces Push Into Hama

HAMA, Syria, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Syrian forces pushed into Hama, maintaining their crackdown on protesters as Western leaders discuss possible reactions to the unstable situation. Many people fled Hama to nearby villages, fearing the army would gain total control in the city, witnesses told the BBC Tuesday. Security forces have cracked down on protests […]

Ex-Detroit Mayor Released From Prison

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from prison Tuesday and will go to Texas to rejoin his family, officials said. Kilpatrick, 41, was allowed to transfer supervision of his two-year parole to Texas, where his wife and sons live in Grand Prairie, a Dallas suburb, The Detroit News […]

Restrictions Hampering Somalia Famine Aid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — U.S. anti-terrorism restrictions are preventing the delivery of urgently needed food aid to famine-stricken parts of Somalia, a humanitarian aid official said. Shannon Scribner of the international relief agency Oxfam said the drought in East Africa should prompt an end to all restrictions, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. “What needs […]

FBI Aids Michigan Assault Investigation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 2 (UPI) — The FBI has offered its assistance in the investigation of assaults on young women near the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, a town spokeswoman said. Six assaults, including two rapes, have occurred during the past two weeks and all the victims ranged in age from 18 […]

Detroit Strip Club Owner’s Story Rejected

DETROIT, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Detroit strip club owner apparently fled to the Ukraine in 2005 to escape being charged with human smuggling, a U.S. magistrate has concluded. U.S. Magistrate Laurie Michelson said in newly released court documents that just weeks after Veniamin Gonikman left the country his business partner and family members were […]

Glass Falls From Toronto Condo 5th Time

TORONTO, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Glass balcony panels were being removed from a high-rise Toronto condominium Tuesday after two panels crashed to the street for the fifth time this year. Work crews had already been working at removing the glass panels under a city order issued 12 days ago when two tempered panels came loose […]

Mexican Prosecutors Resign En Masse

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors in 21 of Mexico’s 31 states and federal districts resigned en masse, but the country’s top prosecutor didn’t offer a reason for the exodus. Unclear was whether the 21 senior federal prosecutors were being forced out or were quitting in rebellion over Attorney General Marisela Morales and […]

Der Spiegel: Israel Killed Iranian

BERLIN, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Israel was behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist last week in Tehran, the German magazine Der Spiegel reports. In an article titled “Mossad Behind Tehran Assassinations, Says Source” the German news magazine bases its information on an unnamed Israeli intelligence source who claimed it was the first major […]

Israel Unveils Secret Missile

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Israel’s Artillery Corps has revealed the existence of the previously classified Tammuz missile used by the army during the Gaza and Lebanon wars. With a range of 15.5 miles, the missile is equipped with an electronic optic sensor that transmits the image of its target to operators inside an armored […]

Report Says Israel Tried To Hit Nasrallah

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A bombing in a Beirut suburb last Friday was an Israeli attempt to assassinate Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, the Kuwaiti daily al-Jareeda reported Tuesday. Unnamed sources told the newspaper, Israel received information of plans by Nasrallah to meet with senior officials in a southern Beirut suburb, including Lebanese terrorist […]

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