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Islamic Forces Show Strength In Cairo

CAIRO, July 29 (UPI) — Thousands of religious activists led by the Muslim Brotherhood rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday in a sharp shift from secular protests, witnesses said. The demonstrators demanded an Islamic state based on Shariah law, the BBC reported. Members of the liberal secular groups that led the revolution against ex-President Hosni […]

Pirates Free Italian Ship, Crew; All Safe

ROME, July 29 (UPI) — An Italian oil tanker seized by pirates off the coast of Benin was back in safe waters after its captors abandoned the ship, officials in Rome said. “The crew members on board are all safe,” the captain of the RBD Anema e Core told ANSA, the Italian news agency. Officials […]

Thief Who Left Phone Behind Gets 26 Years

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 29 (UPI) — A burglar who left his cellphone plugged in at a victim’s home before fleeing was sentenced to more than 26 years in prison in Maryland. Police said Cody Wilkins, 25, broke into many homes to support a drug habit and during a Jan. 28 burglary decided to plug in […]

Norway Begins Funerals Of Massacre Victims

OSLO, Norway, July 29 (UPI) — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, praising the victims of the country’s July 22 massacre, said Friday, “We’re going to answer hatred with love.” Stoltenberg spoke as funerals for the victims began — a week after the attacks. “Today it is one week since Norway was hit by evil,” he […]

Ben Ali, Cohort, Sentenced, Fined

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 29 (UPI) — Ousted Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on corruption charges, officials in Tunisia said. The Tunisian court also sentenced his son-in-law, Sakher al-Materi, to 16 years in prison and fined the pair 97 million dinars (about $71 million) Bikya Masr reported […]

Brothers Arrested In Airport Fracas

MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) — Two brothers were charged with aggravated battery after one of them allegedly punched the pilot of an American Airlines jet in the face, Florida officials said. The incident occurred when a flight attendant noticed Jonathan Baez didn’t have his seat belt fastened as a flight to San Francisco was preparing […]

Ex-astronaut In Kidnap Case Is Out Of Navy

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Lisa Nowak, a former astronaut once accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival, is no longer in the Navy, the service announced. The Navy, in announcing her retirement Thursday, said she left the service with her conduct labeled “other than honorable,” CNN reported. On Feb. 5, 2007, Nowak was […]

N. Korea, U.S. Hold Direct Nuclear Talks

UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (UPI) — North Korea and the United States are holding their first direct talks in three years at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, officials say. The State Department termed the first day’s discussions Thursday “serious and businesslike,” CNN reported. The session continues Friday. It is the two sides’ first […]

U.S. Sailor Missing In Gulf Of Aden

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy reported it was searching for a sailor believed to have gone overboard in the Gulf of Aden. The unidentified crew member of the amphibious ship Boxer was reported missing Tuesday afternoon after failing to report for watch, the Navy Times reported. The ship was searched and the […]

At Least 16 Killed In Ukraine Mine Blast

SUKHODILSKA-VOSTOCHNAYA, Ukraine, July 29 (UPI) — An explosion at a mine in eastern Ukraine killed at least 16 miners Friday, authorities said. Another three miners were hospitalized and nine were missing, rescue workers told RIA Novosti. The explosion struck at a depth of 3,000 feet at the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya mine in the Luhansk region, which is […]

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