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Turkey’s Supreme Military Council Meets Over Resignations

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Turkey’s Supreme Military Council began its annual four-day meetings Monday in disarray after the unprecedented mass resignations last week put the country’s new military command structure in question. The crisis began Friday when chief of the Turkish armed forces, Isik Kosaner, resigned along with the army’s land forces Commander […]

Accused Conn. Killer Says He’s Not Evil

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Accused Connecticut home-invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky is objecting to harsh attacks from the man whose wife and daughters were slain. In a motion filed in a New Haven court Friday and unsealed Monday, Komisarjevsky says comments made in interviews by Dr. William Petit calling him “evil” and an […]

Taliban Having A ‘bad Year,’ Mullen Says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are having “a bad year” as Afghan forces start to show gains in the country, a top U.S. military official said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he’d like his security forces to assume responsibility over operations in the country by 2014. His announcement was […]

Woman’s Death Follows Spa Treatment

MONTREAL, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The death of a 35-year-old Quebec woman following a detoxification session at a spa shows such facilities need regulation, health experts say. Just because a spa offers a particular service “doesn’t mean its safe,” said Louis Francescutti, a University of Alberta professor of emergency medicine and public health. “Most Canadians […]

Prayer Rally Puts Perry On Spot

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — As Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives more signs of running for president, his participation in a prayer rally is drawing attention and criticism. The Republican governor plans to join thousands of fellow Christians Saturday in The Response, a day of prayer, fasting and repentance at Reliant Stadium in Houston. America […]

Oil Spill Aid Diverted To Child Support

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Louisiana says it is intercepting millions in oil spill payments to collect back child support. Lisa Andry, head of child support enforcement at the Department of Children and Family Services, told the Baton Rouge Advocate $5.5 million in payments for last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has been intercepted. […]

U.S. Markets Slip On Manufacturing Data

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Manufacturing data trumped news of a debt-ceiling compromise struck in Washington and sent U.S. stocks down Monday morning. The Institute of Supply Management said its headline index measuring manufacturing activity dropped from 55.3 in June to 50.9 in July, marginally above the break-even point of 50. The news sent […]

UNIFIL Breaks Up Israeli, Lebanese Clash

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.N. peacekeepers scrambled to Lebanon’s border with Israel in response to a brief exchange of gunfire between both sides, the United Nations reported Monday. The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon confirmed a “brief exchange” of gunfire between Israeli and Lebanese forces along the so-called Blue Line separating the countries. […]

Ankara Deeply Disappointed With Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Ankara said it was deeply disappointed about the lack of peace in Syria as violence continued Monday into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Syrian troops renewed attacks Monday on Hama. Germany and Italy called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the bloodshed. Hama residents told […]

LaHood, Babbitt Urge Passage Of FAA Bill

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Members of Congress shouldn’t go on recess before extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s operating authority, transportation chief Ray LaHood said. After Congress allowed the FAA’s last extension to expire July 22, the agency was forced into a partial shutdown that temporarily put about 4,000 employees out of work and […]

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