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Swedish Boy Convicted For Underage Sex

HELSINGBORG, Sweden, July 28 (UPI) — A 15-year-old Swedish boy on appeal was found guilty of child exploitation because he had sex with his underage girlfriend. The Court of Appeal for Skane and Blekinge reversed an acquittal handed down in May by the Helsingborg District Court, the Helsingborg Dagbladet reported Wednesday. The teen said he […]

Four Arrested In Footlocker Death Of Child

PHOENIX, July 28 (UPI) — Phoenix police said Thursday they arrested four people in the death of a 10-year-old girl who suffocated in a footlocker earlier this month. Ame Deal died inside the footlocker July 12 during what the suspects said was a game of hide-and-seek; however, police said in a written statement further investigation […]

Slow Sales Slash Gaming Device Price

REDMOND, Wash., July 28 (UPI) — Nintendo officials said they are cutting the price of the handheld 3DS gaming device from $249.99 to $169.99 in the United States. The move possibly indicates the company, of Kyoto, Japan, is disappointed with the device’s slow sales, CNN reported Thursday. The 3DS’s price is scheduled to be slashed […]

Libya Jihadists: Clear And Present Danger?

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) — As Libya’s Transitional National Council edges toward power, the North African country’s fraught political scene is overshadowed by what Donald Rumsfeld would have called a great known unknown. No one knows or can tell how strong the extreme Islamist or jihadist element actually is in Libya’s rebel ranks but many […]

Teen Guilty Of Killing Girlfriend

SWANSEA, Wales, July 28 (UPI) — A Welsh 16-year-old has been convicted of killing his former girlfriend on a dare from a friend. A judge ruled after Wednesday’s verdict in Swansea Crown Court that Joshua Davies could be identified by name, The Daily Telegraph reported. “This is a crime that has affected a small enclosed […]

Mubarak To Face Trial In Cairo

CAIRO, July 28 (UPI) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s health has improved enough to move him from a hospital to Cairo for trial, the country’s health minister said. Mubarak, who is under arrest at a hospital in Sharm el-Sheik, faces charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters before his February ouster. Others […]

Russia Opposes U.S. Missile Shield

ANKARA, Turkey, July 28 (UPI) — A planned U.S. missile shield in Turkey’s Black Sea region drew opposition Thursday from Russia, which said U.S. officials want to “shake their weapons.” “The Black Sea has always been a sea of friendship and cooperation and it should remain so in the future,” Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s envoy to […]

Australia Funds Research In Virus Outbreak

BRISBANE, Australia, July 28 (UPI) — Authorities in Australia have announced a fourfold increase in funding for research on a bat-borne virus that is potentially fatal to horses and humans. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced the increase in funding for hendra virus research after a crisis meeting in Brisbane prompted by more than 10 outbreaks […]

Ex-soldier Creates Bin Laden Chess Set

TORONTO, July 28 (UPI) — A former Canadian soldier said his chess sets featuring Osama bin Laden on one side and U.S. or British officials on the other is a hit with armed forces. Jeffrey Train, 48, of Toronto, said he came up with the idea for the chess sets while serving at Afghanistan’s Kandahar […]

Cautious Optimism About Sudan’s Abyei

UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (UPI) — More than 500 peacekeepers were deployed to the disputed Abyei region of Sudan though a U.N. envoy said the troops have encountered regional problems. South Sudan became the world’s newest independent nation July 9. Its secession from Sudan came through a peace deal reached in 2005 that ended a […]

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