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Sentencing Phase Begins For Serial Killer

CLEVELAND, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A jury in Cleveland decides this week if convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell gets the death penalty. Jurors return to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center courtroom Monday to determine Sowell’s sentence for killing 11 women whose remains were found in and around his home in 2009, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer […]

Japanese Lawmakers Denied S. Korea Entry

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (UPI) — South Korea denied entry to three Japanese lawmakers upon their arrival in Seoul, apparently to visit an island near two islets claimed by both countries. Earlier, South Korea had informed Japan it would ban a planned visit by the lawmakers to Ulleung Island near the Dokdo islets. After being denied […]

Tropical Storm Eugene Gets Stronger

MIAMI, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Eugene was strengthening off western Mexico, about 700 miles west-northwest of Zihuatanejo, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. Eugene was expected to intensify during the next couple of days and could become a hurricane by Tuesday, the Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. Eastern time advisory. No […]

Netanyahu Ramadan Video: ‘Wish You Peace’

JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Israel’s prime minister said “I would like to wish you peace” in a message to Muslims who began observing Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Binyamin Netanyahu uploaded a video on his Facebook page and wished Muslims peace and democracy, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday. If Arab democracy will take […]

Obama’s Schedule For Monday, Aug. 1

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama has three meetings listed on his daily schedule for Monday, the White House said. The schedule indicates Obama will: — Receive the daily briefing. — Meet with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke — Meet with senior advisers.

North Korea Ready To Resume Six-party Talks

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 1 (UPI) — North Korea is ready to resume the stalled six-nation talks on its nuclear disarmament without preconditions, its official news agency said Monday. The six-nation talks among the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia have been stalled since December 2008 when the North withdrew to protest […]

Agent: Breivik Had Surgery To Look Aryan

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The right-wing fanatic who admits killing 77 Norwegians in a bombing-shooting rampage likely had plastic surgery to look more Aryan, a police official suggests. Anders Behring Breivik, who decried multiculturalism in Europe in an online manifesto, could not have had his blond hair, blue eyes and chiseled features naturally, […]

U.S. Budget-debt Votes Set With 1 Day Left

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Congressional leaders said they hoped to pass a compromise bill by Monday night to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and cut spending $2.4 trillion, averting default. The bill, worked out largely between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, provides for an initial $917 billion in spending […]

Judge: Mubarak Trial To Be Televised Live

CAIRO, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s trial will be broadcast live on state TV and be held in a hall large enough to hold 600 people, the trial judge said. And the trial of the overthrown leader — who could face the death penalty if convicted — will be conducted “daily” […]

U.N. Security Council May Meet On Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Germany and Italy called for a U.N. Security Council meeting Monday to discuss Syria’s escalating crackdown on the four-month uprising against the Assad regime. The call followed a harsh denunciation by the United States, European Union and United Nations — and an appeal from Lebanon for the Arab world […]


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