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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 […]

Can Syria’s Assad Stop Opposition?

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can delay opposition in his country through brutal repression but he can’t stop it, U.S. diplomats said. Damascus has unveiled a series of political reforms meant to address grievances expressed by anti-government protesters. Recent measures include electoral reforms and a proposal to allow opposition groups to […]

Troops, Militants Engage In Gunfight In Afghanistan

TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan, July 28 (UPI) — At least 22 people were killed Thursday before elite Afghan forces repelled an insurgent attack on a market in the southern province of Uruzgan. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack in Tarin Kowt, which was carried out by eight people, three of them suicide bombers, the BBC […]

Situation Tense, But Calm, On Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo, July 28 (UPI) — Though officials in Kosovo blamed Serbians for a flare up of border violence, the Serbian president said diplomacy was the best way to resolve any conflict. NATO’s Kosovo Force said border positions in northern Kosovo were attacked by unknown assailants. Both sides were urged to exercise restraint after Kosovo […]

Argentine-U.S. Ties Reach New Low

BUENOS AIRES, July 28 (UPI) — Argentina’s relations with the United States risk reaching a new low after the South American country received angry criticism from U.S. lawmakers over its style of government. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner faced renewed condemnation of government measures that are seen to be suppressing freedom of expression and […]

Press Chief Shot Dead In Dagestan Capital

MAKHACHKALA, Russia, July 28 (UPI) — The press service chief of Dagestan was shot dead Thursday and police sealed all exit roads from the capital, Russian officials said. Garun Kurbanov was shot as he headed to his car in Makhachkala, RIA Novosti reported. “We are using all our resources to close down the city,” said […]

Indo-Pak Talks Positive, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Regardless of the outcome, any dialogue between India and Pakistan is viewed as constructive by Washington, a U.S. State Department official said. New Delhi hosted bilateral talks with Pakistani officials this week. Both sides agreed to modest concessions on trade initiatives in Kashmir, a source of contention between the two […]

OHCHR Concerned By Executions In Belarus

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28 (UPI) — Belarus is in violation of international agreements following the execution of two people under review by the United Nations, a rights committee said. The U.N. Human Rights Committee said it had information to suggest Oleg Grishkovtsov and Andrei Burdyko were executed in Belarus as early as July 13. Both […]

Iran Resolved To Keep Up PJAK Attacks

TEHRAN, July 28 (UPI) — Iranian border guards will continue their assault on Kurdish militants until Iraqi officials deploy troops to secure the border, an Iranian commander said. Iranian forces have been fighting the militant Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, for weeks. Tehran said recently it has around 5,000 troops stationed on […]


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