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Syria: Hama Gov. Confessed At Gunpoint

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The governor of Hama was forced to make a false video statement by gunpoint after he was kidnapped by terrorists, Syria’s news agency claims. A man claiming to be Adnan Bakkour, governor of the city of Hama, was seen in a video broadcast by al-Jazeera as resigning in protest […]

Wildfires Destroy Dozens Of Homes

GRAFORD, Texas, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Firefighters battled major wildfires in Oklahoma and Texas and the blazes have already destroyed dozens of homes, authorities said. Texas officials said the 101 Ranch Fire destroyed 39 homes and nine recreational vehicles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents near Possum Kingdom Lake Wednesday, KXAS-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, […]

Small Earthquake Felt In Virginia

MINERAL, Va., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook Virginia early Thursday, nine days after a 5.8-magnitude temblor in the same area rattled much of the eastern United States. The 5:09 EDT quake was centered near Mineral, about 36 miles northwest of Richmond, at a depth of about 3 miles, CNN reported. The central […]

Despite Denials, U.S. Wants Calm In Sudan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department called on both sides to the conflict in Sudan to settle their differences and let humanitarian workers into South Kordofan. Human rights groups said they uncovered evidence that Sudanese airstrikes on the population of South Kordofan left crop devastation, displacements and scores of civilians dead in […]

Zimbabwe MPs Not Accepting Circumcision

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Male Zimbabwe Parliament members have declined a proposal asking them to be circumcised to set an example in the fight against AIDS, officials say. Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe proposed the circumcision to male MPs after evidence found that men are 60 percent less likely to become infected with […]

Pentagon Responds To Fraud Report

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The Pentagon is committed to improving its contracting in war zones after a commission found at least $31 billion was lost to fraud, a spokesman said. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan found at least $31 billion was lost to waste and fraud during operations in both […]

Officials: Man Smuggled Cocaine In Body

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Authorities say a German man tried to board a flight from Las Vegas to London with more than a kilo of cocaine inside pellets in his digestive system. Officials said Wednesday Christopher Adiegwu, 43, was charged in an indictment with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to […]

Tymoshenko: Case About Ukraine’s Future

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko told a court in Kiev her corruption trial could influence the country’s future. Tymoshenko is on trial in connection to a 2009 gas deal she helped broker with Russian energy company Gazprom while serving as prime minister. The deal prompted Gazprom to resume gas […]

Protesters Gather Outside Ethiopian School

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Sept. 1 (UPI) — About 300 Israelis of Ethiopian descent protested segregation outside Nir Etzion, a school attended almost entirely by Ethiopian children. The school, considered an “Ethiopian ghetto,” was supposed to be closed and its students integrated into other schools, The Jerusalem Post reported. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni spoke to protesters […]

Iran Warns Of Western Role In Arab Spring

TEHRAN, Sept. 1 (UPI) — There will be major problems in the Muslim world if Western powers are allowed to exploit the so-called Arab Spring, Iran’s supreme leader warned. A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s tenure after more than 23 years in power. That […]

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