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Ancient Hercules Statue Found In Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A marble statue of Hercules dating back to the second century was uncovered in excavations in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, officials said. Dr. Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority described the find as a “rare discovery.” “The statue, which probably stood in a niche, was part of […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 16

PEOSTA, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) — President Obama hosts the White House Rural Economic Forum at Peosta, Iowa, to discuss growing the economy and jobs, the White House said Tuesday. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Host, along with members of the White House Rural Council, the rural economic forum at Northeast Iowa Community […]

Nepali President Orders Consensus Government

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav gave the Constituent Assembly until next Sunday to form a government of consensus or the country will go to the polls. Yadav issued a brief statement to national media soon after Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal stepped down Sunday under increasing pressure from all […]

Human Rights Lacking In Britain, Iran Says

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iran kept up its criticism of Britain’s handling of the last week’s rioting, saying over the weekend that London had “no respect” for human rights. Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Islamic Consultative Assembly’s foreign policy committee, Saturday blasted Britain’s response to the riots, which spread across London […]

Man Lands 573-lb. Shark With 13-lb. Line

KARRATHA, Australia, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Australian man participating in a fishing competition set a world record when he landed a 573-pound tiger shark using a 13-pound line. Brett Sinclair, 27, of Sydney said he was participating in the Dampier Classic Aug. 1 near Karratha when he landed the tiger shark, which weighs more […]

Local Govt. Debt Under Control, Ministry

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Local governments’ debt at the end of 2010 totaled $1.7 trillion, but the Chinese finance ministry said it is “controllable” with some risks. Last year’s debt, as reported by the National Audit Office, accounted for 27 percent of China’s gross domestic product, but China Daily reported the ministry’s announcement calmed […]

Obama Administration To Sink Money Into Infrastructure Bank

The Administration of President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to create an “Infrastructure Bank” to help finance rail and highway construction. Officials from the Administration have noted that the bank would be a new government entity that would provide loans to support public-works projects in both regional and national sectors.

Approval Rating For Obama Hits All-Time Low

After beginning his Presidency with approval ratings that were through the roof, President Barack Obama has seen the numbers drop to levels below 40 percent. The President received a 39 percent approval rating in the latest Gallup Poll, with 54 percent disapproval from the American public.

With Bachmann Ames Win, Lines Drawn In GOP Race

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) narrowly beat out her fellow Congressman, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), in the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday with 4,823 votes, or 28.6 percent. Her win cements her lead in Iowa, an early primary State.

At Ames, Pawlenty Goes Down In Flames

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday that he is no longer seeking the Republican nomination in the 2012 Presidential race. After finishing a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, well behind Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), Pawlenty said his “message didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for” going into the poll.

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