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Trouble Expected On Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Nearly a third of North Koreans who defected to South Korea say they believe the South is likely to use force against its northern rival, a survey indicates. The survey of 114 North Korean defectors by Seoul National University found 31 percent said the chances of military action are relatively […]

Gay Magazine To Be Distributed On Military Bases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A magazine published by gay active duty service members says U.S. military officials will allow distribution of the publication starting next month. OutServe Magazine will be made available at Army and Air Force bases at the end of September when the Pentagon formally ends the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” […]

ICC To Go Ahead With Kenyan Trials

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The case against six high-ranking Kenyan officials, including a deputy prime minister, on crimes against humanity can go forward, the international court ruled. The International Criminal Court dismissed a challenge by the Kenyan government to throw out the cases against six Kenyan officials charged with crimes against humanity […]

Obama’s Uncle Called An Immigration Fugitive

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 31 (UPI) — An uncle of U.S. President Barack Obama was being held on an immigration detainer after being arrested on drunken driving and other charges, officials say. The Boston Globe, citing federal law enforcement sources, reported Wednesday has been a fugitive from deportation since 1992. Onyango Obama was arrested last week […]

U.S. Concerned By South Kordofan Violence

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Washington is “deeply concerned” about allegations that civilians in South Kordofan were killed in Sudanese airstrikes, the State Department said. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch during a weeklong mission to South Kordofan found at least 26 civilians were killed during Sudanese airstrikes in the area. Sudan blames South Sudanese […]

Release Tymoshenko, Sen. McCain Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Kiev is selectively prosecuting its opponents in its case against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, U.S. Sen. John McCain said with a European colleague. McCain, R-Ariz., said, in a joint statement with Wilfried Martens, president of the European People’s Party, that Kiev was sliding back toward a regime reminiscent of […]

Obama Urges Passage Of Air, Road Bills

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — President Obama called on the U.S. Congress to set politics aside and pass a clean federal highways bill extension he said would guard 1 million jobs Wednesday. Flanked by members of his administration, and business and labor leaders, Obama also urged Congress to pass a clean extension of the Federal […]

Target Syria, Iran Together, Lawmakers Say

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Syria and Iran are “partners in crime” and should be targeted equally by direct sanctions from Washington, a U.S. lawmaker said. Washington and the rest of the international community have ratcheted up the sanctions pressure on Damascus as the regime’s bloody crackdown continues. More than 2,000 people were killed at […]

Military Trainer Sentenced For Fraud

BALTIMORE, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Maryland man who posed as a retired U.S. Army special forces veteran and terrorism expert has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Prosecutors said William Hillar, 66, claimed to have served in the U.S. Army and to have lost his daughter to sex traffickers. He was convicted […]

Wildfire Burning Out Of Control In Texas

DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Texas Forest Service said containment is at or near zero for a wildfire burning out of control about 50 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Spokesman John Nichols of the Forest Service told the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram the fast-burning grass fire destroyed 25 homes and threatened 125 […]

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