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Fire Near Yosemite Brought Under Control

SONORA, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) — The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire that has burned more than 5,200 acres near Yosemite National Park is now under control. The fire, which is located in steep, rugged terrain, was 50 percent contained as of Monday night. More than 300 local residents evacuated due to the fire […]

Toronto Robber Hit 15 Banks In 4 Months

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Toronto police Tuesday made a third public appeal for help in identifying a man suspected of robbing 15 banks since May. In all cases, the man entered bank branches mostly in the city’s east and north ends that didn’t have security guards, waited in line and then told tellers he […]

Battle May Brew Over Hurricane Irene Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. House Republican leaders say new funding for relief for Hurricane Irene or other disasters must be offset by cuts elsewhere. Unless additional disaster aid is appropriated, federal officials said communities still rebuilding from natural disasters earlier this year must wait while funds are diverted to help victims of Hurricane […]

Amnesty, HRW Highlight Sudanese Atrocities

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Sudanese government is getting away with murder in South Kordofan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement Tuesday. Both rights groups sent researchers to the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan, which borders the newly independent nation of South Sudan, to investigate claims of atrocities […]

Muslims Say U.S. Singles Them Out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — More than half of American Muslims say U.S. government anti-terrorism policies single out Muslims in the country for increased surveillance and monitoring. A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a Pew Research Center survey found 52 percent of Muslims report increased scrutiny. The proportion has not changed significantly […]

Rebels Want Gadhafi’s Sons In Algeria

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Libya’s National Transitional Council has asked the Algerian government to cooperate by handing over the sons of deposed strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi’s second wife, his daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal were among a group of 30 family members who fled to Algeria, the Tripoli Post reported Tuesday. […]

Sunday Comics Commemorating 9/11

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Sunday comics on Sept. 11 will salute America on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of a decade ago, USA Today reports. “The Sunday comics offer the biggest canvas for us,” said Brendan Burford, comics editor for King Features Syndicate. “Readers look to the comics page to reflect the […]

Yemen’s Saleh Backing Down?

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Yemen’s embattled president said in a message marking the end of Ramadan his country should prepare for elections to choose a new leader. Saleh is clinging to his 33-year grip on power despite mounting pressure to resign. He’s in Saudi Arabia recovering from wounds suffered during a June […]

Security Council Reviews Row Between Kosovo, Serbia

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Russia is circulating a draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Kosovo, a move Western members said they would resist. Russia has drafted documents for the U.N. Security Council that will condemn Kosovo for border disputes with Serbia. The Serbian government hoped to get broad support for the […]

Eid Clashes Leave 20 Dead In Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Following last week’s attacks by Islamic militants, religious conflict at the end of Ramadan left at least 20 people dead in Nigeria, the government said. Clashes erupted when Christians in northern Nigeria tried to block Muslims who were gathering at an area mosque to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end […]

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