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D.C. Insider Howard Paster Dead At 66

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Longtime Washington lobbyist and Clinton administration aide Howard Paster has died in Baltimore at the age of 66, his family announced. Paster, who was President Clinton’s liaison with Congress during the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, succumbed to encephalitis at Johns Hopkins Hospital last week. Paster was […]

Doctor Held In Seattle Slayings

SEATTLE, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A Seattle doctor was ordered jailed pending further investigation into the slayings of his domestic partner and their adopted child. Dr. Louis Chen, 39, was discovered last week with stab wounds in the apartment where the bodies of his male partner, Eric Cooper, and their 2-year-old son, were also found. […]

Eastern Russia Volcano Churns Out More Ash

MOSCOW, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Scientists said ash continued to billow from a volcano in Russia’s Far East, which could have an effect on international air traffic in the region. The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula was pushing ash as high as 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) and creating “light-intensity” tremors on the ground lasting […]

U.S. Base In Iraq Hit By Rockets

BAGHDAD, Aug. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. military’s remaining base in Iraq came under rocket attack Sunday but there were apparently no casualties, Iraqi officials told Aswat al-Iraq. A trio of Katyusha rockets fell on the Delta base in southern Kut, prompting a response from Iraqi police who rushed to the scene to hunt for […]

At Least 20 Dead In Pakistan Bus Crash

HUB, Pakistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) — At least 20 people were killed and 35 were injured when a speeding bus went off a highway in Pakistan Sunday, police said. The accident occurred near Hub and involved a bus carrying attendees from the Shah Noorani festival to Karachi. Police believe the bus was traveling too fast […]

Pawlenty Ends Bid For GOP Presidential Run

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) — The list of Republicans vying for a presidential nomination shrank Sunday when former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his withdrawal from the race. The 51-year-old two-term former governor broke the news on ABC’s “This Week,” a day after the Iowa straw poll gave him just 14 percent support for a […]

Four Lebanon Inmates Still At Large

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 14 (UPI) — One of five inmates who escaped from a high-security prison in Lebanon this weekend was back in custody Sunday, the Lebanese army announced. Jordanian Midhat Hasan Khalil was captured in northern Lebanon less than a day after he and five other inmates climbed down a rope made of bed […]

Police Bust Forced Prostitution Ring

XIAMEN, China, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Chinese authorities arrested six suspects and freed 22 women who were forced to become sex workers in the south China city of Xiamen, officials said. Police raided the parlor in downtown Xiamen Saturday after receiving a tip by two abducted women who escaped from the rented house, Xinhua reported […]

Ex-Egypt Minister’s Trial Resumes Sept. 5

CAIRO, Aug. 14 (UPI) — The trial of Egypt’s former interior minister was continued until Sept. 5 following a heated session Sunday, the presiding judge ordered. Lawyers for more than 800 people killed in this year’s popular revolt are calling for the proceedings against Habib Al Adly and six of his aides to be combined […]

Report: Syrian Navy Shells Port City

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 14 (UPI) — The Syrian navy opened fire on rebel positions in the western port city of Latakia from ships in the Mediterranean Sea, a rights group said Sunday. Rami Abdel Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in London, told CNN at least five people had been killed […]

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