BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smuggling of women and children from neighboring nations into China is increasing despite efforts to fight human trafficking, a senior police official said. Chen Shiqu, head of the Chinese government agency dealing with the problem, said cross-border human traffickers remain a serious scourge and called for greater international cooperation to […]
JAKARTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Umar Patek, one of the suspected Bali bomb masterminds deported to Indonesia by Pakistan, will be charged with murder, police officials said. Patek will be charged under the country’s criminal code instead of the law on terrorism, which can’t be applied retroactively, National Police spokesman Inspector General Anton Bachrul Alam […]
SARAQEB, Syria, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Syria pressed its assault on northwestern and population centers Friday, dissidents and residents said, as activists vowed mass demonstrations. Tanks and armored personnel carriers were seen in Saraqeb, a city of 37,000 in the northwestern Idlib province bordering Turkey that has seen an upsurge in military brutality in recent […]
AMES, Iowa, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty and fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann traded harsh, personal jabs in a GOP presidential-hopefuls debate before the Ames Straw Poll. “Look, she has done wonderful things in her life — absolutely wonderful things — but it is an undisputable fact that in Congress her record of […]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Children and Families says Casey Anthony failed to protect her daughter, and that contributed to Caylee’s death. DCF officials announced Thursday that a thorough three-year review of Caylee Marie’s death shows Casey Anthony failed to protect the child, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. “It is […]
ATLANTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Bats are a primary source of U.S. human rabies but a 19-year-old man is the first human to die from a vampire bat bite, health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says the man died of rabies in Louisiana last year after […]
SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A former Pennsylvania judge convicted of taking bribes to send juveniles to private detention centers was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering. Mark Ciavarella received the sentence Thursday. He was convicted in February in federal court in Scranton, Pa., on 12 counts, the Christian Science Monitor reported. […]
In a video posted on July 16 that is just now gaining popularity on the Internet this week, the hacktivist group known as Anonymous announced it is planning “Operation Facebook,” an undefined hacking assault on the social network of the same name, on Nov. 5.
On Wednesday, a Nevada judge fined the now-defunct grassroots community organizing group ACORN the maximum $5,000 amount for its part in a voter registration compensation scheme during the 2008 election cycle.
On Thursday, a report released by the United States Department of Commerce showed that the U.S. trade deficit suddenly widened in June. But the trade deficit may not be as dire as it sounds.