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Pentagon Looks At Ways To Cut Budget

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Department is considering options across all military branches to reduce spending, officials said. The Army is considering ending some targeting and communications systems and trimming combat brigades. The Navy might delay ship construction and cut back on the number of sailors, among other things, The Washington Times […]

Bachmann: Irene, Quake ‘God’s Way’

SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann was joking when she said Hurricane Irene and a recent quake were God’s attention-getters, an aide said. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said Sunday at a campaign appearance in Sarasota, Fla. […]

CIA Veteran Calls For Return To Rendition

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A former CIA officer says the wave of pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East is a disaster for U.S. and British intelligence collection. Michael Scheuer, who once led the CIA unit that pursued Osama bin Laden, says help from Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan and Lebanese intelligence services has “dried-up” because […]

Report Expected To Reveal Priest Abuse

DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — An impending report is expected to reveal there was sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland’s County Donegal and efforts to hide it, The Guardian reports. The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is preparing to publish the results of its investigation into allegations of clerical […]

Arab League To Send Leader To Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Protests in Syria’s capital city escalated as the Arab League said it plans to send its leader to Damascus to press the government to end the bloodshed. Human rights activists reported dozens of protests in Damascus suburbs during the weekend, as well as shots being fired at protesters trying […]

Homebuilt Aircraft Accidents To Be Studied

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A high rate of accidents involving amateur-built aircraft has led the National Transportation Safety Board to embark on a study of the problem, officials said. Working with the Experimental Aircraft Association, the nation’s largest organization of recreational flyers of home-built aircraft, the NTSB is asking flyers to complete an online […]

More U.S. Air Force Missions Over Iraq?

BAGHDAD, Aug. 29 (UPI) — As U.S. forces on the ground prepare to leave Iraq by the end of the year, missions overhead are likely to increase, a U.S. Air Force general said. There are around 46,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. All of them are to leave the country by the end of the […]

Swedish Language Program Unsatisfactory

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A government plan that offered incentives to immigrants who learn Swedish has failed to produce satisfactory results, officials in Sweden said. Immigrants were offered up to $1,900 for learning the language in under a year, The Local reported. The government allotted $15.9 million for the program but only $2.9 […]

Iranian Opposition Leader Missing

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Iranian human rights activists said they were “extremely concerned” about the welfare of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been missing for six weeks. Kaleme, a Web site used by the Iranian opposition, reported in February that Karroubi and his counterpart Mir Hossein Mousavi were taken to the Heshmatiyeh prison […]

Africa Bombs Fuel Fears Of Jihadist Spread

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb killed 18 people in the suicide bombing of an Algerian military academy Friday while two days later an increasingly aggressive jihadist group blew up U.N. headquarters in Nigeria in another suicide attack, killing 23 people. It was the first suicide bombing attributed to the […]

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