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Rebel Leader Sentenced To Hang In Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A rebel leader was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court for his role in fighting against Sudanese forces in South Kordofan, a judge said. A judge in Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan state, sentenced Al-Tom Hamed after Hamed was convicted on charges of undermining the constitution and “stirring […]

Slavery In Thailand Spreading

BANGKOK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Human trafficking in Cambodia and Thailand is no longer limited to women and children, a Cambodian rights activist said. Poor formers in Cambodia are convinced to leave home on the promise of better work in Thailand. Many are finding themselves on long-haul trawlers in the South China Sea and forced […]

Landslide Death Toll Rises To 24 In Uganda

NAMWIDISI, Uganda, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Twenty-four bodies had been recovered, many more people were missing and homes apparently were buried in landslides in Uganda, authorities said. Mudslides buried eight families in Namwidisi and Mabono villages Saturday, killing many people, the Daily Monitor reported Monday. The Uganda Red Cross led rescue crews armed with spades […]

Survivors Tell Of Horrors Under Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Libyans, including former prisoners, told of brutality leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, and members of his family, inflicted on captives and household help. In eastern Tripoli, troops commanded by Gadhafi’s son, Khamis, killed about 150 captive civilians as the forces retreated, tossing grenades and spraying bullets into a building full […]

Turkey Grows Frustrated With Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Ankara won’t talk with Damascus until the Syrian president carries out promised reforms in the country, a Turkish source said. Ersat Hurmuzlu, an adviser to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, told London’s pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that Ankara doesn’t have a hidden agenda in Syria, noting the fate of the […]

Military Pays $720 Million In Late Fees

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The Pentagon has paid more than $720 million in late fees for storage containers it has failed to return on time since 2001, USA Today said Monday. The 20-foot metal containers, used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for storage, shelter and building materials, can each rack up $2,200 in […]

Saleh Puts Caveats On Return To Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return to Yemen once an investigation into the bombing of his presidential palace concludes, an official said. Saleh was treated in Saudi Arabia for injuries suffered during a June 3 attack on his presidential palace in Yemen. He remains in Riyadh. Abdo al-Janadi, […]

Juror Sentenced For Facebook Mistake

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A Texas judge says a juror who tried to “friend” the defendant on Facebook must serve two days of community service for contempt of court. Jonathan Hudson, a juror in a July civil case involving a 2008 car accident in Tarrant County, pleaded guilty last week to four […]

Nanmadol Makes Landfall In Taiwan

TAITUNG, Taiwan, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Nanmadol, downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm, brought heavy rains upon arrival Monday at Taitung in southeastern Taiwan, officials said. The storm weakened as it moved north-northwest at about 5 mph, Taiwan Today reported. Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou said all government agencies must remain on […]

Bomb Attacks In Iraq Kill At Least 35

BAGHDAD, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Several bomb attacks across Iraq killed at least 35 people and wounded scores more, authorities said. An Interior Ministry official said least 28 people died, including lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi, in a suicide bombing attack in a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad Sunday, CNN reported. At least 37 others were wounded […]

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