BEIJING, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The head of the regional Xinjiang communist party ordered a crackdown by police on suspicious activities including religious ceremonies after a weekend of deadly violence. Kashgar, a city of 350,000 in the western part of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and close to the border with Tajikistan, was rocked by […]
BERLIN, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Last month’s attacks by a right-wing extremist in Norway could inspire copycat killings by anti-Islamic zealots, a top German security official says. Alexander Eisvogel, vice president of Germany’s domestic anti-terrorist agency, the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection, told Der Spiegel magazine Sunday the killing spree perpetrated by Anders Breivik in […]
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Congress will likely leave Washington for a month without resolving a funding standoff that partly shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, aides said. The collapse of a bipartisan Senate plan to end the funding dispute could leave 4,000 furloughed FAA employees and about 70,000 laid-off airport construction workers without paychecks […]
LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Workers at a London aquarium said they have successfully broken an 8.8-pound fish of its addiction to Kit Kat chocolate bars. Rebecca Carter of the Sea Life London Aquarium said Gary the gourami had been raised on a diet of Kit Kat pieces by his former owners but she and […]
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — No one’s happy with the budget deal to raise the U.S. debt limit and cut spending, the Senate majority leader said ahead of his chamber’s vote on the measure. “Everybody had to give something up,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. “People on the right are upset. People on the left […]
NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The raid that killed Osama bin Laden was always meant to kill him, and capturing him alive was never an option, a U.S. Navy special-operations officer claims. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him,” the officer told The New Yorker. “It wasn’t a split-second decision. No […]
JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Israel will resume peace talks based on its 1967 borders if the Palestinian Authority stops seeking U.N. Palestinian state recognition, Israel’s leader said. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said his organization would abandon its efforts for a statehood vote if Israel agrees to the 1967 borders and the right […]
MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A teacher’s aide at a Catholic school in England was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for allowing her boyfriend to stash weapons in their home. Kimberley Bray, 46, of Newall Green was convicted of possession of some of the weapons, the Manchester Evening News reported. Bray said […]
Second quarter numbers show that the economy has slowed to its worst pace since the end of the recession, according to The Associated Press. High gas prices and a lack of income improvements have caused consumers to cut back on spending.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently declared most of Oklahoma a disaster area. Seventy-four of the 77 counties in the Sooner State have been labeled disaster areas due to drought and wildfires, according to The Oklahoman.