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Canada Bails On S. Korean 2012 Expo

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The Canadian government says it won’t participate in South Korea’s Expo 2012 event because the $10 million cost was outside its post-recessionary budget. A recent letter from Heritage Minister James Moore to the South Korean embassy said Canada wouldn’t build a pavilion at the expo because “our government […]

Serbia Not Ready To Give In Quite Yet

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Serbian authorities can’t accept the preconditions for European members laid out by Berlin “at the moment,” the country’s envoy to Germany said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Belgrade. She said that if Serbia wants to join the European Union, it needs to let European security teams do […]

17 Injured In New Jersey Bus Crash

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Seventeen people were injured, three critically, in a bus-truck chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials said. The driver of the DC Trails charter bus, en route to Washington from New York City with 55 passengers, was hospitalized in critical condition along with two passengers, a State […]

Sri Lanka Lifts Emergency Laws

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Washington announced it was sending a top diplomat to Sri Lanka after the country’s president said he was lifting emergency laws in place since 1979. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced Thursday that the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebel group meant there was no need to […]

Four Italian Journalists Freed In Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Four Italian journalists kidnapped near Tripoli and turned over to Moammar Gadhafi loyalists have been freed, the Italian Ministry said Thursday. The reporters were abducted Wednesday and released Thursday in the Libyan capital, the Italian news service ANSA reported. One of the journalists managed to contact an Italian newspaper, […]

U.N. Tells Afghan Lawmakers To Get To Work

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) — With an Afghan panel settling a parliamentary election impasse, the U.N. mission there said it was time for politicians to get to work on legislative issues. The Afghan Independent Election Commission during the weekend replaced nine members on the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament, following an […]

Hezbollah Challenges Hariri Tribunal Evidence

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Using telecommunications data to accuse members of Hezbollah of assassinating Rafik Hariri is invalid because of Israeli control of the sector, a lawmaker said. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon unveiled details about four suspects tied to Hezbollah that are believed to have played a leading role in the 2005 […]

Activists Flood Hearing On Deportation Program, Confront Official

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Immigration activists flooded into a public hearing and confronted an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Virginia to protest a program they say is heavy-handed and a threat to public safety. About 400 opponents of the Secure Communities Program, which uses state and local law enforcement biometric databases to […]

EU Accuses Iran’s Al-Quds Of Aiding Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The European Union leveled sanctions against Iran’s al-Quds military force, which it said was helping the Syrian government crack down on protesters. The EU said al-Quds, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, “provided technical assistance, equipment and support to the Syrian security services to repress civilian […]

PKK Blamed For Injuring Turkish Soldiers

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 25 (UPI) — More than a dozen Turkish soldiers were injured Thursday in PKK attack in Hakkari province, the site of last week’s deadly raid, authorities said. Local authorities blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, for an explosion that caused a bus carrying Turkish soldiers to roll over in Hakkari province, […]

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