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Israel-Jordan Ties Threatened

JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Anti-normalization elements in Jordan are threatening economic and diplomatic ties with Israel, sources told The Jerusalem Post. The Arab Spring, the stalemate in peace negotiations with the Palestinians and Palestinian efforts to gain statehood recognition in the United Nations in September are behind the upswing, sources told the paper. Examples […]

China To Launch Satellite For Pakistan

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) — China will launch a communications satellite for Pakistan, its close ally, it was announced Wednesday. A spokesman for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest Sichuan Province said the satellite will be launched at an “appropriate time” in coming days, the official Xinhua news agency reported. He said the satellite, […]

S. Korea Returns Fire

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (UPI) — North Korea fired an artillery barrage Wednesday that hit waters near a South Korean island, prompting its military to fire back, Seoul officials said. South Korean Defense Ministry officials said marines on the Yeonpyeong Island, 75 miles west of Seoul, detected three artillery shots from a North Korean island across […]

Violence Eases In London, Spreads To Wales

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Violence in London was relatively subdued, but unrest was reported in other cities, including Birmingham, where police said three people died when hit by a car. Police have opened an investigation into the three deaths; residents said they were protecting their neighborhood from possible looting and fire-setting by youths wearing […]

Obama’s Schedule For Wednesday, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — President Obama has several meetings out of the public eye and hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan Wednesday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Receive the daily briefing. – Meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. – Meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. – Host […]

Ai Weiwei Hits Out Again At Beijing

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Ai Weiwei, one of the harshest critics of the Chinese government, used Twitter to hit out against the detention of two other activists. Ai, an international artist who himself was detained for 80 days before being released in June, also described the effect of detention on two people who had […]

U.S. Reviews Alaska’s Oil And Gas Reserves

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United States must consider a wise approach to tapping into the vast oil and natural gas resources in Alaska, the U.S. interior secretary said. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting Alaska along with Deputy Secretary David Hayes, who is chairman of a high-level working group on energy development […]

Suit: Non-Jew Suffered Taunts For Yarmulke

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A New York man who donned a Jewish skullcap as part of his embrace of “theosophy” said he was fired for complaining about taunts from colleagues. Ciro Rosselli, 29, said he started wearing the yarmulke to work at consulting firm McKinsey & Co. after he took up theosophy, which […]

Wisconsin Senate Stays In Republican Hands

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Republicans retained control of the Wisconsin state Senate early Wednesday, successfully defending four seats in the broadest recall effort in state history. Republican state Sens. Robert Cowles of Green Bay, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Luther Olsen of Ripon survived the recall, beating Democratic challengers. Incumbent Republican Alberta […]

New Syrian Barrage, U.S. Sanctions Readied

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Syria stepped up its crackdown Wednesday as Washington readied new sanctions and the U.N. Security Council was to debate a new response to the bloodshed. The early-morning fresh assaults targeted at least two restive cities and several towns and villages, including in Idlib province bordering Turkey, rights and […]

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