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Building Super Accused Of Stealing Artwork

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A building superintendent in New York hired to protect a late artist’s 497 paintings and thousands of drawings instead stole them, the painter’s niece said. “I was devastated when I found out that her paintings were gone. It was like she died all over again,” said Roxane West, the […]

Major Pentagon Cuts Worry State Officials

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — With hundreds of billions of dollars in Pentagon spending cuts looming, states heavily dependent on military jobs say they’re worried. Military programs have been targeted for at least $350 billion in cuts over a decade as part of the debt-reduction deal, and $600 billion more could be cut if the […]

Soccer Star’s Kidnapped Father Found

KANO, Nigeria, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Two soldiers in the Nigerian Army were being held Tuesday on suspicion of complicity in the kidnapping of soccer star John Mikel Obi’s father. Suspects arrested Monday in Kano, where Michael Obi was found unharmed, named the non-commissioned officers, The Nation reported. A military spokesman said the two men, […]

Fighting Not Over Yet In Libya, West Says

BRUSSELS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — While events unfolding Tuesday in Libya suggest the final chapter is being written, NATO can’t afford to let down its guard, a spokeswoman said. Libyan rebels captured the compound of Moammar Gadhafi Tuesday. The situation in Tripoli was unclear after Saif Gadhafi, one of the leader’s sons wanted for war […]

Suicide, Murder Debated In Turkish Deaths

BATMAN, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A recent rash of suicides in a Turkish province infamous for female killings are in fact murders, womens’ rights groups allege. Eight people, mostly women, allegedly attempted suicide in the eastern province of Batman in the past 10 days, and while officials are blaming depression, women’s associations say many […]

Bashir Calls Two-week Truce In S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A cease-fire was declared for South Kordofan while Sudanese officials survey the actions of southern fighters, Sudan’s president said. Talks between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Malik Aggar, leader of the breakaway Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (North), broke down last weekend. Members of the southern rebel force said they […]

U.S. Pledges More Action Against Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Washington pledges to take additional measures against Syria at the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday. The United Nations decided Tuesday to send a team of human rights investigators to Syria to assess alleged abuses during crackdowns on protesters. The investigation will look […]

Lack Of Money Could Shut Down Water Monitoring

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Officials in the Detroit area say they are running out of money for a water-testing system protecting the supplies for 3 million people. The system monitors the St. Clair and Detroit rivers from Port Huron about 50 miles north of Detroit to Wyandotte, 10 miles to the south, checking for […]

Obama, Sarkozy Speak About Libya

EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke by phone Tuesday, agreeing it’s time for the Gadhafi regime to go, the White House said. The Obama family is on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts. “With regard to Libya, they agreed that [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi and […]

Torture Claims In Rwanda Genocide Trial

HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The defense in the genocide case of Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba is alleging most of the statements by witnesses were obtained through torture. An appeal of Bazaramba’s conviction for involvement in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 began at the Helsinki Court of Appeals on Monday, Helsingen Sonomat reported. Prosecutors […]

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