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Yemen Still Investigating Saleh Attack

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Yemeni authorities said they were still investigating the June 3 attack that put the country’s president in the hospital for more than two months. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar were released from a military hospital in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Both were gravely […]

U.N. Voices Concerns Over Famine Victims In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — United Nations officials say they’re concerned about reports of women and young girls subjected to rape and sexual harassment while fleeing famine in Somalia. Bunmi Makinwa, the United Nations Population Fund regional director for Africa, expressed the agency’s worries during a visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. […]

Al-Qaida-linked Rebels Pounded In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The withdrawal of Islamist insurgents from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, is a major gain for the shaky Western-backed Transitional Federal Government and comes as the United States is stepping up a covert war against the group that’s linked to al-Qaida. As the Americans escalate counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, across the […]

S&P Lowers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Ratings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Standard & Poor’s downgraded ratings on mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Monday, saying the decision was tied to its U.S. credit rating downgrade. “The downgrades of Fannie Mae [the Federal National Mortgage Association] and Freddie Mac [the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.] reflect their direct reliance on the […]

Russia, Georgia Trade Barbs On Anniversary

MOSCOW, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Russia, on the anniversary of its war with Georgia, said the country’s president is “ill-bred” though it didn’t make the same claim against the Georgian people. Russian forces responded when the Georgian military invaded the separatist republic of South Ossetia in 2008. The conflict spilled over to engulf forces from […]

Abu Ghraib Release Upsets Iraqis

BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Iraqi citizens expressed outrage after a U.S. Army corporal accused of torture at the country’s Abu Ghraib prison was released from prison during the weekend. The U.S. army released Charles Graner from a Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison during the weekend after he served more than six years of a 10-year […]

London Chides Zimbabwe Over Diamond Fields

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Authorities in Zimbabwe are called on to conduct a transparent investigation into allegations of torture at the country’s Marange diamond field, London said. Security forces in Zimbabwe are accused of operating torture camps at diamond fields, the BBC discovered. People who were released from the camp described the mine as […]

Geithner To Remain As Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told President Obama he plans to stay in his job through the fall of 2012. Geithner has been battling the U.S. economic crisis since 2007, first as a Federal Reserve official then as Treasury secretary, and had considered leaving after Congress raised the debt […]

U.S. Debt Passes 100 Percent Of GDP

The U.S. debt eclipsed 100 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) following the release of Treasury figures.

Obama Approval 50 Percent Or Higher In 16 States

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 8 (UPI) — People in 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama at least a 50 percent approval rating for the first half of 2011, Gallup reported. Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland paced the approval ratings for Obama, while Idaho residents had the least positive appraisal […]

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