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Italian Debt Causes Political Wrangling

ROME, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Italyian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to be facing opposition to his austerity measures after publicly rebuking a key coalition government ally. The Italian Senate’s debate over the details of the government’s plan to cut $65 billion in spending and balance the budget over the next two years has […]

U.S. Urges Caution On Iraq, Turkey Border

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkey needs to make sure it’s in close contact with Iraq during its on assault on Kurdish rebels, the U.S. State Department said. Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said that although Ankara has the right of self-defense in taking on the threat from Kurdish rebels, “we […]

Judge Orders Striking Faculty To Return

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A judge has ordered striking faculty at Central Michigan University back to work less than 24 hours after they voted to walk in a contract dispute. An Isabella County judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to a request from the university administration, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday. […]

Merkel Gives Serbia Conditions To Join EU

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Berlin says Serbia must make amends with Kosovo in order to join the European Union, though the Serbian president said the situation is very complex. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Belgrade, marking the first visit to Serbia by a top Western leader since Serbian war crimes suspect […]

Sinai Crisis Could Spark Egypt-Israel War

CAIRO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Israelis and Palestinians are observing an uneasy truce after five days of fighting in southern Sinai but the clashes underlined how a security crisis brewing since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled Feb. 11 could explode into a wider conflict. Since the ouster of Mubarak, who actively supported Egypt’s historic […]

Adoption Sought For Injured Fla. Whale

KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — A 12-foot whale cared for in Florida after being stranded needs a new home because federal officials have declared the animal non-releasable back to the wild. The 1,800-pound pilot whale, injured in a May stranding off the Florida Keys, is being rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Conservancy facility […]

Alleged Mexican Cartel Figure Extradited

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — An alleged high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf Cartel has been extradited to the United States on drug conspiracy charges, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Aurelio Cano-Flores, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” made his initial appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in Washington. He was extradited Friday after being […]

U.N. Investigating Syrian Violence

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The top U.N. rights agency said Tuesday it has decided to send officials to Syria to investigate alleged abuses during crackdowns on protesters. The investigation will look at all the alleged violations of international human rights law, and identify people responsible to ensure that those who committed the violations […]

Climatologist: Texas Drought May Worsen

HOUSTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Texas climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says it’s likely at least parts of the state will have severe drought again next summer, and maybe beyond that. Nielsen-Gammon said water supply problems could be even worse than they are now, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. The Texas A&M University climatologist correctly predicted the […]

Lebanese Tribunal Examining More Cases

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A tribunal investigating the 2005 slaying of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said it was looking into a series of other attacks on Lebanese leaders. The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon recently released detailed information about four suspects with Hezbollah allegedly tied to the 2005 assassination of Hariri […]

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