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N. Korea Taking Over South’s Resort Asset

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Tensions between the Koreas escalated Monday, with the North planning to take over the South’s property at the Mount Kumgang resort jointly operated by the two. North Korea, accusing the South of not responding to its proposals for handling the assets of the resort, said it will legally […]

Biden: Mongolia ‘a Shining Example’

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Mongolia “captured the imagination of the world” by its transition to democracy, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Monday during a brief visit to the country. The United States and Mongolia have a shared history of more than a hundred years, Biden said during a joint statement with […]

DPJ Sets Date To Pick New President

TOKYO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Japan’s ruling party will pick its new president Aug. 29 if Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also the party’s president, resigns before then, the party said. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan, or DPJ, announced the election date. Kan had earlier offered to resign if two key bills dealing […]

Myanmar Rebels Reject Peace Call

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups have rejected the government’s call to enter individual peace talks as a divide-and-rule tactic, an expatriate newspaper reported. The government newspaper New Light of Myanmar said the offer of peace talks is an “olive branch” to rebel groups fighting for more regional autonomy. The article […]

Nepal’s President Extends Deadline

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav gave his country’s squabbling parties until Wednesday to form a consensus government. An earlier deadline expired Sunday, the Himalayan reported. The three-day extension comes as Nepal faces another round of political crisis since the Aug. 14 resignation of Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, who had […]

Syrian Cities Scrubbed Ahead Of U.N. Visit

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A U.N. team inspected a Syrian city for atrocities Monday hours after the regime scrubbed blood off the streets to hide evidence, diplomats and residents said. The U.N. humanitarian fact-finding team arrived at the Mediterranean port city of Latakia following a large-scale security-force city cleanup, especially of the Ramel […]

Source: DA To Drop Strauss-Kahn Charges

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) — New York’s district attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the sexual-assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a person briefed on the matter said. The office of Cyrus Vance Jr. has prepared a “dismissal on recommendation” motion that would detail the reasons Vance and his aides believe the case could […]

Libyans Celebrate Gadhafi’s Evident End

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Libyans celebrated the evident end of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule Monday and U.S. President Barack Obama said their country’s future was now in their hands. As Libyans rejoiced in central Tripoli, ripping down and trampling Gadhafi posters, and in Benghazi, the capital of the rebel-controlled eastern part of the […]

Pakistani PM Says Army Not The Answer

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Pakistan’s prime minister has indicated sending in the army may not bring peace in Karachi where deadly violence with mounting toll rages. Speaking to reporters Sunday, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani referred to growing calls for military action in the country’s largest city, where the latest wave of political and […]

World Population To Surpass 7 Billion

Demographers at the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) predict the world population will surpass 7 billion people this year, with increased birth rates in Africa offsetting birth rate drops elsewhere. According to a recent study released by the INED, population growth worldwide will steadily increase until the total stabilizes between 9 billion and 10 billion by the end of the century.

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