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OSCE: Armenia Softening Law On Religions

YEREVAN, Armenia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — European officials say they’re working with Armenia to amend a draft law governing religious groups to better protect the human rights of minorities. Rights advocates, the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe, the U.S. State Department, the Council of Europe and others have consistently criticized the proposed Armenian […]

Thai Parties Criticize Ex-PM’s Japan Visit

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thai opposition parties are crying foul over a visit to Japan by fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose sister recently won a national election. Thaksin is on a routine and personal visit to Japan, his aides said. The multi-millionaire spends most of his time in self-exile in Dubai. Thaksin, […]

Syrian Forces Kill Three During U.N. Visit

HOMS, Syria, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Syrian security forces shot three people dead in the restive western city of Homs during a visit by a U.N. humanitarian team probing atrocities, witnesses said. The victims were killed when security forces opened fire on crowds who had poured out to meet the fact-finding team in the flashpoint […]

Assassination Trial Tied To Israeli Spies

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The trial of the alleged assassin of an Iranian physics professor will shed light on Israel’s anti-Iranian terrorist involvement, Tehran’s prosecutor claimed. Defendant Ali Jamli Fashi, charged in the death of Tehran University Professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was allegedly trained by the Israeli national intelligence agency Mossad and given $120,000 […]

Fighting Flares, Tension In Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Machine-gun and anti-aircraft fire blazed in Tripoli Tuesday as loyalist forces stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the Libyan capital. The fighting on the streets and rooftops, 36 hours after rebels claimed to have all-but-captured Tripoli, and the appearance outside a hotel of Moammar Gadhafi’s son Seif […]

Social Security Disability Insurance Program Overwhelmed

The Social Security’s disability program has been flooded with requests and benefit claims from laid-off workers and an aging group of baby boomers, helping to push the system toward complete insolvency.

Representative Waters Making Waves With Comments

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made headlines across the country twice last week, first suggesting that President Barack Obama “get tough with Republicans” to create proposals that help the poor and African-Americans and later for calling out the Tea Party.

RFID Chips Gain Popularity In Mexico

Amid concerns of increasing incidents of kidnappings in Mexico, many residents of the country are turning to “under-the-skin” tracking devices for a sense of safety. Mexican citizens are seeking new means of protecting themselves in a country where firearm ownership is heavily regulated.

Oklahoma Governor To Resist ‘Obamacare’

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has rejected the grant that comes with the acceptance of the Federal Health Plan. She decided to turn down the $54 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Services, noting that the move would allow Oklahoma to bypass a Federal exchange when the State sets up a system that would be governed by the private sector.

Turkey To Press Attacks Against Kurds

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkish officials say the cross-border fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and Iraq will go on until the militant group has been eliminated. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear Sunday that operations against the militant Kurdish group would persist, Today’s Zaman reported. “[Some people […]

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