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Iran Gives U.S. Hikers 8 Years

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Two U.S. hikers were sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison for espionage, state television said Saturday. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, have 20 days to appeal the prison terms, the Tehran Times reported. Bauer, Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all graduates of the University of California at Berkeley, […]

Shell Stops North Sea Leak

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A valve on a pipeline off Scotland has been closed after leaking 1,600 barrels of oil into the North Sea in 12 days, Royal Dutch Shell has announced. Divers were able to shut off the valve Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported. By the time the leak was stopped, it […]

Biden Reassures China U.S. Is Solvent

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Visiting China for the first time since becoming vice president, Joe Biden said he would work with Chinese leaders on ways to deal with the global recession. Biden met with China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai in Beijing, where he said China and the United States together should work at […]

Ukraine President Predicts EU Membership

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Ukraine desires good relations with Russia, but sees its future in Europe, President Viktor Yanukovych said. “Despite difficulties, the key step has been made: we have finally made up our mind with our future,” Yanukovych said. “The European choice has become the basis of Ukraine’s foreign political identity, and […]

Officials Worry About Crowding In Jails

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The increasing number of people jailed in England and Wales as a result of social unrest is dangerously overcrowding jails there, police officials said. The Prison Service said Friday it is “closely monitoring the estate for any potential unrest” following the jailing of hundreds of rioters in the United Kingdom, […]

Palin Video Keeps Her Name In Media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Former vice-presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has released a video hinting she might be a presidential candidate this year, officials said. In the video released by Palin’s political action committee Friday, Palin highlighted her appearance at the Iowa State Fair last week and alludes to a scheduled visit […]

N. Korean Leader Starts Russian Tour

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled by train to Russia Saturday on a weeklong visit that includes meetings with Russia’s president and prime minister. South Korean intelligence officials in Seoul said the 70-year-old leader and his entourage traveled to the eastern city of Khasan and would continue on to […]

Judge: Towns Can Ban Medical Pot Stores

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — Anaheim, Calif.’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries doesn’t violate a state law permitting them, a superior court judge has ruled. The case is now headed to appeals court, but the ruling this week gave anti-marijuana advocates something to cheer about, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. “I think both […]

Violence Hits Karachi, Dozens Killed

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The worst violence in 16 years has left 27 people dead within 24 hours, officials in Pakistan said. Six new deaths were reported since midnight Friday in Karachi, DawnNews reported Saturday. The Pakistani government has deployed extra security to deal with unrest, the report said. Two bodies were recovered […]

Pope Leads Mass Prayer Vigil In Madrid

MADRID, Aug. 20 (UPI) — An estimated 1 million Roman Catholics crowded a military airfield outside Madrid Saturday as Pope Benedict XVI led an open-air prayer service. Prior to the prayer rally, part of World Youth Day observations, hundreds of priests heard confessions at 200 tent-like temporary confessionals. The pope took confessions from four people, […]

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