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12 Dead In Canada Jet Crash

RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A jetliner crashed in the Canadian arctic Saturday, killing at least 12 of the 15 people on board, authorities said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the Boeing 737 — First Air Flight 6560 — was bound to Resolute Bay from Yellowknife when it went down, the Canadian […]

Salmond Defends Megrahi Release

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) — First Minister Alex Salmond still defends the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber as consistent with Scottish law. Critics say that if the government of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi falls, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi should either be returned to Scotland or extradited to the United States, The Herald of […]

Kilpatrick Cousin Faces Trial For Theft

DETROIT, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A cousin and former aide to ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been charged with looting a non-profit organization of $34,000. A judge in Wayne County Circuit Court ordered Naeka Cheeks to stand trial after she waived a preliminary hearing Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported. She could receive a 20-year […]

Official: China Street Children Need Help

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Chinese government agencies need to do more to help street children and to reunite them with their families, a leading official says. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu discussed the exploitation of street children in a speech Friday at a conference in Beijing, Xinhua, the official government news agency, reported. He said […]

RAF Red Arrow Pilot Dies In Airshow Crash

BOURNEMOUTH, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A member of the elite Red Arrow stunt flying team was killed in a crash Saturday at an airshow in southern England, the British Ministry of Defense said. The pilot was identified as Flight Lt. Jon Egging, British Forces News reported. Group Capt. Simon Blake, commandant of the RAF’s […]

Memorial To Martin Luther King To Open

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, to open this month in Washington, is surrounded by memorials to four presidents, two of them slave owners. King will be the first person honored on the mall who did not serve as U.S. president. The memorials nearby honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham […]

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 […]

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