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Turkish Teen Admits ‘revenge’ Stabbings

ISMIR, Turkey, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A Turkish teen who admitted to stabbing two British women to death said he did so because one of them refused to let him marry her daughter, authorities said. Recep Cetin, 17, told police he acted out of revenge, The Sun of Britain reported Monday. The youth said one […]

Syrian Forces Kill 350 During Ramadan

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 22 (UPI) — More than 350 people in Syria were killed by security forces since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a U.N. official said Monday. Members of the international community last week called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down in response to his country’s brutal crackdown […]

Pakistan Extends Influence In Gulf States

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain has reported to have recruited 3,000 Pakistanis to serve in its security forces to quell protesters from the Shiite majority the government says are backed by Iran. Pakistan has also rushed to the defense of Saudi Arabia in the current political upheaval […]

Politics Causing Delays In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Decisions by the Iraqi prime minister to assume responsibility of key ministries in his administration are causing political delays, a U.S. official said. Iraq has experienced an increase in violence as the Dec. 31 deadline for a U.S. military withdrawal draws closer. Baghdad, however, hasn’t filled the Interior and Defense […]

Beirut Reportedly Shirking STL Obligations

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Beirut hasn’t paid its share to fund a special tribunal probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a tribunal registrar said. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged to help finance the workings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon but hasn’t come through on that promise, al-Arabiya reports. […]

Apartment Residents Rescue Man In Fire

CHICAGO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Firefighters say two residents of a burning Chicago apartment building dragged a critically burned man to safety after breaking down the door to his unit. Rescuer Nick Salazar said he smelled smoke when he was awakened early Monday in the North Side apartment building by a banging on his door […]

Afghanistan Reshuffles Parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Nine members of the Afghan Parliament lost their seats after an independent election commission announced its ruling on last year’s marred contest. Fazel Ahamd Manawi, director of the Afghan Independent Elections Committee, said decisions were made to end a political crisis stewing since last year. “Today we have taken […]

Ethnic Clashes Erupt In South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Ethnic clashes in South Sudan that erupted over cattle left 500 people dead and another 200 people kidnapped, local officials claimed. South Sudan became an independent state in July, marking a milestone in steps outlined by a comprehensive peace agreement that ended Sudan’s civil war in 2005. Local […]

Al-Shabaab Still Lurking In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The aid group Oxfam said its assistance to Somalia was saving lives, though concerns remain from looting by militant group al-Shabaab. Famine is gripping much of Somalia in part because of a drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa. The United Nations has expressed concern about the effects […]

Cairo Says Security An Internal Matter

CAIRO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Security issues in the Sinai Peninsula are an internal affair for the Egyptians, an official with the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces said. Militants crossed the Egyptian border into Israel last week, killing at least seven people in a series of raids. The attackers were allegedly wearing Egyptian military […]


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