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Official: Human Tracking Chips Don’t Work

RESTON, Va., Aug. 22 (UPI) — A U.S.-based security official says the technology needed to make human-implantable tracking devices work “just isn’t there.” That’s information thousands of Mexicans could use because the practice of implanting the small radio frequency identification chips has climbed 317 percent in five years because of an increase in kidnappings, The […]

Muslim Leader: Put Islam Into U.S. Context

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — If Islam is to be understood in the United States, it must be put “into an “American context,” Muslim leader Iqbal Unus said in Washington. Unus, whose home and workplace were raided by federal agents in the months after the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001, said […]

Hurricane Irene Near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Irene strengthened into a hurricane Monday and warnings were posted for several Caribbean Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season, prompted hurricane warnings for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic from the […]

Harvey Soaks Mexico’s Eastern Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Harvey moved inland over the Mexican state of Veracruz as rain pounded portions of southern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. A tropical storm warning was posted along the Mexican coast from Punta el Lagarto to Barra de Nautla, the center in Miami said in its 5 […]

Rockets Launched After Cease-fire Declared

JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The Popular Resistance Committee in Gaza doesn’t recognize a Hamas-declared cease-fire with Israel but will temporarily abide by it, a spokesman said. The PRC is willing to temporarily halt rocket attacks on Israel, the spokesman said in a report from Maariv Monday. Twelve rockets were fired at Israel after Hamas […]

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 […]

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