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Anti-corruption Crusader Leaves Jail

NEW DELHI, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Thousands of people cheered 74-year-old Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, who left a New Delhi jail Friday to carry on his hunger strike. Hazare, a devoted Mahatama Gandhi follower, has been fasting since Tuesday. He had refused to leave jail until the coalition government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh […]

Oslo Massacre Suspect Back In Court

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Terms of detention came under court scrutiny in Oslo, Norway, Friday in a hearing for accused mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, court officials said. Police asked that the hearing Friday be closed to prevent Breivik from communicating with potential accomplices, even though investigators said they believe he acted alone […]

Hanoi Calls For Halt To Anti-China Protest

HANOI, Vietnam, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Vietnamese government warned demonstrators in Hanoi to end their weekly protests against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea or face police action. If the demonstrations, which have occurred since early June and attracted 300 or more people, aren’t halted, police and security authorities will move in, […]

Strong Quake, Tsunami Warning In Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A strong earthquake Friday shook northeast Japan and a tsunami warning was issued for the region, already devastated by the March 11 disaster. Kyodo News said the quake measured 6.8 which led meteorologists to issue a tsunami warning. CNN said the Japanese Meteorological Agency had issued tsunami advisories for Miyagi […]

Biden, Xi Jinping Attend Trade Conference

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Friday attended a business dialogue in Beijing to boost bilateral trade ties with China, America’s largest foreign creditor. Biden, who stopped in China on the first leg of his Asian tour, which will also taken him to Mongolia and Japan, was joined at the Beijing […]

Negotiator Accused Of Piracy Involvement

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Mohammad Saaili Shibin has been indicted on piracy charges for allegedly negotiating the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage by Somali pirates. Shibin, 50, was indicted Thursday in Norfolk, Va., on 15 counts for allegedly acting as a ransom negotiator for pirates who took over the M/V Marida […]

Moderate Drinking Reduces Dementia Risk

Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say. Wine was more beneficial than beer or spirits.

Obama Calls For Syrian President To Step Down

On Thursday, the United States took further steps to work toward putting an end to the Syrian government’s violence against its people. President Barack Obama called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, and issued an Executive Order instituting harsh, new financial sanctions against the country.

Swiss Struggle With Strong Franc

The Swiss government took steps Wednesday to weaken the Swiss franc, which has enjoyed record-high strength recently. According to CNBC, the government announced that it wants to inject 2 billion Swiss francs into the economy, in order to combat overvaluation of the currency.

Former Official: SEC Violated Federal Law

A former Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) official has alleged the agency violated Federal law by destroying the records of enforcement cases it had decided not to pursue. The agency allegedly purged records involving major Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.

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