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, 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Police say a suspect who barricaded himself into a San Rafael, Calif., hotel room and fired a gun onto a highway has been found dead in the room. The man, identified as Peter James Thomas, 38, was found dead Thursday afternoon after a 24-hour standoff with police in […]