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Panel To Probe Hunger Deaths

JUBA, South Sudan, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A special panel has been formed in the South Sudanese state of Warrap to investigate reports more than 358 people have died of hunger, officials said. Warrap’s governor, Nyandeng Malek, confirmed the deaths have occurred but attributed them to other factors including disease, the Sudan Tribune reported. “In […]

Climbing Kilimanjaro To Save Lives

JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Twelve climbers from the United States, Israel, Canada, Ethiopia and South Africa scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to save 100 African children. Save A Child’s Heart, a non-governmental organization based in Israel, said in a statement that doctors, volunteers and supporters climbed to the summit of Africa’s highest peak […]

Sex Offender: Sudan Better Than Canada

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Sudanese refugee in Canada who served his sexual assault prison sentences is complaining Canada won’t send him back to his war-torn homeland. Clato Mabior, 33, was transferred to a jail west of Winnipeg, Manitoba, last December after he served prison time for two counts of aggravated sexual assault. […]

Two Tropical Storms Form In Pacific

MIAMI, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Fernanda maintained strength while a tropical depression strengthened to Tropical Storm Greg in the Pacific Ocean, forecasters said. Neither storm prompted coastal watches nor warnings, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisories. Fernanda, with sustained winds of about 50 mph, showed little change in strength […]

Hariri Tribunal Issues Arrest Warrants

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said it has evidence implicating Hezbollah. Judge Daniel Fransen of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon based in the Hague Wednesday disclosed details of indictments accusing four Lebanese suspects, some with ties to Hezbollah, the Lebanese daily […]

Rebels Confident Of Tripoli’s Fall

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Representatives of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were in talks with a U.N. envoy as rebels advanced on Tripoli, diplomats said. Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel-Elah al-Khatib, appointed by the United Nations to try to negotiate an end to the months-long conflict, said he met Tuesday with representatives of both […]

Obama’s Schedule For Wednesday, Aug. 17

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — President Obama wraps up his three-day bus tour of the Midwest Wednesday, conducting two town halls in Illinois, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Hold a town hall meeting in Atkinson, Ill. – Conduct a town hall meeting at Alpha, Ill. – Return to Washington […]

North Korea Warns Against Ulchi Exercise

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (UPI) — North Korea said it would “deal a merciless counterblow” to South Korea if provoked by military exercises, including the ongoing Ulchi Freedom Guardian. The annual South Korean-U.S. exercise — called Ulchi Focus Lens up to 2007 — runs through Aug. 26 in the Yellow Sea off the peninsula’s west coast. […]

Obama: Politics Is Broken, Not Government

ATKINSON, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Politics is a process and government is an institution, and politics not working doesn’t mean government is broken, U.S. President Barack Obama said. “You’ll hear a lot of folks … say that government is broken. Well, government and politics are two different things,” Obama said at a public town-hall […]

Church Forgives Abortion During Pope Visit

MADRID, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Any woman in Madrid confessing abortion during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit will be forgiven and welcomed back into the Roman Catholic church, the Vatican said. The “special” concession for a pregnancy-termination act normally deemed a sin punishable by excommunication is a result of an appeal by Madrid Archbishop Antonio Maria […]

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