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Mystery Fire Fuels Zimbabwe Power Struggle

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The death of a former army chief, a key political power broker, in a mysterious fire has fueled a struggle within Zimbabwe’s ruling party to succeed ailing dictator Robert Mugabe as the once-prosperous country verges on ruin. The dead man was Gen. Solomon Mujuru, a veteran of the guerrilla […]

Attacks In Israel Inexcusable, World Says

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — There is no excuse for violence targeting the Israeli military as regional partners work toward a peaceful solution to Middle East problems, world leaders said. Israel Radio reported at least seven people were killed and another 30 were injured when at least 20 militants reportedly wearing Egyptian military uniforms stormed […]

U.N.: Syria’s Crackdown May Be Criminal

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The U.N. human rights office Thursday warned Syria its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters may constitute crimes against humanity. A fact-finding report on the violence against demonstrators calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashir Assad that began last March found “a pattern of human rights violations that constitutes widespread […]

Coburn Happy He Can’t Bring Gun To Senate

PRYOR, Okla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told constituents economic stagnation will persist and suggested Medicare is unconstitutional. Speaking Tuesday to large crowds in Claremore, Langley, Pryor and Muskogee, Coburn also predicted the tenuous debt-ceiling agreement reached by Congress this month won’t last long, the Tulsa World reported Thursday. “We have […]

Russia Locates Missing Satellite

MOSCOW, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Russia’s space agency says it has located a satellite that went missing and failed to communicate with ground controllers after its Thursday launch. The Express-AM4 satellite was launched atop a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan but mission control failed in attempts to establish communication with it, […]

Genetic Code Of Marijuana To Be Published

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Massachusetts startup company says it will release the genome sequence of marijuana to promote understanding of its therapeutic potential. Kevin McKernan, founder of Medicinal Genomics in Marblehead, said the medicinal marijuana industry could use the data to offer new, better kinds of cannabis designed to target patients’ specific conditions. […]

Obama: No ‘double Dip’ Recession Likely

ATKINSON, Ill., Aug. 18 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama says the chances for another recession are not likely and he is going all out to help create more jobs and economic growth. Obama spoke to CBS News senior business correspondent Anthony Mason Wednesday before and after he held a town meeting in Atkinson, Ill., […]

Uganda Debates Amnesty Law For LRA

KAMPALA, Uganda, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Ugandan prosecutors are debating the validity of the country’s amnesty law as authorities review the case of a top rebel commander. Col. Thomas Kwoyelo, a rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, is charged with crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping. More than 10,000 LRA rebels were pardoned under […]

4-year-old Dies After Being Mauled By Dog

MELBOURNE, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A 4-year-old Australian girl was mauled to death as her mother tried to fight off the pit bull-mastiff that ran into the family’s home, authorities said. Jackline Anchito and her daughter were with several women leaving the Melbourne home Wednesday when the dog attacked, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. They […]

Police: No Charges In Kentucky Grenade Mishap

HAZARD, Ky., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Police in Kentucky say no charges will be filed in an incident where a tear gas grenade exploded, sending 20 people to a hospital. All of those injured in the explosion last month have since been released from the hospital, WYMT-TV, Hazard, reported Wednesday. Investigators said three children were […]

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