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Housing Starts Slide Slightly In July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — New home construction in the United States dropped 1.5 percent in July compared to June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000, off from the revised June estimate of 613,000. Permits issued for privately owned housing units also fell compared to […]

HRW Asks Arab League To Do More On Syria

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Human Rights Watch called on members of the Arab League to have an emergency meeting to address bloodshed in Syria. The advocacy group notes that, by its estimates, around 2,000 civilians were killed at the hands of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad since the uprising began in March. Arab […]

Possible Coverup In Hacking Scandal

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A letter released Tuesday by the panel probing Britain’s phone-hacking scandal raises new questions about a possible coverup, a panel member said. Labor MP Tom Watson of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee called the 4-year-old letter written by News of the World’s former royal correspondent “absolutely devastating,” […]

Liberian Elections Key To Recovery

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Successful elections in Liberia, scheduled for October, will secure the gains made since the end of the civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The United Nations has deployed peacekeepers in Liberia since 2003 to preserve a cease-fire that ended a bloody civil war. The conflict there killed at […]

Mubarak Case Blacked Out For Security

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A decision by a Cairo court to discontinue live television broadcasts of Hosni Mubarak’s trial was taken for national security reasons, an advocate says. Mubarak, ousted as president in the Egyptian revolution early this year, is facing a Cairo court along with Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and members of his […]

Couple No-show For Trial In Death Of Boy

EDGARD, La., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Louisiana judge issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a mother and stepfather charged in the death of her 8-year-old son. District Judge Mary Hotard Becnel issued the warrant after Tonya and Errol Victor Sr. did not appear Monday for a final status conference for their trial […]

Fitch Says U.S. Credit Rating Is Top Shelf

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Fitch Ratings said the United States’ credit rating would remain at the top ranking of AAA and said its outlook remained stable. The affirmation comes just over a week after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. rating from Triple A to AA+, which triggered enormous upheaval in the stock […]

45 Babies Born In 48 Hours At Hospital

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Doctors at a California hospital said the full moon may have had something to do with 45 babies being born in just 48 hours at the facility. Dr. Matthew Guile of Sutter Memorial Hospital said the miniature baby boom may be a Sacramento-area record for most babies born in a […]

U.N. Calls For Determination In Somalia

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — All authorities in Somalia are called on to take part in a September meeting to chart a road map for the country’s future, the U.N. Security Council said. A September conference planned in Somalia is expected to develop “clear timelines and benchmarks” to be carried out by the transitional […]

Coup Trial Judges Asked To Step Down

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Members of Turkey’s judiciary were accused of lacking objectivity and independence by 21 defendants on trial on charges of plotting to undermine the government. Defense attorneys for the 21, including War Academies commander Gen. Bilgin Balanli, demanded that the judges recuse themselves from the case, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News […]

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