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Official: U.S. Withdrawal Plans In Iraq Unchanged

BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A day of deadly attacks in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities bears hallmarks of similar attacks committed last year during Ramadan, a U.S. military official said. U.S. military spokesman 1st Lt. Joseph Larrew said al-Qaida in Iraq is believed to have been responsible for the roughly 42 attacks across Iraq […]

Stolen Rembrandt Etching Found

ENCINO, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — “The Judgment,” a $250,000 Rembrandt stolen from a California hotel, was found Tuesday in Encino, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Officials said they received a tip about the possible location of the drawing and have verified its authenticity, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported. No arrests have been made, […]

Dougherty Gang Awaits Colorado Charges

PUEBLO, Colo., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Colorado county where the Dougherty siblings were arrested will most likely be the one to file criminal charges in the case, a prosecutor said. Deputy District Attorney James Coursey told a Pueblo County judge that the case against the three Florida siblings would be turned over to Huerfano […]

China Reports Latest Sex Ratio Figures

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — China Tuesday reported improvement in the sex ratio at birth with 118.08 males for every 100 females last year, compared to 119.45 to 100 in 2009. Li Bin, director of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, said the numbers show the sex ratio increase has been preliminarily brought under […]

Texas Wildfire Is 50 Percent Contained

JACKSONVILLE, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 30-acre grass fire in central Texas was judged to be 50 percent contained early Tuesday after destroying 15 homes, the Texas forest service said. Air tankers, a helicopter and firefighters with bulldozers and trucks battled the drought-fueled blaze that threatened 190 homes in a community 35 miles northwest […]

Glass Showers Street From 29 Stories Up

TORONTO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A glass balcony panel from a two-tower condominium complex exploded in downtown Toronto, injuring a woman on the street 29 stories below, police said. The panel disintegrated before noon Monday and rained shards onto the sidewalk and street, forcing a lane closure and the installation of scaffolding over the sidewalk, […]

Vice President Biden Begins Asia Trip

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Vice President Joe Biden would seek to intensify the U.S. role in Asia during his visits to China, Japan and Mongolia, his national security adviser said. Speaking to reporters ahead of Biden’s Tuesday departure for Asia, Tony Blinken said it would be Biden’s first trip to East Asia as vice […]

Gert Weakens, Moves Into Northern Atlantic

MIAMI, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gert weakened Tuesday as it pushed northeastward into the northern Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Gert, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, was about 410 miles northeast of Bermuda and moving in a northeasterly direction at 22 mph, the center said in its […]

Retired Zimbabwe Army Chief Dies In Fire

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An electrical fire has claimed the lives of former Zimbabwe army chief Solomon Mujuru and his girlfriend, an official said. Air Marshall Henry Muchena confirmed to The Zimbabwean that Mujuru, 62, died in a fire that broke out at his Beatrice Farm home. The name of his girlfriend was […]

Israel Retaliates After Grad Rocket Attack

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Hours after a Grad rocket fired from Gaza exploded north of Beersheba, the Israeli army hit suspected terror sites in Gaza, killing a Hamas operative. The army said five other Palestinians were injured in the air strikes that hit five targets, including a weapons smuggling tunnel near the border with […]

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