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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 […]

Northern Syrian City Rocked By Violence

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Shelling from gunboats and tanks bombarded Latakia, Syria, Tuesday, the fourth day of a military assault to quell anti-government protests, witnesses said. A resident identified only as Ismail said at least five people died and government snipers were positioned throughout the northern city, taking shots at anyone venturing onto […]

Maine Wind Farm Gets Federal Support

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced it was supporting a 22-turbine wind farm in Maine that could generate more than 50 megawatts of power. The Record Hill wind power project will feature 22 turbines that would feed energy into Maine’s utility company Central Maine Power. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said […]

Ancient Hercules Statue Found In Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A marble statue of Hercules dating back to the second century was uncovered in excavations in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, officials said. Dr. Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority described the find as a “rare discovery.” “The statue, which probably stood in a niche, was part of […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 16

PEOSTA, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) — President Obama hosts the White House Rural Economic Forum at Peosta, Iowa, to discuss growing the economy and jobs, the White House said Tuesday. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: — Host, along with members of the White House Rural Council, the rural economic forum at Northeast Iowa Community […]

Nepali President Orders Consensus Government

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav gave the Constituent Assembly until next Sunday to form a government of consensus or the country will go to the polls. Yadav issued a brief statement to national media soon after Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal stepped down Sunday under increasing pressure from all […]


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