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Scientists Isolate Bioenergy Gene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Isolating a gene controlling ethanol production in a microorganism could provide scientists with a missing link for bioenergy, the U.S. Energy Department said. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center found the that controls its capacity to produce ethanol gene in the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum. Scientists use expensive […]

Suu Kyi Wants Dam Project Halted

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Political activist Aung San Suu Kyi has appealed to the Myanmar and Chinese governments to stop construction on a major dam on the Irrawaddy River. Suu Kyi, 64, said the Myitsone Dam would destroy natural habitat on the 1,300-mile-long river that enters Myanmar from China and exits into the […]

Retiree Who Confronted London Rioters Dies

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A 22-year-old man was arrested in the death of a 68-year-old retiree who was attacked after confronting rioters in the Ealing area of London, police said. Richard Mannington Bowes, who received head inturies in the attack, died after being removed from life support, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The suspect […]

U.S. Wants Syrian Energy Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Washington wants to see its European partners put more pressure on the Syrian oil and natural gas sector with sanctions, the U.S. secretary of state said. International pressure is mounting on Syrian President Bashar Assad as bloodshed in the country continues. The U.N. Security Council stopped short of issuing a […]

Nigeria Orders Investigation Into Its Army

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nigeria’s defense minister, saying some troops “overreacted,” called for an investigation into abuse of civilians by troops battling an extremist sect. The shooting death of a woman carrying her young child sparked the investigation but the alleged abuses have been going on for some time, the BBC reported. Troops […]

Pakistani Court Sentences Soldier To Death

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Pakistani court sentenced a paramilitary soldier to death after finding him guilty of killing an unarmed teenager in a shooting that was caught on a video. The anti-terrorism court in Karachi imposed the death sentence Friday on Shahid Zafar in the June killing of Sarfaraz Shah, 17, who […]

British Police Faced ‘unprecedented Situation’

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Home Secretary Theresa May didn’t have a role in the aggressive tactics police used to squelch rioting across Britain, police chiefs’ leader Hugh Orde said. Orde, president of Britain’s Association of Chief Police Officers, said the tactics were more robust because more officers were made available during the days of […]

Obama’s Schedule For Friday, Aug. 12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama meets with business leaders and Super Bowl winners Friday, the White House said. The daily agenda indicates Obama will: – Meet with business leaders to discuss the U.S. economy. – Welcome the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers, recognizing the team for its efforts on […]

Gunmen Kill Three Policemen In Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Two gunmen attacked a police party escorting prisoners Friday in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing three policemen, authorities said. The policemen were returning after taking three prisoners for medical checkups, Xinhua reported, quoting local television channels. The news agency’s report said the attacks occurred in the morning near a hospital on […]

Human Trafficking Into China Rising

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smuggling of women and children from neighboring nations into China is increasing despite efforts to fight human trafficking, a senior police official said. Chen Shiqu, head of the Chinese government agency dealing with the problem, said cross-border human traffickers remain a serious scourge and called for greater international cooperation to […]


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