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NGOs Complain Of Minsk Repression

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A decision by authorities in Belarus to sideline human rights groups in the country makes it nearly impossible to hear independent voices, critics say. Belarusian authorities had charged Ales Bialatski with tax evasion. Bialatski served as the head of human rights group Viasna. Human Rights Watch said it “appears” he […]

Woman Who Abandoned Newborn Wants Custody

WHEATON, Ill., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A refugee from Myanmar who left her newborn son in a neighbor’s yard in a Chicago suburb says she wants to regain custody of the boy. Nunu Sung, 26, is in prison serving a short term for lying to police and is scheduled to be paroled in January, the […]

Swastika Turns Up In Child Meal

UMEA, Sweden, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The parents of an 8-year-old Swedish boy say they were shocked to find a swastika tattoo in the fast-food meal they purchased for their son Eddie. “We couldn’t believe our eyes,” said Malin Hagglund, Eddie’s mother. “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.” The swastika was included in […]

Tornado Kills 1, Brings Rain To Tulsa

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A tornado that moved through the Locust Grove, Okla., area killed one person and injured two others, while bringing rain to the parched area, police said. Mayes County Emergency Management said the woman, 82-year-old Beverly Reed, was killed Wednesday when her mobile home was destroyed by the tornado that […]

Six NATO Troops Killed In Afghan Bombings

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Six Western soldiers were killed in bombings in Afghanistan Thursday, five of them in a single attack, NATO said. The nationalities of the victims were not released, although most foreign forces serving in southern Afghanistan where the bombings took place are either American or British. Improvised explosive devices remain […]

U.S. Defends Stance On Egypt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Washington said it was concerned with anti-American sentiment developing in Egypt, saying accusations targeting its envoy to Cairo are off the mark. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that anti-American sentiment in post-revolution Egypt was at a high. The report points to a cover of a July edition of a […]

Group Sues Over Florida’s New Textbook Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A group tracking national security has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Rick Scott over a new law that streamlines the state’s textbook selection. Citizens for National Security, based in Boca Raton, Fla., said Wednesday the new procedure does not provide for careful review of textbooks, The Orlando (Fla.) […]

U.S. Trade Gap Jumps By $2.3 Billion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. international trade deficit rose to $53.1 billion in June, up from an upwardly revised $50.8 billion in May, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The previous estimate for May was $50.2 billion. For June, exports totaled $170.9 billion, while imports totaled $223.9 billion. Exports, at $170.9 billion, were […]

Canadian Trade Deficit Widens In June

OTTAWA, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Canada’s international trade deficit widened to $1.6 billion in June with a 1.7 percent decrease in exports, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Thursday. “Exports fell to $36.5 billion, largely the result of declines in energy products and automotive products,” the agency said. “Exports of energy products declined 5.1 percent to […]

Former Philippine President Arroyo Has Surgery

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was recovering from surgery to remove an infected cervical spine implant, officials said. Doctors said they were unable to reconstruct the infected implant and the former president will be required to wear external support to compensate for its failure, Philippine Inquirer.net reported Thursday. Arroyo’s […]

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