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U.K. Soldier Faces Atrocity Allegation

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Britain’s Defense Ministry says it is investigating reports that a soldier cut fingers off dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to keep as souvenirs. The allegations have been made against a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion deployed in Helmand province from September 2010 to April this year, […]

Downgrade Weighs Down Confidence

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Consumer confidence in the U.S. economy fell in reaction to the downgrade of the country’s credit rating, the Rasmussen Consumer Index indicates. At 61.5, the index was down 3 points since Standard & Poor’s downgraded the federal government’s credit rating from triple-A to AA-plus, Rasmussen Reports said Monday. Seventy percent […]

Sentence To Stand In Swedish Honor Killing

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Sweden’s Supreme Court says it will not re-open an honor killing case, allowing a 10-year sentence against an Afghan couple to stand. In Sweden’s most recent “honor” killing, 20-year-old Abbas Rezai was found dead in an apartment in southern Sweden in November 2005. Prosecutors alleged Rezai was killed because […]

S&P Lowers Israel’s U.S.-backed Bonds

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — All U.S.-guaranteed sovereign bonds issued by Israel were downgraded one notch Monday, Standard & Poor’s rating services said. “This rating action is in line with the rating action on the United States of America that took place on Aug. 5, 2011,” Standard & Poor’s said in a statement on […]

Oft-delayed Dreamliner Finally Rolls

EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which had been delayed for years and overran its budget by millions of dollars, finally rolled on the runway in Everett, Wash. Boeing said it would deliver the 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways next month in Tokyo, CNN reported Sunday. “We are rolling out […]

General Say Use Military Against PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Police forces in Turkey won’t be able to take on Kurdish militants with the same effectiveness as the national military, a retired general said. Ankara announced it was planning to extend police operations in southern parts of the country as part of counter-terrorism operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, […]

Yemen Still Investigating Saleh Attack

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Yemeni authorities said they were still investigating the June 3 attack that put the country’s president in the hospital for more than two months. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar were released from a military hospital in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Both were gravely […]

U.N. Voices Concerns Over Famine Victims In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — United Nations officials say they’re concerned about reports of women and young girls subjected to rape and sexual harassment while fleeing famine in Somalia. Bunmi Makinwa, the United Nations Population Fund regional director for Africa, expressed the agency’s worries during a visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. […]

Al-Qaida-linked Rebels Pounded In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The withdrawal of Islamist insurgents from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, is a major gain for the shaky Western-backed Transitional Federal Government and comes as the United States is stepping up a covert war against the group that’s linked to al-Qaida. As the Americans escalate counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, across the […]

S&P Lowers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Ratings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Standard & Poor’s downgraded ratings on mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Monday, saying the decision was tied to its U.S. credit rating downgrade. “The downgrades of Fannie Mae [the Federal National Mortgage Association] and Freddie Mac [the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.] reflect their direct reliance on the […]

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