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U.S. Lawmakers Visiting Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The American Israel Education Foundation organized visits to Israel by 26 Democrats and 55 Republicans from the U.S. Congress, officials said. The Democratic contingent was to arrive Monday, the Republicans in the weeks ahead, The Jerusalem Post said. The Democrats are led by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and […]

Statoil Announces ‘considerable’ Oil Find

STAVANGER, Norway, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Norwegian energy company Statoil and its national partners announced Monday they’ve made a “considerable” oil discovery in the North Sea. Statoil said preliminary estimates of the volume at a well in its Aldous Major field indicate there are at least 200 million barrels of oil equivalent in place. Statoil […]

Residents Ask ‘why?’ After Ohio Shooting Spree

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Shocked residents of Copley Township, Ohio, were trying to learn why a man opened fire and killed seven people before dying in a shootout with police. “Why [would] such evil would come to our little township, Lord? Why [do] we have to endure through that and why [is […]

Malaysian Landslide Kills Seven

BRINCHANG, Malaysia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A landslide that buried three homes in a public housing complex in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands killed seven people and injured two, a local official said. The official said heavy rains triggered the landslide Sunday at the Sungai Ruil Orang Asli housing project along a hillside in the city of […]

Hackers Access Syrian Ministry Site

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Hackers accessed the Web site of Syria’s Defense Ministry, replacing its content with anti-government messages and support for the protests, CNN reported. The ministry’s homepage was replaced with still images of anti-government videos and a Syrian flag showing a headless man in a suit, and a logo with the […]

Ex-Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko Remains Jailed

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will remain under arrest following a judge’s denial Monday of her petition for release on bail. Tymoshenko, facing abuse-of-power charges, was arrested Friday on a petition from prosecutors who accused her of disrupting courtroom proceedings repeatedly, RIA Novosti reported. “The motion does not […]

Obama’s Schedule For Monday, Aug. 8

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Obama has two items on his daily schedule for Monday, the White House said. The schedule indicates Obama will: — Receive the daily briefing — Attend two Democratic National Committee events in the Washington area.

China’s Army Chief To Visit Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will visit Israel for the first time next week, Israeli defense officials said. Gen. Chen Bingde’s visit does not signify a change in Israeli policy concerning defense relations and exports to China, officials said. The Chinese military leader […]

Aquino In Talks With Mindanao Rebel Group

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino and the leader of the main Muslim rebel group agreed during a secret meeting in Tokyo to speed up peace negotiations. The two-hour meeting — described by The Manila Times newspaper as a “coup” for Aquino — was conducted late Thursday at a hotel near […]

Sangay Is New PM Of Tibetan Gov’t In Exile

DHARAMSALA, India, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Lobsang Sangay, 43, a senior fellow at Harvard Law School, was sworn in Monday as the Kalon Tripa, or prime minister, of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Sangay succeeds Samdhong Rimpoche, 73, and will be the political leader of the Tibetan exiles in place of the Dalai Lama, who will continue […]

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