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Lebanon Proposes New Maritime Border

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The Lebanese Parliament has passed a draft law demarcating maritime borders with Israel, officials said Thursday. Last month, Israel proposed maritime borders Lebanese officials said infringed on its economic zone; part of the disputed area is believed to hold significant oil and gas reserves, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported. […]

Petting Zoo Llama Attacks Senior Citizen

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A 75-year-old Canadian woman had her hip, femur, arm, elbow and knee broken when a llama attacked her at a petting zoo, the Vancouver Sun reported Thursday. From her hospital bed, France Pilotte told the newspaper she’s had nine hours of orthopedic surgery since the July 28 attack […]

Cairo Arab League Office Hit By Firebombs

CAIRO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Arab League building in Cairo Thursday, security officials said. Police said one firebomb was thrown at the building and a second one was tossed at security personnel who were extinguishing the fire, Egypt’s publicly funded news agency MENA reported. No injuries or damage to […]

Jobless Claims Drop To 400,000

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — First-time jobless benefit claims dropped to 400,000 in the week ending Saturday with 1,000 fewer claims than the previous week, the Labor Department said. The four-week rolling average for claims filed was 407,750, a drop of 6,750 from the previous revised average, the department said Thursday. In the week ending […]

Kraft To Split Into Two Giants

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Aug. 4 (UPI) — Kraft Food Inc. Thursday said it would divide itself in two, spinning off its snack division from its U.S. grocery business. “We have built two strong, but distinct portfolios. Our strategic actions have put us in a position to create two great companies,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer […]

Oil-for-food Charges Baseless, Total Says

PARIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.N. investigations into the oil-for-food program determined there was no corruption regarding Total’s activity in Iraq, the company said. An independent U.N. committee led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker found in 2005 that thousands of companies were involved in illegal activity tied to the oil-for-food program for […]

Bloomberg To Use Own Funds For Aid Program

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will kick in $30 million of his own money to help fund changes in how the city interacts with at-risk youth, officials said. The program would overhaul how the government works with young black and Latino men — a disproportionately undereducated, incarcerated and unemployed […]

Vietnam Receives Patrol Aircraft

PARIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Vietnam’s marine police have taken delivery of the first of three Airbus Military C212-400 light STOL aircraft. The C212-400 incorporates the latest systems and technologies, such as a Flight Management System and will be used primarily for maritime patrol role and missions such as coastal surveillance and missions to counter […]

Turkey Names New Military Leaders

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Turkey’s civilian and military leaders named a new slate of commanders to head its armed forces, officials said Thursday. The new leaders were named following the surprise resignation of the chief of the general staff and three other military leaders last week, The Wall Street Journal reported. In making […]

Hebrew Desired As Only ‘Official Language’

JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Some Israeli lawmakers have proposed making Hebrew the only official language in Israel, dropping English and Arabic, officials said. English and Arabic are currently accepted as official languages in Israel, Haaretz reported Thursday. The lawmakers’ bill would give Arabic “special status” and says Arabic speakers “have the right to linguistic […]

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