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At Least 16 Killed In Ukraine Mine Blast

SUKHODILSKA-VOSTOCHNAYA, Ukraine, July 29 (UPI) — An explosion at a mine in eastern Ukraine killed at least 16 miners Friday, authorities said. Another three miners were hospitalized and nine were missing, rescue workers told RIA Novosti. The explosion struck at a depth of 3,000 feet at the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya mine in the Luhansk region, which is […]

Georgia Will Try Dissident In Abstentia

TBILISI, Georgia, July 29 (UPI) — Political activist Badri Bitsadze will be tried in absentia on charges of organizing attacks on police in Georgia, his lawyer said. Bitsadze, husband of Georgian opposition leader Nino Burdzhanadze, allegedly organized attacks on police during the five-day protest against President Mikheil Saakashvili May 26, RIA Novosti reported. Bitsadze disappeared […]

Report Spreads Blame For Polish Jet Crash

WARSAW, Poland, July 29 (UPI) — Both the Polish crew and Russian air traffic controllers were to blame for the 2010 crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Poland said Friday. The government’s final report on the crash near Smolensk, Russia, cited mistaken commands by a Russian traffic controller and the pilot’s delay in aborting […]

Russian Crews Still Battling Wildfires

MOSCOW, July 29 (UPI) — Firefighters put out eight wildfires in the Russian Far East but still dealt with numerous other fires in the region, officials said. “Forty one forest fires covering an area of 1,334 hectares [about 3,300 acres] were registered in the Far East over the past 24 hours,” a representative of the […]

Federal Government Sends Out 212 Million Checks Per Month

According to Fox News, the government sends out about 212 million checks and electronic payments each month, 80 million of which come from the Treasury Department.

House Postpones Vote On Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Bill

The House of Representatives postponed the vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) much-discussed debt ceiling plan as there was not enough support for it to pass.

Clergy Arrested In Capitol Budget Protest

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Eleven religious leaders were arrested staging a sit-in in the Capitol rotunda to protest budget cuts, U.S. Capitol Police said. The Christian and Jewish leaders urged the administration and Congress not to “balance the budget on the backs of the poor” as they propose trillions of dollars in cutbacks, they […]

IED Kills 18 Afghan Bus Passengers

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) — A passenger bus struck an improvised explosive device Friday in south Afghanistan’s Helmand province, leaving at least 18 people dead, an official said. The bus was traveling from Nahr-e-Saraj to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah when the bomb went off, CNN reported, quoting Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for […]

South Korean, Japanese Island Dispute Heats Up

SEOUL, July 29 (UPI) — South Korea’s government told Japan’s ambassador Friday it will ban a visit by Japanese lawmakers to an island near the East Sea islets claimed by Seoul. South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported the action was in response to plans by four lawmakers from Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party for a visit […]

Jakarta: Light Sentences Criticized

JAKARTA, July 29 (UPI) — Civil rights groups in Indonesia heavily criticized the jail sentences given to 12 men accused of involvement in the deaths of minority Muslim sect members. A court in Serang, the capital of Banten province on the western tip of Java island, handed down the sentences for the brutal killing by […]

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