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Congress Closer To Debt Deal?

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) — A key U.S. senator said Sunday Congress was close to finalizing a hard-fought deal that would raise the government’s debt ceiling and avert a potential default. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican leader of the Senate, told CNN the negotiations had made good progress the day before and the two […]

Bloody Mayhem Shakes Chinese City

KASHGAR, China, July 31 (UPI) — Rioting shook the Chinese city of Kashgar for a second day Sunday as police reported killing four men, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The violence began Saturday afternoon in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in what police described as “a severely violent terrorism case,” the report said. […]

Reward Offered For Stolen Military Rifles

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (UPI) — Federal authorities say they arrested several people in the theft of 26 AK-74 assault rifles taken from California’s Fort Irwin Army Post. Also taken in the July 15 theft was a Russian-made Dragunov sniper rifle, CNN reported. The AK-74 is an improved version of the Russian-built AK-47. It was […]

Woman Calls Off Attacker’s Punishment

TEHRAN, July 31 (UPI) — A woman blinded and scarred in an acid attack by a would-be suitor has called off a court-ordered blinding for the man who attacked her, Iranian officials said. Majid Movahedi escaped having a doctor drop acid into his eyes Sunday when his victim, Ameneh Bahrami, decided not to seek revenge […]

Security Issues Cloud Mubarak Trial

CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) — Security issues have forced the government to move the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to Cairo’s Police Academy, officials said. Wednesday’s trial was moved from Cairo’s International Convention Center to the Police Academy to provide additional security measures, Bikya Masr reported Sunday. Mubarak, 83, was arrested in April […]

Bomber Kills 10 Afghan Policemen And Child

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 31 (UPI) — A suicide bomber killed 10 Afghan policemen and a child Sunday in the capital of Helmand province, security officials said. Seven police officers and two civilians were also injured by the blast at a police compound in the city of Lashkar Gah, a spokesman for the southern province told […]

John Marburger, Bush Science Adviser, Dies

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y., July 31 (UPI) — John H. “Jack” Marburger, who served as chief science adviser to President George W. Bush, has died at his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y., officials said. Marburger died Thursday of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the Washington Post reported. He was 70. Marburger served as Bush’s head science adviser for eight […]

Four Dead In Midair Collision In Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 31 (UPI) — Four people died in a midair collision between two small float planes over Alaska’s Amber Lake about 90 miles northeast of Anchorage, officials said. The dead were aboard a Cessna 180 that crashed and burned Saturday after colliding with a Cessna 206 above the lake, the Anchorage Daily News […]

Protesting Israelis Demand Social Justice

JERUSALEM, July 31 (UPI) — Israeli Finance Ministry Director Gen. Haim Shani resigned Sunday, amid nationwide protests demanding social justice and an end to rising costs. Shani said he resigned over differences of opinion with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, The Jerusalem Post said. The country’s doctors staged a protest outside the Knesset and leaders of […]

Israelis Keen To Do Business In Sth. Sudan

JERUSALEM, July 31 (UPI) — South Sudan, which recently gained independence, has become a popular venue for Israeli entrepreneurs and businessmen, officials said. A report in Haaretz Sunday cited a number of Israelis keen to pursue business ventures in the African country. Tamir Gal and his partner, Rafi Dayan, of Yarok 2000 are planning major […]


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