SANTIAGO, Chile, July 27 (UPI) — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has been spared a politically damaging campaign to discredit him, at least for now, because he owns shares in a Patagonian coal mine in southern Chile. Critics had said the president’s stake in the Riesco Island coal mine project was a blatant conflict of interest. […]
As the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt limit approaches, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is attempting to martial Republican support for his bill. After originally presenting the bill on Monday (seeking a vote today), the Speaker has since moved the vote on the bill to Thursday, needing time to make changes after the bill was poorly received by the Congressional Budget Office.
Obama’s national poll results have not been stellar. According to Gallup, his job approval rate is currently around 46 percent, and in an election against a generic Republican candidate, Obama loses by 8 percentage points. However, according to one columnist, it’s Obama’s poll numbers in battleground states that should be keeping the incumbent up at night.
UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (UPI) — A political crisis in Ivory Coast took a massive toll on the country, the U.N. secretary-general said after the Security Council extended the country’s mandate. The U.N. Security Council, in a unanimous vote, extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast for another year at its current strength of […]
JUBA, South Sudan, July 27 (UPI) — International monitors are needed in Sudan’s state of South Kordofan to investigate allegations of human rights abuses there, Human Rights Watch said. Satellite imagery reportedly depicts what are believed to be mass graves related to ethnic violence in South Kordofan state along the border between the two Sudans. […]
BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 27 (UPI) — Hezbollah in a Wednesday statement called on authorities to investigate an attack on French peacekeepers near the coastal city of Sidon. Six members of the French contingent of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon were injured when their convoy hit what authorities say was a roadside bomb near a […]
NEW DELHI, July 27 (UPI) — Agreements for increased cross-border trade between Indian and Pakistani areas of Kashmir were reached during peace talks in New Delhi, authorities said. Trade issues between Pakistan and India were expected to top the agenda during formal talks in New Delhi. The talks came less than two weeks after a […]
WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) — Washington has called on the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to work to avoid an escalation of conflict following skirmishes at a border crossing. Serbia called for international intervention Tuesday when Kosovo Albanian police took over a checkpoint in a Serbian-populated region. Serbia doesn’t recognize the unilaterally declared independence of […]
LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — A decision by London to recognize Libya’s Transitional National Council as the sole authority means there is no future for Moammar Gadhafi, an official said. Members of the NATO-led military action in Libya at a contract group meeting in Istanbul said Gadhafi, Libya’s leader has lost his legitimacy to lead […]
TUNIS, Tunisia, July 27 (UPI) — Though critics fear a return of the old system, a former regime official in Tunisia said openness is the path to reform. A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s tenure after more than 23 years in power. The government that […]