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Iran uncooperative with U.N. inspectors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Iran is not cooperating with efforts to assure that its nuclear program is not being developed for military use, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

In a quarterly report to his Board of Governors, IAEA Director …

Thai authorities find large weapons cache

PRASART, Thailand, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Thai authorities say they’re uncertain how a large arms cache, including grenades and other heavy artillery, ended up in the northeastern province of Surin.

The weapons were found three months ago hidden in bushes …

Syrian opposition asks for arms supply

TUNIS, Tunisia, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The main opposition force in Syria has asked that rebel fighters be allowed to import weapons to use in combat against Syrian forces, officials said.

The plea came Friday during the international “Friends of Syria” co…

Texans’ Butler apologizes for Twitter slur

HOUSTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Houston Texans reserve tackle Rashad Butler says he’s sorry for using a homophobic slur Thursday night on Twitter.

The Houston Chronicle said Butler was watching a basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knic…

‘Lonely deaths’ of poor on rise in Japan

SAITAMA, Japan, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Japanese authorities say the bodies of three family members had lain unnoticed for as long as two months before being found in an apartment.

The discovery marked the latest of what have come to be known in Japan as “l…

Sen. Joe Lieberman’s office receives powdery threat

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 24 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman’s district office in Hartford, Conn., was the latest target in a series of mailings containing suspicious powders, a spokesman said.

Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer Wednesday warned congr…

Police break up Nike shoe crowd at mall

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Police in riot gear quelled and dispersed a crowd of hundreds of people who turned out in Florida for the scheduled sale of a new limited-edition Nike shoe.

The crowd had been asked Thursday night to wait across the st…

Obama defends energy policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama defended his energy policies this week, saying “there are no short-term silver bullets” to the issue of gasoline prices.

Speaking Thursday at the University of Miami in Florida, Obama took aim …

Israel responds to Gaza rocket attacks

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Israeli military jets attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to the firing of rockets at Israel, officials said.

Air force jets attacked two targets in the northern Gaza Strip, Ynetnews report…

Richard Dawkins not certain there is no God

OXFORD, England, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Richard Dawkins, the British scientist who has become one of the world’s best-known atheists, says he is not absolutely certain there is no God.

In a public discussion Thursday with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Wi…


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