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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic militant group on the rise

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Nigeria’s Joint Task Force in Borno state said it killed eight Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram fighters in a shootout in northeastern Nigeria.

Officials said the battle took place Monday at the Baga Fish Market in M…

Don’t forget about Mali, ICRC warns

BAMAKO, Mali, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Fighting in northern Mali has caused at least 60,000 people to become internally displaced, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Aid group Doctors Without Borders in early February stopped working in Mali …

Report: U.S. cuts off Army Corps fraud

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Federal authorities say the defendants in an alleged corruption scandal within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had their sights set on a $780 million contract.

Four people — including two program managers with the Corps …

Geithner: Debit fee pushback no shock

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the Obama administration will not retreat on banking reform despite the banks’ latest pushback on debit card fees.

Geithner told CNN Tuesday new limits on transaction fees char…

U.N. resolution on Syria vetoed

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Russia and China Tuesday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

The proposed resolution included a call for an immediate end to alleged…

26 Bahrainian protesters sent to prison

SAKHIR, Bahrain, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Bahrain’s National Safety Court Tuesday sent 26 protesters to prison for as much as 15 years for their roles in protests this year.

Bahrain’s government said in a statement the defendants were given terms ranging from…

Tomblin elected governor in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won the office in a special election Tuesday, defeating Republican Bill Maloney, returns showed.

With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Tomblin was ahead of Maloney 49 per…

9 N. Korean defectors arrive in Seoul

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Nine North Korean defectors who initially made their way to Japan arrived in South Korea Tuesday, officials said.

The refugees — six adults and three children — kept their faces hidden by jacket hoods, caps, sunglasses and me…

Police extend search for Mo. baby

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Police say they have expanded their search for a missing 10-month-old Kansas City girl who disappeared after she was put to bed in her crib.

An Amber Alert was issued for Lisa Irwin at 7 a.m. Tuesday after her father…

Ariz. dust storm causes pileups

TUCSON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An intense dust storm that reduced visibility to zero Tuesday caused three major pileups in Arizona that left at least one person dead, authorities said.

Two chain-reaction crashes involving 16 vehicles occurred about 12:15 p….

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