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Theme park’s oldest dolphin dies at age 51

VALLEJO, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) — One of the oldest dolphins in captivity in North America has died at the age of 51 at a California theme park, officials said.

Marine mammal and veterinary staff at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo were with Ter…

Man charged with Facebook threats

DES ALLEMANDS, La., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Louisiana man is accused of posting threatening messages against police and the St. Charles Parish School Board on Facebook, police said.

Witney P. Curole, 39, of Des Allemands was arrested Friday and charged wit…

Conn. man sentenced for Kuwait kickback

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A contract manager at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait was sentenced in federal court in Connecticut for taking a kickback from a Kuwaiti vendor.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Barry S. Szafran, 49, of Jewett City accepted…

Revolutionary Guards’ power grows in Iran

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The recent appointment of a top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as oil minister underlines the growing political and economic power of that elite force at a time when U.S. influence in the region is waning and…

Italian man cuts out eyeballs during mass

VIAREGGIO, Italy, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An Italian man who cut out his eyeballs while in church with his mother said he had done so under orders from “voices,” police said.

The man, 46, mutilated himself during Sunday mass at the church of Sant’Andrea in V…

Russia balks on Syrian resolution

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Russian officials said a draft resolution against Syria at the U.N. Security Council is unacceptable because it doesn’t advocate political dialogue.

The United Nations estimates that nearly 3,000 people have been kille…

Panetta in Cairo to calm regional tensions

CAIRO, Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Cairo after authorities said they postponed the trial of activists who stormed the Israeli Embassy last month.

Clashes erupted outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo in September aft…

London condemns suicide attack in Somalia

LONDON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The cruel attack by al-Shabaab in Mogadishu comes as Somalia is struggling to overcome a myriad of challenges, the British government said Tuesday.

At least 65 people were killed by a suicide bombing in Mogadishu. Al-Qaida’s a…

U.S. reacts to Megrahi claims from Libya

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — While the primary concern in Libya is reconstruction, transitional leaders are examining the case of the Lockerbie bomber, the U.S. State Department said.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer, was co…

Sentenced Bahraini doctor speaks out

DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 4 (UPI) — One of the doctors sentenced last week for working against the state in Bahrain said she was forced into making false confessions and threatened with rape.

A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses were given prison sentence…


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