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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…

Rwanda’s Kagame again accused of genocide

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame likely sparked the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left nearly 800,000 dead, a one-time ally said.

Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down in April 1994. That …

Security tightened at Trevi Fountain

ROME, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Rome’s Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are closed to special events through the end of the year after recent vandalism to the iconic sites, the mayor said.

Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said the city is attempting to protect t…

Japan to provide protection for whalers

TOKYO, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Japanese officials say whalers will receive extra protection from anti-whaling activists during their upcoming antarctic whale hunt.

Japan, which has been under growing international pressure to stop hunting whales in the antar…

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