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Congo disappearances haunt U.N. experts

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, Oct. 4 (UPI) — A legacy of violence in the Republic of Congo has left civilians with unhealed wounds, a panel of U.N. experts said.

Internal conflict in the 1990s led to thousands of Congolese civilians fleeing to…

AQIM threat in Mali troubles U.S.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Washington said it’s aware of al-Qaida plots in Mali to attack Western targets and therefore warns of the risk of traveling to the North African country.

In September, Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department,…

Evacuations cost U.S. military $35 million

CAMP FOSTER, Japan, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Department paid nearly $35 million to evacuate military families after Japan’s March earthquake and Fukushima nuclear crisis, records indicate.

Some 9,000 American dependents at bases in central an…

Rioters burn local government building in Israel

JERUSALEM, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Israeli Arabs from Tuba Zangaria, an Upper Galilee village whose mosque was torched, set fire to a local council building, officials said.

Rioters also shattered windows and damaged property at a youth cultural center and m…

Swedes face dramatic increase in bedbugs

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Infestations of bedbugs in Sweden have increased by more than 800 percent during the last five years, the Swedish pest control agency Anticimex said.

Sven Jeppson of Anticimex told Sweden’s The Local in an article p…

Arrest 130 in counterterrorism operation

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Turkish counterterrorism units launched simultaneous operations in Istanbul and nine other provinces Tuesday detaining some 130 people, officials said.

The detainees were suspected of links with the Kurdish Communiti…

Panetta urges resumption of peace talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace talks with Israel, officials said.

Panetta and Abbas met Monday in Ramallah, West Bank, after Panetta met with I…

Former Yukos executive Vasily Aleksanyan dead at 39

MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Vasily Aleksanyan, a former vice president and attorney for Russia’s bankrupt Yukos oil company, has died at the age of 39, his family announced.

Aleksanyan spent three years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion before h…

Egyptian court postpones protesters’ trial

CAIRO, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An Egyptian military court has postponed until Sunday the trial of 53 suspects arrested during a September protest at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

The protesters stormed the embassy after demolishing a wall in front of the bui…

Supernova researchers win Nobel Prize in Physics

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded in Stockholm to three astrophysicists who discovered the expansion of the universe is accelerating, officials said.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Saul Perlmut…

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