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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…

Dalai Lama cancels S. Africa trip

DHARMSALA, India, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The Dalai Lama Tuesday canceled his planned trip to South Africa after failing to get a visa from the Pretoria government on time, his office in India said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in Dharmsa…

Afghan President Karzai visits India

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit India, his second this year, comes at a time when his government has raised serious questions about neighbor Pakistan.

For India, whose relations with Pakistan also remain tens…

Erdogan: German charity helps PKK

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a German charity is indirectly helping fund the activities of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party.

Erdogan has frequently chided Germany and other European countries f…

Suu Kyi urges monitoring of Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Myanmar may be inching toward democracy but Western countries should remain vigilant that nascent reforms are genuine, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said.

In a rare face-to-face interview with foreign media, S…

List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 4 (UPI) — List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners:

2011 — Saul Perlmutter, United States; Adam G. Riess, United States; Brian P. Schmidt, Australia

2010 — Andre Geim, Netherlands; Konstantin Novoselov, England and Russia



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