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WWII Heroine Nancy Wake, 98, Dies

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Nancy Wake, a World War II resistance fighter nicknamed “The White Mouse” for her ability to elude the German Nazis, has died at age 98, a friend said Monday. The friend said Wake died at a London hospital where she was being treated for a chest infection, The Daily Telegraph […]

Venezuelan President In Cuba For Chemotherapy

HAVANA, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is back in Cuba for more cancer treatment, officials say. Chavez arrived in Havana late Saturday evening and was welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro, Voice of America reported. The Venezuelan president had a large tumor removed by doctors in Cuba in June, followed by a […]

European, Asian Markets Slide On Crises

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 8 (UPI) — European and Asian stocks dropped Monday ahead of Wall Street’s opening bell on Europe’s runaway debt crisis and the U.S. government’s first credit downgrade. British, German and French stock indexes fell more than 2 percent in early-morning trading following a daylong slide in Asian markets. In late-afternoon trading Tokyo’s […]

Man Killed When Sucked Into Plane Engine

BLENHEIM, New Zealand, Aug. 8 (UPI) — An aircraft engineer was killed Monday when he was sucked into a turbojet engine at an airbase in New Zealand, authorities said. TVNZ reported Miles Hunter, 51, of Renwick was testing a Rolls Royce T56 Turbo Prop engine at Woodbourne Airbase near Blenheim when the accident occurred. Hunter […]

Saudi Arabia Demands Syria End Bloodshed

DEIR EL-ZOUR, Syria, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Saudi Arabia demanded Syria end the bloodshed Monday and recalled its ambassador after troops killed nearly 70 people in a single day of military assaults. “What is happening in Syria is not acceptable for Saudi Arabia,” King Abdullah said in a statement read over the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news […]

Student Shot With Stun Gun Dies

CINCINNATI, Aug. 8 (UPI) — An 18-year-old student died after police used a stun gun on him on the University of Cincinnati campus, officials say. Everette Howard, who was attending college prep classes at the university, went into cardiac arrest after being stunned by police Saturday and could not be resuscitated, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. […]

Crackdown Ordered On Religious Extremists

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Religious extremists in northwestern China’s ethnically tense Xinjiang-Uighur region will face a harsh crackdown, the area’s top Communist Party official said. Zhang Chunxian ordered the crackdown following the recent deadly violence in Kashgar city, which has been blamed on Islamic extremists trained in Pakistan, which is a close ally of […]

Colosseum Bomb Alert Canceled

ROME, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A bomb alert at the Colosseum in Rome was canceled after a suspicious device was found to be harmless, officials say. The Carabinieri bomb squad officials said they believed a barrel found Sunday under some arches in the monument was a fake and could not be exploded, Agenzia Gionalistica Italia […]

Police Discharge Gun At Denver Airport

DENVER, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Denver police were called to Denver International Airport this past weekend to test fire an undeclared handgun found in a piece of luggage, officials say. The police received the request to investigate and discharge an undeclared gun found in a checked bag Sunday morning, The Denver Post reported. Lt. Matt […]

Commandos Were Targeting Taliban Leader

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The 38 people, including 30 U.S. troops, killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan had been on a mission targeting a Taliban leader, sources told CNN. The deaths of the Americans, including 22 elite Navy SEALS, constituted the worst single-day toll on U.S. forces in the decade-long Afghan war. Their […]

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