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Arizona Challenges Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Arizona is suing the U.S. government, questioning the constitutionality of a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horn said the suit, filed Thursday, challenged a part of the law that requires Arizona and other jurisdictions — mainly in the South — to get permission, or […]

Turkey Denies Civilian Deaths In Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Turkish military says no civilians have been killed in attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Turkey says 90 to 100 Kurdish rebels were killed and about 80 people wounded in the attacks last week on rebel barracks and ammunition depots, CNN reported Friday. A spokesman for the […]

Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Yosemite

MARIPOSA, Calif., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A main entrance to Yosemite National Park was closed Friday while firefighting crews battled a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., officials said. Officials said the so-called Motor fire in the Merced River Canyon had burned about 1,000 acres since it broke out Thursday, KMPH-TV, Fresno, Calif., reported. CNN said the […]

Barak: Egypt To Deploy Troops In Sinai Peninsula

JERUSALEM, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Israel will allow Egypt to deploy thousands of troops in the Sinai Peninsula, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday. Barak said Israel would allow helicopters and armored vehicles into Sinai but would bar tanks. Another Israeli official said the deployment may need the Knesset’s approval. Barak’s comments in The […]

Appeal Dismissed In Haditha Killings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A military appeals court says the court-martial of a U.S. Marine accused of killing 24 Iraqis in 2005 should be placed before a trial court without delay. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington also rejected a request that one of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich’s former military […]

U.N. Urges Restraint By All Sides In Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The United Nations called on all sides of the fighting in Libya to exercise restraint and take steps to refrain from acts of violence and revenge. The plea came as reports of abuses and alleged summary killings by both rebels and troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi emerged, […]

Blast Rocks U.N. Building In Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The United Nations building was bombed Friday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Witnesses said many people were injured. Alessandra Vellucci at the United Nations in Geneva confirmed the “U.N. premises in Abuja have been bombed” but couldn’t provide more details, CNN reported. Witnesses in the U.N. building told […]

Slain Pakistani Governor’s Son Abducted

LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Gunmen Friday abducted Shahbaz Taseer, son of former Pakistani Gov. Salman Taseer, who was assassinated for opposing blasphemy laws, Lahore police said. The younger Taseer was driving from his Lahore home when another vehicle intercepted his car and some men grabbed him, put him in their vehicle and sped […]

Thai Court Hands Down 34-year Jail Terms

BANGKOK, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Thai court handed down 34-year jail sentences to four men found guilty of terrorism and arson during anti-government riots last year. The four were among 12 Red Shirt protesters — supporters of the fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra — who also received jail sentences for their part in […]

China: Pentagon Report Distorted Facts

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military capabilities “severely distorted the facts,” Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said Friday. Yang voiced “strong dissatisfaction” and “firm opposition to the report, the Xinhua news agency reported. “The report does not hold water as it severely distorted the facts,” Yang said. […]

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