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Thai Parties Criticize Ex-PM’s Japan Visit

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thai opposition parties are crying foul over a visit to Japan by fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose sister recently won a national election. Thaksin is on a routine and personal visit to Japan, his aides said. The multi-millionaire spends most of his time in self-exile in Dubai. Thaksin, […]

Syrian Forces Kill Three During U.N. Visit

HOMS, Syria, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Syrian security forces shot three people dead in the restive western city of Homs during a visit by a U.N. humanitarian team probing atrocities, witnesses said. The victims were killed when security forces opened fire on crowds who had poured out to meet the fact-finding team in the flashpoint […]

Assassination Trial Tied To Israeli Spies

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The trial of the alleged assassin of an Iranian physics professor will shed light on Israel’s anti-Iranian terrorist involvement, Tehran’s prosecutor claimed. Defendant Ali Jamli Fashi, charged in the death of Tehran University Professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was allegedly trained by the Israeli national intelligence agency Mossad and given $120,000 […]

Fighting Flares, Tension In Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Machine-gun and anti-aircraft fire blazed in Tripoli Tuesday as loyalist forces stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the Libyan capital. The fighting on the streets and rooftops, 36 hours after rebels claimed to have all-but-captured Tripoli, and the appearance outside a hotel of Moammar Gadhafi’s son Seif […]

Turkey To Press Attacks Against Kurds

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkish officials say the cross-border fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and Iraq will go on until the militant group has been eliminated. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear Sunday that operations against the militant Kurdish group would persist, Today’s Zaman reported. “[Some people […]

Tainted Vinegar Kills 11 In China

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Tainted vinegar was blamed in the deaths of at least 11 people, and another 120 were sickened, in China’s northwest Xinjiang-Uighur region, authorities said. The incident occurred Friday at a large meal served during Muslims’ month-long observance of Ramadan in Sangzhu village, China Daily reported Tuesday, quoting local police. The […]

Atty. Gen.: No Probation For Casey Anthony

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Florida State Attorney General’s Office has filed a response opposing Casey Anthony’s appeal to avoid probation in the death of her toddler daughter. Defense lawyers argued that Anthony, who served time in jail for check fraud and was released last month, served her probation time while in custody […]

Racism On The Rise Is Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Racism toward Jews and Muslims is growing in Sweden, a public agency that advocates for tolerance, democracy and human rights says in a report. The Living History Forum report indicates the number of racist Swedish Web sites has nearly doubled since 2009, the Swedish news agency TT reported. Web […]

French Businessman To Pay All Burqa Fines

PARIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A French businessman says he has started a $1.43 million fund to pay fines for women who choose to wear burqas in countries where it is illegal to do so. Rachid Nekkaz, 38, traveled from Paris to Belgium Wednesday to pay $143 in fines for two women who wore burqas […]

6-magnitude Quake Jolts Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A 6-magnitude undersea earthquake jolted southwest Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Indonesia’s Antara news agency, quoting the Indonesian meteorological agency, reported the quake with a magnitude of 6.2 occurred at 3.12 […]

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