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Politics Causing Delays In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Decisions by the Iraqi prime minister to assume responsibility of key ministries in his administration are causing political delays, a U.S. official said. Iraq has experienced an increase in violence as the Dec. 31 deadline for a U.S. military withdrawal draws closer. Baghdad, however, hasn’t filled the Interior and Defense […]

Beirut Reportedly Shirking STL Obligations

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Beirut hasn’t paid its share to fund a special tribunal probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a tribunal registrar said. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged to help finance the workings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon but hasn’t come through on that promise, al-Arabiya reports. […]

Apartment Residents Rescue Man In Fire

CHICAGO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Firefighters say two residents of a burning Chicago apartment building dragged a critically burned man to safety after breaking down the door to his unit. Rescuer Nick Salazar said he smelled smoke when he was awakened early Monday in the North Side apartment building by a banging on his door […]

Afghanistan Reshuffles Parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Nine members of the Afghan Parliament lost their seats after an independent election commission announced its ruling on last year’s marred contest. Fazel Ahamd Manawi, director of the Afghan Independent Elections Committee, said decisions were made to end a political crisis stewing since last year. “Today we have taken […]

Ethnic Clashes Erupt In South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Ethnic clashes in South Sudan that erupted over cattle left 500 people dead and another 200 people kidnapped, local officials claimed. South Sudan became an independent state in July, marking a milestone in steps outlined by a comprehensive peace agreement that ended Sudan’s civil war in 2005. Local […]

Al-Shabaab Still Lurking In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The aid group Oxfam said its assistance to Somalia was saving lives, though concerns remain from looting by militant group al-Shabaab. Famine is gripping much of Somalia in part because of a drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa. The United Nations has expressed concern about the effects […]

Cairo Says Security An Internal Matter

CAIRO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Security issues in the Sinai Peninsula are an internal affair for the Egyptians, an official with the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces said. Militants crossed the Egyptian border into Israel last week, killing at least seven people in a series of raids. The attackers were allegedly wearing Egyptian military […]

Cameron: Gadhafi Regime ‘in Full Retreat’

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the events in Libya Monday, saying the “vast majority of Tripoli” was under control of rebel fighters. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime is “falling apart and in full retreat,” Cameron said. He said he did not know of Gadhafi’s whereabouts. “The latest information is that the […]

Donations Roll For Supercommittee Members

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Members of the U.S. congressional supercommittee, tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings, have been wooed by special interest groups, a review indicated. Financial disclosure statements filed this weekend indicate some members of the 12-member, bicameral bipartisan panel got more campaign contributions in July from political action committees than anyone […]

Redistricting Hurts Some GOP Lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Population shifts and partisan interests are forcing some U.S. congressional incumbents into unfamiliar terrain under redistricting plans, observers say. Every 10 years state legislatures redraw congressional districts based on U.S. Census information. This year, the redrawn maps are forcing some longtime incumbents to run in unfamiliar and sometimes hostile territory. […]

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