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Battleground state polls paint dismal picture for Obama re-election

Obama’s national poll results have not been stellar. According to Gallup, his job approval rate is currently around 46 percent, and in an election against a generic Republican candidate, Obama loses by 8 percentage points. However, according to one columnist, it’s Obama’s poll numbers in battleground states that should be keeping the incumbent up at night.

U.N. Extends Mandate For Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (UPI) — A political crisis in Ivory Coast took a massive toll on the country, the U.N. secretary-general said after the Security Council extended the country’s mandate. The U.N. Security Council, in a unanimous vote, extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast for another year at its current strength of […]

HRW Wants Monitors For South Kordofan

JUBA, South Sudan, July 27 (UPI) — International monitors are needed in Sudan’s state of South Kordofan to investigate allegations of human rights abuses there, Human Rights Watch said. Satellite imagery reportedly depicts what are believed to be mass graves related to ethnic violence in South Kordofan state along the border between the two Sudans. […]

Hezbollah Denounces Attacks On UNIFIL

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 27 (UPI) — Hezbollah in a Wednesday statement called on authorities to investigate an attack on French peacekeepers near the coastal city of Sidon. Six members of the French contingent of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon were injured when their convoy hit what authorities say was a roadside bomb near a […]

Kashmir Trade Talks Featured In New Delhi

NEW DELHI, July 27 (UPI) — Agreements for increased cross-border trade between Indian and Pakistani areas of Kashmir were reached during peace talks in New Delhi, authorities said. Trade issues between Pakistan and India were expected to top the agenda during formal talks in New Delhi. The talks came less than two weeks after a […]

Kosovo, Serbia Trouble Sparks Concern

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) — Washington has called on the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to work to avoid an escalation of conflict following skirmishes at a border crossing. Serbia called for international intervention Tuesday when Kosovo Albanian police took over a checkpoint in a Serbian-populated region. Serbia doesn’t recognize the unilaterally declared independence of […]

London Recognizes TNC As Libyan Government

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — A decision by London to recognize Libya’s Transitional National Council as the sole authority means there is no future for Moammar Gadhafi, an official said. Members of the NATO-led military action in Libya at a contract group meeting in Istanbul said Gadhafi, Libya’s leader has lost his legitimacy to lead […]

Fears Of Old Regime Haunt New Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 27 (UPI) — Though critics fear a return of the old system, a former regime official in Tunisia said openness is the path to reform. A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s tenure after more than 23 years in power. The government that […]

London Asks Yemen’s Saleh To Step Down

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — It’s a critical time for Yemen, the British foreign secretary said Wednesday, and London supports a GCC deal calling for the country’s president to step down. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains hospitalized in Saudi Arabia nearly two months after an attack on his presidential compound in Sanaa. Clinging to […]

No Islamic State In Egypt, SCAF Says

CAIRO, July 27 (UPI) — Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt aren’t trying to set up an Islamic state in the country, a member of the ruling military council said. Muslim Brotherhood members campaigned in last year’s election under the slogan “Islam is the Solution.” Its candidates took 20 percent of the seats in […]

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