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Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Thursday about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, acknowledging that with regard to the latter: "We don't have a strategy yet."
JC Finley
U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan announced on Thursday that Afghanistan's presidential vote audit is expected to conclude on September 10.
JC Finley
You've got mites on your face, and so does everyone else

You've got mites on your face, and so does everyone else

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- You've got face mites! Big deal, everyone's got them. That's one of several takeaways from a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University.
Brooks Hays
High-ranking Chicago police officer charged with putting gun in man's mouth

High-ranking Chicago police officer charged with putting gun in man's mouth

CHICAGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Chicago police commander who allegedly stuck a gun in a suspect's mouth has been suspended and faces criminal charges.
Frances Burns
3 million refugees have fled Syria's war so far

3 million refugees have fled Syria's war so far

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Nearly half of the Syrian population has been "forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," due to the three-year civil war, the U.N. said Friday.
Gabrielle Levy
Federal judge strikes down polygamy ban in Utah

Federal judge strikes down polygamy ban in Utah

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ruled a portion of Utah's ban on plural marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, essentially decriminalizing the practice in the state.
Gabrielle Levy
Russia 'directly involved' in Ukraine fighting, widens assault

Russia 'directly involved' in Ukraine fighting, widens assault

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Russian forces have seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk, Ukraine, and are now openly involved in the fighting, Kiev said Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie marry in secret ceremony in France

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie marry in secret ceremony in France

PARIS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Oscar-winner Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed last weekend in France, a spokesman for the couple has revealed.
Veronica Linares
Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat

Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested in New York City Wednesday after threatening a woman in a domestic harassment case.
Veronica Linares
WHO: Ebola outbreak accelerates, could infect 20,000 people

WHO: Ebola outbreak accelerates, could infect 20,000 people

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Ebola outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people within nine months, and efforts to halt its spread could cost half a billion dollars, the WHO said.
Gabrielle Levy
Syrian jets hit rebels holding Golan Heights checkpoint

Syrian jets hit rebels holding Golan Heights checkpoint

QUNEITRA, Syria, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Syrian jets bombarded Islamist rebels Thursday after the militants seized a border crossing near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Gabrielle Levy
Indian PM Modi seeks universal access to banking

Indian PM Modi seeks universal access to banking

NEW DELHI, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- India's government began a campaign to take banking to the poor Thursday, aiming for 75 million households to have bank accounts by 2018.
Ed Adamczyk
Kremlin: European energy security intact

Kremlin: European energy security intact

MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said he was standing by European energy needs despite the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine.
Daniel J. Graeber
Islamic State burns marijuana fields in Syria

Islamic State burns marijuana fields in Syria

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Islamic State (IS) posted a video on YouTube Tuesday showing its militants scorching marijuana fields in Syria.
Aileen Graef
Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox reunite on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox reunite on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Jimmy Kimmel revealed to guest Jennifer Aniston he had written "Friends" fan-fiction and asked the actress to re-enact a scene with him Wednesday night.
Veronica Linares
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