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Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them

Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko ordered a reinstatement of national military conscription in response to what appears to be a full-scale Russian invasion.
Gabrielle Levy
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
Lawsuit filed on behalf of arrested protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

Lawsuit filed on behalf of arrested protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Police were "out of control" in their response to demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., a lawyer said Thursday as he sued the city and St. Louis County.
Frances Burns
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
U.S. oil pipeline output increasing

U.S. oil pipeline output increasing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Commodities moving through the pipeline system in North America grew by its largest percentage in June due to increase in oil from Bakken, the government said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Hello Kitty not a cat? That's going 'too far'

Hello Kitty not a cat? That's going 'too far'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A story published by the LA Times on Tuesday informed people all over the world that "Hello Kitty is not a cat," but the issue is much more complex than that.
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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