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Hamas executes 11 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

Hamas executes 11 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Hamas publicly executed 11 men it accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday in apparent retaliation for airstrikes that killed three commanders Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The first Malaysian victims' bodies arrived in Kuala Lumpur more than a month after Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.
Gabrielle Levy
Federal judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A federal judge overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying that 50 years from now it will be seen as "an obvious pretext for discrimination."
Frances Burns
Friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty

Friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty

BOSTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber admitted Thursday that he removed a backpack and laptop from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room.
Frances Burns
Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Hamas appeared to give a warning the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, will be a target of its rocket fire.
Ed Adamczyk
Bank of America to pay $17B in toxic securities settlement

Bank of America to pay $17B in toxic securities settlement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Bank of America reached a deal to pay $17 billion in a settlement for selling toxic mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 crisis, Justice Department said.
Gabrielle Levy
Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

BANGKOK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Parliament nominated military junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the new prime minister, further empowering the military's grip over Thailand.
JC Finley
Missouri gov. orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

Missouri gov. orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson Thursday after the second straight night of relative calm.
Gabrielle Levy
When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

BERLIN, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to call a world leader, he can reliably expect German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pick up the phone.
Ed Adamczyk
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With less than 11 weeks to go, Amanda Curtis, a high school math teacher and single-term Montana state legislator, is kicking off her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Levy
Protesters attach giant Palestinian flag to Manhattan Bridge

Protesters attach giant Palestinian flag to Manhattan Bridge

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A large Palestinian flag was found hanging off the Manhattan bridge Wednesday, as a protest against U.S. support of Israel in the conflict with Gaza.
Aileen Graef
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ahead of this week's grisly execution of journalist James Foley, the U.S. failed in a rescue attempt after his captors demanded millions in ransom.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An auction for acreage in the western Gulf of Mexico drew more than $100 million in high bids from energy companies, the Interior Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The American doctor being treated for Ebola at an Atlanta hospital has recovered and is expected to leave the hospital Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Lauryn Hill dedicates song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson residents

Lauryn Hill dedicates song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson residents

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Lauryn Hill took to Twitter Wednesday to ask for peace for the residents of Ferguson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests.
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