U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus trades in his uniform for civvies Wednesday, retiring from military service in advance of becoming director of the CIA. He assumes his role as America's spy chief Sept. 6.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting, set up by the U.S. Senate in 2007, released their report on fraud in defense contracting titled, "Transforming Wartime Contracting". The commission found the U.S. government wasted more than $30 billion in contracts and grants awarded to private contracts working in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past 10 years.
Peace negotiations continue in besieged Bani Walid, with transitional government leaders saying they hope the standoff would end peacefully and that people in Bani Walid, a desert city of 60,000 people about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, would greet rebel forces as people did in Tripoli late last month, when rebel fighters captured the Libyan capital.
Hurricane Irene likely will be among the costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, analysts say, adding that much of the damage may not be covered by insurance. At least 43 deaths have been attributed to Irene.
Most Islamic states observe 'Quds Day' an annual event, which happens on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Jerusalem Day (Quds Day) was launched by the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, in the early of 1980s.
North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Irene, a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, was about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving north at 14 mph.
Chilean student protests are snowballing into a political storm with President Sebastian Pinera finding himself right at the center of it and not liking it.
The millionaire president, who retains vast business interests but swears by arrangements aimed at avoiding conflicts of interests, faced widening revolt this week after increasing numbers of labor union members and teachers threw their support behind students.
A central union of workers added to general calls for education reforms a longer list of changes, which includes a redrafting of the constitution and statutes to remove what critics see as vestiges of the past military dictatorial regimes, notably the highly controversial rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet from 1973-90.
The Unitary Central for Workers called for a nationwide strike for the second consecutive day Thursday and invited other unions to join the protest action.
Student protests against high tuition fees began about two months ago and focused on private academic institutions operating with impunity, alleged corruption and favoritism in the education system.
Protest leaders said they hoped to make the rallies "the biggest national strike of the last decade." It is the first 48-hour national strike since the Pinochet dictatorship.
A 5.8 earthquake hit the U.S. at around 1:55 p.m. EST, reportedly originating from Mineral, VA according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt across the country, from Washington, D.C. and New York City to North Carolina. Buildings were evacuated across the East Coast, including the Pentagon.
Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who has accused former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, and Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson speak to the media after a meeting with the District Attorney at the 80 Centre Street in New York City on August 8, 2011. Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, have filed papers requesting that all charges be dropped against Kahn.
The $120 million memorial to Martin Luther King Jr opens to the public today August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. The memorial features a 30-foot-tall statue of civil rights leader and is located near the Tidal Basin on the Washington Mall. The official opening dedication will be on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
A funeral is held for five Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike. Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza in retaliation to a series of coordinated attacks on August 18 near the southern Israeli sea resort of Eilat that left eight dead.
Funeral for Staff Sergeant Moshe Naftali in the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, August 19, 2011. Naftali was killed in southern Israel in a terrorist attack yesterday. Eight Israelis were killed in three terrorists attacks by Palestinians from Gaza who crossed into Israel through Egypt. UPI/Debbie Hill
President Obama was joined by elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths to celebrate Ramadan, a tradition that began annually under President Bill Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush.
Addressing the nation on the recent S&P downgrading of U.S. credit, in conjunction with the tragedy over the weekend with the loss of 38 troops in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama's call to action did little to soothe the nation, or the stock market.
After days of lawlessness, the riots in London and across England have calmed down, with the aftershocks still being felt across the communities afflicted by them. More than $325 million in damage claims are expected and more than 1,500 individuals have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the riots.
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