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France evacuates diplomatic staff, expats from Libya

France evacuates diplomatic staff, expats from Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 31 (UPI) --France announced Wednesday it has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya due to the deteriorating security situation.
JC Finley
No more mention of race in Swedish legislation

No more mention of race in Swedish legislation

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 31 (UPI) --Reference to race will be removed from all legislation in Sweden, the government announced Thursday, saying race is a social construct not applicable in law.
Ed Adamczyk
South Koreans send North Koreans chocolate treats via balloons

South Koreans send North Koreans chocolate treats via balloons

SEOUL, July 31 (UPI) --South Korean activists started showing solidarity with North Koreans by sending chocolate goodies attached to to helium balloons.
Aileen Graef
Poll: Russians support actions in Ukraine

Poll: Russians support actions in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) --Russians support their country's tough position on Ukraine, despite the effects of economic sanctions, a Gallup Poll released Thursday indicates.
Ed Adamczyk
5 killed, 212 hurt in Taiwan gas explosion

5 killed, 212 hurt in Taiwan gas explosion

KAOHSIUNG , Taiwan, July 31 (UPI) --A series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, killed five people and injured at least 212 late Thursday and early Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 729 in West Africa

WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 729 in West Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 31 (UPI) --The World Health Organization has recorded 1,323 cases of the Ebola virus, including 729 deaths, in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
JC Finley
Latin American countries protest Israel, remove diplomats

Latin American countries protest Israel, remove diplomats

SANTIAGO , Chile, July 31 (UPI) --Chile, El Salvador and Peru each recalled its ambassador from Israel in protest of escalating Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
Uighur imam of China's biggest mosque assassinated in Xinjiang

Uighur imam of China's biggest mosque assassinated in Xinjiang

BEIJING, July 31 (UPI) --Juma Tahir, the 74-year-old imam of China's largest mosque, was reportedly stabbed to death on Wednesday morning outside the main mosque in Xinjiang's Kasghar.
JC Finley
MH17 forensic experts running out of time

MH17 forensic experts running out of time

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 31 (UPI) --Dutch and Australian forensic investigators say time is running out to recover remaining bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Ed Adamczyk
IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31 (UPI) --A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in an interview Tuesday that Israel has never targeted a U.N. facility.
Aileen Graef
London mayor flies Palestinian flag at town hall

London mayor flies Palestinian flag at town hall

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) --Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, raised the Palestinian flag over the town hall on Wednesday. It was removed Thursday morning.
JC Finley
Spain's Catalonia proceeds with secession referendum

Spain's Catalonia proceeds with secession referendum

MADRID, July 31 (UPI) --A November independence referendum in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia will go on as scheduled, after a compromise to cancel it was not reached.
Ed Adamczyk
World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

VIENNA, July 31 (UPI) --Vienna, Austria, is the world's foremost spy hub with over 7,000 agents working undercover, a new book says.
Ed Adamczyk
U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State has placed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of Venezuelan officials in response to alleged human rights abuses.
JC Finley
American in North Korea prison says he feels abandoned

American in North Korea prison says he feels abandoned

TOKYO, July 31 (UPI) --Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea, told a Japanese newspaper he feels abandoned by the U.S. government.
Ed Adamczyk
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