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Papua New Guinea's Tavurvur volcano erupts

Papua New Guinea's Tavurvur volcano erupts

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Communities surrounding Papua New Guinea's Tavurvur volcano were evacuated today as it erupted, spewing ash and smoke.
Brooks Hays
U.S. 'respectfully' appeals to Iran to release detained U.S. citizens

U.S. 'respectfully' appeals to Iran to release detained U.S. citizens

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State "respectfully" asked Iran on Friday to release several detained U.S. citizens, and to help find missing American Robert Levinson.
JC Finley
China questions Americanism in SATs

China questions Americanism in SATs

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (UPI) --China, which currently has 235,000 of its citizens enrolled in U.S. colleges, has an issue with American values, as expressed in the SATs.
Ed Adamczyk
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals

Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals

HYANNIS, Mass., Aug. 29 (UPI) --Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hosted a town hall Aug. 21 where she defended her decision to fund Israel and their airstrikes in Gaza.
Aileen Graef
Senegal reports first Ebola case

Senegal reports first Ebola case

DAKAR, Senegal, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has spread to Senegal, local media and state officials announced Friday.
JC Finley
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop

Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop

ANTAKYA, Turkey, Aug. 29 (UPI) --An Islamic State laptop computer found in Syria allegedly contains plans to build chemical weapons for spreading bubonic plague.
Ed Adamczyk
UNHCR: Soaring Syrian refugee crisis creates 'massive' resource strain

UNHCR: Soaring Syrian refugee crisis creates 'massive' resource strain

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Brian Hansford spoke a week ago with UPI as the number of Syrian refugees neared the three-million mark.
JC Finley
Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Ukraine will seek NATO membership, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
Angelina Jolie: 3 million Syrian refugees a 'searing indictment of our collective failure'

Angelina Jolie: 3 million Syrian refugees a 'searing indictment of our collective failure'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Actress and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie issued a statement Friday as the number of Syrian refugees reached three million.
JC Finley
China warns U.S. to stops surveillance flights

China warns U.S. to stops surveillance flights

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (UPI) --China suggested the United States end its reconnaissance flights near Chinese territory, and denied claims that a plane made dangerous passes at a U.S. plane.
Ed Adamczyk
U.K. raises threat level to 'severe,' citing Iraq and Syria developments

U.K. raises threat level to 'severe,' citing Iraq and Syria developments

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" on Friday, suggesting an attack from international terrorism is highly likely.
JC Finley
Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak traced to single incident

Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak traced to single incident

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 29 (UPI) --The Ebola virus ravaging West Africa traveled from Guinea to Sierra Leone at a funeral in May, scientists confirmed.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The NATO-Ukraine Commission convened an extraordinary session on Friday at the request of Ukraine to discuss Russia's escalated military aggression.
JC Finley
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
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
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