Oman to buy $2.1B Raytheon missile system

MUSCAT, Oman, May 21 (UPI) -- The Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman is set to buy a $2.1 billion missile system built by the U.S. Raytheon Co. as part of a U.S. drive to install a coordinated air-defense system linking the region's Arab monarchies to counter Iran.

China's vice premier pledges cooperation

BEIJING, March 25 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli Monday pledged to create a fair business environment for U.S. investors.

Gulf states go big for Western hardware

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Persian Gulf monarchies have been eyeing the wares of U.S., European and Russian companies at the region's biggest arms show.

Defense contest over major gulf arms buys

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Judge gives ex-partner custody of girl

RUTLAND, Vt., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A judge in Vermont has given a woman custody of her former lesbian partner's 7-year-old daughter.
Report: Expand U.S. anti-genocide role

Report: Expand U.S. anti-genocide role

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A genocide prevention task force suggested the United States take a greater role globally to prevent the type of slaughter seen in Darfur and the Congo.

USIBC brings biggest contingent at DefExpo

NEW DELHI, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S.-India Business Council announced its largest U.S. executive defense mission to India is taking part in the DefExpo defense industry exhibition.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.
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Debate swirls over Iraq troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Western experts are widely divided on how the United States should exit its occupation of Iraq, now going into its fourth year.

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New Internet-based peace petition launched

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A new Internet-based initiative was launched Thursday encouraging Americans to support U.S. commitment in achieving a two-state solution in the Middle East.

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Clark blames GOP for being fired from NATO

HENNIKER, N.H., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Wesley Clark said Sunday he was fired as NATO Supreme Commander because he clashed with a Republican defense secretary over stopping ethnic cleansing.

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William Cohen
WAP2000020897 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Defense Secretary William Cohen testifies before the Senate Armed Services committee on FY 2001 defense authorization and future years program, February 8. iw/Ian Wagreich UPI

William Sebastian Cohen (born August 28, 1940) is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as Secretary of Defense (1997–2001) under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Cohen was born in Bangor, Maine. His mother, Clara (née Hartley), was of Protestant Irish ancestry, while his father, Reuben Cohen, was a Russian Jewish immigrant; the two owned the Bangor Rye Bread Co. Cohen attended Hebrew school as a child. When he was told that he would have to undergo a conversion ceremony, however, he decided not to follow through with the Bar Mitzvah. Instead, he followed his mother's example in refusing to convert to Judaism and became a Christian, specifically within the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

After graduating from Bangor High School in 1958, Cohen attended Bowdoin College, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin in 1962.

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