United Press International was once the third-largest newswire in the world. While somewhat reduced from its peak, it retains a global status and publishes in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
According to its website in October 2005:
- UPI is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo.
- UPI was founded in 1907 by E.W. Scripps as the United Press (UP). It became known as UPI when the UP merged in 1958 with the International News Service, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst.
- UPI is owned by News World Communications. [The Wikipedia article notes that News World Communications is in turn owned by the Unification Church.]
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