Beijing warns of ‘chaos’

October 2, 2014 8:12 pm

BEIJNG: Beijing has pledged its support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader CY Leung and warned that ongoing pro-democracy protests could push the city into “chaos,” state media said on Thursday. “The Central government will continue to firmly and unshakably support … Read more »

‘Umbrella Revolution’ risks cold shower for HK business

October 2, 2014 8:12 pm

LONDON: The “umbrella revolution” is starting to weigh on Hong Kong’s domestic economy as protests escalate but the real concern is over the city’s status as an international financial hub. Transport has been disrupted, banks have shut and business trips … Read more »

Occupy Central protests doomed to fail

October 2, 2014 8:10 pm

As covered extensively in The Diplomat, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong demanding democratic reforms. Specifically, the protesters want free and fair elections and universal suffrage to select the city’s government, which Beijing … Read more »

Jihadists advance toward Kurdish town

October 2, 2014 8:09 pm

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Islamic State (IS) fighters were at the gates on Thursday of a key Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey, whose parliament was set to vote on authorizing military intervention against the jihadists. Kurdish militiamen backed by … Read more »

Duke professor: Don’t panic over Ebola

October 2, 2014 8:08 pm

DURHAM: A Duke University expert on contagions says the American public should not panic over the Ebola outbreak, even though it’s entered the United States. “This is not going to be the problem here that it is in Africa,” English … Read more »

Pope urged to uphold marriage traditions

October 2, 2014 8:08 pm

VATICAN CITY: A group of prominent conservative Christians has written to Pope Francis urging him to uphold traditional marriage, as the Catholic Church prepares to review its attitudes on a vexed issue that has put it at odds with many … Read more »

N. Korea upgrades rocket launch site

October 2, 2014 8:04 pm

SEOUL: Fresh satellite images show North Korea has completed upgrading its main satellite site to handle far larger rockets, suggesting a possible launch by the end of the year, a US think tank said on Thursday. “North Korea is now … Read more »

Japan, S.Korea agree to work toward warmer ties

October 2, 2014 8:03 pm

TOKYO: Japan and South Korea pledged on Thursday to work toward the celebration of half a century of normal diplomatic ties, the latest in a series of baby steps as frosty ties gradually thaw. “We will make efforts so that … Read more »

US Secret Service chief quits over security breaches

October 2, 2014 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: The US Secret Service director resigned on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House. … Read more »

Ten killed in Ukraine’s Donetsk on first day of school

October 2, 2014 8:02 pm

DONETSK, Ukraine: Ukraine’s largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was shaken by violence on Wednesday as 10 people, including parents and teachers, were killed, the highest toll since a tenuous ceasefire was agreed. Terrified children, arriving for the first day of … Read more »