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China detains pro-HK activists

October 1, 2014 7:55 pm

BEIJING: Authorities have detained a dozen activists across China and threatened several others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in recent days, a campaign group said on Wednesday. Protesters in Hong Kong who braved thunderstorms to stage their … Read more »

Beijing suppresses news on Hong Kong protests

October 1, 2014 7:54 pm

BEIJING: Fearful of comparisons to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Beijing has launched a dual effort to suppress news of swelling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while giving a heavy spin to what information it allows to get through, analysts … Read more »

US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa

October 1, 2014 7:54 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), pledging to contain the virus that has … Read more »

Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found

October 1, 2014 7:53 pm

TOKYO: Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43. The seven are in addition to the … Read more »

IS fighters near Turkish border despite US air strikes

October 1, 2014 7:53 pm

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Islamic State (IS) fighters were closing in Wednesday on a key Syrian town near the Turkish border, despite multiple US air strikes, as the Pentagon cautioned it “cannot bomb the militants into obscurity.” US warplanes launched multiple strikes … Read more »

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi government

October 1, 2014 7:52 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) hailed the “energy” and “determination” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flexing the symbolism of his office to court the affections of the new Indian government. Modi, meanwhile, told Obama … Read more »

Close to half of world’s older persons lack pensions

October 1, 2014 7:52 pm

GENEVA: Nearly half—48 percent—of all people over pensionable age in the world do not receive a pension, and for many of the 52 percent who do, coverage is not adequate, says a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). … Read more »

Fourteen of 57 missing Mexican students alive

October 1, 2014 7:51 pm

IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, Mexico: Fourteen of 57 students who vanished after deadly shootings in southern Mexico have turned up alive but relatives feared for those still missing as authorities search for them. A dozen troops manned a checkpoint on … Read more »

Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found

October 1, 2014 2:20 pm

  TOKYO: Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43. The seven are in addition to … Read more »

Hong Kong protesters renew fight on China’s National Day

October 1, 2014 10:26 am

HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing on Wednesday at the city’s Golden Bauhinia Square as China’s National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum. As … Read more »