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Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

Hundreds of protesters block the main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong KongBy Clare Baldwin and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. On the sixth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election, there was little sign of momentum flagging. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:06:28 -0400
Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State
By Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. The victory, which could make it harder for militants to operate on both sides of the frontier, was also achieved with help from Kurds from the Syrian side of the frontier, a new sign of cooperation across the border. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:54:03 -0400
In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

A policeman is silhouetted in the Swat valley region, located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier ProvinceBy Syed Raza Hassan and Katharine Houreld KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas. The early September dawn raid at a naval base in the southern city of Karachi was thwarted, but not before Jakhrani, two officers and an unidentified fourth assailant snuck past a patrol boat in a dinghy and engaged in an intense firefight on or around the ship. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:26:16 -0400
Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since U.S.-led forces began bombing Islamic State insurgents in Iraq last month. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Islamic State, ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq in June, claimed several suicide bombings in the capital earlier this year. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:49 -0400
U.S. says wants Syria's Assad out despite focus on Islamic State

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuelan state television TeleSUR in DamascusUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is focusing its efforts on defeating Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria but has not changed its position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday. The United States and five Arab allies began bombing Islamic State positions in Syria this month. The group, which is also known as ISIL and ISIS, has seized vast areas of Syria and Iraq and is accused of massacres and beheadings of civilians and soldiers. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:39:56 -0400
Brazil's Rousseff widens lead ahead of Sunday election

Brazil's President Rousseff takes a selfie with workers during a visit to the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de JaneiroBRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has solidified her lead over environmentalist Marina Silva ahead of Brazil's presidential election and would win an expected runoff by 8 percentage points, a new poll said on Tuesday. The Datafolha survey showed Rousseff has 49 percent voter support compared with 41 percent for Silva in a simulation of a second-round vote, doubling the 4 percentage-point lead she had in the previous poll released on Friday. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:28:58 -0400
3 charged with homicide in Mexico army killings
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's attorney general says three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June 30 killing of 22 suspected gang members.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:27:34 -0400
Mexico prosecutor: 3 soldiers charged with homicide in army killing of 22 gang suspects
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico prosecutor: 3 soldiers charged with homicide in army killing of 22 gang suspects.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:21:48 -0400
BATE beats Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in Champs League
BORISOV, Belarus (AP) — Goals by Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski gave a disciplined BATE Borisov side a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:13 -0400
Family of British hostage call on IS to honour Sharia verdict

This handout image received from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2014 shows British aid worker, Alan Henning holding a child in a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian borderLondon (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver held by Islamic State jihadists renewed her appeal on Tuesday for her husband's release, saying that his captors were ignoring the "verdict of their own justice system".


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:10:25 -0400
Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for arrest

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps looks on after finishing seventh in the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. National Championships swimming competition in Irvine, Calif. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic great Michael Phelps apologized Tuesday for his latest brush with the law, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:07:03 -0400
US government funds lawyers for immigrant children
SANTA ANA, California (AP) — The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:05:35 -0400
PSG beats Barcelona 3-2 in Champions League

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, partially hidden by teammates, is congratulated by Neymar, left, and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, right, as they celebrate his sides's first goal during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain may finally have what it takes to compete with the best teams in Europe after the French side upstaged Lionel Messi's Barcelona in a thrilling 3-2 Champions League win on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:05:02 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events. By contrast, media in semiautonomous Hong Kong have been broadcasting nonstop about the crowds, showing unarmed students fending off tear gas and pepper spray with umbrellas as they call for more representative democracy in the former British colony.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:03:49 -0400
Britain carries out first air strikes against IS in Iraq

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jet prepares to land at the Akrotiri British airbase in Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27, 2014London (AFP) - British fighter jets on Tuesday bombed an artillery post and an armed truck used by the Islamic State group in Iraq in the Royal Air Force's first strikes in the US-led air campaign.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:00:13 -0400
US Marines crisis unit to deploy to Mideast

US Marines from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment conduct a patrol in Garmser, Helmand Province on June 29, 2012Washington (AFP) - The US Marine Corps plans to deploy 2,300 troops to the Middle East for a new unit designed to quickly respond to crises in the volatile region, the Pentagon said Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:58:22 -0400
World champ Chan to take sabbatical from competition

Canada's Patrick Chan performs at the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014Paris (AFP) - Canadian triple world champion Patrick Chan has decided to skip the upcoming figure skating season but plans to return for the 2015-16 campaign, Skate Canada announced on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:48:29 -0400
Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, second left, swears in chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, left, and his two deputies, during his inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. The signing of a security deal allowing U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan aims to keep the country from slipping into the kind of chaos that followed the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. Critics accuse President Barack Obama of putting the political goal of ending the Iraq war ahead of efforts to sign a similar pact there. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon's withdrawal.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:47:36 -0400
Totti breaks record, earns Roma 1-1 draw with City

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores a penalty during a Champions League group E soccer match between Manchester City and Roma at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Francesco Totti's record-breaking goal earned Roma a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, exposing the English club's struggles in European competition again.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:43:28 -0400
APOEL draws 1-1 with Ajax in Champs League

Apoel's Nicosia Vinicius, left, tries to stop Ajax's Thulani Serero during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Apoel and Ajax, at GSP stadium, Nicosia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A first-half penalty earned APOEL Nicosia an entertaining 1-1 draw against Ajax in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:42:42 -0400
Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents

A Palestinian flag clies in front of buildings in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on August 29, 2013Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:40:44 -0400
Australia, Spain, Turkey, US reach quarters
ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States, Australia, Spain and Turkey all have won their groups at the women's world championship and earned byes to the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:40:32 -0400
Rousseff takes lead in Brazil election poll

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, who is running for reelection with the Workers Party (PT), poses for selfie photos with supporters after a meeting with athletes as she campaigns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has opened a lead over her top rival in their election race.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:39:42 -0400
First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, speaks at the CDC headquarters in AtlantaBy Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country after flying from Liberia to Texas, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters on Tuesday. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:39:08 -0400
Ivory Coast truth commission testimony ends

The president of the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission, Charles Konan Banny (C), attends the opening session with members of the commission on September 8, 2014 in AbidjanAbidjan (AFP) - Public testimony ended Tuesday in Ivory Coast's truth commission, which was formed to probe nearly a decade of bloody political violence.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:36:17 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events. By contrast, media in semiautonomous Hong Kong have been broadcasting nonstop about the crowds, showing unarmed students fending off tear gas and pepper spray with umbrellas as they call for more representative democracy in the former British colony.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:33:01 -0400
Pot decriminalization bill drafted in Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's justice minister says legislation has been drafted to decriminalize marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:31:23 -0400
Pentagon: media lacking patience at start of Islamic State fight
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday criticized some media coverage for lacking patience at the start of a long fight against the Islamic State, cautioning that progress would take time and saying "we cannot bomb them into obscurity" in Syria and Iraq. Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to specify which coverage was, in his words, "a little shrill and hyperbolic and not exactly in balance. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:37 -0400
Report: Hulk subjected to racist taunts in Russia
Russia's Sport Express newspaper is reporting that Brazilian striker Hulk was subjected to racist taunts when he was playing for Zenit St. Petersburg against Spartak Moscow at the weekend.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:29:30 -0400
PSG inflicts Barcelona's first loss of the season

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, smiles after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)LONDON (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain overcame goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar to inflict Barcelona's first loss of the season on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:24:56 -0400
Pentagon upbeat on U.S.-India bid to deepen defense ties
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had "high expectations" for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defense ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together. "Prime Minister Modi is very aware of the initiative. His staff is clearly motivated at every level to make it a success and move forward," Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, told Reuters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:37 -0400
Lebanon soldier held by jihadists freed: army

The eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, on the border with Syria, is pictured on August 9, 2014Beirut (AFP) - A Lebanese soldier kidnapped two weeks ago by jihadists near the Syrian border was freed late Tuesday, a military spokesman told AFP.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:29 -0400
Mick, Younger added to USA Luge coaching staff
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former Slovakian coach Lubomir Mick has been hired as an assistant on USA Luge's staff for this season.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:03:59 -0400
Luhrmann, Gisele hit Chanel's Parisian boulevard

Models stage a demonstration as part of Chanel's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. But not just any street: this was Chanel's boulevard.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:03:56 -0400
Obama meets top aides on Islamic State threat
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met on Tuesday with top national security advisers to discuss their strategy for countering the Islamic State extremist group, the White House said. The session came a week after the United States and its allies began launching airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. Daily bombardments have ensued. "The president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss our comprehensive strategy to counter the threat posed by ISIL in Iraq and Syria," a White House official said. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:02:00 -0400
Nigeria court martials soldiers for balking at taking on Boko Haram

Troops stand on an armored personnel carrier (APC) recovered from Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga on September 16, 2014Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's army says it will on Thursday begin court martials of soldiers balking at taking part in a stepped-up campaign against a five-year Islamist insurgency in the north by the Boko Haram group.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:00:39 -0400
China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests
By David Brunnstrom and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is facing growing U.S. pressure to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in high-level bilateral talks, and a prominent U.S. lawmaker has expressed "grave concerns" over the troubles. A day after the United States backed calls by thousands of protesters for greater autonomy in selecting candidates for Hong Kong's chief executive, U.S. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:54:45 -0400
Gunn shifts from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Gracepoint'

This photo released by Fox shows David Tennant, left, Detective Emmett Carver and Anna Gunn, Detective Ellie Miller as they interview Jack Reinhold in the Event Series Premiere of "Gracepoint," airing Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. (AP Photo/Fox, Ed Araquel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The average TV binge viewer is indulging in catch-up. When Anna Gunn dove headlong into the British crime drama "Broadchurch," it was homework.


Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:52:40 -0400
 

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