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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
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
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
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
Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

Modi waves to supporters after paying homage at the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in front of the Indian Embassy in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked to deepen improving ties between their countries on Tuesday, but emerged from their second meeting in two days with little in the way of major agreements. Obama and Modi, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said they had discussed a wide range of topics - from trade to space exploration to climate change to the Islamic State threat in the Middle East. "We already have the foundation of a strong partnership," said Modi, seated beside Obama. ...

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:34 -0400
U.S. warns South Sudan: Strike a peace deal or face U.N. sanctions

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrives at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States warned South Sudan's president and rebel leader on Tuesday to engage in serious peace talks to end nearly a year of violence in the world's newest state or face United Nations sanctions. Fighting erupted in December in South Sudan - which declared independence from Sudan in 2011 - after months of political tension between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy and political rival, Riek Machar. Peace talks brokered by African regional bloc IGAD resumed last week. U.S. ...

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:56:00 -0400
Chelsea beats Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Champs League

Chelsea's Andre Schuerrle, right, takes on Sporting's goalkeeper Rui Patricio during a Champions League, Group G soccer match between Sporting and Chelsea, in Lisbon, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Nemanja Matic gave Chelsea its first Champions League win of the season with a first-half goal securing a 1-0 victory at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:25:39 -0400
Ebola outbreak nears end in Nigeria: US

A school Principal checks a student's temperature for Ebola during an assembly in Abuja on September 22, 2014Washington (AFP) - The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is almost over, US health officials said Tuesday, in a rare sign of authorities turning the tide on the highly contagious disease that has killed more than 3,000 in West Africa.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:21:19 -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) — Even Lionel Messi and Neymar scoring couldn't prevent Barcelona losing for the first time this season.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:19:16 -0400
Large crowds mark 1991 coup anniversary in Haiti

A supporter of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide walks over burning wood as part of a voodoo ceremony before the start of a protest on the anniversary of the 1991 military coup that ousted Aristide, the country's first democratically elected leader, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The march Tuesday marked the date that the military ousted Aristide less than a year into his first term as president. It also comes amid fears he will be arrested for failing to heed a court summons to testify in a corruption case. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A crowd of supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through the capital on the anniversary of a 1991 military coup that ousted the country's first democratically elected leader.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:17:40 -0400
Star-filled Chanel show creates 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 17:16:43 -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 became the oldest scorer in the Champions League's 22-year history by netting a deft equalizer for Roma in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:14:36 -0400
What to serve a guest who's fasting? Hospitality

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office  of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — What do you serve a man who isn't eating?

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:14:06 -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 17:12:48 -0400
Spanish rescued after 12 days trapped in Peru cave

Rescue workers carry injured Spanish speleologist Cecilio Lopez after his rescue from inside the Inti Machay cave, in Leimebamba, Peru, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Lopez, a well-known cave explorer, was hurt when he fell inside the Inti Machay cave, where he remained trapped underground for 12 days in Peru's remote Amazon region. (AP Photo/Mauricio Munoz)LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) — A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after spending 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:12:17 -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 17:10:45 -0400
Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a keynote speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:10:01 -0400
Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:07:41 -0400
Porto salvages 2-2 draw with Shakhtar at Lviv
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Jackson Martinez scored twice in the dying minutes as FC Porto salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League Group H match on Tuesday.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:06:03 -0400
Divided Chinese eye Hong Kong protests with admiration, anger
By Donny Kwok and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - For some mainland Chinese in Hong Kong, the sight of thousands of people on the streets protesting for greater democracy is an alien one that has prompted comparisons with the relative lack of political freedom back home. Others are less impressed, and see the mass show of defiance as a dangerous tactic that has shut down large parts of the city and raised the risk of serious confrontation with Hong Kong police. "For the first time in my life I feel close to politics," said a Chinese tourist from Beijing who gave only her surname, Yu. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:04:20 -0400
Top Asian News at 9:00 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 17:03:21 -0400
APOEL draw Ajax 1-1 in Champs League match

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 a 1-1 draw against Ajax in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:02:55 -0400
US women rout Angola 119-44 finish pool play 3-0
ISTANBUL (AP) — After winning the most lopsided game in U.S. women's basketball history at the world championship, the players posed for photo after photo with the Angola players.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:54:25 -0400
US Ebola labs, health equipment arrive in Liberia

An Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) employee walks past drying safety boots at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center, in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept. 29, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa authorities are desperately waiting for shipments of aid to help in the fight of this deadly disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — American mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and U.S. troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:48:30 -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) — David Luiz and midfielder Marco Verratti scored their first goals for Paris Saint-Germain in a 3-2 win over Barcelona in a Champions League Group F encounter on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:47:40 -0400
Schalke held to 1-1 draw by Maribor in Group G

Maribor's Damjan Bohar (39) scores his side's opening goal against Schalke's goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann, right, during the Champions League group G soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Maribor in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Maribor in their Champions League Group G match on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:49 -0400
Task force delays aircraft tracking plans promised after MH370 mystery
By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - An airline industry-led task force looking at ways to improve plane tracking after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 has delayed its recommendations, possibly until December. A spokeswoman for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is leading the effort, said the draft proposals would not be delivered to the U.N.'s aviation body on Tuesday as previously expected. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:01 -0400
Swiss, Canadian tourists missing in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities were searching on Tuesday for a Canadian and a Swiss tourist missing after an avalanche that occurred while they were hiking in the country's south.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:28:09 -0400
Iranian filmmakers call for nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six prominent Iranian movie directors have launched a campaign calling for a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:43 -0400
EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a group of visitors to the Apple store descends a staircase to the showroom below to purchase the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in New York. The European Union’s competition watchdog is moving ahead with an inquiry of Apple's overseas tax practices, saying Ireland appears to grant the company illegal rebates that may have to be recouped. If the EU’s preliminary finding were confirmed over the coming months, Apple Inc. could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland, where it benefits from low, negotiated tax deals. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:22 -0400
At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

Cross-dressing South African satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, speaks to journalists as Evita Bezuidenhout, at Johannesburg's Market Theatre, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014, where he is launching a four-week run of "Adapt or Fly", a one-man show in which he sends up political figures of the past and present. Uys will play signature character Evita Bezuidenhout, a flamboyant white woman from the Afrikaner minority and stalwart of the apartheid era. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:37 -0400
U.S., British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

Syrian Kurds stand on a hill looking down on clashes between Islamic State jihadists and Kurdish fighters, near the Turkey-Syria border, on September 28, 2014U.S. warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat on jihadists as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:20:50 -0400
Defiant Hong Kong protesters vow to stay put
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong demonstrators rejected demands to immediately end rallies that have paralysed the city's downtown, braving rainstorms to turn out in swelling numbers before a national holiday Wednesday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:04 -0400
Islamic State gains could spark new wave of Syrian refugees: UN
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group. Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State - also known as ISIL and ISIS - in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:07:57 -0400
Refugee plan aimed at Central American minors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:07:49 -0400
U.S. expands effort to track foreign fighters in Syria: security official
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States is making "enhanced and concerted efforts" to track foreign fighters in Syria who may be planning attacks on American territory, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on a visit to Canada that about 12,000 people from around the world had traveled to Syria over the last three years to fight in the civil war and join militant groups such as Islamic State, also known as ISIL. The United States began air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria last week. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:07:41 -0400

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