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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil and gas company Total SA, speaks during an interview with Reuters in ParisBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes before midnight Moscow time, the airport said in a statement. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de Margerie had been due to travel to Paris. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10 p.m. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:32:26 -0400
Exclusive: Iran offers 'compromises' in nuclear talks, West unmoved

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif participate in a trilateral meeting in ViennaBy Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:36 -0400
Indonesian president ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern

Indonesia's new President Widodo shouts "Merdeka" or Freedom at the end of his speech, during his inauguration in JakartaJAKARTA (Reuters) - New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates. Widodo, who won a closely fought July election on promises of clean government, will want to avoid the same type of corruption scandals that tainted his predecessor's final term in office. Three of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ministers were implicated in corruption cases. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:40:26 -0400
Hong Kong students, officials set for first talks on political crisis

A pro-democracy protester sleeps beside supplies at a make-shift logistic centre on the blocked Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong KongBy Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - Senior Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial center to a standstill. Hopes are low for any breakthrough during the evening talks, which will be broadcast live, with both sides refusing to give ground in resolving the worst political crisis in the former British colony since it was handed back to China in 1997. ...


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:14:58 -0400
Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, themselves fighting Islamic State in Iraq. He stopped short of saying whether Ankara backed the U.S. air-drop of weapons. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:55:19 -0400
Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: reports
By Matt Siegel and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported. The operation will make its first seizure of assets in Australia within weeks, the newspaper quoted Bruce Hill, manager of Australian Federal Police (AFP) operations in Asia, as saying in an interview. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:08:39 -0400
Samsung seeks boost from redesigned Note

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, a visitor tries out a Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone during the 2014 Korea Electronics Show in Goyang, South Korea. The Galaxy Note 4 went on sales in the U.S. last week at a crucial time for Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest version of Samsung's popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:37:52 -0400
Malaysian lawmakers warn Australia of radicalism
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A delegation from a Malaysian opposition party urged Australia's government on Tuesday to use its influence to discourage authorities in Malaysia from fanning Islamic radicalism for political gain.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:36:37 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides. The city's Beijing-backed leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, won't be attending the discussions. But he reaffirmed his position that China's communist leaders won't allow Hong Kong citizens to openly nominate candidates for inaugural elections in 2017 to succeed him.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:33:02 -0400
Snow plough driver in Total CEO plane crash was drunk -Russian investigators
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia's Investigative Committee said. "At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plough was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication," said Russia's Investigative Committee, an agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:09:25 -0400
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Designer Oscar de la Renta waves to the audience after his fall 2005 fashion show in New York on February 7, 2005New York (AFP) - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, has died aged 82.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:56:34 -0400
Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks

An umbrella, which has become an icon of the protest, reads pro-democracy messages above the student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:53:44 -0400
Asian stocks drift after China growth slows

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening mostly lower Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, as traders look over some disappointing corporate results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted lower Tuesday after China reported its weakest economic growth in five years while Japan's benchmark dropped as investors cashed in gains from a 4 percent surge the previous day.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:43:55 -0400
South Africa beats NZ by 6 wickets in 1st ODI

New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, right, plays a shot before he lost his wicket for 99 during the ODI cricket match against South Africa at Mt Maunganui in Tauranga, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Alan Gibson) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUTMOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Captain A.B. de Villiers top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as South Africa completed a six-wicket win over New Zealand in a limited-overs cricket international Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:37:04 -0400
Malaysia Islamic authorities probe 'dog patting' event

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding men's best friend in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority countryKuala Lumpur (AFP) - Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding men's best friend in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:34:23 -0400
Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

Pro-democracy protesters wearing protective gear stand near a barricade in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, on October 19, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the 20-year-old insurance agent has donned a hard hat and home-made body armour -- symbols of a new and dangerous phase.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:08:21 -0400
Politicians join protest outside Met over opera

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:46:45 -0400
Nugent-Hopkins' goal gives Oilers 1st win

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) celebrates his penalty shot goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday Oct. 20, 2014.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Amber Bracken)EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner in the final minutes to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, giving the Oilers their first win of the season.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:40:55 -0400
Korean 'superfan' of Royals headed back to KC

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, longtime Kansas City Royals fan Sung Woo Lee, from South Korea, throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, in Kansas City, Mo. Lee, a die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team’s playoff run left Tuesday, Oct. 21, for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run left Tuesday for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:34:56 -0400
AP PHOTOS: De la Renta's creations over the years

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2010, file photo, the finale of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:28 -0400
Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

People wave Tunisian and "Nidaa Tounes" (Call for Tunisia) party flags at an election campaign meeting ahead of the parliamentary vote on October 9, 2014 in the Mellassine district, a suburb of TunisTunis (AFP) - Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:12:42 -0400
Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius rests his head on October 17, 2014 during his sentencing hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaPretoria (AFP) - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:12:12 -0400
Taliban attack kills 4 Afghan soldiers in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in the capital.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:09:30 -0400
Spotlight on strikers as Madrid visits Liverpool

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates scoring against Levante during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in a heavyweight Champions League match on Wednesday with their star strikers going through contrasting fortunes in front of goal.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:06:05 -0400
AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana

In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, young wrestlers form lines at the start of their practice in a park in Old Havana, Cuba. The children are candidates to enter the Sports Initiation School, the first stage of sports training in Cuba, and specialize in wrestling. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:04:09 -0400
Hong Kong leader says poor would dominate free vote

A pro-democracy protester sit on a ladder in front of barricades in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, early on October 21, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's leader has said open elections would result in the city's many poor dominating politics, as his government headed into talks with activists who have staged three weeks of rallies.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:08 -0400
Egypt clamps down on campuses over new unrest fears

Egyptian security guards from a private company search a car at the gates of Cairo University in the Egyptian capital on October 11, 2014, as students arrive for the first day of the new academic yearCairo (AFP) - As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo's universities to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:51:56 -0400
Ronchi excels as New Zealand all out for 230

New Zealand?s Luke Ronchi bats watched by South Africa's wicket keeper Quinton de Kock during their one day international match, at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, on October 21, 2014Wellington (AFP) - Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi's battling 99 spared New Zealand's blushes as the Black Caps scrambled to 230 all out in the first one-day international against South Africa on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:43:48 -0400
Australia's Shane Watson fit ahead of long summer

Australian batsman Shane Watson speaks to reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 20, 2014, saying he was over a calf injury which sidelined him for monthsSydney (AFP) - Australian allrounder Shane Watson said Tuesday he was over the injury which has sidelined him for months and ready for a long summer schedule, beginning with a Twenty20 series against South Africa.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:09:50 -0400
Man who attacked soldiers with car was suspected radical

The young man killed by police after he ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lot was known to authorities as a suspected radical, officials saidMontreal (AFP) - The young man killed by police after he ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lot was known to authorities as a suspected radical, officials said.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:06:36 -0400
Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption

Panamanian Supreme Court judge Alejandro Moncada Luna, center, leaves the National Assembly building after appearing in front of a committee after being suspended on corruption allegations, in Panama City, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Justice Moncada Luna linked to former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended in a landmark corruption case that alleges that he profited from his ties to the former conservative leader. As part of the ruling by lawmakers leading an impeachment probe, Moncada's assets were temporarily frozen. He was also ordered to turn over his passport and remain confined to his residence. (AP Photo)PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:04:10 -0400
US tops Haiti to advance in World Cup qualifying

United States defender Meghan Klingenberg (16) celebrates her goal with defenders Whitney Engen (6), Christine Rampone (3) and Kelley O´Hara (5) during the second half of a CONCACAF soccer match against Haiti, at RFK Stadium, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Washington. USA won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S women's soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of their own net to keep the score as respectable as possible.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:03:22 -0400
Asian stocks meander after China growth slows

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening mostly lower Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, as traders look over some disappointing corporate results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets shrugged off China's weakest economic growth in five years, finding a silver lining in the fact it didn't slow as much as feared.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:50:32 -0400
Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:34:03 -0400
Abduction, dirty cops are open secret in Mexico

Maria Guadalupe Orozco, mother of Francis Garcia Orozco, who disappeared in 2010 in the city of Iguala, shows a picture of her son (L) during an interview with AFP on October 18, 2014Teloloapan (Mexico) (AFP) - Two years ago, Manuel was kidnapped by a drug gang in southern Mexico and held and beaten for eight weeks before reappearing in another city, his clothes torn to rags.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:25:30 -0400
Separate peace talks for Colombia's ELN and FARC rebels

A demonstrator holds up a sign during a peace rally on June 10, 2014, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, ColombiaBogota (AFP) - Colombia's two top rebel groups, the ELN and the FARC, will hold separate peace talks with the government, the ELN said Monday, as the sides aim to end decades of conflict.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:16:06 -0400
French oil major Total confirms death of CEO de Margerie
PARIS (Reuters) - French oil major Total confirmed in a statement that Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died in a plane collision with a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport shortly after 2000 GMT on Monday. Five people died in the accident, including three crew members, the driver of the snow plough and CEO de Margerie, Total said. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by David Gregorio)
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:14:04 -0400
 

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