HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.
09/30/2014 - 07:37 PM
US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American 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 dreaded disease.
09/30/2014 - 07:36 PM
Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
GENEVA (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.
09/30/2014 - 07:35 PM
Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.
09/30/2014 - 07:34 PM
25th anniversary of East German exodus to the West
PRAGUE (AP) — A former foreign minister of West Germany has arrived in Prague to meet former refugees from the East and commemorate events that led to communism's collapse in Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany.
09/30/2014 - 07:32 PM
Afghan, U.S. officials sign long-awaited security deal
By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. National security adviser Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham signed the bilateral security agreement in a televised ceremony at the presidential palace, one day after Ghani was inaugurated. ...
09/30/2014 - 07:31 PM
EBay to spinoff PayPal
(Reuters) - EBay Inc said it would spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015. "A thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively," eBay Chief Executive John Donahoe said in a statement. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)
09/30/2014 - 07:28 PM
Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq
By Maggie Fick SHEKHAN Iraq (Reuters) - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq. Two weeks later, Paulis, who is a Christian, received a phone call from a man who said he was an Islamic State fighter. “We are in your warehouse. Why are you not here working and taking care of your business?” the man asked in formal Arabic. ...
09/30/2014 - 07:27 PM
L'Oreal says bans all business travel to Hong Kong until October 6
PARIS (Reuters) - Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has banned all its staff from business travel to Hong Kong until Oct. 6 in reaction to mounting unrest in the former British colony. "It concerns all staff that would have to travel to Hong Kong," said a spokeswoman for France's third largest company by market value, adding that an email was sent to staff on Monday. ...
09/30/2014 - 07:25 PM
Hong Kong protests: Live Report
Hong Kong (AFP) - 11:20 GMT - AI watching - Amnesty International says it is monitoring the police response, following the use of tear gas in protests Sunday.
09/30/2014 - 07:20 PM
Police: Body of Arkansas real estate agent found
SCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday, and a man arrested in connection with her kidnapping is expected to be charged in the death, authorities said.
09/30/2014 - 07:11 PM
Hong Kong democracy protesters ignore leader's call to end demo
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy.
09/30/2014 - 07:06 PM
EBay to split PayPal business off into separate company next year
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — EBay to split PayPal business off into separate company next year.
09/30/2014 - 07:03 PM
Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.
09/30/2014 - 07:01 PM
Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.
09/30/2014 - 07:00 PM
Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts — forcing residents to fend for themselves.
09/30/2014 - 06:58 PM
Car crash damages Poland's famous Solidarity wall
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say a car crash has knocked down a historic wall that unemployed electrician Lech Walesa jumped over in 1980 to lead a Gdansk shipyard strike that grew into the country's massive Solidarity freedom movement.
09/30/2014 - 06:57 PM
US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria's border with Turkey.
09/30/2014 - 06:56 PM
Afghan, U.S. officials sign long-delayed security pact
KABUL (Reuters) - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, fulfilling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. National security adviser Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham signed the bilateral security agreement in a televised ceremony at the presidential palace, one day after Ghani was inaugurated. Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had long refused to agree to the deal, souring his ties with the United States. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:55 PM
Hesitant Turkey seeks mandate for military action against Islamic State
By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is likely to gain parliamentary approval for cross-border military operations in Syria and Iraq this week as Islamic State insurgents threaten its territory, but will be hesitant to send in troops without an internationally-enforced no-fly zone. Turkish tanks and armored vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by the Sunni Muslim militants intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:52 PM
Afghanistan, US sign security pact allowing US forces to remain in country past end of year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan, US sign security pact allowing US forces to remain in country past end of year.
09/30/2014 - 06:46 PM
EU must put up resources for Mediterranean rescues - Amnesty
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries must cough up "considerable" resources for migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea before Italy can discontinue its own mission, or else many lives will be lost, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Civil war in Syria, forced military conscription in Eritrea, and the breakdown of order in Libya are pushing record numbers of refugees and migrants to try to flee across the Mediterranean to Europe, often in rickety boats. Many drown in the attempt. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:40 PM
With iPhone 6 approved in China, Apple suppliers ready for demand
By J.R. Wu and Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - With the launch of Apple's eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 finally on the horizon for Chinese fans, the U.S. company's supply chain is geared up and ready to deal with any surge in demand from the world's largest smartphone market. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are slated for an Oct. 17 release on all three of China's wireless carriers, Apple said on Tuesday. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:33 PM
Euro zone inflation slows in September, weakens euro versus dollar
By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone inflation slowed further in September on falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate showed on Tuesday, sending the euro lower against the dollar on expectations of further European Central Bank policy easing. Eurostat said consumer prices in the 18 countries sharing the euro rose 0.3 percent year-on-year, slowing from 0.4 percent year-on-year increases in August and July. The September was in line with market expectations, according to polling data. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:30 PM
Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance
By Donny Kwok and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day. Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend, but by Tuesday evening they had almost completely withdrawn from the downtown Admiralty district except for an area around the government headquarters. ...
09/30/2014 - 06:28 PM
Fears over fresh eruption cancel Japan volcano search
Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were halted for the day on Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain.
09/30/2014 - 06:25 PM
Russia hopes for Ukraine gas deal this week
ATYRAU Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Moscow and Kiev would this week settle their differences over a timetable for Ukraine to pay its natural gas debts to Russia. Russia stopped gas flows to Ukraine in June in a standoff over the gas price with its neighboring former Soviet republic, through which Europe receives about half of its gas imports from Russia. After several rounds of talks brokered by the European Union, Moscow and Kiev reported progress at a meeting last week in Berlin. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:56 PM
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09/30/2014 - 05:48 PM
EU says Ireland tax deal with Apple was state aid
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has accused Ireland of giving Apple Inc. illegal state aid through tax arrangements that had "no scientific basis" but which helped the iPhone maker shelter tens of billions of dollars in international revenues from tax. In a letter written in June but published only on Tuesday, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told the Dublin government that tax deals agreed in 1991 and 2007 appeared, in his preliminary view, to amount to state aid that broke EU laws and could be clawed back from the U.S. company. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:44 PM
Eurozone inflation falls to near 5-year low
LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 18 countries that use the euro dipped further toward zero in September, official figures showed Tuesday, a move that's likely to maintain pressure on the European Central Bank to back further stimulus measures.
09/30/2014 - 05:39 PM
Vanguard, BlackRock may reap billions from Pimco after Gross exit
By Ross Kerber and Luciana Lopez NEW YORK/BOSTON - Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc could be prime destinations for hundreds of billions of dollars in assets that may flee Pimco in the wake of the sudden exit of Bill Gross, the celebrated "Bond King" of U.S. mutual funds. His new company, Janus Capital Group Inc, may see Gross's cachet attract tens of billions of dollars, investors and analysts said. During the year ended Aug. 31, investors made $64.7 billion in net withdrawals from Pimco funds, according to research firm Morningstar Inc. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:38 PM
Hong Kong pro-democracy academics say face death threats, intimidation
By Clare Baldwin and Anne Marie Roantree HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some academics at the forefront of Hong Kong's fight for more democracy say they have become targets of death threats or other intimidation as the former British colony remains near-paralyzed by the biggest protests since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Hong Kong has freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, but Beijing last month rejected demands for free elections to choose the city's next leader, prompting outrage and protests by tens of thousands of people, mostly students, who have blockaded roads in the global financial hub. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:32 PM
Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death
SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.
09/30/2014 - 05:20 PM
British European Union exit 'wouldn't break my heart', PM Cameron says
BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday it would not break his heart if Britain left the European Union, but said his preference was for his country to stay in a reformed EU after a new settlement with Brussels. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU membership before offering voters an in-out referendum by 2017, is under pressure from the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and some of his own lawmakers to toughen his rhetoric on Europe. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:16 PM
Morningstar strips Pimco Total Return Fund of its gold rating
(Reuters) - Morningstar downgraded its analyst rating on the Pimco Total Return Fund to "bronze" from "gold", citing uncertainty about outflows and the reshuffling of management responsibilities after the exit of co-founder Bill Gross. Gross, the bond market's most renowned investor, quit Pimco for distant rival Janus Capital Group Inc on Friday, a day before he was expected to be fired from the huge investment firm he helped found more than 40 years ago. Dan Ivascyn, one of Pimco's deputy chief investment officers, was named Group Chief Investment Officer to replace Gross. ...
09/30/2014 - 05:15 PM
French public debt over 2.0 trillion euros for first time
Paris (AFP) - France's public debt has topped the symbolic level of 2.0 trillion euros for the first time, according to official data Tuesday, putting Paris on a fresh collision course with the European Union.
09/30/2014 - 05:09 PM
US-led strikes hit jihadists closing on key Syria border town
Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - US-led strikes hit Islamic State group fighters closing on a key town on Syria's border with Turkey overnight as Ankara prepared Tuesday to request parliamentary authorisation to join the coalition.
09/30/2014 - 05:06 PM
SC cop indicted in shooting shrouded in mystery
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with some habits, including ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over.
09/30/2014 - 04:44 PM
Australia says man sent money to American in Syria
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.
09/30/2014 - 04:33 PM
More and more French joining Mideast jihad
PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister says the number of French radicals joining extremists in Syria and Iraq has soared this year, saying that justifies a tough new anti-terrorist law adopted this month.
09/30/2014 - 04:21 PM
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