• Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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Hong Kong protesters prepare for the long haul

Hong Kong protesters prepare for the long haul

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets yesterday, 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...

Modi meets Obama at White House

Modi meets Obama at White House

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the White House yesterday, on the latest stop in his headline-grabbing debut tour of the world stage after his Hindu nationalist party's crushing election win. President Barack Obama welcomed Modi to Oval Office talks which both sides hope will overcome niggling differences and revive a partnership which both see as vital, but that has been under strain in recent years. The US leader was expected to press Modi on the implementation of a stalled World Trade Organization commerce pact and to consult with him on the campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and on other key issues, including global...

Tamil film industry fasts for Jayalalithaa

Tamil film industry fasts for Jayalalithaa

Southern India's film industry launched an eight-hour fast yesterday to rally support for political leader Jayalalithaa Jayaram, who was jailed for four years following a lengthy corruption case. Some 3,000 directors, actors, producers and others were taking part in the hunger strike for the ex-film star turned politician, while the industry itself shut down...

Iran rejects Israel PM accusations

Iran yesterday rejected as baseless accusations levelled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group. Speaking on Monday at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that "to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war". Netanyahu also described the IS jihadists who have captured chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and Hamas, the Islamist militant...

Afghanistan and US sign troop pact

Afghanistan and the United States yesterday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washington. Hamid Karzai, who stepped down as president on Monday, refused to sign the deal in a disagreement that symbolised the breakdown of Afghan-US relations after the optimism of 2001 when the Taliban were ousted from power. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham...

ISIS could become 'world's first truly terrorist state': Theresa May

ISIS could become 'world's first truly terrorist state': Theresa May

ISIS could acquire nuclear and biological weapons to launch attacks on Britain, the UK Home Secretary warned yesterday as she set out new measures to clamp down on extremist groups. In a speech to the Tory party conference that concentrated almost entirely on the threat from terrorism at home and abroad, Theresa May warned...

Earth's wildlife 'halves in 40 years'

The world's wildlife population is less than half the size it was just four decades ago, with unsustainable human consumption and damage from climate change destroying valuable habitats at a faster rate than previously thought, a new report has warned. The number of vertebrates, which make up the bulk of Earth's visible animals, has dived by 52 percent over the past 40 years. Biodiversity loss has now reached “critical levels”, the report warns. But some populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and...

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified. A BBC correspondent near the mountain yesterday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before. At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's unexpected eruption. Dozens of other people were injured in the incident on the mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo. Hundreds of firefighters, police and troops...

News in Brief

Intruder ran through White House  floor Reuters, Washington The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday. The suspect, Omar Gonzalez, 42, a decorated Iraqi war veteran, was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. Officials said he was carrying a knife when he jumped the White House fence...

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi govt

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi govt

President Barack Obama yesterday hailed the "energy" and "determination" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flexing the symbolism of his office to make a strong pitch for the affections of the new Indian government. Modi meanwhile told Obama that he hoped for an agreement "soon" to free up a major global trade facilitation agreement, blocked...