Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:14:32 -0400
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.
Niger opposition chief, wanted in baby-trafficking case, in Europe
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:14:05 -0400
By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Niger's parliament speaker and leading opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is wanted for questioning in his home country on suspicion of involvement in baby-trafficking, has flown to Europe, officials in Burkina Faso said on Sunday. Hama, a former ally turned political rival of President Mahamadou Issoufou, had fled to the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou on Thursday after parliamentary leaders in Niger authorised his arrest. "He left Ouagadougou on Friday night on a Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels," a senior security source told Reuters.
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:11:58 -0400
LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:09:37 -0400
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday. A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm suffering from a fever and is being treated in an isolation unit, the reports said. More than 1,500 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March. ...
Rebels in Central African Republic expel government ministers
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:07:09 -0400
By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - A grouping of former Seleka rebels in Central African Republic said on Sunday it had expelled from its ranks several members serving in a new government seeking to stop a cycle of deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians. "As a result, all members of the ex-Seleka coalition having participated in the present government are definitively excluded," he wrote. The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Michel Djotodia led Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighbouring Chad and Sudan, in an assault on the capital Bangui and seized power in March 2013. He named three Seleka members to his 30-member cabinet, but the armed group rejected the government's composition, claiming it had not been consulted.
Stewart back on the track, but big issues remain
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:06:38 -0400
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — His racing suit unzipped down to his waist, Tony Stewart walked glumly out of Atlanta Motor Speedway with two issues still hanging over him.
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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:03:17 -0400
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Pakistani soldiers enter state TV channel besieged by protesters
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:01:12 -0400
Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Television pictures showed uniformed members of a paramilitary force and soldiers walking calmly into the building, with no reports of violence. A PTV source told Reuters that the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment.
Dutch Heineken to sell Mexican package business for $1.2bn
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:59:13 -0400
The Hague (AFP) - Dutch brewing giant Heineken on Monday announced selling Mexican-based packaging business Empaque to US-based Crown Holdings in a deal worth more than one billion dollars.
Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:56:53 -0400
By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend. News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television's headquarters in central Islamabad after a crowd broke through its gate and into the building. "PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up." Police fired tear gas at protesters outside the prime minister's house, but were seen retreating as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence. Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.
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