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  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    31 Aug 2014 at 5:05am
    Iron barriers are prepared for the possible protest at the financial Central district in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's chief executive, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong democracy activists have held massive protests demanding that Chinese leaders let the city's voters choose their chief executive from an open list of candidates.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)BEIJING (AP) ? China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.
     
  • China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote

    31 Aug 2014 at 5:03am
    A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy Michael Martina and James Pomfret BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the c...
     
  • Polls say Scotland will spurn independence, but are they right?

    31 Aug 2014 at 4:57am
    The Scottish saltire flag and Union flag fly outside the Scottish Office in central LondonBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Opinion polls, financial markets and bookmakers are unanimous - Scotland will reject independence in a historic referendum next month and the United Kingdom will endure. "Pollsters are particularly nervous given...
     
  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese soldiers

    31 Aug 2014 at 4:51am
    BEIRUT (AP) ? An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's state news agency said Sunday.
     
  • Migrant boat carrying 100 capsizes off Libya

    31 Aug 2014 at 4:46am
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) ? A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital.
     
  • Obamas attend wedding of their longtime chef

    31 Aug 2014 at 4:44am
    President Barack Obama departs Westchester Countyl Airport in New York accompanied by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha Sunrday, Aug. 31, 2014, after attendending a wedding at Pocantico Hills (AP Photo/David Karp)POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) ? Setting aside for a few hours the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots, President Barack Obama assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the first family's longtime chef a...
     
  • Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    31 Aug 2014 at 5:13am
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.
     
  • Japan porn queens raise thousands of dollars from 'Boob Aid'

    31 Aug 2014 at 4:29am
    Nine Japanese porn actresses pose with three supporters (front) in Tokyo on August 30, 2014, ahead of a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS preventionA group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS prevention. I want her to touch my breasts!" The event was part of a 24-hour "Sto...
     
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