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HK leader: Room to discuss election committee

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's Beijing-backed leader says his government won't let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but there's room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick candidates.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:08:43 -0400
Pistorius sentencing: Live Report

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in PretoriaPretoria (AFP) - 10:08 GMT - Appeal question - "Speculation about Pistorius being out in 10 months is just that, he could just as easily be found guilty of murder on appeal," tweets AFP's @AndrewBeatty.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:09:17 -0400
Pistorius judge: non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses 'not appropriate'

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius trial "would not be appropriate", Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Tuesday, as she read out her sentence for the South African track star. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:32 -0400
South Africa prosecutors undecided on Pistorius appeal

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's state prosecuting authority has not yet decided whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' conviction for culpable homicide, spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Tuesday. Pistorius was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. The sentence follows his conviction last month for culpable homicide, the local equivalent of manslaughter. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Cropley)

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:32 -0400
Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria. Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. ...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:32 -0400
Judge begins reading of Pistorius sentencing in South African court

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African judge Thokozile Masipa began reading her sentencing for Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, bringing the high-profile trial closer to conclusion. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:32 -0400
Pistorius escorted out of court by police to holding cells

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African track star Oscar Pistorius was escorted out of the Pretoria High Court by police to a holding cell on Tuesday, after he was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan)

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:32 -0400
Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack: party

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armor, his party said. Volodymyr Borysenko, from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's People's Front party, was being treated in hospital for shock after the assault - the first of its kind reported during campaigning for Sunday's parliamentary vote, officials added. Borysenko was attacked as he left his home in Boryspil, a dormitory town near the capital, the party said. ...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:52:51 -0400
10 Things to Know for Today

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta is applauded after the presentation of his fall 2008 collection 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/Richard Drew, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:52:49 -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.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:49:43 -0400
Total CEO's plane crashed in bad visibility: Russian transport watchdog

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's transportation watchdog said on Tuesday that the plane in which the head of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in a Moscow airport late on Monday crashed in "bad visibility". Rostransnadzor also said it had started investigating the accident at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, where the private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:46:52 -0400
Nobel laureate to be honored in Philadelphia

File-This Oct. 10, 2014, file photo shows Malala Yousafzai speaking during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, after she was named as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize. The Pakistani teenager, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls education will be honored in Philadelphia. Yousafzai will accept the Liberty Medal on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the National Constitution Center. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Malala Yousafzai visits Philadelphia to accept an award for her efforts to promote girls' education, she will do so as the world's youngest Nobel laureate.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:46:26 -0400
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

FILE - In this June 9, 2013 file photo, an Israeli member of the "Woman of the Wall" organization, right, tries to hug an ultra-Orthodox woman as they pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's old city. Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked buses bearing photos of women worshipping like men do. The advertisements on the buses were by Women of the Wall, a group that seeks to promote gender equality at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The ads showed women and girls holding Torah scrolls, an act which many Orthodox Jews say is reserved for men. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal,File) ISRAEL OUTJERUSALEM (AP) Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:46:13 -0400
Home where babies' bodies found being torn down

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) The squalid Massachusetts house in which the skeletal remains of three dead infants were found last month is to be torn down.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:43:54 -0400
Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Searchers found human remains on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that could be those of the University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Authorities have brought additional charges against the man accused of abducting an 18-year-old college student in Virginia: the abduction, rape and attempted capital murder of a 26-year-old woman in a Washington, D.C. suburb.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:36:00 -0400
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