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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident
News ImageBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes before midnight Moscow time, the airport said in a statement. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de Margerie had been due to travel to Paris. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10 p.m. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:47:52 -0400
Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, themselves fighting Islamic State in Iraq. He stopped short of saying whether Ankara backed the U.S. air-drop of weapons. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:55:19 -0400
Hong Kong students, officials set for first talks on political crisis
News ImageBy Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - Senior Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial center to a standstill. Hopes are low for any breakthrough during the evening talks, which will be broadcast live, with both sides refusing to give ground in resolving the worst political crisis in the former British colony since it was handed back to China in 1997. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:14:58 -0400
Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland
News ImageWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves. Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's visit to Moscow in 2008 - although he later said some of the interview had been "overinterpreted". "He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine ... ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:11:19 -0400
China likely to close 'gift' loophole in corruption fight
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber stamp parliament is likely to close a loophole when it meets next week to ban officials from getting around corruption allegations by claiming money received was simply a gift, a state-run newspaper said on Tuesday. Currently, officials can defend themselves from accusations of receiving bribes by saying money or other goods received, like luxury watches or bags, were just a present from a friend, the official China Daily reported. It is only considered a crime if a link can be made to some sort of abuse of power, it said. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:48:59 -0400
Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the U.S. government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an "unprecedented" 209,000 hectares (516,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares (477,000 acres) in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:26:33 -0400
South Africa beats NZ by 6 wickets in 1st ODI
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first one-day cricket international on Tuesday to take the lead in the three-match series. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:09:47 -0400
Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas
News ImageHong Kong (AFP) - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the 20-year-old insurance agent has donned a hard hat and home-made body armour -- symbols of a new and dangerous phase.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:08:21 -0400
Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown. The third quarter figures, released Tuesday, put China on course for annual growth somewhat lower than the 7.5 percent targeted by leaders, though they have indicated there is wiggle-room in their plan. The world's No. 2 economy grew 7.5 percent from a year earlier in the previous quarter and 7.4 percent in the first quarter. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:03:00 -0400
Politicians join protest outside Met over opera
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:46:45 -0400
Nugent-Hopkins' goal gives Oilers 1st win
News ImageEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner in the final minutes to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, giving the Oilers their first win of the season.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:40:55 -0400
Korean 'superfan' of Royals headed back to KC
News ImageSEOUL, South Korea (AP) A die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run left Tuesday for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:34:56 -0400
AP PHOTOS: De la Renta's creations over the years
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:28 -0400
Designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82: US media
News ImageNew York (AFP) - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautifully made evening wear was beloved by US first ladies, has died at 82, US media reported Monday.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:32:19 -0400
Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope
News ImageTunis (AFP) - Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:12:42 -0400
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