Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals
By Diana Chan and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters plan to hold a straw poll on government proposals they rejected earlier in the week as their street campaign pushing for democracy for the Chinese-controlled city entered its fifth week on Friday. With crowds likely to swell at the weekend, student leaders late on Thursday announced a plan for an electronic poll of protesters on reform proposals tabled by senior city government officials in talks on Tuesday that failed to break the deadlock. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:49:00 -0400
China says U.N. rights covenant no measure for Hong Kong reform
BEIJING (Reuters) - China rebuffed a U.N. call for full political rights for Hong Kong on Friday, saying that an international covenant on such rights was not a "measure for reform" in the Chinese-ruled territory. The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Thursday said residents in the former British colony, now a "special administrative region" of China with wide-ranging autonomy, should have the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:48:50 -0400
Ford profit beats Street; sales down on F-150 launch
By Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's third-quarter earnings beat Wall Street expectations on a strong showing in North America and China even as revenue fell due to the cost of introducing the F-150 pickup truck. Ford's launch of its F-150 made with an aluminum body is on track, the company said on Friday. A 3 percent drop in third-quarter revenue to $34.9 billion is largely linked to the shutdown of the F-150 plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford net profit of $835 million, or 21 cents per share, was down 34 percent from $1. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:48:21 -0400
Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on
By Emma Farge and Moumine Ngarmbassa N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap. The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:44:19 -0400
South Africa platinum town, wider economy still hurting from strike
By Zandi Shabalala MARIKANA South Africa (Reuters) - Mamsi Ngobeni sat alongside the main road of the South African platinum belt town of Marikana, hunched over a table with a pile of onions, apples, loose cigarettes and tomatoes. By just after noon she had sold about 20 rand ($1.8245) worth of goods, well down from what she said was her usual 1,000 rand take before a five-month strike against the world's top platinum producers drained this gritty town of cash. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:42:00 -0400
Officer critical but stable after hatchet attack
NEW YORK (AP) A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding man remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:38:14 -0400
Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot
MANILA, Philippines (AP) American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36:20 -0400
Pakistan detects more polio cases on awareness day
ISLAMABAD (AP) World Health Organization says three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of those affected by the crippling disease in the country this year to 220.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36:09 -0400
Sweden calls off search for mystery subs
Sweden called off a massive hunt Friday for at least one mystery foreign submarine in its waters that had worrying echoes of Cold War stand-offs, after calling the incursion "unacceptable". The search, which stirred up memories of cat-and-mouse games with suspected Soviet submarines along Sweden's long, rugged coastline before fall of the Berlin Wall, had involved battleships, minesweepers and helicopters as well as more than 200 troops. "Our assessment is that there was at least one (vessel)," Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters in Stockholm, saying it had now probably left. It was the first time the Swedish armed forces suggested that more than one vessel might have been operating in the Stockholm archipelago, whose 30,000 islands, islets and rocks make the area notoriously hard to patrol.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:35:54 -0400
More than 300 Telkom South Africa managers have taken voluntary redundancy: union
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 300 Telkom SA managers have left the company voluntarily in the landline provider's restructuring process, the Solidarity union said on Thursday. Telkom is slashing jobs from a management layer of 2,650 posts to make it more agile in an aggressively competitive environment. Most of the managers have been placed in new positions, but another 104 do not have the skills required for an outstanding 168 positions yet to be filled. They might still be forcibly laid off, Solidarity spokesman Marius Croucamp told Reuters. ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:34:23 -0400
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