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  • Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes, talks set for Tuesday
    Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes, talks set for Tuesday

    By James Pomfret and Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that began late on Friday in the densely populated Mong Kok district of the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police. Four people were arrested early on Sunday, police said. ...

  • Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard
    Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak. The survivors included 230 foreigners. Rescuers turned to villagers familiar with the rugged, snow-clad terrain to help look for stranded trekkers. ...

  • Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime Flyby
    Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime Flyby

    A comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. At the time of closest approach, the comet barreled by at 126,000 mph (203,000 km/h) relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said. It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots," Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, said in a statement. Planetary scientist David Grinspoon, who tracked Comet Siding Spring flyby in real-time during a live webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory, compared the significance of the event with the epic impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. 

  • US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani
    US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

  • Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached
    Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached

    By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. ...

  • Pacquiao underwhelms in winning pro ball debut
    Pacquiao underwhelms in winning pro ball debut

    Manila (AFP) - World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao launched his pro basketball career in the Philippines on Sunday in a scoreless debut spent mostly as a cheerleader.

  • Half-mumbled prayers and friction at Jerusalem's holiest site

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian police kept a tight watch over the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday amid high tension between Muslims and Jewish visitors to the holy site and calls from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to defend it by "all means". Clashes have flared repeatedly in the past few weeks as increasing numbers of Jews have visited the sacred area during the Jewish holidays, angering Palestinians who see this as part of an Israeli agenda to alter a long-preserved status quo. ...

  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security
    Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

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