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  • Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

    By John Ruwitch and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. The city's streets were calm early on…

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  • Japanese rescuers find more dead on volcano, toll at 47

    TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday a day after officials called off…

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  • Israel's Netanyahu tells Obama that Iran can't be allowed to reach nuclear arms 'threshold'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshold" of being able to develop nuclear…

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  • Portland Christmas tree bomber gets 30 years as questions about arrest linger

    The sentencing of a Somali-American man in Oregon on Tuesday to 30 years in prison for trying to blow up a 2010 Christmas tree lighting celebration comes at a potential pivot point in the nature of American extremism.

    Christian Science Monitor26 mins ago
  • Decline in the US poverty rate: What made it happen?

    Poverty in America declined in 2013, and the poverty rate went down faster for children than for adults – which is notable not only because they are children but also because the poverty rate for children has long been higher than for adults.

    Christian Science Monitor32 mins ago
  • 2014 MLB playoffs: Why Giants and Pirates look evenly matched

    Despite injuries and ineffective play during the regular season, the San Francisco Giants managed to creep into the National League playoffs. After finishing second to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, the Giants will now face the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night in the winner-takes-all…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Cameron promises political reform as British election looms. Is EU listening?

    British Prime Minister David Cameron rallied his Conservative Party faithful today with a promise to “deliver” on a pledge of “English votes for English laws” after Scots last month wrangled a pledge for increased powers within the United Kingdom. 

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  • Israel approves 2,600 settler homes in E.Jerusalem: NGO

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel is to press ahead with the planned construction of 2,610 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a watchdog said Wednesday, angering Palestinian leaders and prompting US President Barack Obama to express concern.

    AFP9 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren. But…

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  • Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago has been found with her mother in Mexico, and that the mother is now facing charges in the U.S.

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  • Institute: Work complete at NKorea launch site

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea has completed a year-long construction program enabling it to handle bigger rockets at its main launch site.

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  • British and Canadian news shows win Int'l Emmys

    NEW YORK (AP) — British and Canadian productions have been awarded the 2014 International Emmys for News and Current Affairs.

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  • China tells foreign countries not to meddle in Hong Kong

    By Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded on Wednesday to comments by the United States and others on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, saying foreign countries should not meddle in China's domestic affairs. Wang, the most senior…

    Reuters19 mins ago
  • US sharply criticizes new Israeli construction

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that if Israel were to move forward with a controversial housing development in east Jerusalem, it would distance Israel from, quote, "even its closest allies."

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

    The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Key events in Mexico army slayings investigation

    A timeline of official statements about slaying of 22 suspected gunmen by soldiers in rural Mexico:

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Baghdad suicide car bombing kills at least 14

    Baghdad (AFP) - A suicide car bomb blast ripped through a busy commercial street in a southeastern neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, police and medical sources said.

    AFP26 mins ago