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Hong Kong police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Hundreds of Hong Kong police Wednesday cleared a pro-democracy protest camp, arresting Joshua Wong and another student leader and reopening a main road blocked for almost two months.

Toll in Syria regime strikes on IS `capital` rises to 95: Monitor

At least 95 people were killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group`s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group said in a new toll.

Ferguson protests LIVE: Rioters hurling 'urine-filled bottles' at police
Ferguson protests LIVE: Rioters hurling 'urine-filled bottles' at police
  • ​​Interestingly, Ferguson police officer Captain Ron Johnson had a word of praise for "some of the peaceful protesters" who were actually helping the police. 
Five killed in clashes between Houthis, Sunnis in Yemen capital

Five people were killed in clashes between Shi`ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen`s capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial: lawyer

Seven students of a prominent scholar from China`s Uighur minority have been tried in secret for separatism, a lawyer said Wednesday, after their professor lost an appeal against a life sentence for the same offence.

North Korean among four killed in Malaysia mine accident

The death toll from an explosion in a Malaysian coal mine manned by foreign workers including North Koreans has risen to four, police said Wednesday, while around two dozen others were injured, some with serious burns.

Formal inquiry urged into Australian military academy abuse

Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defence force found Wednesday.

Mental scars for Ukrainians trapped under shelling

 Dmitry took a drag from his cigarette and pulled a box of pills from his pocket.

Indian-origin likely candidate in Guyana polls

 Guyana`s ruling People`s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is holding talks about presidential nominations and said its only candidate for the position of president is incumbent Donald Ramotar, a person of Indian origin.

24 killed, 52 injured in China's coal mine fire

At least 24 workers were killed and 52 others injured today when a fire broke out in a coal mine in China's northeastern Liaoning province soon after a mild earthquake jolted the region.

Not a degree of freedom for Tibetans within China: US diplomat

Tibetans within China do not enjoy freedom within the Communist nation, a top US diplomat has said after meeting Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.

Two US men charged with trying to support Islamic State

One of two Minnesota men accused of planning to join the Islamic State group was stopped at an airport by FBI agents before travelling to the Middle East, but the other man slipped by authorities, according to a criminal complaint unsealed.

Turkey`s remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times

In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one a thousand years old, the other modern, signs of both the region`s Christian past and the determination of those who remain to bring it to life again.

Australian defence minister back-paddles on canoe comment

Australia`s Defence Minister David Johnston Wednesday backtracked on comments in which he said a government shipbuilding firm could not be trusted to "build a canoe", amid calls that he be sacked.

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial: ;Lawyer

Seven students of prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have been tried in secret for separatism, a lawyer said Wednesday, days after the professor lost his appeal against a life sentence for the same offence.

Greenland independence on back burner in snap election

Greenland voters are on Friday expected to focus on the Arctic territory`s economic future rather than independence from Denmark, in a snap election prompted by a corruption scandal.

Anti-Islamist Essebsi leads Tunisia presidential vote

The run-off battle in Tunisia`s first free presidential election gets underway Wednesday, after secular frontrunners Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent Moncef Marzouki finished top in the first round.

Australia working on new drift modelling for MH370 wreckage

Australia is working on new drift modelling to expand the geographical area in which wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 may come ashore, the Australian search coordinator said on Wednesday. 

Islamic State group gains toehold in Libya: Experts

With Libya engulfed in chaos, the town of Derna in the east of the largely lawless country is emerging as a new stronghold for the Islamic State jihadist group, experts say.

Protests in US cities as troops deployed in Ferguson
Protests in US cities as troops deployed in Ferguson

Protest marches sprang up in cities across the United States on Tuesday, amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the Missouri town at the center of the country`s latest racially-charged stand-off.

Myanmar political leaders to hold talks on amending constitution

Myanmar`s parliament has unanimously endorsed talks between the country’s top political leaders on amending a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from being president, a parliamentarian from her party said.

Mexico President Pena Nieto forced into action over 43 missing students

Two months after 43 students vanished in the night, change is afoot in Mexico: Protests have swept the nation, sounding a wake-up call for the President to finally tackle corruption and police brutality.

US urges eradication of armed rebels in Congo

 The US Tuesday called for efforts to wipe out illegal armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the number of civilians killed there has risen to some 200 in less than two months.

Hong Kong police begin clearing major protest site

Scuffles broke out on Wednesday as Hong Kong police, many with helmets and batons, began clearing protesters from a major pro-democracy demonstration site in the city, Reuters witnesses said.

Coal mine accident in northern China kills 24: Report

A coal mine fire in China`s northern Liaoning province has killed 24 workers and left 52 injured, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, underscoring the poor safety record of the world`s biggest coal producing country.

Swiss to vote on immigration cut `to save environment`

The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic.

Republicans` next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.

Five children killed in Texas house fire

Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible.

Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

US President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

Top contender for Pentagon job bows out: Source

A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.