Monday, September 29, 2014

Hong Kong protesters set deadline for government

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Ruble Drops to Record as Central Bank Intervention Level Nears

Russian Ruble Falls to Record Low as Minister Warns of Inflation
The ruble weakened to a record, approaching the level at which Russia’s central bank said it would step in to support the world’s worst-performing currency this quarter.

Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?


‘The Umbrella Revolution’ is taking place in an environment very different from Beijing 25 years ago, and the government knows the movement could spread much farther and faster.

Why Wednesday (Oct. 1st) Could Be Hong Kong's Tipping Point

Why Wednesday Could Be Hong Kong's Tipping Point

The images coming out of Hong Kong are staggering. Tear gas and pepper spray met tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong's Central District Monday, leading to the already iconic use of umbrellas to fend off police tactics. The protests have shut down banks, businesses, and schools and show no sign of letting up.

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)
 This spectacular view of Mars from India's Mangalyaan spacecraft shows active dust storms in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere. This photo was released on Sept. 29, 2014, less than a week after the Indian Mars orbiter arrived at the planet.

China’s slowing down fast. Here are the countries that will be hit hardest—and those that will be celebrating

The Chinese economy is looking pretty shaky these days. Profits of big industrial companies shrank 0.6% in August versus the previous year, after growing 13.5% in July. And recent data suggest it’s getting harder to stimulate the economy through cheap money. If the China slowdown keeps up, it could be disastrous for countries that sell metal and energy to China.

Hong Kong Protests Are a Threat to Xi and His 'Chinese Dream' _By Dexter Roberts

Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a protest in Hong Kong on Sept. 28

Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a protest in Hong Kong on Sept. 28

The swelling protests in Hong Kong that have gripped the world’s attention are Xi Jinping’s and the Chinese Communist Party’s worst nightmare. The fear is that if not properly contained, the street protests could flare into China’s own version of a color revolution (like the Orange Revolution in Ukraine) and prove an existential threat to the leadership.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CNN crew gassed during Hong Kong protests 28/9/2014

CNN's Ivan Watson was in the middle of a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong when things suddenly got out of hand.

Hong Kong police resort to tear gas to break up democracy protesters

Hong Kong police fire repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests on Sunday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations

Watch protesters tear down a massive Lenin statue in Kharkiv, Ukraine on 28/9/2014 :-)

Demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv toppled one of the country's largest statues of Vladimir Lenin on Sunday. Captured in a bevy of tweets and videos posted to social media, crowds of pro-Ukrainian protesters surrounded the Soviet idol as ropes wrenched the Lenin statue from its moorings and sent it hurtling to the ground.

Hong Kong: 10 things Xi Jinping might be thinking _By Carrie Gracie, BBC

People disperse after police fired tear gas, 28 September

Tensions are rising on the streets of Hong Kong. Back in Beijing, what might China's leader be thinking about the scenes on the streets?

Kim Jong Un's Cheese-Eating, Smoking Habits Would Contribute To Gout

  Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, smoking a cigarette

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has been out of the public eye for months, with speculation pointing toward the dictator's weakness for cheese and tobacco contributing to a bad case of gout. The issue is so serious, even the North Korean media, which portrays the isolated nation's leader with a god-like reverence, has confirmed Kim is “suffering discomfort.”

Hai gã người HÁN dấu rùa con trong HÁNG bị bắt quả tang :-)

north american spotted turtle
Lin checked two bags, in which agents say they found more than 200 live turtles, including the protected spotted turtle. Photograph: Joe Blossom / Alamy/Alamy

Canadian-Chinese man caught trying to smuggle 51 live turtles under his clothes
US authorities noticed ‘irregularly shaped bulges’ under Kai Xu’s sweatpants, who had taped the reptiles to his legs and groins

A Canadian-chinese man taped 51 live turtles to his legs and groin and tried to hide them under sweatpants in an attempt to smuggle the reptiles over the Detroit border crossing, according to federal prosecutors in Michigan.

Russia's Lavrov says time has come to upgrade nuclear, conventional arms

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted on Sunday as saying that the time had come for his country to modernize its nuclear and conventional arsenals.

China-led Asia infrastructure bank gains support from 21 countries

BEIJING, Sept 28 (Reuters) - A China-led effort to launchthe Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has attracted theinterest of 21 countries, Beijing's Ministry of Finance said onSunday.

Representatives from South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia andSingapore participated in meetings held on Saturday in theChinese capital to discuss the plan.