Monday, September 29, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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 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
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.
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?
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.