last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:35:22 -0400
Pakistani cleric tells protesters to blockade parliament, PM inside
An anti-government Pakistani cleric told his protesting supporters camped outside parliament on Wednesday not to allow anyone in or out of the assembly, which is in session with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in attendance. "Don't let all those inside come out and don't let anyone go in," the cleric, Tahir ul-Qadri, told his supporters outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad. Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan are trying to force Sharif to resign over allegations of election rigging and corruption.
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:58:23 GMT
Radio fortunes follow the stars
SOUTHERN Cross Austereo is in rebuild mode after losing stars Kyle and Jackie O while rival APN says its radio business has beaten the market.
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:30:01 -0400
PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.
By Matthew Miller and Yoko Kubota BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - China has fined Japanese auto parts makers a record 1.235 billion yuan ($201 million) for manipulating prices as the government steps up its enforcement of an anti-trust law that has targeted major corporations and revived protectionism concerns. The fines, the largest so far meted out by the pricing regulator, the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC), follow a global crack down including in the United States and Europe on price collusion in the auto parts sector, which has also mostly affected Japanese companies. In China, parts maker Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd was the hardest hit by the NDRC with a 290.4 million yuan fine.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican appeared to be coming up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan took a primary lead in the fight to be the GOP candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.
By Ludwig Burger MUENSTER Germany (Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it. Global tire makers such as industry leader Bridgestone Corp and No.4 player Continental AG believe they are in for rich pickings and are backing such research to the tune of millions of dollars.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics.
Michael Phelps' comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing. In Australia for the Pac Pacific championships - his first international competition since he retired after the London Olympics - Phelps has lost none of his confidence.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.
Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps will swim his first international meet since coming out of retirement at this week's Pan Pacific Championships as he seeks a return to winning ways. Phelps, 29, the 18-time Olympic gold medallist, will take his quest for form to Australia's Gold Coast after he ended this month's US Championships with a couple of near-misses but no wins. Despite this, Phelps made the powerful 60-strong American team for the Gold Coast meet, just four months after ending a 20-month retirement which began after the London Olympics. Australia's James Magnussen will resume his sprint rivalry with Nathan Adrian, part of a heavyweight US team also including Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.
New York state's banking regulator hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business for not detecting possible money laundering. The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said the British bank's internal compliance systems had failed to detect or act on a large number of "potentially high-risk transactions" mostly originating from Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The new punishment came two years after the bank paid US regulators $667 million to settle charges it violated US sanctions by handling thousands of money transactions involving Iran, Myanmar, Libya and Sudan. A DFS monitor appointed in 2012 to keep an eye on the bank discovered that it had not detected the allegedly high-risk transactions from Hong Kong and the UAE or reported them as it should have, the department said.
St. George's (Grenada) (AFP) - West Indies and Bangladesh commence a three-match One-Day International series at the Queen's Park Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday with the home side heavily favoured to extend the tourists' miserable record in 2014. Despite several encouraging performances in a 95-run win in their lone warm-up fixture against a Grenada XI on Sunday, Bangladesh will be hard-pressed to challenge a Caribbean side brimming with big-name international players, all of whom will be match fit given their participation in the just-concluded second season of the Caribbean Premier League T20 franchise tournament. This campaign, Bangladesh's third tour of the region outside of involvement in the 2007 World Cup and 2010 World T20, is their first trip away from home this year and captain Mushfiqur Rahim will be hoping a return to the scene of the side’s greatest triumphs can somehow inspire a transformation from the atrocious form displayed over the past eight months.
Scottish champions Celtic will look to use their reprieve from Champions League oblivion and gain a positive result away at Slovenian titleholders Maribor on Wednesday in the first leg of their play-off. Celtic were soundly beaten by Polish outfit Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round only to regain their place in the competition thanks to an administrative error by their opponents. Legia went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to overturn UEFA's original decision to punish them for sending on substitute Bartosz Bereszynski at the end of the second leg -- with Legia leading 6-1 on aggregate -- when he was deemed as being ineligible to play as he should still have been serving a suspension. Celtic manager Ronny Deila at least can take his side -- winners of the European Cup back in 1967 -- to Slovenia in better heart than when they faced Legia as since then the champions have begun their domestic title defence with two wins, the second one a 6-1 humbling of Dundee United.
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing Wednesday, the government said, after a wall of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers to pick through the devastation for any signs of life. "According to the National Police Agency, the death toll has risen to 27 and 10 others are still unaccounted for," said an official of the disaster management office, a government body. Among the dead was a 53-year-old rescuer, who was killed by a secondary landslide after he had pulled five people to safety, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."
Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. The Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012. "Find James Foley," the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer's release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time "to seek answers." Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar al-Assad's regime for the Global Post, AFP and other outlets.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000.
A New York City prosecutor said on Tuesday he will present evidence to a grand jury next month to determine whether anyone should be criminally charged in the death of an unarmed man who police put in a choke hold while arresting him.
Firefighters from across California were sent to battle an out-of-control wildfire on Tuesday near Yosemite National Park and authorities ordered the evacuation of 13,000 homes and businesses, officials said. Gusty winds fanned the Junction Fire, which erupted on Monday, and it spread rapidly through parched forest in the foothills of Yosemite, one of the most visited U.S. The blaze has destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others, including hotels, restaurants and homes near the central California town of Oakhurst, said Dennis Mathisen, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.
The Islamic State is vowing retribution should U.S. According to Reuters, a newly released video by the Islamic State shows a picture of an American man who had been beheaded in Iraq during the initial U.S. The Islamic State has focused on its goal of establishing a caliphate by seizing land in Iraq in Syria before launching any potential attacks on the West. Osama Bin Laden famously warned of the risks of establishing a caliphate too early, writing in a document seized in the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that an Islamic State could have the adverse affect of dividing the Sunni population.
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:54:00 GMT
Magistrate loses licence for six months
A VICTORIAN magistrate is “deeply embarrassed and sorry” after electing to lose his licence for six months because he accrued more than 12 demerit points.
Secret tricks airports use on you
THEY are subtle, but there are some interesting design tricks airports use to get you to go wherever they want. Do you think you can spot them?
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:31:12 +0000
My Life As A Chinese Prisoner
One of China's best-known dissidents writes about life as a prisoner of conscience in Beijing.
last updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:34:08 GMT
Police move against protesters as calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in riot gear ordered lingering demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday, then charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved in an 11th night of protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager.
last updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:01:03 -0400
“As a black man in America, it is reasonable to believe I can be shot by law enforcement for brandishing a black camera, which can be mistaken for a gun.”
Antoine Wallace, a 24-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, started this photo project at the National Moment of Silence in solidarity with Michael Brown and Ferguson, Mo., last Thursday.
"We live in an age where information is more accessible than it has ever been. I would not have known in great detail the happenings of Ferguson had it not been for the efforts of Twitter and Instagram users who would didn't let the injustice go unnoticed," Wallace told BuzzFeed.
"My lineage as an photographer and a black male living in America stems from the belief that the freedom of speech should still be an inalienable right. The irony behind me asking people to wear a sign that says 'don't shoot' lies not in the fact that I 'shoot' them with a camera, it lies in the fact that as a black man in America it is reasonable to believe I can be shot by law enforcement for brandishing a black camera, which can be mistaken for a gun."
Courtesy Antoine Wallace
Courtesy of Antoine Wallace
Courtesy Antoine Wallace
A Patient Is Being Tested for Ebola at a California Hospital
The hospital has not divulged details of the patient or stated if the patient has recently been in West Africa, the disease's epicenter
An unnamed patient has been admitted to a hospital in Sacramento over possible exposure to the Ebola virus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus,” Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, an infectious-diseases specialist and director of the hospital’s operations, said in a statement.
He said patient samples had already been collected and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing. The hospital has also taken the necessary precautions to protect other patients, staff and doctors.
“This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists,” said Parodi.
The hospital did not give details about the patient, state when the patient was admitted, or say if the patient had recently been in West Africa, the Chronicle reported.
The world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak has swept through several countries in West Africa and has killed more than 1,200 people since the first case was reported in Guinea in December of last year.
Two American aid workers, who contracted the disease in Liberia, returned to the U.S. for treatment earlier this month.