Hong Kong leader says Beijing won’t back down


Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

By ELAINE KURTENBACH 

Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader said China won’t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub as pro-democracy protesters set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands.

The unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday dashed hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations. It does not come as a surprise given that showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese leadership appear weak, which could embolden dissidents, critics and separatists on the mainland.

As the student-led protests that have snarled traffic and disrupted public transport entered a fifth day, Leung urged demonstrators to show consideration toward other residents and stop the unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Leung, a Beijing appointee who is…

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On Thiz Day In History (our story)


IdealisticRebel:

This is good and everyone should read it. Thanks Moobey

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

News Headline (1919)
Date:
Tue, 1919-09-30

*On this date in 1919 a Race Riot broke out in Elaine, Arkansas in Phillips County between Blacks and whites.

At the time many African-American sharecroppers had not received their share of wages and they wanted to join the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. Also, the early years of the twentieth century were the time of “Red Summers,” violent years after reconstruction.

The white citizens of the town thought the society was trying to persuade the sharecroppers to create violence. That month union members met near Elaine under armed guards. Two armed white men, one a deputy sheriff, the other a railroad worker showed up and a fight developed. Both men were shot and a railroad worker was killed. For two days, several African-Americans and white citizens of the area were killed in fighting. The fighting ended when Arkansas Gov. Charles Brough…

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See the Real Impact of War in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Originally posted on LightBox:

The slow burn of war has long ravaged the heart of Africa. Millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest member in a neighborhood wracked by upheaval, have died from prolonged insecurity, disease and hunger. Regional strife and internal power grabs between the government and armed groups have kept tensions high, control in some areas fluid and many people poor despite its mineral-rich east.

Most news coverage in recent years has revolved around M23, a group that formed in 2012 after rebels accused the government of failing to honor a peace treaty in March 2009. The mutiny in 2012 was followed by the signing of a long-awaited peace deal last December.

British photojournalist Phil Moore has spent much of the last three years covering the causes and effects of the unrest, often making powerful images while chasing daily stories that would briefly highlight Congo’s plight in such an overcrowded news cycle…

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Missing schoolgirl, 15, from Bristol is believed to have travelled to Syria after becoming radicalised

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Originally posted on Metro:

Hell on earth: Syria faces 'medical catastrophe' after doctors flee abroad

The government estimates between 500 and 1000 Britons are currently fighting in Syria (Picture: Reuters)

A teenage girl who has gone missing may have travelled to Syria to join Islamist fighters, police believe.

Fears are rising after the 15-year-old girl from Bristol was reported missing by her family on Wednesday.

Detectives traced the girl, who’s name has not been released, to London, where she met a 17-year-old girl before travelling with her to Istanbul, Turkey.

Avon and Somerset Police say the girl, who is of Somali origin, ‘may have been radicalised’.

Assistant chief constable Louisa Rolfe said: ‘We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation.

‘Often, young Muslims who go to Syria can be naive and don’t recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups.’

She added that the police’s main priority is to ensure the girl is safe, and that the investigation ‘is not…

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George Clooney describes marriage as ‘pretty damn great’ as first wedding pics are revealed

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Originally posted on Metro:

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot in Venice, with the bride wearing a stunning Oscar de la Renta dress (Picture: People)

It’s been one of the hottest celebrity marriages of 2014, but actual details of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s four-day wedding celebrations have been shrouded in secrecy.

Until now that is, with the first photos from the ceremony beginning to surface, and a loving snap of the happy couple gracing the front cover of People magazine.

The shots have also offered a first look at Amal’s wedding dress – a stunning lacy number by Oscar de la Renta – as she shares an intimate moment with her new husband.

The magazine also reports that the pair exchanged platinum wedding rings in front of 100 guests at the ceremony, which took place at Venice’s Aman Canal Grande on Saturday.

And George later told people that ‘marriage feels pretty damn great’.

Amal’s…

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