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Oct 14, 2014

Hundreds of HK police use sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle protest barriers

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial centre on Tuesday, a day after clashes broke out as anti-protest groups tried to reclaim roads.

The police operation was the latest in two days to dismantle barricades after two weeks of protests, with the stalemate fuelling frustrations in the Asian financial hub and draining public support for the pro-democracy movement.

Sep 3, 2014

Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce progress towards peace

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Wednesday its president had agreed with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on steps towards a “ceasefire regime” in Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russian rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

“The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that will facilitate the establishment of peace,” said a statement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office, replacing an earlier statement that had spoken of a “permanent ceasefire”.

Jul 1, 2014
via India Insight

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

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The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

(Updated July 15, 2014) Binay Bihari, minister for art, culture and youth affairs in the state of Bihar: The minister said that mobile phones and non-vegetarian food are reasons for a surge in rape cases, NDTV reports. “Many students misuse mobile phones by watching blue films and hearing obscene songs which pollute their mind,” he said. On food, he reportedly said that non-vegetarian food “contributed to hot temper… and cited sermons of sants that pure vegetarian food kept the body and mind pure and healthy.” (NDTV)

Jun 29, 2014

Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change

OSLO, June 29 (Reuters) – Global warming will cut Antarctica’s 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.

The report urged governments to list the birds as endangered, even though populations in 45 known colonies were likely to rise slightly by 2050 before declining. Such a listing could impose restrictions on tourism and fishing companies.

May 31, 2014

Turkish police fire teargas at protesters on anniversary of unrest

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – ISTANBUL, May 31 (Reuters) – Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse protesters in central Istanbul who sought to mark the one-year anniversary of the country’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

Authorities closed roads and stopped public transport to deny access to Taksim Square and the adjoining Gezi Park where government plans to raze the green space and build a shopping mall sparked last year’s unrest.

May 31, 2014

Six Ukranian separatists killed around Donetsk airport

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian separatist leader Denis Pushilin said on Saturday six rebels had been killed while trying to collect the bodies of comrades who had died under Ukrainian army fire earlier this week close to Donetsk airport.

Ukrainian forces regained control of the airport in the east of the country on Monday, killing at least 50 separatists, after a Sunday presidential election which gave billionaire Petro Poroshenko an overwhelming victory.

May 16, 2014

Modi wins election with a landslide, early results show

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Opposition candidate Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of India, with counting trends showing the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party headed for the most resounding election victory the country has seen in thirty years.

Modi’s landslide win was welcomed with a thundering rally on India’s stock markets and jubilant celebrations at offices across the country of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), where supporters danced, exploded fireworks and handed out sweets.

Apr 30, 2014

Asian shares rise, Euro faces pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO, April 30 (Reuters) – Asian shares firmed on Wednesday after earnings-fuelled gains on Wall Street, while the euro remained under pressure after weaker-than-expected German inflation data raised speculation of more easing in Europe.

Investors stayed cautious before central bank decisions from the Bank of Japan and then the Federal Reserve later in the session, as well as key U.S. jobs data on Friday.

Apr 29, 2014

Euro nurses losses after soft German inflation, Yen eyes BOJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The euro nursed broad losses early on Wednesday, having been put under pressure by soft German inflation numbers while the yen stayed on the defensive ahead of a policy decision by the Bank of Japan.

A key measure of German inflation came in at a lower-than-expected 1.1 percent on the year, raising the risk that the euro area reading will also undershoot expectations later in the day.

Apr 29, 2014

Alstom accepts GE bid for its energy unit – sources

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – PARIS/FRANKFURT, April 29 (Reuters) – The board of French transport-to-turbines group Alstom ALSO.PA has accepted General Electric’s GE.N offer for its energy unit, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Both sources said GE was not in exclusive talks with Alstom, which is set to also receive an offer from Germany’s Siemens. One source said GE had offered to pay about 10 billion euros for the unit.