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 2012

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With the wealth of information at our fingertips, it is sometimes hard to see the ‘’forest for the trees’’. In this Strategic Briefing, we will give you a current perspective on many of the trends that shape our world and their relevance to Biblical Prophecy. Now, more than ever, we need to stay informed about what is really going on.

What is REALLY going on in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt?
Who is going to deal with the nuclear Iran?
Will Israel go it alone?
What about America’s political future and what is on its' 2013 horizon?

Most Americans are totally unaware that the sacred Bill of Rights has been essentially
eliminated; how, when and by whom?

Europe - The State of Dis-Union and its Islamization.

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China and Japan agree to resume dialogue

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:04:57 PMGo to full article
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center, listens at the start of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit ministerial meetings at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it reached agreement with Japan to ramp up high-level contacts, the strongest indication yet of a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
 
 

Japan, China leaders to hold first summit during APEC forum

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:51:29 PMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, on October 8, 2013Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to hold their first summit next week, reports said Friday, after presiding over two years of animosity between Asia's two biggest economies. The countries have "agreed to arrange a summit next week" in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Japan's national broadcaster NHK said. Private network Fuji TV had a similar story. "Now that we have shared understanding toward a summit meeting, we will start making concrete arrangements for it," a Japanese government source was quoted as telling the broadcaster.
 
 

World stocks rise ahead of US employment report

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:38:52 AMGo to full article
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly higher Friday ahead of a U.S. employment report, cheered by a record close on Wall Street and talk of further stimulus from the European Central Bank.
 

Russia's Lavrov to hold talks with Kerry in China: agencies

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:00 AMGo to full article
Lavrov attends a meeting with entrepreneurs and members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing on Saturday before an Asia-Pacific summit starts, Russian news agencies said on Friday. The agencies, quoting a source at the Foreign Ministry, gave no details but recent meetings between Kerry and Lavrov have been dominated by the crisis in Ukraine. The rift over Ukraine has caused the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended, and Lavrov and Kerry failed to make progress on resolving their differences at talks in Paris on Oct. 14. ...
 
 

US pressure urged over jailed Myanmar journalists

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:15:44 AMGo to full article
Myanmar Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a press conference at National League for Democracy party headquarters Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar's transformation from pariah state to aspiring democracy has been kind to blogger Nay Phone Latt. He was freed from a 20-year prison term imposed for his coverage of anti-junta protests. He now has a weekly program on U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and runs an internationally praised campaign against sectarian hate speech.
 
 

China, Japan agree crisis mechanism for disputed islands

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:09:08 AMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in TokyoBEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - China and Japan agreed on Friday to establish a crisis mechanism and to talks to prevent a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands from getting out of control, in an apparent breakthrough in ties that have long been soured by the disagreement. The two countries will gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue, China's foreign ministry said in a statement following a meeting between China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's national security adviser, Shotaro Yachi. ...
 
 

Put that kite away: APEC's effects on Beijing life

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:20 AMGo to full article
In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, a woman, right, buys breakfast from a movable kiosk while Chinese men browse newspapers at a newsstand near a APEC China 2014 billboard in Beijing, China. Beijing is locking down and tidying up for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings culminating in a leaders meeting next Monday and Tuesday. The newsstand and a kiosk are still open for business near the Chang'an avenue, although dozens of similar newsstands and kiosks have been removed from central roads to tidy up the city. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has locked down and tidied up for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings culminating in a leaders meeting Monday and Tuesday. Here are some ways life has changed for Beijingers:
 
 

Politics fuels religious riots in secular India

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:09:21 AMGo to full article
Bhuri Begum, right, pulls down the sleeve of Farhad's shirt to display bruises caused allegedly by police beating after security was enhanced in the area following rioting between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi, India. Rioting started on the evening of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights after a drunken brawl broke out near a makeshift Hindu shrine set up just across the local mosque. By the next morning the tightly-packed neighborhood was abuzz with rumors and grainy cell phone videos and the police were conspicuous by their absence. Religious conflagrations are still surprisingly common in a secular country where tolerance is enshrined in the constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)NEW DELHI (AP) — First, the rumors start. Maybe a Muslim man threw garbage outside a temple, or a Hindu boy teased a Muslim girl. No one has any names or specifics, but that doesn't stop people from taking the rumors as fact. Crowds gather on both sides. Slogans are shouted, stones are thrown. A car goes up in flames.
 
 

Amnesty calls for release of pro-HK activists before APEC summit

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:50:17 AMGo to full article
Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong's financial central districtBEIJING (Reuters) - China should release at least 76 people, detained on the mainland for supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, before the start of next week's Asia-Pacific leaders summit in Beijing, rights group Amnesty International said on Friday. Students calling for full democracy for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong have blocked roads leading into three of the city's most economically and politically important districts for weeks, drawing condemnation from Beijing and the Hong Kong government. Leaders including U.S. ...
 
 

US pressure urged over jailed Myanmar journalists

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:18 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar's transformation from pariah state to aspiring democracy has been kind to blogger Nay Phone Latt. He was freed from a 20-year prison term imposed for his coverage of anti-junta protests. He now has a weekly program on U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and runs an internationally praised campaign against sectarian hate speech.
 

Asia stocks rise on ECB stimulus hopes, Wall St

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:05:57 AMGo to full article
U.S. and Japanese flags are placed in front of an electric screen indicating the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen at a foreign exchange dealing company in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Asian stock markets wavered between gains and losses Thursday as investors awaited a U.S. jobs report that might deliver a verdict on whether the Federal Reserve's withdrawal of stimulus was warranted. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were cheered Friday by a record close on Wall Street and talk of further stimulus efforts from the European Central Bank. Investors were also looking ahead to a report on U.S. employment.
 
 

Strife at West Coast ports threatens holiday goods

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:59:24 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor strife at major West Coast seaports is threatening the delivery of holiday goods that consumers expect and retailers need to turn a profit.
 

White House 'deep concern' about China rights advocates

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:35:31 AMGo to full article
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, September 2014. Rice has expressed "deep concern" over the treatment of human rights advocates in ChinaThe White House expressed "deep concern" Thursday about the treatment of human rights advocates in China, just days before President Barack Obama visits Beijing.
 
 

DNA study dates Eurasian split from East Asians

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:10 AMGo to full article
The 1954 photo provided by the Centre for GeoGenetics of the Natural History Museum of Denmark shows M .M. Gerasimov (on the right) with A.N. Rogachev (head of expedition on the left) excavating the fossil of Kostenki XIV in Kostenki-Borshchevo in what is now western Russia. A study of ancient DNA material has confirmed that the human populations now predominant in Eurasia and East Asia split more than 36,200 years ago. Researchers used new techniques to analyze genetic samples from the left tibia of a young man who died 38,700-36,200 years ago. (AP Photo/Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography) MANDATORY CREDITBERLIN (AP) — The human populations now predominant in Eurasia and East Asia probably split between 36,200 and 45,000 years ago, according to a study released Thursday.
 
 

Indian intelligence agency on the cheap hampers war on militants

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:35:29 AMGo to full article
A reporter talks on phone as smoke is seen coming from Taj Hotel in MumbaiBy Andrew MacAskill and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When a bomb went off last month in West Bengal state, police at India's leading counterterrorism organization had to hail taxis to get to the scene because they did not have enough cars. The admission by two officers from the National Investigation Agency underlines how poorly equipped it is to fulfill its role of investigating the most serious terrorism cases, cutting off funding to militants and putting suspects on trial. The NIA's woes are symptomatic of an overstretched intelligence network at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi must counter the growing threat of Islamist militants from al Qaeda, and possibly also Islamic State, gaining a foothold in the world's largest democracy. When NIA officers eventually arrived at the scene of the blast in West Bengal, bordering Bangladesh to India's east, what they discovered was important.
 
 

AP Exclusive: Myanmar profits off Rohingya exodus

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:52:38 AMGo to full article
In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, a Rohingya boy wades through the water carrying a basket of fish at The' Chaung refugee camp, on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar. The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar’s own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world’s most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. (AP Photo/Kaung Htet)MYIN HLUT, Myanmar (AP) — The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War.
 
 

Putin blames politics for falling energy prices

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:04:16 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Putin and head of the Federation Council Matviyenko attend a meeting outside MoscowBy Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the fall in global oil prices that is hurting Russia's economy was caused in part by political manipulation. In an interview with Chinese media published on Thursday, Putin did not blame any particular country for the price drop, but some Russian political commentators have depicted it as a Saudi-U.S. plot against Moscow. ...
 
 

Tanzania probes alleged ivory smuggling during Chinese state visit

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:22:41 PMGo to full article
Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in BeijingBy Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania is studying a report alleging that Chinese officials bought large amounts of illegal ivory during a visit by President Xi Jinping last year and smuggled it out in diplomatic bags aboard his plane, a Tanzanian government official said on Thursday. Beijing denied the allegation by an environmental campaign group, describing it as without foundation. ...
 
 

Graeme McDowell shoots 67 for lead in Shanghai

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:27 PMGo to full article
Graeme Mcdowell of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th hole during the first round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo)SHANGHAI (AP) — Graeme McDowell typically looks at the leaderboard more often at the start of a tournament. It gives him a sense of how the course is playing and what score he might need to contend at the finish.
 
 

Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:14:29 PMGo to full article
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is scheduled to take part in the festivities commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the WallFormer Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Thursday he would seek to defend Vladimir Putin's policies when he travels to Germany for ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall this week. Gorbachev, who is praised for his decision not to use force to quell uprisings in Eastern Europe, allowing the Berlin Wall to fall, said that Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country's interests.
 
 

Winter Olympics will not move for Qatar World Cup, says OCA boss

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:04:26 PMGo to full article
A computer generated image showing the stadium to be built in Al-Khor for Qatar's 2022 World Cup, which is set to be the first Middle Eastern country to host the competitionAsia's Olympic chief ruled out rescheduling the 2022 Winter Olympics to avoid the Qatar World Cup on Thursday as moves gather pace to shift football's showpiece to a cooler time of year. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, head of Asia's Olympic body and the worldwide Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), said he was sure the two events would not clash. This is a FIFA issue, not an IOC (International Olympic Committee) issue," Sheikh Ahmad said. FIFA should be flexible in choosing -- this is my advice -- which is the best date."
 
 

Image of Asia: Hanji lanterns light up Seoul

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:42:57 PMGo to full article
Colorful fish-shaped lanterns are lit up on the eve of Seoul Lantern Festival, which will be held from Nov. 7-23, along Cheonggye stream in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)In this photo by Lee Jin-man, colorful fish-shaped lanterns are lit on the eve of the Seoul Lantern Festival along Cheonggye stream in the South Korean capital. Several handmade paper, or hanji, lanterns are on display celebrating Korean cultural heritage. Various cities, artists and corporations are participating in the two-week festival, showing art exhibits and lanterns that look like fish, cultural icons and cartoon characters.
 
 

Olympic official: Winter Games won't move for WCup

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:13:44 PMGo to full article
President of The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah adjusts his glasses before meeting in Bangkok ,Thailand Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The Association of National Olympic Committees hosts its 10th General Assembly, as well as its 1st Gala Awards Dinner inviting the best athletes from London 2012 and Sochi 2014. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — The 2022 Winter Olympics will remain in the traditional February time slot and will not be moved to make way for a rescheduled World Cup in Qatar, the head of the world's national Olympic committees said Thursday.
 
 

NATO chief vows no loss of gains in Afghanistan

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:56:42 PMGo to full article
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a joint news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The head of NATO paid an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday, where he vowed that the Western alliance would continue supporting the country after foreign combat troops withdraw at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday reaffirmed the alliance's commitment to stabilizing Afghanistan and ensuring that the gains made are preserved after the foreign combat mission ends in 2014. Afghan security forces have been largely left to fight the Taliban on their own this year, in their first real test since the militant Islamists were ousted from power in 2001 by U.S.-led forces. ...
 
 

Pakistani police officer axes man to death over blasphemy

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:21:42 PMGo to full article
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - A policeman in Pakistan hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, police said, just two days after a Christian couple was lynched over blasphemy in the same province. The man, Tufail Haider, 55, was taken into custody late on Wednesday in the city of Gujrat after a group of people allegedly overheard him making the remarks, beat him up and handed over to police. "Officer Faraz Naveed brought him to the police station and sent him to lock-up. ...
 

HK students seek intermediary to arrange Beijing trip

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:03:07 PMGo to full article
Pro-democracy protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks walk past policemen on a road occupied by protesters at Mongkok shopping districtBy Donny Kwok and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - A leader of Hong Kong's student protests called on Thursday for a respected intermediary to help arrange a trip to Beijing where the students want to make their case to China's leaders for greater democracy in their city. Protesters, who have occupied some of Hong Kong's most economically and politically important districts for nearly six weeks, are frustrated with the city government's inability to negotiate and are hoping to send a delegation to Beijing. ...
 
 

APEC set to endorse anti-graft network

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:25:17 AMGo to full article
China's President Xi Jinping arrives before the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in BeijingBy Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - Asia Pacific countries are set to agree on an anti-corruption transparency network, a top APEC official said on Thursday, allowing law enforcement agencies to track illicit cash flows across borders as well as people suspected of graft. The network, led by China but also pushed forward by the United States, would open up channels for law enforcement agencies to share information and prosecute cases across national borders, Alan Bollard, executive director of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat, told a briefing. ...
 
 

McDowell's hot start gives him lead in Shanghai

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:47:26 AMGo to full article
SHANGHAI (AP) — Graeme McDowell likes a tough golf course, and Sheshan International was perfect for him Thursday. He opened with seven birdies in 12 holes and then hung on for a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead after one round of the HSBC Champions.
 

Beijing wants APEC to push Chinese trade pact

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:29 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Chinese men walk past a banner with the words reading: "APEC summit safety" near the venue hotel in Beijing. China plans to use a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders to promote a regional trade initiative at a time when progress on a rival U.S.-led trade deal has stalled, injecting a note of rivalry into the annual summit. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China plans to use a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders to promote a regional trade initiative at a time when progress on a rival U.S.-led trade deal has stalled, injecting a note of rivalry into an annual summit that aims for consensus.
 
 

Australian leader determined to meet Russia leader

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:38:00 AMGo to full article
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, address the media with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference at parliament house in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that he remained determined to secure a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand full cooperation in the investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.
 
 

Lenovo profit rises on sales growth outside China

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:59:15 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 19 percent, driven by sales growth outside its home China market.
 

China says APEC pollution curbs not being implemented

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:31:15 AMGo to full article
A man wearing a mask walks on a street during a hazy day in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - Several regions in China have failed to take steps to cut smog during a major meeting of global leaders set to start this week in Beijing, the environment ministry said. To ensure clean air during a prestigious Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, China said it would thin traffic and close hundreds of factories within a 200-km (124-mile) radius of the capital over the period from Nov. 1 to 12. ...
 
 

Former Aussie cricket captains back Clarke

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:17:59 AMGo to full article
Australia captain Michael Clarke speaks during a press conference upon his arrival from Dubai at Sydney International Airport on November 5, 2014Former Australia captains Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Allan Border threw their support behind embattled skipper Michael Clarke Thursday, saying it was ridiculous to be questioning his credentials. Clarke arrived in Sydney on Wednesday after the team's thumping 2-0 Test loss to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates to a barrage of questions over whether he remained the best man to head the side. "I think that was quite ridiculous, to tell you the truth," he said of the grilling Clarke received, as the three former captains gathered to mark 100 days before the start of the 2015 World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "We know that out of the last couple of weeks the guys didn't handle the conditions that well over there (in the UAE) but... it's two Test matches, a bit of a blip on what's otherwise been a pretty good copybook for the last couple of years.
 
 

Asia stocks waver ahead of US jobs report

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:29:20 AMGo to full article
The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European stock markets bounced back Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 from the sell-off triggered by lower growth forecasts. Asian shares mostly fell and oil plumbed fresh lows. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Asian stock markets wavered between gains and losses Thursday as investors awaited a U.S. jobs report that might deliver a verdict on whether the Federal Reserve's withdrawal of stimulus was warranted.
 
 

Obama defiant, vows immigration action this year

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:30:10 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's determination to act alone to change the immigration system promptly drove a wedge Wednesday into the post-election commitment from the president and Republican leaders to find common ground under the new political alignment.
 

Officials fear al Qaeda grooming Indian militants for big attacks

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:07:16 AMGo to full article
Pakistani rangers and Indian Border Security Force officers lower their national flags during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check-post at WagahBy Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region. The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of foreigners and turning India into a "Syria and Iraq where violence is continuously happening". ...
 
 

Canada introduces law banning polygamist immigrants

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:48:08 PMGo to full article
Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander gives a speech in Ottawa, on August 23, 2013Canada's Immigration Minister Chris Alexander Wednesday unveiled plans to ban entry to migrants who practice polygamy and what he termed "barbaric cultural practices." "We are strengthening our laws to protect Canadians and newcomers to Canada from barbaric cultural practices," Alexander said in a statement. "We are sending a strong message to those in Canada and those who wish to come to Canada that we will not tolerate cultural traditions in Canada that deprive individuals of their human rights." The sweeping changes to Canada's immigration act would also prohibit forced marriages, set a minimum age for marriage at 16 and limit possible defenses in "honor" killings and many spousal murders.
 
 

India, isolated, toughs it out in WTO food-stockpiling row

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:10:34 PMGo to full article
Indian PM Modi speaks with Finance Minister Jaitley during the launch of the Jan Dhan Yojana, or the Scheme for People's Wealth, in New DelhiBy Manoj Kumar and Tom Miles NEW DELHI/GENEVA (Reuters) - India defied the world on Wednesday in a row over food stockpiling that has crippled attempts to reach a global trade agreement, raising doubts that backroom talks can reach a compromise before a Group of 20 summit this month. At the end of July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulled the plug on implementing a so-called trade-facilitation deal struck in Bali last year, linking it to the emotive issue of rural poverty in his country of 1.25 billion people. ...
 
 

US lawmakers: Myanmar vote unfair without Suu Kyi

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:36 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers is telling President Barack Obama to pressure Myanmar's government to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president.
 

Gap expanding quickly in Asia

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:08:13 PMGo to full article
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gap Inc. has announced plans to expand quickly in Asia as it tries to tap into growing demand there.
 

Suspected poachers escape Mozambique police post

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:04:32 PMGo to full article
In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 handout photo supplied by the Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS) WCS members inspect the scene where a poached elephant lay dead in the Niassa Reserve, Mozambique, after being shot dead by poachers with an AK-47. Two alleged poachers escaped from a police station while awaiting trial, undermining efforts to implement the new ant-poaching law in the southern African country the WCS said. (AP Photo/Wildlife Coversation Society International-Alastair Nelson, File) MANDATORY CREDIT THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 14 DAYS FROM TIME OF TRANSMISSION: NO ARCHIVES: NO LICENSING.JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two alleged elephant poachers in Mozambique escaped from a police station while awaiting trial, undermining efforts to implement a new anti-poaching law in the southern African country, a conservation group said this week.
 
 

For summit, China orders up a quiet, clean Beijing

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:47 PMGo to full article
This Sunday Oct. 26, 2014 aerial photo shows the 97-meter-tall oval-shape Sunrise Kempinski Hotel on the shore of Yanqi Lake, the main area of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in Beijing's Huairou district. Ahead of the APEC forum that opened Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 city crews also have replaced 450,000 flower pots, swept newsstands and breakfast kiosks from some neighborhoods and encouraged - or warned - many residents, and especially dissidents, to leave town. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — A thousand new facial-recognition cameras are watching for potential troublemakers. Kite-flying has become a jailable offense in some areas. Factories have been ordered to cut back or suspend production. And those are just part of China's efforts to clear Beijing of dangers, dissent and smog during an international summit deemed the capital's biggest event since the 2008 Olympics.
 
 

Putin beats Obama again in Forbes power ranking

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:23:19 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin has beaten Barack Obama to the title of world's most powerful leader as ranked by ForbesFor a second year in a row, Russian President Vladimir Putin has beaten Barack Obama to the title of world's most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes. In a year in which Russia annexed Crimea, stoked a conflict in Ukraine and clinched a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline deal with China that Forbes called the world's largest construction project, Putin remained on top. It was the third time in Obama's presidency that he has lost top billing -- twice to Putin and once to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Third prize went to Jinping, who is expected to rule for a decade in which China is set to eclipse the United States as the world's largest economy.
 
 

Fowler ready to check off the big box _ winning

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:57:04 PMGo to full article
SHANGHAI (AP) — The HSBC Champions would seem an odd place for Rickie Fowler to start another PGA Tour season. The title would suggest this World Golf Championship is for winners, and that's about the one thing Fowler hasn't been able to get done lately.
 

As Samsung falters, mysterious scion in the wings

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:13 PMGo to full article
In this July 13, 2012 photo, Samsung Electronics Co. Chief Operating Officer Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Allen and Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. As Samsung’s smartphone business suffers a dizzying decline, another issue is vexing investors. Command of one of the world’s most valuable consumer brands will eventually pass to the son of its ailing patriarch whose business abilities remain a mystery despite being elevated two years ago to a top role at the company. Expectations of a leadership shift at Samsung intensified after the chairman of the flagship company, Samsung Electronics Co., suffered a heart attack in May. Lee Kun-hee, 72, remains hospitalized and has never publicly named his only son, Jae-yong, as heir apparent. But within the financial world and South Korea, where Samsung’s annual sales equal a quarter of the economy, there is little doubt he’ll be the third generation of the Lee family to head the sprawling business. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Samsung's smartphone business suffers a dizzying decline, another issue is vexing investors.
 
 

Image of Asia: Marking graves of typhoon victims

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:45:35 PMGo to full article
Workers erect wooden crosses at a mass grave for thousands of typhoon Haiyan victims in preparation for the observance of its 1st anniversary in the outskirts of Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the country will mark the first year anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan that ravaged Leyte, Eastern Samar and other provinces in central Philippines killing thousands of people in Leyte and leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)In this photo by Bullit Marquez, workers erect wooden crosses at a mass grave for Typhoon Haiyan victims in preparation for the observance of its anniversary in the outskirts of Tacloban, Philippines. The typhoon ravaged Leyte, Eastern Samar and other provinces in the central Philippines and left more than 6,300 people dead and 1,000 missing. One mass grave in Tacloban has more than 2,000 mostly unidentified bodies. Other mass graves containing typhoon victims are in nearby Palo and Tanauan townships.
 
 

14 cities in Japan bid for 2019 RWC games

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:43:51 PMGo to full article
TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo and Sendai are among 14 cities in Japan that have applied to host matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
 

Mob lynches Christian couple in Pakistan, dozens arrested

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:38:01 PMGo to full article
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran. Blasphemy is a serious offense in conservative Muslim Pakistan where those accused are sometimes lynched on the spot. The latest incident took place in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday when a local cleric told his community through the loudspeakers of his mosque to punish the couple for burning a few pages of the Koran, a police source said. ...
 

China to punish Tibet officials who support Dalai Lama

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:18:41 PMGo to full article
Tibetan monks stand outside the Sera monastery in Lhasa, Tibet, where Beijing says it will severely punish officials who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, state-run media reportsChina will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, the region's top Communist leader said according to state media reports Wednesday. Chen Quanguo, Tibet's Communist party chief, vowed to root out officials who support the Dalai Lama and to quash separatist activities in the region, according to a front-page report in the Tibet Daily, the ruling party's regional mouthpiece.
 
 

O'Grady to step down as European Tour chief exec

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:21:40 AMGo to full article
SHANGHAI (AP) — European Tour chief executive George O'Grady is stepping down after 10 years, saying it was a good time to leave after another overwhelming Ryder Cup success and enough "green shoots of recovery" across the tour.
 

Scott leads WGC-HSBC Champions charge in McIlroy's absence

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:15:44 AMGo to full article
Sergio Garcia tees off during the Pro-Am event for the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai on November 5, 2014Forty of the world's top 50 golfers will tee off in Shanghai on Thursday when "Asia's major", the World Golf Championships (WGC) HSBC Champions tournament, gets under way. World number one Rory McIlroy and big drawcard Phil Mickelson have not made the long trip to China, but fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson is at Sheshan International Golf Club, just 11 days after the birth of his third child, Alice, in Florida. World number two Adam Scott skipped the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, so could understand McIlroy's decision to stay away and prepare for his upcoming court case with his former management company.
 
 

Swedish police await Pirate Bay co-founder in Thai capital

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:07:41 AMGo to full article
The Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 12 months in jail for promoting copyright infringement against the film, record and video industriesThe Swedish co-founder of the Pirate Bay website is due to be hauled to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in northeast Thailand, with police from Stockholm waiting to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement. Thai police said Fredrik Neij, 36, was stopped late Monday at the border with Laos wearing the same short-sleeved shirt as in a wanted poster issued to immigration officials by the Swedish embassy. Neij was due to arrive at Bangkok's second airport later Wednesday where Swedish police were expected to greet him. "Three Thai policemen will escort him on the flight to Bangkok and Swedish police will help us whisk him to the immigration bureau before he is handed over to Swedish authorities," Police Colonel Panlop Suriyakul na Ayutthaya told AFP.
 
 

Taliban group threatens to attack India following border blast

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:55 AMGo to full article
Relatives gather beside the bodies of victims who were killed in yesterday's suicide bomb attack on the Wagah border, before funeral prayers in LahoreBy Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - A new Pakistani Taliban group behind this week's devastating suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said on Wednesday the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next. At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a bomber tried to get as close as possible to the border in a possible attempt to cause casualties on the Indian side as well. ...
 
 

Egypt levels Sinai homes in new strategy against Islamist militants

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:07:36 AMGo to full article
IBSHAR Egypt (Reuters) - At Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, families are emptying their homes - lugging mattresses and furniture onto waiting vans as soldiers look on from armored cars. In this village of Ibshar and eight more along the frontier, 680 houses - homes to 1,165 families - are being razed to seal off smugglers' tunnels and try to crush a militant insurgency in northern Sinai that has intensified since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood 16 months ago. The operation's resulting no-mans-land - a security buffer 13. ...
 

Hong Kong students fine-tune plan to take democracy call direct to Beijing

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:51:10 AMGo to full article
A combination photo shows signs asking not to take pictures at different pro-democracy protesters' encampments in Hong KongBy Clare Baldwin and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Students calling for full democracy for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong are hoping to take their protest to Communist Party rulers in Beijing and are expected to announce details of their new battle plan on Thursday. The move signals a shift in the focus of the protests in the former British colony away from the Hong Kong government which has said it has limited room for maneuver. ...
 
 

Fear stalks Hong Kong sex workers after grisly murders

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:32 AMGo to full article
Two women board a taxi near bars and restaurants in Hong Kong's Wanchai district on November 3, 2014Even on a weekday night, the bars of Hong Kong's Wanchai red-light district are teeming -- stern-looking "mama-sans" supervise young women in miniskirts enticing punters with calls of "Hey handsome" and "Let's party". In an upmarket apartment streets away from the neon-lit strip, Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiahsih -- two Indonesian women in their 20s -- were brutally murdered. Police are investigating whether the victims worked in the sex trade. The killings are a shocking reminder that, even in one of Asia's safest cities, the women who work out of the bars of Wanchai are acutely vulnerable.
 
 

Obama to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Nov 14

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:50:32 PMGo to full article
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, pictured on April 15, 2014 in ParisUS President Barack Obama will meet Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on November 14 during a six-day trip that also includes stops in China and Australia, the White House said Tuesday. Earlier in the November 12-14 Myanmar stop, Obama will participate in a US-ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw, where a bilateral meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein is planned, the statement said.
 
 

Kerry: U.S., China should set example by agreeing on climate goals

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:38:28 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry gestures at the Washington Ideas Forum presented by the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic in WashingtonBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China, the world's largest carbon emitters, have an opportunity to agree on ambitious targets to reduce climate-warming gas emissions and set the stage for a global deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Speaking hours before leaving on a trip that will include Beijing, Kerry said climate change, Iran, North Korea and counter terrorism were areas on which the two major powers could cooperate and agree. ...
 
 

No talks set for Obama, Putin in Asia but informal discussions likely: U.S. official

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:26:39 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in SochiWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has no plans for formal face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Asia-Pacific or G20 summits next week but they are expected to have an informal conversation on the sidelines, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. Obama and Putin, who have been at odds over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, will both be attending an Asia-Pacific summit in Beijing and the G20 meeting in Brisbane. ...
 
 

U.S. Defense chief Hagel postpones visits to Vietnam, Myanmar

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:53:41 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has postponed a visit to Myanmar and Vietnam this month due to scheduling issues, including upcoming congressional hearings, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. Hagel had been expected to visit the Southeast Asian countries in the middle to the month. He had been expected to attend a meeting of defense ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar, while the Vietnam leg was a bilateral visit following a U.S. decision to relax a long-standing U.S. arms embargo on Hanoi. ...
 
 

Kerry urges US-China cooperation on climate change

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:58:10 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them over cyber theft and maritime security.
 

Obama to visit China, Myanmar, Australia next week

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:41:28 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will focus on the global economy and U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region during stops next week in China, Myanmar and Australia.
 

US-China ties will help shape 21st century: Kerry

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:15 PMGo to full article
US Secretary of State John Kerry discusses current relations between Washington and Beijing at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, on November 4, 2014Top American diplomat John Kerry said Tuesday the relationship between the United States and China was the "most consequential" in the world today, warning it needed to be "carefully managed." Ties between the two powerful economies will "do much to determine the shape of the 21st century," Kerry said, before leaving on what will be his fourth trip to China since becoming secretary of state 21 months ago. The two major powers "have a profound opportunity to set a constructive course on any number of issues, from climate change to global trade," Kerry insisted. "For that reason, our relationship has to be carefully managed and guided, not by news hooks and grand gestures, but by a long-term strategic vision, by hard work, by good diplomacy and by good relationships."
 
 

Exclusive: Washington takes hands-off stance on future of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:44:30 PMGo to full article
U.S. President Obama talks to reporters during news conference after meeting Myanmar's Opposition Leader Suu Kyi at her home in YangonBy Matt Spetalnick and Jared Ferrie WASHINGTON/YANGON (Reuters) - Despite hailing Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as “an icon of democracy,” U.S. President Barack Obama is quietly acquiescing to the government's decision to bar her from running for the presidency in next year’s election, U.S. officials say. Obama, who visits Myanmar next week, appears to be balancing his push for democratic reforms with a desire to maintain influence with a government that remains deeply suspicious of Suu Kyi and is led by some of the same former generals who kept her under house arrest for 15 ...
 
 

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:59:22 PMGo to full article
In this Oct. 10, 2014 photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visits the Myanmar’s Landmark Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Thailand's military-installed government appointed a committee on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to draft the country's new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics. The appointment came more than five months after the military, led by Gen. Prayuth, toppled an elected government headed by Thaksin's allies. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed government appointed a committee on Tuesday to draft the country's new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics.
 
 

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested at Thai-Lao border

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:53:44 PMGo to full article
A Thai immigration officer, left, shows a paper document to Swedish Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij at Immigration office in Nong Khai province, Thailand, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Neij, one of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUTBANGKOK (AP) — One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday.
 
 

Indonesian women's killings shock Hong Kong

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:05:03 PMGo to full article
Rurik George Caton Jutting, right, is escorted by a police officer in an police van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-year-old man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)HONG KONG (AP) — Inside the sleek, metallic grey apartment tower rising from the heart of this financial capital, police uncovered an unspeakable crime that has jolted this city proud of its reputation for safety and order.
 
 

Image of Asia: Cloud phenomenon in Aussie skies

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:09:48 PMGo to full article
In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo taken with smartphone camera, a fallstreak hole forms in the sky over Wonthaggi, Australia. A fallstreak hole is a circular gap that appears in high clouds, when a section of the cloud freezes. The ice crystals are heavy, so they fall out of the cloud, leaving a hole. It is a relatively rare phenomenon. (AP Photo/Leesa Willmott) EDITORIAL USE ONLYIn this photo taken on a smartphone camera by Leesa Willmott, a fallstreak hole forms in the sky over Wonthaggi, Australia. The bizarre sight seen Monday in the town near Melbourne looked like a hole in the sky, or perhaps an alien spacecraft. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Conroy said fallstreak holes are circular gaps that appear in high clouds when a section of the cloud freezes. The ice crystals are heavy, so they fall out of the cloud, leaving a hole. It is a relatively rare phenomenon.
 
 

Nissan's quarterly profit jumps on sales, yen perk

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:18:16 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Monday, May 12, 2014 file photo, People walk past a wall set up in front of Nissan's showroom under renovation in Tokyo. Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday, Nov. 4, its July-September profit jumped nearly 15 percent to 124.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion) as vehicle sales improved in almost all regions. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit jumped nearly 15 percent to a better-than-expected 124.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion) as vehicle sales improved in almost all regions.
 
 

European shares rise, Japan's Nikkei extends gains

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:58:33 AMGo to full article
People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Japan's stock benchmark surged 4 percent Tuesday, boosted by central bank stimulus and the government pension fund's plan to buy more equities. Other Asian stock markets posted mild gains or losses. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — European shares mostly rose Tuesday on expectations for strong corporate earnings. Japan's stock benchmark ceded some of its early gains to close 2.7 percent higher, while other Asian markets had gains and losses.
 
 

Parents of Indonesian murdered in Hong Kong urge death for killer

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:57:43 AMGo to full article
Suratmi (L) and Ahmad Kaliman, parents of Sumarti Ningsih, one of two Indonesian women murdered in Hong Kong, pictured with Sumarti's five-year-old son Muhammad Hafidz Arnovan in Cilacap on November 4, 2014The parents of a young Indonesian woman murdered in Hong Kong called Tuesday for her "sadistic" killer to be put to death, a day after a British banker appeared in court accused of killing her and a second woman. The mutilated and decomposing body of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, was found on Saturday in a suitcase on the balcony of Rurik Jutting's upmarket apartment in the southern Chinese city. "I am absolutely horrified, no mother could accept her child being hurt in such a terrible way," Suratmi, the mother of Ningsih, told AFP. The body of Ningsih, who had a young son and was from a poor farming family, was discovered hours later as police searched the apartment -- court documents state that she was killed on October 27.
 
 

World Bank chief urges Asian health help in Africa

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:24:50 AMGo to full article
Philippine medical workers put on protective equipment as they undergo training on how to manage Ebola at Research Institute for Tropical Medicine facilities in Manila on October 28, 2014World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Tuesday urged Asia to send trained health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa, warning the focus on stricter border control was not the solution. "I call on countries across Asia to offer trained health workers now to help stop Ebola at its source," Kim told reporters in Seoul. He welcomed efforts by South Korea, China and Japan to send medical personnel or equipment to combat the outbreak. Asia has a wealth of medical personnel who could be "among the heroes needed now on the frontlines" Kim said, but added that many Asian countries "who could help simply are not -- especially when it comes to sending health workers".
 
 

No quick cure for Australia's spin woes: CA

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:34 AMGo to full article
Pakistan's Imran Khan (R) reacts as Australia's Michael Clarke (L) and Mitchell Marsh (back L) run between wickets during the third day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on November 1, 2014Australia's inadequacies in playing spin in Asian conditions will take time and hard work to put right, Cricket Australia high performance chief Pat Howard said Tuesday. Captain Michael Clarke admitted his team had not learned their lesson against spin after crashing to their sixth straight loss on the sub-continent against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. Pakistan inflicted a 356-run defeat in the second Test in Abu Dhabi -- Australia's third heaviest loss in all matches -- to take the two-match series 2-0. He added that CA would continue to use external spin consultants, such as Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, and undertake developmental sub-continent tours that expose Test candidates to the foreign playing conditions at an early age.
 
 

British banker charged in Hong Kong double killing

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:01:09 PMGo to full article
Rurik George Caton Jutting, right, is escorted by a police officer in an police van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-year-old man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Apple Daily) HONG KONG OUT, TAIWAN OUT, NO ARCHIVEHONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police charged a British banker on Monday with killing two women, including an Indonesian whose body was found in a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment, authorities said.
 
 

FIFA moves closer to winter World Cup in Qatar

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:40:45 PMGo to full article
Sport360° view: Blatter must go after Qatar 2022 mess is sortedGENEVA (AP) — FIFA is targeting two options for holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter in Qatar, and organizers think that is "ideal" for the Middle East.
 
 

Spy agencies averted more deaths in Pakistan-India border bomb: sources

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:52:41 PMGo to full article
India's BSF soldiers patrol near the fenced border with Pakistan at the Wagah borderBy Aditya Kalra and Mubasher Bukhari WAGAH India/LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - Indian and Pakistani intelligence agencies both picked up plans for an imminent strike on their Wagah land border ahead of a suicide blast that killed 57 people on Sunday, and heightened security possibly averted a more devastating attack. Pakistani police on Monday said they had recovered a "huge" cache of weapons and explosives near the border, where thousands of Indians and Pakistanis gather at dusk every day to watch a flamboyant ritual parade by their security forces. ...
 
 

HSBC takes $378m hit for forex scandal

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:46:23 PMGo to full article
HSBC bank took a $378 million (302 million euro) charge linked to allegations of foreign exchange market rigging, and posted mixed earnings for the third quarterLondon (AFP) - HSBC bank on Monday took a $378 million (302 million euro) charge linked to allegations of foreign exchange market rigging, and posted mixed earnings for the third quarter.
 
 

London's FTSE down 0.18%

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:45:43 PMGo to full article
London's FTSE 100 index lost 0.18 percent to 6,534.66 points in early trade MondayLondon (AFP) - London shares weakened at the start of trading on Monday, shedding some of last week's bumper gains after more disappointing manufacturing numbers from China.
 
 

Image of Asia: Royal welcome in South Korea

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:39 PMGo to full article
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Pool)In this photo by Kim Hong-Ji, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on Monday. During their meeting, Park said she hopes the king's visit will help boost bilateral cooperation, while the king voiced his surprise at the economic achievements South Korea has made over the past decades, according to South Korean media pool reports posted on the website of Park's office. The president's office has said the king's two-day trip is in reciprocation for Park's visit to the Netherlands to attend a nuclear summit last March.
 
 

British banker in court over grisly Hong Kong double murder

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:42:52 AMGo to full article
A general view shows the J residence building in Hong Kong where two female corpses, including one in a suitcase, were found following the arrest of British banker Rurik JuttingA British banker appeared in a Hong Kong court on Monday charged with the grisly murder of two women whose bodies were found in his upmarket apartment, one of them decomposing in a suitcase. Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old securities trader who until recently worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, had called police to his home in Wanchai district in the early hours of Saturday. The corpse of the other woman was discovered decaying inside a suitcase on the balcony. Court documents named one of the victims as Sumarti Ningsih, listing the other as an unknown female.

 

 

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British banker dumped by his 'love' before Hong Kong murders

 
‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:45:29 PM | Tom PhillipsGo to full article
Rurik Jutting's Filipina girlfriend ended their relationship just weeks before the bodies of two Indonesian women were found at his Hong Kong flat






 

Africa ivory smuggled on China state visit

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:37 PM | AgencyGo to full article
Chinese officials used a state visit to Tanzania by the country's premier to smuggle ivory from the country, according to a report






 

Al-Qaeda 'preparing for major attack in India'

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:47:22 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
Al-Qaeda coordinating with Indian Mujahideen on major attack in India, decrypted communications reveal






 

British banker 'went to his local pub for pint of Tetley's' hours after first Hong Kong murder

 
‎06 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:18:31 PM | Tom PhillipsGo to full article
Rurik Jutting, the University of Cambridge graduate accused of killing two women in Hong Kong, reportedly told staff and drinkers he was a "psychopath"






 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears in public without cane

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:29:56 PM | Myles BurkeGo to full article
Photographs have been released of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walking unaided, the first since his reappearance from a lengthy public absence






 

US army 'loses' military equipment worth $420 million in Afghanistan

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:51:09 PM | Philip SherwellGo to full article
Missing hardware includes sensitive weapons systems, encryption devices and vehicles, according to internal Pentagon investigation that highlights challenges of $7 billion Afghan withdrawal






 

China strikes back at Lord Patten over Hong Kong

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:06 PM | Malcolm MooreGo to full article
Beijing rebukes Chris Patten after he urges parliament to fight for democracy in Hong Kong






 

China's giant panda triplets at 100 days old: in pictures

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:56:52 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
The only surviving giant panda triplets pose for the cameras






 

Japanese restaurant chain ordered to pay £320,000 in damages for overtime suicide

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:45:01 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
The family of a Japanese man who committed suicide in 2010 after working 200 hours overtime a month has been awarded £320,000 in damages






 

Kim Jong-un pictured without his walking stick

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:16:56 PM | AFPGo to full article
North Korean premier is seen in public walking unaided after suffering from a suspected ankle cyst






 

China mocks Obama as being 'insipid'

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:44:47 PM | AFPGo to full article
Barack Obama has been ridiculed by Chinese state media, who have mocked his "Yes we can" mantra






 

Police raid Hong Kong sex clubs after murders at home of British banker

 
‎05 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:20:35 AM | Tom PhillipsGo to full article
Four days after two Indonesian sex workers are found dead at the home of University of Cambrdige graduate Rurik Jutting, police crack down on Hong Kong's red light district






 

Hong Kong murders: 'Miss Milkshake' in hiding after ex-lover accused of double killing

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:10:23 PM | Katherine RushtonGo to full article
Glamour model Sonya Loretta Dyer, who dated Rurik Jutting, 29, for around four years before his arrest this week, reportedly "tormented" by fears that she narrowly escaped






 

Rare deer with fangs is spotted for first time in 60 years

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:20:20 PM | Leon SicilianoGo to full article
Halloween might be old news but something pretty scary has been discovered in Afghanistan - a deer with vampire-like fangs






 

Bizarre dancing manhole cover in China

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:15:52 PM | Olivia RzadkiewiczGo to full article
Watch as this manhole cover appears to dance on a pavement in Chongqing, China






 

Driver does wheelies in mini excavator

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:38:21 PM | Olivia RzadkiewiczGo to full article
Watch as this driver performs amazing stunts in a tiny digger






 

North Korea extends 10-year military conscription

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:54:39 PM | Julian RyallGo to full article
North Korea is to voluntarily extend its 10-year mandatory national service due to falling troop numbers






 

Possible 'fireball meteor' spotted in Japanese skies

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:38:07 PM | Telegraph VideoGo to full article
A mysterious object resembling a ball of fire has been spotted in the sky over western Japan






 

Hong Kong murder victim's father wants death penalty for daughter's killer

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:00 PM | Telegraph VideoGo to full article
The father of an Indonesian woman whose body was found at a British banker's flat in Hong Kong says he wants whoever killed her to be put to death






 

Eight amazing Chinese gadgets

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:30:02 AM | Malcolm MooreGo to full article
China is often accused of not being innovative enough, but here are eight Chinese gadgets that put that myth to the sword






 

Hong Kong murders: London-born glamour model among Rurik Jutting's ex-girlfriends

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:00:37 AM | Katherine RushtonGo to full article
Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym 'Sonya Milkshake', was dating Mr Jutting for 'several years' before his arrest this week






 

Parents of slain woman demand death penalty for Hong Kong killer

 
‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:07:17 AM | Tom PhillipsGo to full article
The parents of an Indonesian woman found dead in Hong Kong ask authorities to help them bring their daughter's body home






 

Hong Kong murders: British suspect 'devastated' by fiancee's betrayal

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:15:01 PM | Tom PhillipsGo to full article
Rurik Jutting - charged with the alleged murders of two women in Hong Kong -and his former girlfriend were known for their extravagant spending habits and planned to marry






 

Pakistani border crossing goes ahead despite bomb attacks

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:44:26 PM | APGo to full article
Historic Wagah border ritual continues on Pakistani side, as death from bomb attacks rise to 60






 

A rare look inside North Korea's embassy: Pyongyang's art comes to London

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:20:57 PM | Harriet AlexanderGo to full article
The secretive North Korean embassy in London is opening its doors to the public for the first time, to showcase some of Pyongyang's finest artistic talent






 

Inside North Korea: How Kim Jong-un's favoured artists view London

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:49 PM | Harriet AlexanderGo to full article
Painters from Kim Jong-un's elite art studio come to London for the first time to display their work






 

North Korean artists display paintings at embassy in London, in pictures

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:33 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
In pics: North Korean artists display paintings at embassy in London






 

Kim Jong-un photobombed by stuffed animals in compromising position

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:30 PM | Julian RyallGo to full article
A very brave prankster showed up the North Korean leader with what appeared to be two animal teddies in a suggestive position during his visit to a newly opened orphan
 
 

India and Pakistan close historic border ritual after suicide attacks

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:11:25 PM | ReutersGo to full article
Tourist attraction is suspended for the first time in over 40 years after bomb blast kills 45






 

The Jacksons search for talent in China

 
‎03 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:16 PM | Olivia RzadkiewiczGo to full article
Michael Jackson's brothers Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon visit a children's home in Hong Kong






 

 
 

World Watch List Countries

 

1.     North Korea  

2.     Somalia  

3.     Syria  

4.     Iraq  

5.     Afghanistan  

6.     Saudi Arabia  

7.     Maldives  

8.     Pakistan  

9.     Iran  

10.  Yemen  

11.  Sudan  

12.  Eritrea  

13.  Libya  

14.  Nigeria  

15.  Uzbekistan  

16.  Central African Republic  

17.  Ethiopia  

18.  Vietnam  

19.  Qatar  

20.  Turkmenistan  

21.  Laos  

22.  Egypt  

23.  Myanmar (Burma)  

24.  Brunei  

25.  Colombia  

26.  Jordan  

27.  Oman  

28.  India  

29.  Sri Lanka  

30.  Tunisia  

31.  Bhutan  

32.  Algeria  

33.  Mali  

34.  Palestinian Territories  

35.  United Arab Emirates  

36.  Mauritania  

37.  China  

38.  Kuwait  

39.  Kazakhstan  

40.  Malaysia  

41.  Bahrain  

42.  Comoros  

43.  Kenya  

44.  Morocco  

45.  Tajikistan  

46.  Djibouti  

47.  Indonesia  

48.  Bangladesh  

49.  Tanzania  

50.  Niger  

 

 

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