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China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 07:02 AM

HONG KONG (AP) — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different.

Beijing is blaming radicals and foreigners and showing off its military might, all things unlikely to go down well in the freewheeling capitalist bastion where a sizeable middle class accustomed to freedom of speech and the rule of law plans to push back with acts of civil disobedience.

19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:52 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo.

The cases announced Monday raise to 22 the number of dengue infections thought to have been contracted locally. The health ministry earlier reported three local cases, the first in nearly 70 years.

UN says Iraq deaths drop to 1,420 in August

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:25 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.

The U.N. mission to Iraq said in a statement released Monday that the death toll includes 1,265 civilians and 155 members of Iraq's security forces. It added that 1,370 were wounded.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:55 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom.

The three all described their situations as urgent.

Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:54 AM

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by EU leaders to be the next president of the European Council, spoke Monday at the Westerplatte peninsula on the Baltic coast, where some of the first shots of World War II were fired on Sept.1, 1939.

More than five years of brutal, global war followed, taking the lives of tens of millions of people.

Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:53 AM

MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.

Ashya King's parents, who are also British, were arrested Sunday in southeastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor, and after his parents' arrest he was admitted to a Spanish hospital.

Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:51 AM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered non-essential workers not to come to work and promised that all government workers would still be paid.

Liberia's schools are already closed in the effort to keep large numbers of people from gathering and potentially spreading the disease.

Military action leaves Lesotho power vacuum

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:48 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.

King Letsie III is appointing a Cabinet minister to run the country with both the prime minister and deputy prime minister in neighboring South Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa said Monday. It was not immediately clear who was being appointed to run the largely rural nation of about 2 million.

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:23 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

Diplomats were weighing the request at a daylong special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council on Iraq and the extremist group. A draft resolution put forward by Iraq would set up a U.N. fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses by the group.

UK to propose controversial anti-terror laws

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:10 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister is expected to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning for terror training in the Middle East.

David Cameron is unveiling a new package of legislation in the House of Commons on Monday. Talks with the Liberal Democrats, his partners in the governing coalition, stretched into late morning in hopes of finalizing a deal.

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