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China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:01 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics Saturday ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.

An article in the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper People's Daily said that some in the former British colony were colluding with outside forces to interfere in Hong Kong's governance.


What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:36 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.


Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:54 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.

After the bombing outside the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security in Jalalabad, militants battled with security forces for an hour before authorities were able to put down the attack, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor.


22 of 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:05 AM

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.

First Lady Rosario Murillo said 20 of the miners were freed late Friday, in addition to two who made their way to safety shortly after a Thursday morning collapse cut off the exit at the El Comal gold and silver mine in the town of Bonanza left them cut off in a mine shaft.


Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:03 AM

CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids.

A federal police officer said his group was told they would be stationed in southern Mexico for six months. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn't allowed to talk to the media.


New Zealand justice minister resigns amid scandal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:23 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Justice Minister Judith Collins resigned Saturday from her portfolios amid a scandal about her ties to a controversial blogger.

The resignation comes just three weeks before New Zealand's general election and could impact the chances of center-right Prime Minister John Key returning for a third term in office. Opposition parties will see the move as victory while Key will hope it will bring closure to the scandal.


China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:22 PM

BEIJING (AP) — China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics Saturday ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.

An article in the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper People's Daily said that some in the former British colony were colluding with outside forces to interfere in Hong Kong's governance.


Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:25 PM

GUATEMALA (AP) — Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group were forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.

Misael Santos of the Lev Tahor community says the Jewish group started leaving San Juan La Laguna on Friday after the town's Elders Council voted to kick them out.

"We decided to leave because the Council of Elders does not want us," Santos said. "It's sad to leave, and there are people who like us here because when we left there were people who cried."


Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 05:06 PM

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner.

National police chief Omar Pinzon said Armando Alberto Perez was captured in Veraguas province last weekend.


Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 04:46 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men. He argued that the anti-sodomy law fuels homophobia and violates a charter of human rights adopted in 2011 that guarantees people the right to privacy.


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