WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ International News International News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:10:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison http://www.wbrz.com/news/oscar-pistorius-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/oscar-pistorius-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison/ International News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 5:51:02 AM Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

PRETORIA, South Africa - Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has be sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

The judge in a South African court read the sentence today, also giving Pistorius a 3-year-suspended sentenced for a firearms violation.

The judge last month acquitted Pistorius of murder, but found him guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in repeatedly shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door.

Pistorius had argued that he fired the gun, thinking someone had broken into his home.


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British royal couple's second child due in April http://www.wbrz.com/news/british-royal-couple-s-second-child-due-in-april/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/british-royal-couple-s-second-child-due-in-april/ International News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:35:16 AM British royal couple's second child due in April

LONDON  - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April - the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth.

Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness, continues to improve.

The former Kate Middleton and Prince William are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a four-day state visit this week. She is also expected to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award ceremony.

The duchess canceled several engagements after her second pregnancy was announced in early September. She had acute morning sickness during the first trimester of her pregnancy with Prince George.


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Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 50 people http://www.wbrz.com/news/attacks-in-iraqi-capital-kill-at-least-50-people/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/attacks-in-iraqi-capital-kill-at-least-50-people/ International News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:42:00 AM Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 50 people

BAGHDAD - Militants have unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital.

Officials say at least 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the day's deadliest strike. Two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area of northern neighborhood of Baghdad, killing 14 civilians and wounding 34 others. Residents angered by the failure of government forces to protect the neighborhood threw stones at police checkpoints and police cars that arrived to respond to the blasts, prompting police to withdraw from the area.

Senior Iraqi officials have tried to reassure residents that the capital is too well-protected for militants to capture, but they've struggled to stop the near daily attacks.

Islamic State fighters say they have a foothold inside Baghdad and have claimed several large-scale bombings, particularly in Shiite districts.


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Hong Kong police clear protesters out of tunnel http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-police-clear-protesters-out-of-tunnel/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-police-clear-protesters-out-of-tunnel/ International News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 1:28:11 PM APNewsNow Hong Kong police clear protesters out of tunnel

HONG KONG - Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers have moved in to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city's government headquarters.

Officers, many of them in riot gear and wielding pepper spray, tore down barricades in and around the underpass early Wednesday.

The operation came hours after a large group of protesters blockaded the tunnel.

They outnumbered the police officers, who later returned with reinforcements to clear the area.

Local television broadcast live footage of the operation and its aftermath, with officers taking away dozens of protesters.

Democracy protesters have occupied key parts of the city for more than two weeks to pressure the government over curbs recommended by Beijing on democratic reforms.


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Catholic bishops take distance from gay document http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-bishops-take-distance-from-gay-document/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-bishops-take-distance-from-gay-document/ International News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 8:33:42 AM Catholic bishops take distance from gay document

VATICAN CITY - Conservative Catholic bishops are distancing themselves from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version.

The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week meeting on family life said gays had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided gay couples with "precious" support. It said the church must welcome divorced people and recognize the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabit.

Amid an outcry from conservatives, organizers of the synod insisted Tuesday that the document was merely a working paper that would be amended.


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Soldier gets Ebola but is not among peacekeepers http://www.wbrz.com/news/soldier-gets-ebola-but-is-not-among-peacekeepers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/soldier-gets-ebola-but-is-not-among-peacekeepers/ International News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 8:15:40 AM APNewsNow Soldier gets Ebola but is not among peacekeepers

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A Sierra Leone soldier has tested positive for Ebola but he is not a member of a battalion set to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

The troops' mission will be to protect the Somali government and fight al-Shabab militants. Their deployment was put on hold this summer when an Ebola outbreak in West Africa spiraled out of control. The soldiers were isolated to allay concerns they might bring Ebola into Somalia. Their deployment suspension was lifted in recent days, an AU official in Somalia said.

Abdulai Bayraytay, a spokesman for the Sierra Leone government, told The Associated Press that the soldier with Ebola was not stationed at the peace mission training center in Hastings, 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Freetown, where the Somalia-bound troops have been kept in isolation.


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Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church http://www.wbrz.com/news/bishops-say-gays-have-gifts-to-offer-church/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bishops-say-gays-have-gifts-to-offer-church/ International News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 3:17:51 PM Nicole Winfield Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY - Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.

In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also said the church must welcome divorcees and recognize the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabitate, as well as the children of these less traditional families.

While it does not change church doctrine, the tone of the report on a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance and understanding rather than condemnation. It will guide a closed-door debate until a final document is issued Saturday.

Gay rights groups hailed what they called a "seismic shift" in the church's attitude toward gays.

"For the LGBT Catholics in the United States and around the world, this new document is a light in the darkness - a dramatic new tone from a church hierarchy that has long denied the very existence of committed and loving gay and lesbian partnerships," said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBT rights organization in the U.S.

Some conservative cardinals downplayed the report as insignificant or derided it as unacceptable, while conservative groups denounced it as heresy and a "betrayal" that will only serve to confuse Catholics.

"Confused, contradictory chaos in Rome," headlined the arch-conservative commentator Michael Voris.

Bishops clearly took into account the views of the pope, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

In a sign of the chasm that is apparently underway, Francis decided late Friday to add six progressives from four continents to the synod leadership to help prepare the final document after several conservatives were elected to leadership positions. None of Francis' appointees were Africans, who are traditionally among the most conservative on family issues.

"The drama continues," a wry Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, said of the debate.

The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

For a 2,000-year-old institution that teaches that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered," even posing the question was significant.

"This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic Church speaks of gay people," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. "The Synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did."

The bishops repeated that gay marriage was off the table. But it acknowledged that gay partnerships had merit.

"Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners," they said.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group said that though the report repeats doctrine about gay marriage, "the move toward accepting and valuing the gifts of gay and lesbian people is a major step forward."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, downplayed the significance of the report, saying it was merely a draft and did not represent any kind of "earthquake" in church teaching. "It's not the final word and we're going to have a lot to say about it," he said in an interview with the SiriusXM/Catholic Channel.

Indeed, Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Gadecki called the report "unacceptable" and a deviation from church teaching, according to an interview with Vatican Radio.

Conservative groups rejected the report as a "betrayal" and even heresy.

"What will Catholic parents now have to tell their children about contraception, cohabiting with partners or living homosexual lifestyles?" asked Maria Madise, coordinator of the Voice of the Family, which says it represents several pro-life and conservative groups. "Will those parents now have to tell their children that the Vatican teaches that there are positive and constructive aspects to these mortal sins? This approach destroys grace in souls."

The tradition-minded blog Rorate Caeli called the document "heresy, homoheresy."

In the report, bishops said the church must grasp the "positive reality of civil weddings" and even cohabitation, with the aim of helping the couple commit eventually to a church wedding.

They also called for a re-reading of the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which outlined the church's opposition to artificial birth control. The bishops said couples should be unconditionally open to having children, but that the message of Humanae Vitae "underlines the need to respect the dignity of the person in the moral evaluation of the methods of birth control."

There has been much talk inside the synod about applying the theological concept of the "law of gradualness" in difficult family situations, including over contraception. The concept encourages the faithful to take one step at a time in the search for holiness.

In matters of birth control, the concept amounts to a tacit acknowledgement that most Catholics already use artificial contraception in violation of church teaching. But applying the concept pastorally would encourage priests to meet these couples where they are, and then help them come to understand the full reasoning behind the ban and then adopt it themselves.

Bishops also called for "courageous" new ways to minister to families, especially those "damaged" by divorce. The document didn't take sides in the most divisive issue at the synod, whether Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment can receive Communion.

Church teaching holds that without an annulment, these Catholics are living in sin and thus ineligible to receive the sacraments.

The document said these Catholics deserve respect and should not be discriminated against, and then laid out the positions of both sides: those who want to maintain the status quo barring them from the sacraments, and those who favor a case-by-case approach, in which the couple undertakes a path of penance.

Pope Francis has called for a more merciful approach to these couples, but conservatives have insisted there is no getting around Jesus' words that marriage is indissoluble.

There have been suggestions that the conservatives were being sidelined, if not silenced, behind the synod walls given Francis' known position on the matter.

Asked about the perceived sidelining of conservatives at the synod, Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, said there had been "ample space" for people to speak their minds.

On other issues, the bishops said:

-The church must speed up and streamline the annulment process to make it "more accessible and flexible." Proposals include removing the automatic appeal for annulment cases and allowing an administrative rather than cumbersome judicial process, the bishops said.

-Divorced Catholics who remarry in civil unions must be treated with respect "avoiding any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against."

-Children of gays and divorcees require special pastoral care. "The church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given a priority."


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Dempsey: US used attack helicopters near Baghdad http://www.wbrz.com/news/dempsey-us-used-attack-helicopters-near-baghdad/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dempsey-us-used-attack-helicopters-near-baghdad/ International News Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:26:10 AM Dempsey: US used attack helicopters near Baghdad

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer says the U.S. called in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun by Islamic State militants in a recent fight near Baghdad's airport.

Gen. Martin Dempsey says the extremists were within about 15 miles and had they overrun the Iraqis, "it was a straight shot to the airport."

The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman also tells ABC's "This Week" that there could be circumstances in the future when a no-fly zone over Syria could be part of the military campaign.

Dempsey says there may come a time when he might recommend that American advisers accompany Iraqi troops against Islamic State targets. Dempsey thinks Mosul, in northern Iraq, could be the "decisive" battle in the ground campaign at some point.


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Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for US http://www.wbrz.com/news/despite-demands-syria-no-fly-zone-a-no-go-for-us/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/despite-demands-syria-no-fly-zone-a-no-go-for-us/ International News Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:27:11 AM BRADLEY KLAPPER Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for US

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is boxed in by its promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State extremists, making it tough to agree to Turkey's condition for joining the fight in neighboring Syria.

Turkey and other U.S. allies want the U.S. to create a no-fly zone inside Syrian territory. Doing so would mean embracing one of two options President Barack Obama has long resisted: cooperating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government or taking out its air defenses, action tantamount to war.

Airstrikes alone might not prevent Islamic militants from carrying out a massacre at a Kurdish border town, but for now the U.S. isn't steering a new course in its expanded, one-month counterterrorism effort in Iraq and Syria.


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Yousafzai, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize http://www.wbrz.com/news/yousafzai-satyarthi-win-nobel-peace-prize/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/yousafzai-satyarthi-win-nobel-peace-prize/ International News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:30:14 AM Yousafzai, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway - News of today's Nobel Peace Prize winners has set off celebrations on the streets of Mingora, the main town in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is honoring 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Malala is the youngest-ever Nobel winner. A Taliban gunman shot her two years ago for insisting that girls as well as boys have the right to an education.

The 60-year-old Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, "focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain," the Nobel committee said.


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Suicide attacker kills 3 in southwestern Pakistan http://www.wbrz.com/news/suicide-attacker-kills-3-in-southwestern-pakistan/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/suicide-attacker-kills-3-in-southwestern-pakistan/ International News Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:15:19 AM Suicide attacker kills 3 in southwestern Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan - A police officer says a suicide attacker has blown himself up in a Shiite neighborhood in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 3 people and wounding 17.

Police chief Abdur Razzak Cheema says the bomber struck on Saturday in the Hazara Town neighborhood in the city of Quetta.

Cheema says the bomber was approaching the local market when police stopped him at a checkpoint. At that point, he detonated his explosives.

Cheema says a woman was among the three killed, and two women and four children were among the wounded.

The neighborhood and its surroundings are dominated by minority Shiites and have seen bombings and suicide attacks in the past.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, where the al-Qaeda-linked Lashker Jhangvi group operates, along with Baluch separatist and nationalist groups.


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US: Militants use beheadings to make up for losses http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-militants-use-beheadings-to-make-up-for-losses/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-militants-use-beheadings-to-make-up-for-losses/ International News Sat, 4 Oct 2014 8:57:41 AM LARA JAKES US: Militants use beheadings to make up for losses

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say the Islamic State group is using images of beheadings to maintain its edge in a propaganda war even as it suffers losses on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq.

Within days of U.S. airstrikes in August, militants released a video of the beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley.

The pattern continued through the next month.

Days after a military defeat, the extremists would release new videos of more beheadings of Western journalists, aid workers and Muslim soldiers.

On Friday, the Islamic State group released a new video showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning. The video was released after nearly two straight weeks of daily airstrikes against the group's fighters.


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Israel on alert as Jewish, Muslim holiday coincide http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-on-alert-as-jewish-muslim-holiday-coincide/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-on-alert-as-jewish-muslim-holiday-coincide/ International News Fri, 3 Oct 2014 2:47:27 AM Hunter Robinson Israel on alert as Jewish, Muslim holiday coincide

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police are on high alert to avert possible clashes as Jews and Muslims observe their faith's major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, which overlap this year.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says reinforced police contingents are deployed across Israel. There are large Muslim minorities in four important Israeli cities: Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv twin city of Jaffa - Yafo in Hebrew - and also in Haifa and Acre.

Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, begins at sunset Friday and ends on Saturday night.

Eid al-Adha, a three-day holiday that starts Saturday, is an occasion for family celebrations and outings. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim - or Abraham, as he is known in the Bible - to sacrifice his son in accordance with God's will.


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Man attacked by shark in Western Australia http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-attacked-by-shark-in-western-australia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-attacked-by-shark-in-western-australia/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:51:30 PM Hunter Robinson Man attacked by shark in Western Australia

SYDNEY, Australia - A man has been seriously injured in a shark attack in Western Australia.

Police say the man was attacked Thursday morning at Wylie Bay in the town of Esperance on Western Australia's remote southern coast.

The victim was being treated at a hospital. Police said they had no other information immediately available.

It was the second attack in Esperance in a year. Last October, a man was seriously injured by a suspected great white shark while diving off Esperance.

Sharks are common in Australian waters. But the country has averaged fewer than two fatal attacks per year in recent decades.


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Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48 http://www.wbrz.com/news/bodies-found-on-japan-volcano-raising-toll-to-48/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bodies-found-on-japan-volcano-raising-toll-to-48/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:40:25 AM Hunter Robinson Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48

OTAKI, Japan - A dozen more bodies have been found near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption.

Nagano prefectural police say the death toll from last Saturday's surprise eruption at Mount Ontake stands at 48 after Wednesday's additions.

Prefectural and police officials said most bodies were found around the summit, where many climbers were resting or having lunch.

The Ground Self-Defense Forces helicopters brought more than a dozen bodies to the foot of the mountain Wednesday.

Dozens of relatives and friends of those who are feared missing in the mountain waited for news in a municipal hall in a nearby town of Kiso.


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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps http://www.wbrz.com/news/airstrikes-launched-amid-intelligence-gaps/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/airstrikes-launched-amid-intelligence-gaps/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:34:28 AM Ken Dilanian Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al-Qaida cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, where it still controls large sections.

Human rights groups say coalition airstrikes have killed as many as two dozen civilians. U.S. officials say they can't rule out civilian deaths but haven't confirmed any.


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Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-israeli-prime-minister-to-meet-as-iran-deadline-looms/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-israeli-prime-minister-to-meet-as-iran-deadline-looms/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:31:34 AM Julie Pace Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship.

Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected to focus on another delicate issue: U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. With a deadline for reaching a final agreement less than two months away, all sides say significant gaps remain.

Netanyahu has long cautioned the U.S. and the international community that Iran is barreling toward a bomb and using diplomatic discussions as a stalling tactic. The Islamic republic contends its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.


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Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-modi-say-they-will-set-new-us-india-agenda/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-modi-say-they-will-set-new-us-india-agenda/ International News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:55:05 AM Josh Lederman Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is lauding India's new prime minister for focusing on economic growth and addressing the needs of the "poorest of the poor."

Obama is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office. It's Modi's first visit to the White House since his election in May.

The president says he has been impressed with the energy and determination that Modi is putting into addressing his country's challenges.

Sitting alongside Obama, Modi says India already has a strong partnership with the U.S. but the two countries need to "revive the momentum." He says he expects the economic relationship between the U.S. and India to grow rapidly in the coming years.


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Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-leader-says-beijing-won-t-back-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-leader-says-beijing-won-t-back-down/ International News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:16:56 AM Hunter Robinson Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

HONG KONG, China - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they'll initiate new civil disobedience efforts Wednesday unless their demands for genuine democracy and the resignation of the city's unpopular chief executive are met.

The protesters spent another night blocking streets in an already unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Even larger crowds are expected to flood the streets Wednesday, China's National Day holiday. The government says a holiday fireworks display is canceled.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged the Occupy Central group today to take into account the considerations of other residents and stop its disruptive protest. And he says China's communist leaders in Beijing will not back down from an August decision to restrict voting reforms for the first direct elections to pick his successor in 2017.

The crowd, mostly students, continues to occupy a six-lane highway next to the local government headquarters.


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Flag furor http://www.wbrz.com/news/flag-furor/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/flag-furor/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 5:38:10 PM Michael Marsh Flag furor

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND- It seems the European Union flag can be mistaken for an emblem of terror in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Police were called to golfer Rory McIlroy's hometown after locals reported seeing a house flying a flag of what was described as an Islamic terrorist group.

The homeowner explained it was the flag of the European Union he was flying to celebrate Europe's Rider Cup victory of the U.S. One city official said "You couldn't make it up" in reaction to the complaint. 


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