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Syria raids show Saudi, UAE ambition to extend regional authority

Oct 01, 2014

Syria raids show Saudi, UAE ambition to extend regional authority

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East. With Egypt, Syria and Iraq where the Arab world's armed might has usually rested all now immersed in civil wars or internal political turmoil, the emergence of Gulf states as military players asserting an unremitting hostility to Islamists could alter the region's political equation. While neither country appears likely to move towards the habitual use of military power to settle disputes or impose interests, the strikes in Syria demonstrated a growing comfort with the use of hard power alongside diplomacy. #United States #India #China #Business #Technology #markets #Italy #Argentina #Mexico
China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

Oct 01, 2014

China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) China is facing growing U.S. pressure to show restraint during mass prodemocracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in highlevel bilateral talks, and a prominent U.S. lawmaker has expressed "grave concerns" over the troubles #facebook #United States #Obama #India #China #Business #Brazil #France #Italy #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
Divided Chinese eye Hong Kong protests with admiration, anger

Oct 01, 2014

Divided Chinese eye Hong Kong protests with admiration, anger

HONG KONG (Reuters) For some mainland Chinese in Hong Kong, the sight of thousands of people on the streets protesting for greater democracy is an alien one that has prompted comparisons with the relative lack of political freedom back home. Others are less impressed, and see the mass show of defiance as a dangerous tactic that has shut down large parts of the city and raised the risk of serious confrontation with Hong Kong police. "For the first time in my life I feel close to politics," said a Chinese tourist from Beijing who gave only her surname, Yu #United States #Obama #China #Business #Japan #Brazil #Arabic #Government #chinese
CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

Oct 01, 2014

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

REUTERS U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country #facebook #United States #India #China #Brazil #Arabic #Russia #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #Virus #opinion
Islamic State insurgents advance on Turkish tomb in Syria  Turkish deputy PM

Oct 01, 2014

Islamic State insurgents advance on Turkish tomb in Syria Turkish deputy PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) Islamic State insurgents are advancing on a tomb in northern Syria regarded by Turkey as sovereign territory and guarded by Turkish soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday. #United States #Obama #India #Business #Brazil #Technology #Arabic #Middle East #Latin America
Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian homes in Old City's shadow

Oct 01, 2014

Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian homes in Old City's shadow

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday while stunned and angry Palestinians looked on, aware that there was little they could do. The homes in Silwan, which sits in the shadow of Jerusalem's Old City, were purchased by Elad, a prosettlement group that uses funds from Jewish supporters in the United States and elsewhere to buy properties in Palestinian districts. #facebook #United States #Technology #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Israel #Italy #Latin America #Mexico #jewish
Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

Oct 01, 2014

Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

HONG KONG (Reuters) Tens of thousands of prodemocracy protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong late on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day. On the eve of Wednesday's anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949, crowds poured into central districts of the Asian financial hub, near where National Day festivities are scheduled to take place. There was a carnival atmosphere among demonstrators, in contrast to weekend clashes when riot police fired pepper spray and tear gas to quell the unrest #facebook #United States #India #China #Technology #Russia #Italy #Climate
Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

Oct 01, 2014

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. The victory, which could make it harder for militants to operate on both sides of the frontier, was also achieved with help from Kurds from the Syrian side of the frontier, a new sign of cooperation across the border #facebook #United States #Economy #China #Japan #Arabic #Russia #Argentina #United Kingdom #Climate