Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare
31 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
US blacklists Myanmar ruling party lawmaker
31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.
Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool
31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.
Budweiser owner InBev profits up 5.5 percent in Q3
31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.
Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
31 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
Pakistan holds big lead vs Australia after 2nd day
31 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia was facing an uphill task to level the two-match test series against Pakistan after losing opener Chris Rogers in a brief session while chasing its opponent's big first-inning total Friday.
Image of Asia: Watching the iPhone line in Seoul
31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a phone store worker dressed as Santa Claus keeps customers in line as they wait to buy Apple's iPhone 6, in Seoul, South Korea. The device went on sale Friday in South Korea, one of the world's most wired societies, with 85 percent of its 50 million people online and 40 million smartphones. South Korea is also home to the world's top-selling smartphone maker Samsung, which is seeing more competition by cheaper local brands in China and India and by Apple in developed nations.
Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban
31 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.
Myanmar hosts talks with Suu Kyi to show progress
31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president hosted talks Friday that brought together opposition leader and the nation's military chief for the first time, a meeting that appeared timed to showcase the Southeast Asian nation's ongoing reforms ahead of a regional summit that will be attended by President Barack Obama in less than two weeks.
Hong Kong activists mull taking protest to Beijing
31 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts US President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit. Beijing has refused to back down on its insistence made on August 31 that candidates in the vote must be vetted by a loyalist committee, a decision critics say is designed to ensure the election of a pro-Beijing stooge. Alex Chow, head of Hong Kong's main student union which has been at the vanguard of the protests, said demonstrators were considering upping the ante by attempting to travel to Beijing and press authorities for direct talks. "We should tell the world and the government... that the decision made on August 31 must be rescinded," Chow told demonstrators at the main protest site late Thursday, urging them to think about "directly approaching Beijing".
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