Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough
21 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as student leaders debated their call for full democracy for the Chinese-run city with government leaders to try end a weeks-long occupation of major traffic arteries. But, as had been widely expected, there was no breakthrough. Student leaders had yet to decide whether or not to hold a second round. ...
New Zealand Maori cancel Singapore match
21 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Maori cancelled a Nov. 15 rugby match against the Asia-Pacific Dragons because of concern over the state of the playing surface at Singapore National Stadium.
U.S. urges Japan to be 'bold' in Pacific trade pact talks
21 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) - The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. Penny Pritzker, who is in Japan with a trade mission of U.S. energy and medical companies, said both countries needed to be "bold and creative" to reach a deal, and a summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was possible if the two sides got closer to agreement. ...
Samsung seeks boost from redesigned Note
21 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest version of Samsung's popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.
Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: reports
21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
By Matt Siegel and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported. The operation will make its first seizure of assets in Australia within weeks, the newspaper quoted Bruce Hill, manager of Australian Federal Police (AFP) operations in Asia, as saying in an interview. ...
Indonesian president ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern
21 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
JAKARTA (Reuters) - New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates. Widodo, who won a closely fought July election on promises of clean government, will want to avoid the same type of corruption scandals that tainted his predecessor's final term in office. Three of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ministers were implicated in corruption cases. ...
Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81
20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
Kerry urges stepped-up Asian effort against Islamic State
20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
By David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Asia-Pacific leaders on Monday to do more to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State in the Middle East and choke off finance to the militants. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Kerry also met the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia's prime minister and the foreign minister of the Philippines. ...
Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US
20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president
20 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.
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