10/02/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing tells US, Hong Kong is internal affair. Occupy Central calls for Leung Chun-ying to quit by Paul Wang Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi slams democracy demonstrations as "illegal", but rules out the intervention of the Chinese army. All organized trips from China to Hong Kong blocked. Students ultimatum: Leung Chun-ying must quit by today. Otherwise they will occupy government buildings. Card. Zen advises Leung to resign. Solidarity with the democratic struggle from China. Shopkeepers and hotels concerned about the drop in business. In Shenzhen hundreds of people prevented from entering Hong Kong. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - On
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10/01/2014HONG KONG - CHINA The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day by Paul Wang The students boycotted the raising of the flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some demand the release of political prisoners and recall Tiananmen. Leung Chun-ying keeps silent. China censors images and news reports on the demands of democracy. 13 Chinese who support Occupy Central arrested. Beijing warns embassies and consulates: do not interfere with the protesters. Support from Canada, Britain, Australia.
09/30/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation by Paul Wang Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.
09/29/2014JAPAN Death toll rises to 36 following Mount Ontake's eruption Saturday's event was the first fatal one in modern times. At least 63 people suffered injuries and more than 230 climbers had to seek overnight refuge in local lodges. It is still unclear how many may be missing.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Day two of Occupy Central. Police violence comes under fire by Paul Wang The downtown streets are closed: Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay. In Kowloon, Nathan Road, Mong Kok and Argyle Street closed. Schools and banks closed. The teachers union joins the strike. Overnight police used batons, spray, tear gas to disperse protesters, who are demanding the resignation of Leung Chun-ying. Beijing slams the movement as "illegal".
09/28/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central launches civil disobedience. Solidarity with arrested students by Paul Wang The announcement was made at 1.45am by Benny Lai, one of the leaders. Supporters present include Card. Joseph Zen, the Catholic politician Martin Lee, the entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Three students, one 17 years old, remain in detention without aby charge. The governor Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with students. Fears of police raids. Demonstrations in nine cities in support of democracy in Hong Kong. Silence of Xinhua news agency.
09/25/2014INDIA Mr Modi goes to Washington to push 'Make in India' After going after Japanese and Chinese billions and before going to America, India's PM launches a plan to transform the country's economy. The goal is to create ten million jobs and attract foreign firms to build plants and build its infrastructure.
09/24/2014INDIA - UNITED STATES Modi at the White House to talk investment, security and technology The Indian Prime Minister is preparing to travel to the United States (26-30 September). In addition to meeting Barack Obama, he has close to 50 engagements lined up, including with top US CEOs and international players. In New York, he will address the UN General Assembly and meet the Indian diaspora. Two groups promise to protest his presence in the United States.
09/24/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Summit: for Card Parolin, defence of creation is a moral imperative The Vatican secretary of state addresses the UN. Climate change "raises not only scientific, environmental and socio-economic considerations, but also and above all ethical and moral ones." For the prelate, "we must implement a collective response based on a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue". What is more, "The ethical motivations behind every complex political decision must be clear. At present, this means consolidating a profound and far-sighted revision of models of development and lifestyles".
09/24/2014KOREA North Korea, people forced to live with 250 grams of food per day July and August see historic lows for the population of the Kim regime, caused by last spring’s drought and the sanctions imposed because of the nuclear program. The World Food Programme warns that: "The majority of the population is at risk of acute malnutrition."
09/24/2014INDIA Indian probe enters Mars orbit and history books The India mission is the first in the world to be successful at the first attempt. The Mangalyaan ("Martian ship") satellite will study the red planet’s atmosphere. Delhi overtakes China, Japan and South Korea.
09/23/2014INDIA Modi-Xi deals to provide a "lesson in democracy" The director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights views positively the new Beijing-Delhi relationship. Xi Jinping pledged investments worth US$ 20 billion over five years.