#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city’s Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that the government won’t let the public nominate candidates to run in inaugural direct elections to succeed him in 2017, as demanded by thousands of protesters occupying main streets across the city.
But he added that there’s room to discuss how to form the key 1,200-member nominating committee.
Leung said such changes could be covered in a second round of consultations over the next several months.
“How we should elect the 1,200 so that the nominating committee will be broadly representative – there’s room for discussion there,” Leung said. “There’s room to make the nominating committee more democratic, and this is one of the things we very much want to talk to not just the students but the community at large about.”
Soon after Leung spoke to The Associated Press and three other news agencies, top officials from his government began much-awaited, televised talks with student leaders.
In opening remarks, student leader Alex Chow said that an August decision by China’s legislature ruling out so-called civil nomination and requiring the nominating committee has “emasculated” Hong Kong.
Chow and four other student leaders, wearing black T-shirts that said “Freedom Now!,” faced off against five senior government officials in dark suits across a U-shaped table.
“We don’t want anointment,” said Chow, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of three groups leading the protests.
#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 21 – Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.
Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either under-way or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – October 21 – The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night.
De Margerie’s death leaves a void at the top of one of the world’s biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory.
The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie’s Dassault Falcon jet was taking off for Paris.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said the driver of the snow plough had been drunk and that a criminal investigation had been launched.
The plane’s three crew also died, said Total.
The airport said visibility was 350 meters (1,150 feet) at the time of the crash.
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN (Sanna) – October 21 – Al-Qaeda militants have captured a town south of Yemen’s capital Sanaa as government troops fought fierce battles elsewhere against Houthis Shiite rebels, security officials said.
Sunni militants on Monday seized al-Adeen town 200km south of Sanaa in Ibb province, AP reported, citing officials.
Militants linked to Al-Qaeda last week stormed the local security headquarters in al-Adeen and held it for hours before fleeing to the mountains.
Source: Associated Press
#AceWorldNews – BANGLADESH (Dhaka) – October 21 – At least 32 people were killed and dozens injured when two buses collided head-on in north-west Bangladesh on Monday, police said.
The accident took place at Baraigram in Natore, 220 km (140 miles) from the capital Dhaka.
The death toll could rise further as some of the injured are in a critical condition, police official Mohammad Manirul Islam told Reuters.
A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the accident.
Road accidents kill around 10,000 people a year in impoverished Bangladesh.
They are often blamed on reckless driving, poor roads and aged vehicles.
Another 30 people were injured, and some of them are in critical condition, Reuters reported later.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 –“This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including <a class="zem_slink" title="China" "Vitaly Churkin" in reply to air-strikes on Syria ………. as cited.
Moscow‘s reply to Air strikes by the U.S. Air Force at ISIS positions in Syria without consent from Damascus would add more new complications to the international community’s efforts to counteract terrorism, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday as he spoke live on the Rossiya’24 news channel. “Regular cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in the UN format continues and it embraces fighting with terrorism,” he said. “I have a headache of a different sort on,” Churkin went on. “Newspapers are writing of President Obama’s willingness to deliver air strikes at the positions of ISIS on the territory of Syria and it looks like he would do so without the Syrian government’s consent.” “I’m worried by a different thing,” he said. “Newspapers say President Obama has ostensibly taken a decision to deliver air strikes at the positions of the ISIS terrorist organization on the Syrian territory and judging by everything he will do it without the Syrian government’s consent.” “This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including China,” Churkin said. “Respect for international law is necessary so that the international community could be able to take consolidated actions on a problem as complicated as this one and if it /the U.S./ opts for such actions, its choice will be highly regrettable and will create obstacles for further cooperation – something we already spoke about,” he said. “As for an encouraging instance of cooperation, the American who are now presiding at the Security Council are going to appoint a special meeting there on September 25 and to adopt a resolution on the problem of international terrorist fighters,” Churkin said. “The latter are a new phenomenon – these paramilitaries drift from one country to another and many such people are fighting in Iraq and Syria at the moment,” he said. “The resolution aims to enable the international community to fight with the phenomenon even better. #ANS2014