CHINA: ‘ HEALTH OFFICIALS IN GUANDONG PROVINCE RULES OUT POSSIBLE EBOLA CASES ‘


#AceWorldNews – CHINA (Guandong) – October 22 – Health officials in South China’s Guangdong Province has ruled out possible Ebola cases as 43 people suspected of infection tested negative for the virus, Xinhua reported.

A total of 8,672 people from Ebola-ridden areas entered the province since August 23 and so far, 5,437 people have been discharged from medical observation.

Authorities have tightened examination as China’s largest trade fair Canton Fair opened its 116th session in Guangdong on Wednesday, drawing an influx of foreign visitors.

No Ebola cases have been reported in China so far.

#ANS2014

WASHINGTON: ‘ JEFFREY FOWLE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY IN NORTH KOREA ‘


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 21 – Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday.

American detainee who was arrested in North Korea for leaving a bible at his hotel is released and on his way home, but two other US men remain in secretive state

American detainee who was arrested in North Korea for leaving a bible at his hotel is released and on his way home, but two other US men remain in secretive state

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Fowle was home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang. 

Fowle was arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel.

An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, a senior State Department official told CNN. 

She said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae.  

Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.

Last month, Fowle gave an interview to CNN pleading for U.S. help and speaking about conditions of his detention.

He spoke to CNN with Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, two Americans also being held in North Korea.

In the interview, Fowle said he has ‘no complaints’ about his treatment.

‘It’s been very good so far, and I hope and pray that it continues, while I’m here two more days or two more decades,’ he said.

Washington has tried for months to send a high-level envoy to North Korea to seek release of the three men.

Analysts say North Korea has previously used detained Americans as leverage in its stand-off with the U.S. over its nuclear and missile programs, a charge that Pyongyang denies. 

Source: 

#ANS2014

HONG KONG: ‘ PROTESTERS MEET WITH OFFICIALS BUT GOVERNMENT WILL NOT COMPROMISE ‘


#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.

'Students Meet with Government Officials But Leave With No Compromise '

‘Students Meet with Government Officials But Leave With No Compromise ‘

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.

#FreedomNow T-Shirts '

#FreedomNow T-Shirts ‘

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.

Source: 

#ANS2014

‘ WHO SAY TEN OF THOUSANDS OF EBOLA VACCINES COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR TESTING BY JANUARY ‘


#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.

Source: 

#ANS2014

MOSCOW: ‘ CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’


#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.

Main-Margerie

CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’

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.

Source: 

#ANS2014 

YEMEN: ‘ AL-QAEDA MILITANTS CAPTURE THE CAPITAL OF SAANA ‘


#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 

#ANS2014

DHAKA: ‘ TWO BUSES COLLIDE HEAD-ON KILLING 32 AND INJURING DOZENS OF PEOPLE ‘


#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.

Bus Accident Kills 32 and Injures 30

‘ Bus Crash 32 Killed and 30 Injured and Rising in Bangladesh ‘

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. 

Source: 

#ANS2014