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China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analysts

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:49

The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said. The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations. With its outsized international influence, the Vatican is the most important of Taiwan's 17 remaining friends, and its only European partner.


National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:30

HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.


All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:09

While the $11 billion rail project has raised fears for some over Beijing's encroachment on the Chinese-ruled city's cherished freedoms, passengers at the sleek harbourfront station were full of praise for a service that reaches mainland China in less than 20 minutes. "Out of 10 points, I give it nine," said 10-year-old Ng Kwan-lap, who was traveling with his parents on the first train leaving for Shenzhen at 7 a.m. "The train is great. It's very smooth when it hits speeds of 200 kilometers per hour." Mainland Chinese immigration officers are stationed in one part of the modernist station that is subject to Chinese law, an unprecedented move that some critics say further erodes the city's autonomy.


Senators And Christine Blasey Ford Tentatively Agree On Thursday Hearing

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 21:17

After days of negotiations and uncertainty, the Senate Judiciary Committee and


Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 20:23

A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security have been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the harbourfront West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new "special port area" that is subject to mainland law. Despite critics' fears over passenger safety in the mainland zones, hundreds gathered at the terminus in the early morning, with the first train leaving for the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen at 7:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday).


Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 218

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 15:32

By Jackson Njehia UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) - Divers rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry on Saturday, two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria killing at least two people. Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested had been carrying more than 300 people. State broadcaster TBC said late on Saturday the death toll had reached 218. Four navy divers resumed their search inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. ...


The Latest: Cramer seeks to clarify Kavanaugh comments

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 15:16

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer's comments on an allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):


China summons U.S. ambassador to protest sanctions over Russia military equipment

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 13:12

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge "stern representations" and protest the sanctions, the foreign ministry said. Earlier, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said China's decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries, and the United States had "no right to interfere". On Thursday, the U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on China's Equipment Development Department (EED), the branch of the military responsible for weapons procurement, after it engaged in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.


China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 10:52

China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organisation for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said. The announcement came a day after China called on the United States to withdraw the sanctions or "bear the consequences". The spat adds to tensions between the two global powers over trade, China's treatment of religious groups and the Asian country's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea.


Hiding in plain sight: Apple’s iPhone strategy

Macworld - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 07:00

The Macalope brings you this breaking news about Apple: Apple products cost too much. More updates on this late-breaking news as they come in.

Writing for the very nice people and editors and middle managers and a surprising number of luchadores over at Business Insider, Troy Wolverton says “Apple's $1,000 iPhones are turning it into a luxury brand — and it could lose a whole generation of customers.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick, Alex and Mickey.)

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Gunmen kill 24 Iranian revolutionary guard in an attack on military parade

Top Stories - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 06:06

Gunmen opened fire on a military parade in Iran on Saturday, killing 24 people including elite Revolutionary Guard troops, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country in recent years. Four assailants targeted a stand where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event in the southwestern city of Ahvaz marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq. There were reports they were dressed in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) uniforms. A pan-Arab, anti-government group called the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz appeared to take responsibility for the attack, which wounded more than 50 people. Among the dead were eight IRGC servicemen, as well as women and children. Islamic State also later claimed it, but Iranian authorities deemed it not to be credible. At least 24 troops were killed on September 22 in an attack on a military parade in the southwestern province of Khuzestan Credit: AFP Ahvaz is in the centre of Khuzestan province, where there have been sporadic protests by the Sunni Arab minority in predominantly Shia Iran. Such attacks are relatively rare in Iran. However, tensions between mainly Shia Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia have surged in recent years, with the two countries supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political parties in Iraq and Lebanon. A photojournalist takes a photo as she hits the ground after an armed attack targeting a military march Credit: Getty The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) play a major role in Iran's regional interests in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, said the assault was the handiwork of "regional terror sponsors". “Terrorists recruited, trained, armed and paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz,” he tweeted. “Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks.” Iranian soldier carrying an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz Credit: AFP The brazen attack appeared to be a direct attack on the Revolutionary Guards - the most powerful and heavily armed military force in the Islamic Republic. The IRGC have been the sword and shield of Shia clerical rule since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Guards also play a major role in Iran's regional interests in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for the guards, said that the attack was launched to “overshadow the greatness of the armed forces parades [across the country]”.  Injured soldiers lying on the ground Credit: AFP It also came as Tehran faces growing US pressure. President Donald Trump decided in May to pull the US out of the 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran and reimpose sanctions in a bid to isolate the Iran. Washington has said it is ready to open talks on a new agreement to replace the accord, but Tehran has said repeatedly it cannot negotiate under the pressure of the sanctions. A Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after a shooting during a military parade Credit: AP Mr Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, will both be in New York next week for the United Nations General Assembly. But Iran has repeatedly ruled out any meeting, which the US president has said he will chair.


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