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China - Repeated cyber-attacks on leading human rights website
Monday, September 22, 2014
Reporters without borders
Cyber-dissident Huang Qi's site has been repeatedly blocked by DDoS attacks since 16 September Reporters Without Borders condemns the cyber-attacks on China's leading human rights information website 64 Tianwang that have repeatedly rendered it inaccessible since 16 September. The creation of human rights activist and cyber-dissident Huang Qi, the site posts information supplied by citizen-journalists. A Distributed Denial of Service attack launched at around 10 a.m. on 16 September (...) (Full Story)

Hong Kong Students Begin Boycott to Protest Beijing Policies
Monday, September 22, 2014
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest Beijing's decision to rule out fully democratic elections in the former British colony. College and university students from all over the territory streamed into the campus of Hong Kong University Monday afternoon to kick off the boycott with a massive rally. Strike organizers are angered at Beijing's decision in August to rule out open nominations for candidates, instead demanding that they... (Full Story)

Australia Seeks Broad New Security Powers after Anti-terror Raids
Monday, September 22, 2014
Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said after sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week. Under the proposed legislation, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott said would be introduced into parliament this week, it would be a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits. Although the United States and several... (Full Story)

US Applauds Formation of Afghan Unity Government
Monday, September 22, 2014
The Obama Administration is hailing the agreement between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates on forming a government of national unity, saying it marks an ‘important opportunity’ for unity and increased stability. The agreement, ending a six-month political impasse, is the culmination of a power-sharing structure brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said it ensures the first peaceful, democratic transition in Afghanistan. The White House applauded former Afghan... (Full Story)

Powerful Storm Blows Through Taiwan, Hits China
Monday, September 22, 2014
Taiwan has begun cleanup efforts after Tropical Storm Fung-Wong pounded the island with massive downpours, while China braced for the onslaught of the upgraded Typhoon Fung-Wong. The powerful storm arrived in Taiwan Sunday, pounding the north and south of the island but causing only limited damage. It blew into the South China Sea Monday morning, leaving at least one person dead and four injured. East China's Zhejiang Province faced a strengthened storm as Fung-Wong made landfall... (Full Story)

Pakistan Appoints New Spy Chief
Monday, September 22, 2014
Pakistan has appointed a new chief for the country's powerful intelligence agency. An army statement Monday said Major General Rizwan Akhtar has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and will take over as head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) effective October 1. A military official said Akhtar has extensive experience with counterinsurgency and counterterrorism. The head of the ISI spy agency occupies one of the most important posts in Pakistan.  It is at the... (Full Story)

Turkey: 130,000 Syrian Kurds Have Crossed Border Fleeing Islamic State
Monday, September 22, 2014
Turkish officials say more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey since late last week in order to flee an advance by Islamic State militants. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday the government is expecting the number to rise, and is prepared for "the worst case scenario." Turkey has already taken in about 850,000 Syrian refugees since a civil war began there in March 2011. Some 300,000 of them have arrived this year. The latest influx has come as... (Full Story)

Bangladesh Opposition Leader's Corruption Trial Begins
Monday, September 22, 2014
A Bangladesh court has begun hearing evidence in the trial of former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia. The trial opened Monday in Dhaka, the capital.   Zia is charged with embezzling more than half a million dollars from two charities. She did not make a courtroom appearance. The anti-corruption court judge rejected Zia's lawyers' request that the case be postponed. The case has been delayed dozens of times. Current prime minister Sheikh... (Full Story)

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Arrives to Study Martian Atmosphere
Monday, September 22, 2014
A U.S. spacecraft has arrived at Mars to study the planet's upper atmosphere and help scientists answer questions about how its climate has changed over time. The craft named the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, completed a 10-month, 711 million-kilometer journey late Sunday. It will measure the rates at which gases escape the Martian atmosphere into space.   Bruce Jakosky, who is leading the science side of the mission, said the goal is to understand what... (Full Story)

Q&A with Lee Miller: Women and Negotiations
Monday, September 22, 2014
President Obama's State of the Union Speech earlier this year said full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. Women also pay more for health care and cars. Could it be that women are not as good as negotiating as men are? A new study by Laura J. Kraya and Alex B. Van Zanta from the University of California as well as Jessica A. Kennedy at Vanderbilt University finds that women are more likely to be deceived.  Lee E. Miller is a co-author with... (Full Story)

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