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In China, Hong Kong protests out of sight, out of mind


HONG KONG — As tens of thousands demonstrated peacefully for democracy in Hong Kong on Wednesday, displays of freedom were carefully kept out of sight and out of mind elsewhere in China. The government in Beijing celebrated National Day — the ...

David Cameron pledges sweeping tax cuts for low and middle earners

Financial Times

David Cameron has put tax cuts at the heart of his message to British voters at the next election, vowing to reduce income tax for 30m people and to maintain the most competitive corporate tax regime of any major economy. Mr Cameron wants to carry on ...

Stoltenberg Takes Over at NATO With Conciliatory Tone Toward Russia

Wall Street Journal

BRUSSELS— Jens Stoltenberg, taking office Wednesday as the new chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, took a relatively conciliatory tone toward Russia on Wednesday in his first comments on the Ukraine crisis. "My main message has been, today ...

With Ukraine On Europe's Side, E.U. Worries About Russian Trade Barriers


As the saying goes, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Brussels thinks Russia will erect barriers to trade with the E.U. and Ukraine as it firms up agreement to create new free trade zone with Moscow's ex-Soviet ally. “We have strong concerns ...

Tony Abbott expresses support for parliamentary burqa ban, but colleagues do not

Sydney Morning Herald

Multicultural Affairs spokeswoman criticises 'distracting' burqa focus · PM on the burqa debate · Peta Credlin backs burqa ban in Parliament. Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, ...

Norway Government Rejects 2022 Winter Olympics

ABC News

Oslo said it has dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday to provide financial backing, a move which leaves just two cities in a race that has been decimated by withdrawals. Members of the ruling ...

Texas girl taken by mom 12 years ago rescued in Mexico


Sabrina Allen, who was abducted in 2002 in Texas at age 4 by her mother, has been found in a secret rescue mission near Mexico City and returned to the United States, the FBI said Wednesday. Sabrina, now 17, was rescued Tuesday and her 44-year-old ...

Hong Kong protest outside Chinese embassy in London

BBC News

Demonstrators have gathered outside the Chinese embassy in London to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Organisers of the London protest said 3,000 people had gathered to show people in Hong Kong "they are not alone". Many carried ...

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