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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

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Hong Kong protests: China blocks BBC website

Chinese censors have blocked the website of Britain's national broadcaster, the BBC said in a statement late on Wednesday, coming as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police.

US steps up Ebola vigil, but won't stop travel to Africa

The US on Wednesday announced new steps to counter Ebola as concerns mounted about new infections, but it resisted growing demand for ban on travel to and from west Africa.

Nepal snowstorm: Number of missing rises to 85

At least 85 climbers are still unaccounted for after a blizzard dumped snow and triggered avalanches along a mountain trekking route popular with backpackers, the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal said on Thursday.

'Hundreds of IS militants killed in Kobani strikes'

US-led air strikes have killed several hundred Islamic State fighters around the Syrian town of Kobani, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, but it cautioned that the town near Turkey's border could still fall to the Sunni militant group.

Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis

The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially, and the UN still hasn't reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned.

Second Ebola case in US, health worker tested positive

A second care provider has tested positive for Ebola at a Texas hospital where a man died last week, becoming the latest victim of an outbreak said to be “winning the race” worldwide.

Obama to lead meeting on Ebola at White House

President Barack Obama set aside a campaign trip on Wednesday to lead a meeting at the White House on the US government's response to the Ebola outbreak, a spokesman said.

Police brutality video in Hong Kong sparks outrage

The video of a pro-democracy protester getting assaulted in Hong Kong sparked online outrage on Wednesday as the city police detained at least 45 people for taking part in the agitation that seemed to have revived after showing signs of withering in its third week.

Man gets death in slayings of baby and grandmother

A man from India who said he'd rather accept the death penalty than sit through arguments over his fate after being convicted of killing a baby and her grandmother from India was sentenced to die on Tuesday.

Pistorius 'blood money' row: Defence team revelation shocks Steenkamp lawyers

Lawyers for Reeva Steenkamp's family expressed shock on Wednesday that Oscar Pistorius's defence team revealed details of secret 'blood money' payments during a heated courtroom arguments over his sentencing.

In Pics: Killer Indonesian volcano erupts after 400 years

Indonesia Mount Sinabung has erupted four times in the past two weeks. It has not only claimed over 50 lives, but engulfed the island of Sumatra in billowing smoke and incandescent lava. These photos display the terrifying, yet surreal scenes in Sumatra.

Second Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola

A second health worker at the Texas hospital where the first case of Ebola contamination on US soil occurred has tested positive for the disease, the state government said Wednesday.

Nepal: Indian among 24 killed in avalanches

Seven people including three foreigners and a group of yak herders were killed in Nepal by unseasonal snow blizzards and an avalanche triggered by the tail of the Hudhud cyclone, officials said on Wednesday.

Dutch bike gang members join Kurds to take on ISIS

The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime.

Gonzalo becomes 'major hurricane' in Atlantic

Packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) an hour, with gusts even stronger, Gonzalo surged to a Category Three on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
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