New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » World News New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Japan Falls Lead Asian Share Dive Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 admin Asian shares opened lower on Thursday after Wall Street tumbled on US economic data, fuelling growth concerns.

Data from the US showed retail sales and producer prices both fell in September, dimming expectations of a interest rate hike by the central bank.

The S&P 500 fell as much as 3%, briefly turning negative for the year before closing down 0.8%.

Japan’s shares fell more than 2% to a four-and-a-half-month low.

In early trading the Nikkei 225 was at 14,751.77. The dollar was at 105.92 yen, flat from New York trade.

Among the losers were shares of Toyota, down over 2% after the automaker issued a recall of 1.75 million vehicles on Wednesday.

Hong Kong shares opened down almost 1% as the Hang Seng Index fell 226.55 points to 22,913.50.

On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.5% to 2,451.65 points after data showed that the rate of inflation in September fell, adding to evidence of a slowing economy.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 was lower 1% at 5,194.80 points.

Shares of Woodside Petroleum, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas producer, were lower 0.1% despite its third quarter production results beating forecasts.

In South Korea, shares followed the global downtrend.

The benchmark Kospi was down 0.7% after the Bank of Korea cut its interest rate for the second time in three months on Wednesday, and also downgraded its growth forecasts for the economy for this year.

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Second Ebola Case in Texas Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:37:47 +0000 admin A second health worker in the US state of Texas has tested positive for Ebola, health officials say.

A 26-year-old female nurse is already receiving treatment after becoming infected by a Liberian man who died from the deadly virus last week.

US officials say they are monitoring 48 contacts of the Liberian national and the healthcare workers who treated him.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.

Nina Pham was exposed to Ebola at a Dallas hospital when she treated Liberian Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the virus on US soil.

Doctors at the Health Presbyterian hospital said she was in good condition on Tuesday.

The identity of the second health worker has not yet been revealed, however, the person also cared for Mr Duncan while he was in hospital.

The health worker was immediately isolated after reporting a fever on Tuesday, the Texas state department for health said in a statement.

“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” the department said.

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Brave Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:40:58 +0000 admin Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the prize.

The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education.

The Nobel committee said the pair were awarded the prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.

Mr Satyarthi, 60, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the committee said.

This year’s record number of 278 nominees included Pope Francis and Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, although the full list was kept a secret.

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London Isil Attack “Foiled” Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:29:10 +0000 admin The first alleged Isil-linked terror plot on UK soil has been foiled by police  and MI5 amid fears jihadists are returning from Syria to carry out   beheadings on British streets.

Four men were arrested in dramatic armed raids in London during which one   suspect had to be Tasered by police.

The men are feared to have been in the “early stages” of planning a   “significant” attack and it is understood one line of inquiry is whether   they wanted to emulate the sort of brutal execution that has become Isil’s   hallmark on a British street.

Police and intelligence agencies have become increasingly concerned that the   terror group, which has already beheaded four Western hostages, is   encouraging similar attacks overseas.

Fears have heightened further after the UK joined air strikes against the   terrorists.

During the same month, Algerian fanatics linked to Isil beheaded kidnapped   French tourist Herve Gourdel in revenge for French air strikes in Iraq.

In August the UK terror threat level was raised to “severe” – its second   highest – as David Cameron warned Isil was planning attacks on the UK.

The Telegraph understands one of the men arrested had returned from Syria and   had links with Isil – possibly as a fighter there.

It came as Mr Cameron demanded former Guantánamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg   revealed what he knows of the terror group.

Mr Begg, who had terror charges against him dropped last week, said he   believed he knew who the senior members of Isil that held British hostage   Alan Henning and others were.

He said he did not know who their suspected British executioner – dubbed   “Jihadi John” – was but suggested those in control were higher up the   ladder.

Mr Cameron said: “If Moazzam Begg has information to provide about who these   people are, he should provide it.”

Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officers, supported by armed officers,   raided a number of addresses in west and central London, including the   Ladbroke Grove area.

Four men, two aged 21 and two aged 20, were arrested on suspicion of planning   or instigating a terror attack.

One of the 21-year-olds was Tasered by an officer during the arrest but was   not injured or required medical treatment.

The four men were being questioned at police stations in central London and   officers were searching a number of homes and vehicles across the city.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “These arrests and searches are part of an   ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism.”

The men had been monitored in a joint police and MI5 operation for some time   and one Whitehall source said the raids were an “early disruption”   of what could have been a “significant plot”.

Police would not discuss the specific nature of the alleged plot but it is   understood part of the investigation will look at the possibility of a   public beheading.

Other possible plans may be random killings in public places or some form of   small arms attack.

Isil, led by fanatic Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has demonstrated its brutality with   the beheading of four Western hostages in Syria and broadcasting the murders   in videos.

They included the deaths of Britons David Haines and Alan Henning who had gone   to the country to help Muslims.

The terror group, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, has   also attracted thousands of foreign jihadists to its cause, including more   than 500 Britons.

Around half of those are believed to have returned home and intelligence   agencies are concerned some may have been sent back to carry out attacks   here.

In August, Mr Cameron, the Prime Minister, warned Isil posed the “greatest   and deepest” terror threat in Britain’s history.

He spoke as the threat level was raised to severe, meaning an attack is   “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists   returning from Iraq and Syria.

He said the risk posed by Isil would last for “decades” and raised   the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the   Mediterranean”.

He warned he was “absolutely satisfied that Isil has specific threats and   will make specific threats to the UK”.

The Prime Minister said: “It was clear evidence that this is not some   foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore.   The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria   is a threat to our own security here in the UK.”

Counter terrorist police activity is now at its highest level since the 7/7   London bombings in 2005 because of the fears of such attacks.

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Jules Bianchi Critical Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:07:45 +0000 admin SUZUKA Japan (Reuters) – French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi was fighting for his life on Sunday after suffering a severe head injury and undergoing surgery following a Japanese Grand Prix crash.

Formula One’s governing body said the 25-year-old lost control of his Marussia on the wet track, travelled across the runoff area and hit the rear of a recovery tractor which was trying to remove a stricken Sauber.

The accident led to the race at Suzuka being stopped and cast a pall over the paddock with drivers shocked at what had happened.

McLaren’s Jenson Button, who finished fifth, said it was “an accident that you hope never happens in Formula One”.

Bianchi, extracted unconscious from the car, was taken by ambulance to Mie General Hospital where he underwent surgery.

“The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury,” the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement.

Speaking to France 3 television, Bianchi’s father Philippe said it could take 24 hours before the situation became clearer.

The accident was the most serious involving a driver at a grand prix weekend since Brazilian Felipe Massa suffered near-fatal head injuries in Hungary in 2009 after being hit on the helmet by a bouncing spring shed from a car in front.

Massa made a full recovery from that incident and was racing for Williams on Sunday.

The Brazilian, who has the same manager as Bianchi, went with other drivers and team officials to the hospital after the race while an outpouring of support for the Frenchman flooded social media.

Bianchi, a graduate of Ferrari’s young driver academy, scored Marussia’s first ever points when he finished ninth at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix and was highly-rated with a bright future.

The accident occurred at the same point of the track, the Dunlop Curve, where Adrian Sutil had aquaplaned off into the tyre barrier moments earlier (lap 42) and was watching his car being removed.

The crash brought out the safety and medical cars and then the red flags.

There were no podium celebrations and the champagne was left unsprayed, with the top three drivers merely clinking the bottles before putting them back on the ground.

“It’s obviously a real anti-climax to hear that one of our fellow colleagues is seriously injured so that’s really the main worry,” Mercedes’ race winner Lewis Hamilton told the BBC.

“You could see some commotion and the car was really badly damaged on the right. We just hope he’s OK.”

“I’m not thinking about the race, I’m thinking about my colleague,” said his team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg. “I’ve been given some information and it seems very, very serious. I’m hoping for the best.”

Nice-born Bianchi, who comes from a motor racing family, is a regular travelling companion of Ferrari’s double world champion Fernando Alonso and popular with other drivers, with whom he often plays soccer.

Formula One is proud of its safety record, and constantly strives to make cars safer, while remaining acutely aware that the sport will always be dangerous.

“Motor-racing is dangerous. We get used to it if nothing happens and then suddenly we are all surprised,” former champion Niki Lauda, who came back from a near fatal crash in 1976, told reporters.

The death of Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna, in 1994, remains the last driver race fatality but there have been close escapes since then.

Marussia’s former test driver Maria De Villota, who died last year, lost her right eye and fractured her skull when the Spaniard’s car accelerated into the back of a parked team truck at a 2012 test in England.

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Texas Kids Monitored for Ebola Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:22:58 +0000 admin Five children in Texas who came into contact with a man infected with Ebola are being monitored at home.

At a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the state’s governor Rick Perry said parents were concerned but he allayed fears of contagion.

Officials said they are monitoring up to another dozen people who may have come into contact with the man.

Thomas Eric Duncan is thought to have contracted the virus in Liberia.

The Liberian national came to the US nearly two weeks ago to visit relatives and he is the first man to be diagnosed with Ebola while in the US.

Mr Duncan is now in a serious condition, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

A nurse had asked him on his first visit to the hospital when he felt ill if he had been in an area affected by the Ebola outbreak.

He told them he had been to Liberia but the “information was not fully communicated throughout the whole team”, according to hospital officials.

Mr Duncan was then sent home with antibiotics – a decision hospital bosses have described as a matter of “regret” – but he was admitted when he returned two days later.

Texas Governor Rick Perry: “I know that parents are extremely concerned”

Allaying fears that Mr Duncan might have infected others, Mr Perry said his state had the medical infrastructure to prevent an outbreak.

“There are few places in the world better equipped to meet the challenge that is posed in this case.”

More than 3,000 people have already died of Ebola in West Africa and a small number of US aid workers have recovered after being flown to the US.

Meanwhile, in Liberia a government spokesman said the man showed no symptoms or fever as he was screened before departing the country.

“What this incident demonstrates is the clear international dimension of this Ebola crisis,” Lewis Brown, the country’s information minister, said in a statement.

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Hong Kong Democracy Protests Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:02:21 +0000 admin Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday, one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.

China wagged its finger at the student protesters, and warned against any foreign interference as they massed again in business and tourist districts of the city in the late afternoon.

“Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying defiantly told a news briefing in Beijing.

The unrest, the worst in Hong Kong since China resumed its rule over the former British colony in 1997, sent white clouds of gas wafting among some of the world’s most valuable office towers and shopping malls before riot police suddenly withdrew around lunchtime on Monday, after three nights of confrontation.

China rules Hong Kong under a “one country, two systems” formula that accords the territory limited democracy. Tens of thousands of mostly student protesters are demanding Beijing give them full democracy, with the freedom to nominate election candidates, but China recently announced that it would not go that far.

As riot police withdrew on Monday, weary protesters slept beside roads or sheltered from the sun beneath umbrellas, which have become a symbol of what some are calling the “Umbrella Revolution”. In addition to protection from the elements, umbrellas have been used as flimsy shields against pepper spray.

Nicola Cheung, an 18-year-old student from Baptist University, said the protesters in central Admiralty district were assessing the situation and planning what to do next.

“Yes, it’s going to get violent again because the Hong Kong government isn’t going to stand for us occupying this area,” she said. “We are fighting for our core values of democracy and freedom, and that is not something violence can scare us away from.”

Organisers have said that as many as 80,000 people have thronged the streets after the protests flared on Friday night. No independent estimate of numbers was available.

The protests, with no single identifiable leader, bring together a mass movement of mostly tech-savvy students who have grown up with freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China. The movement represents one of the biggest threats for Beijing’s Communist Party leadership since its bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy student protests in and around Tiananmen Square.

Cracking down too hard could shake confidence in market-driven Hong Kong, while not reacting firmly enough could embolden dissidents on the mainland.

The protests are expected to escalate on Oct. 1, China’s National Day holiday, with residents of the nearby former Portuguese enclave of Macau planning a rally. Pro-democracy supporters from other countries are also expected to protest, causing Beijing further embarrassment.

Such dissent would never be tolerated on the mainland, where the phrase “Occupy Central” was blocked on Sunday on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. The protests have received little coverage on the mainland, save for government condemnation.

Televised scenes of the chaos in Hong Kong over the weekend have already made a deep impression on many viewers outside Hong Kong. That was especially the case in Taiwan, which has full democracy but is considered by China as a renegade province that must one day be reunited with the Communist-run mainland.

“Taiwan people are watching this closely,” Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview with Al Jazeera.

Britain said it was concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and called for the right of protest to be protected.

The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong issued a statement calling for all sides to “refrain from actions that would further escalate tensions”.

China’s Hua said Beijing noted statements expressed by countries such as the United States. “We hope that the relevant country will be cautious on this issue and not send the wrong signal,” she said.

“We are resolutely opposed to any foreign country using any method to interfere in China’s internal affairs. We are also resolutely opposed to any country, attempting in any way to support such illegal activities like ‘Occupy Central’.”

“We are fully confident in the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, because I believe this is in keeping with the interests of all the people in China, the region and the world,” she said.

In 1989, Beijing’s Tiananmen crackdown sent shockwaves through Hong Kong as people saw how far China’s rulers would go to keep their grip on power.

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China & US in Climate Change Pledges Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:26:52 +0000 admin China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world’s highest, would soon peak.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020.

US President Barack Obama said climate change was moving faster than efforts to address it, and the US and China had a responsibility to lead other nations.

The summit was the largest high-level climate meeting since 2009.

Hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it aimed to encourage 120 member states to sign up to a comprehensive new global climate agreement at talks in Paris next year.

As he closed the summit, Mr Ban hailed the meeting, saying “never before have so many leaders gathered to commit to action on climate change”.

Mr Obama said the world needed to follow a new course in the battle against climate change

The UN has previously warned that the impacts of global warming are likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible”, leading to problems such as sea level rises, greater flood risks and changes to crop yields.

Mr Zhang told the summit that by 2020, China would aim to reduce its emissions of carbon per unit of GDP by 45%, compared with levels in 2005.

He said China wanted to have emissions peak “as early as possible”.

“As a responsible major country, a major developing country, China will make even greater effort to address climate change,” Mr Zhang said.

“All countries need to follow the path of green and low carbon development that suits their national conditions, [and] set forth post-2020 actions in light of actual circumstances.”

Correspondents say it is the first time China has said it is willing to take firm action to cut carbon emissions.

However, Chinese President Xi Jinping was not at the summit, held before the formal start of the UN General Assembly session.

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Queen Asks for Calm after Independence Vote Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:14:08 +0000 admin THE man who led the failed push for Scottish independence Alex Salmond (pictured with the UK’s Queen) has resigned as the UK union continues to unravel in the fallout from yesterday’s historic referendum in Scotland.

Salmond’s resignation came just hours before the Queen issued a rare statement from her castle in Balmoral in Scotland with a plea for unity and for inflamed emotions to be tempered.

It also came in a day as debate raged about the future of the UK with several regions across the union now demanding more autonomy from Westminster, including the capital London and the republican movement calling for a national debate on the monarchy.

Mr Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, was always expected to step down after his two-year campaign for independence failed at yesterday’s vote, with 55 per cent over 45 per cent of Scots voting to stay in the UK.

Mr Salmond, 59, staked his long political career to the outcome and yesterday announced he was also stepping down as leader of the Scottish National Party that he has led for 20 years.

“It has been the privilege of my life to serve Scotland as First Minister but as I said often during the referendum campaign this is not about me or the SNP,” he said from his official residence.

“It is much more important than that. The position is this. We lost the referendum vote but can still carry the political initiative. More importantly, Scotland can still emerge as the real winner.”

He is likely to be replaced by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon.

After his resignation, the Queen said after months of debate over the future direction of Scotland there had now been an outcome and that had to be respected despite strong opinions.

“For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions — among family, friends and neighbours,” she said in a statement from Balmoral.

“That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others.

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Cardinals Dwyer Arrested Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:08:15 +0000 admin Arizona Cardinals backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested in connection with domestic abuse allegations, Phoenix police said Wednesday night.

The Cardinals deactivated Dwyer after news of the arrest, according to a news release from the team.

The announcement from the Phoenix Police Department said two incidents allegedly occurred on consecutive days in late July. They were reported last week.

Detectives interviewed Dwyer and he “admitted to the incidents, however, denied any physical assaults,” the police statement said.

Police said he was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The two victims were a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child, police said.

Dwyer is being held at the Maricopa County Jail.

The Cardinals said they became aware of the allegations when contacted by police.

Dwyer, 25, is the fourth NFL player to be in the headlines this week. Two other players, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, took paid leave from their teams to focus on their legal cases.

Peterson has been charged in Texas with child abuse. Hardy has been convicted of misdemeanor assault charges in North Carolina and has been granted the opportunity to have a new trial, this time in front of a jury.

And running back Ray Rice has an appeal with the NFL in connection with his indefinite suspension after a domestic violence incident.

Dwyer is listed as the No. 2 running back for the Cardinals behind Andre Ellington. He is in his fifth NFL season and first with the Cardinals.

Dwyer has 51 yards on 16 carries in two games this year.

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