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Police clear final Hong Kong protest site at Causeway Bay – BBC News

Monday, December 15, 2014

15 December 2014 Last updated at 08:22 The mass protest has become known as the Umbrella movement Hong Kong police have arrested several people as they cleared the last remaining pro-democracy protest site. For more than two months activists have staged sit-ins in the centre of the shopping district of Causeway Bay, along with two other areas. …

Hostages held in Sydney cafe – CNN

Monday, December 15, 2014

(CNN) — A major police operation was under way Monday in Sydney where hostages are being held in a cafe. CNN affiliate Seven Network said that at least 13 people are being held at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. It published a photograph of people inside the building holding a black flag with Arabic writing on it. The flag reads: “There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet…

Pelosi, Dems ‘fully aware’ of CIA interrogation techniques, says former agency … – Fox News

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec. 4, 2014: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill. WASHINGTON –  The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both…

Japan’s Communist Party Seen Doubling Seats in Abe Protest Vote – Businessweek

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Japanese Communist Party more than doubled its seats in the lower house of parliament as its pacifist, anti-nuclear platform provided the clearest opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies. The JCP won 21 seats in yesterday’s lower-house election, up from 8 before the vote, even as the ruling coalition maintained its two-thirds majority. The Communists won their first single-seat district in 18 years, claiming a seat in the southern…

Jeb Bush adds to presidential speculation with plans for an e-book – Tampabay.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

News media speculation about Jeb Bush running for president is reaching a fever pitch and this weekend he added his own fuel. Related News/Archive Bush family rallies around Jeb Bush for likely 2016 presidential run 1 Month Ago Buzz: Jeb Bush genuinely undecided and genuinely considering 2016 presidential run 2 Months Ago New poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP presidential field in Florida; Hillary Clinton beats them all 4 Months Ago…

Climate negotiators in Peru ‘did the bare minimum,’ one critic says – Los Angeles Times

Monday, December 15, 2014

International negotiators in Peru agreed early Sunday on some essential building blocks for a global accord to address climate change, most notably an unprecedented agreement that all countries commit to cutting heat-trapping emissions. But the contentious marathon discussions convened by the United Nations left so many issues undecided or watered down that many participants cautioned that time might run out to craft a pact over the next year that would…

Japan’s ruling LDP-Komeito coalition wins landslide victory in election – Xinhua

Sunday, December 14, 2014

TOKYO, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner the Komeito Party won 325 seats, a more than two-thirds majority, in Sunday’s election for the 475- seat lower house, final results of vote counting showed early Monday. The LDP alone secured 290 seats, while Komeito garnered 35 seats. An overwhelming majority in the powerful chamber means the ruling bloc could…

Dick Cheney: I’d use ‘torture’ interrogation tactics again – New York Daily News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

REUTERS Former Vice President Dick Cheney argued Sunday that the CIA’s aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture. Dick Cheney said he would do it all again. The blunt former veep on Sunday aggressively defended the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks, defiantly maintaining that they helped protect the homeland. “We’ve avoided another mass casualty attack against…

Under a new climate deal, all countries will plan to limit carbon emissions. That’s … – Vox

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Under a new UN deal on climate change agreed to in Peru, every single country has agreed to submit a plan next year for limiting the growth of their greenhouse-gas emissions. This is a first. Past climate deals only targeted the emissions of wealthier nations and exempted fast-growing countries like China and India. But there are big caveats. The plans will be voluntary — countries can promise to…

Jeb Bush in the running: Is he or isn’t he? – Christian Science Monitor

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush‘s big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide “in short order” whether to run for president. But supporters are struggling to understand what his actions mean and whether they can predict his political intentions. Bush is scheduled to give the commencement address Monday at the University of South Carolina during his second visit in recent months to the state that’s set…

Dick Cheney Would Torture Again – Huffington Post

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dick Cheney gave an unflinching defense of he CIA’s post-9/11 torture program on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, dismissing criticisms of the program’s forced rectal feedings, waterboarding and deaths. “It worked. It absolutely did work,” said Cheney, a driving force behind the George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh tactics in response to the 9/11 attacks. The Senate report on the interrogation program details forced rectal feedings that were medically…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Lima climate change summit: ‘weak’ UN deal could let countries dodge green … – Telegraph.co.uk

Sunday, December 14, 2014

But after objections from developing nations the eventual text was watered down so the rules are voluntary. “It’s totally up to you now whether you provide that information or not,” Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists said. “It’s the bare minimum we needed to come out of here with; it’s not what we hoped for.” Samantha Smith, of environmental group WWF, said the rules had gone from “weak…

Landslide in Indonesia destroys village, killing 32- with 76 still missing and … – Daily Mail

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Red soil covered more than 100 homes in Java province after three landslides ‘swept everything away’ Rescuers couldn’t use heavy machinery and were forced to dig with their bare hands and makeshift tools One villager said he heard people screaming and pleading for help in the heavy rain and darkness By Sam Webb for MailOnline Published: 03:43 EST, 14 December 2014 | Updated: 07:28 EST, 14 December 2014 3 View comments…

Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings – Huffington Post

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of protesters streamed out of New York City’s Washington Square Park on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black people by police officers, as part of the “Millions March NYC.“ The crowd began to wind its way through Manhattan. A large labor union contingent was present, including members of the Communications Workers of America wearing red shirts and AFL-CIO supporters waving blue signs. In contrast to…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Jeb Bush to release e-book, emails from tenure as Florida governor – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec. 2, 2014: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to supporters after speaking at the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC’s 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) Jeb Bush said Saturday that he plans to release approximately 250,000 emails from his years as Florida’s governor, as well as an electronic book.  An aide to the governor told Fox News that the emails would be released ahead of…

Tens of thousands march in US cities to protest police killings – The Denver Post

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WASHINGTON —Thousands of protesters around the country marched Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of the State House in Boston — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and to urge lawmakers to take action. Chanting “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” and waving signs reading “Black lives…

Man of Interest in Portland School Shooting ‘Lonzo Murphy’ Behind Bars – Bio & Tech Insights

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Police have arrested a person of interest in association with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland. The 22 years old man had ties to a gang according to the police. Sgt. Pete Simpson said that Lonzo Murphy was a person of interest in the Friday shooting but still officers were not sure if he was the man who had the gun. Authorities are still after a couple…

Indonesia rescuers use earth movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 24 – ABC Online

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Posted December 14, 2014 17:25:06 Photo: Villagers dig out a motorcycle buried in the mud by the landslide in Banjarnegara. (Reuters/Antara Photo Agency: Idhad Zakariah) The death toll from an Indonesian landslide has risen to at least 24 and more than 80 people are still missing as rescuers use heavy-lifting equipment for the first time to clear roads leading to the site of the disaster that destroyed a village….