- Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion
San Antonio Express-News, Monday - 07/28/2014 - 06:16 AM
Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 07/28/2014 - 05:35 AM
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U. N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
Pillay, the U. N.'s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.
Fighting over the weekend prevented a team of Dutch and Australian police officers from visiting the crash site to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Russia ordered to pay $50B over Yukos
San Antonio Express-News, Monday - 07/28/2014 - 04:37 AM
The former majority shareholder in oil producer Yukos says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia for the expropriation of the company.
"The majority shareholders of Yukos Oil were left without compensation for the loss of their investment when Russia illegally expropriated Yukos," he said in a statement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland
Associated Press, Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 12:39 PM
About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battled of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France
San Antonio Express-News, Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 10:30 AM
Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A French embassy spokesman says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Official: Ebola Kills Senior Doctor in Liberia
ABCNews, Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 05:43 AM
Ebola kills senior doctor at Liberia's largest hospital, health official saysMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Nude models, artists take to New York City streets
San Antonio Express-News, Saturday - 07/26/2014 - 08:16 PM
Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form.
Golub's event Saturday included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Bill Clinton to join Kentucky Democrat at rally
San Antonio Express-News, Saturday - 07/26/2014 - 06:35 PM
U. S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign says former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to join her at a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky next month.
The campaign did not disclose the city where the event will take place, saying additional details will be provided in coming days.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya
San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday - 07/26/2014 - 12:16 PM
The president of the small Russian republic that was the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years on Saturday said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account Saturday that the ban is in response to U.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic
San Antonio Express-News, Saturday - 07/26/2014 - 06:30 AM
President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U. S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.
Obama says the best way to address the problem is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate.
Obama says Americans don't get to pick which rules they follow and neither should companies.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
San Antonio Express-News, Saturday - 07/26/2014 - 02:00 AM
As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.
Tens of thousands of people had turned out days earlier for an annual vigil to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, while an unprecedented policy "white paper" declaring Beijing's irrevocable control over the territory had generated furious debate about Hong Kong's future.
From the bustling streets of this legendary port city of 7.2 million people to its air-conditioned offices in sleek towers high above the harbor, Hong Kongers are indeed picking sides in a looming battle over what's to come.
 Hong Kongers say the soul of their society is coming under attack as they grow wary of the Communist Party's rising sway with top officials and see the flood of cross-border Chinese shoppers (dubbed "locusts" for their voracious buying habits and supposed bad manners).
 his report said "mainstream opinion" wanted the elite committee to again pick candidates, setting the stage for a confrontation with democracy groups, who vow to freeze the financial district with protests if the public isn't allowed to choose candidates free of China's vetting.
Most newspapers no longer run stories critical of the Chinese government, and even multinational banks HSBC and Standard Chartered recently raised suspicions by pulling advertising from the city's sole pro-democracy newspaper, the Apple Daily.
In a report released this month, Hong Kong's journalists' association called the past 12 months "the darkest for press freedom for several decades," citing among other events a cleaver attack in February that left an outspoken former editor at the Ming Pao newspaper in critical condition.
Trying to calm the lawyers' concerns, Hong Kong Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said the white paper wouldn't require judges to make any "political or other inappropriate" considerations while deciding cases.
The poll found that the share of adults who said they felt proud to be a Chinese citizen sank to only a third, while the proportion who had a negative view of the central government's policies on Hong Kong rose to its highest level since the survey started in 1999.
"The younger the respondent, the less proud one feels of becoming a Chinese national citizen, and also more negative about the central government's policies on Hong Kong," says pollster Robert Chung.
The most visible pro-democracy group — a loose coalition that calls itself Occupy Central with Love and Peace — plans to rally at least 10,000 people to blockade the Central business district in its push for democratic reforms that meet international standards.
Some foreign business chambers and the Big Four accounting firms have voiced their opposition with newspaper ads, but a small group of finance workers support the movement, saying that Beijing's influence is undermining the economy of this Asian financial hub.
In one sign of Beijing's sensitivities to Hong Kong public opinion, the People's Liberation Army stopped flashing its name across its building after the test run in June prompted worried headlines and online outcry.
For Roger Chen, who moved from the mainland to Hong Kong a year ago for a job at a hedge fund, Hong Kongers are only feeling insecure in the face of China's booming economy, which has eclipsed the territory's importance as a commercial gateway to the mainland.
 Chen said, he was confident China would become more like Hong Kong and adopt more of its liberal policies, rather than the other way around.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
Associated Press, Friday - 07/25/2014 - 02:20 PM
It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained
Associated Press, Friday - 07/25/2014 - 06:47 AM
South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site
Miami Herald, Friday - 07/25/2014 - 03:31 AM
Australia's prime minister says his country is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Italy welcomes Sudanese woman sentenced to death
Associated Press, Thursday - 07/24/2014 - 06:18 AM
A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share