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Hourly News 2014-12-03
   2014-12-05 11:03:15    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han



Co-initiators of HK Occupy movement to surrender to police

Three founders of Hong Kong's so-called Occupy movement have announced they will surrender themselves to police later on today.
Benny Tai, Chu Yiu-ming and Chan Kin-man are also urging other protesters to leave the Occupy areas.
The trio have also reportedly admitted they participated in gatherings which may constitute a crime.
The move follows violent clashes between protesters and police on Monday which saw 11 police officers injured and some 40 demonstrators arrested.
The Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong have been underway since late September.

Universal Suffrage Only on Condition of Basic Law: HK Chief

Hong Kong's Chief Executive is standing firm in his position when it comes to the demands of demonstrators in the city.
CY Leung has issued a new statement, rejecting the demands of the Occupy protesters, who have been demanding changes to the proposed plans for universal suffrage in the next election in 2017.
In making the statement, Leung also notes the Basic Law does not include "citizen nomination."

Ma Ying-jeou to resign as KMT chairman

Taiwan's leader Ma Ying-jeou is due to step down as the chair of the ruling Kuomintang party later today.
In making the move, he says he's taking responsibility for his party's poor showing in this past weekend's local elections.
KMT vice-Chair Hung Hsiu-chu is expected to be named acting-chair until the party holds a new leadership election.
That's not expected to take place until January at the earliest.
Saturday's election saw the Kuomintang win just 6 out of 22 municipalities and counties.
The 64-year old Ma Ying-Jeou has led the KMT since 2009.
He had two more years to go in his second and final term as Taiwan's leader.

NATO creates quick-reaction force to counter Russia

NATO has approved the creation of a new interim quick-reaction military force.
The alliance says the first units of the quick-reaction force will be available next year.
NATO expects the interim force will be replaced by a permanent force in 2016.
The move comes amid the continued dispute between NATO and Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
NATO is also calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from along Ukraine's border.
The European-North American alliance has long accused Russia of providing arms and other assistance to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a charge Moscow continues to deny.

Egyptian court sentences 188 to death over killing police

An Egyptian court has sentenced 188 people to death for the murder of 11 police officers last year.
The death sentences are connected to an attack in August of last year, when dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi stormed the main police station in the city of Kerdasa.
11 police officers and two bystanders were killed in the incident.
The 188 were later arrested in a raid by authorities.
Since Morsi's overthrow, hundreds of his supporters have been handed death sentences or lengthy jail terms after speedy trials.
Morsi himself is also in custody and faces a number of charges.

IS Leader's wife detained: Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have detained a woman and young boy believed to be the wife and son of the leader of the Islamic State.
DNA testing is taking place to determine if the child is that of Abu-Bakar al-Baghdadi.
The woman is being questioned.
If their identities are confirmed, it's being suggested Lebanon could use the pair as bargaining chips to win the release of Lebanese soldiers and police taken hostage by the Islamic State in cross-border attacks earlier this year.
The pair were taken into custody 10 days ago while travelling with fake ID cards.
So far the Islamic State has not commented on the reports.

French Parliament approves recognition of Palestine

French lawmakers have adopted a new motion, urging the government of Francois Hollande to recognize a Palestinian state.
The move is largely symbolic and does not affect France's current diplomatic stance connected to the Palestinians.
But it is being viewed as another example of European impatience with the stalled Middle East peace process.
Last month Sweden became the latest European country to recognize a Palestinian state.
The parliaments in Spain, Britain and Ireland have also held votes backing non-binding resolutions in favor of official Palestinian recognition.

China donates 6 mln USD for UN Ebola fight

China and the United Nations have signed an agreement for the Chinese government to donate six million U.S. dollars to aid the global fight against Ebola.
The donation will go to the UN Ebola Fund to support the UN Mission in West Africa.
The move is part of a new batch of aide recently announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China Punishes Internet Firms for Spreading Porn

China's Ministry of Culture has unveiled a list of Internet firms suspected of spreading pornography and gambling.
Mobile game platforms run by eleven Internet companies, including Tencent and Baidu, are among those accused of being involved in pornography, gambling and the promotion of violence.
Animated videos and images appearing on 21 different websites hosted by companies including China Telecom and Tencent are said to contain bloody and violent content.
The Ministry of Culture also contends the sites intentionally pushed the line when it comes to pornographic imagery to challenge accepted moral values.
In unveiling the list, the companies on it are facing fines.
They will also be added to a "black list" which could lead to harsher fines and punishments if caught violating the rules again.




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