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  1. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US shutdown slows efforts to fix Nasa-China controversy

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 10:05am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Beijing has criticised ban as discriminatory Nasa is trying to resolve an international spat over banning Chinese scientists from a planetary conference but efforts are being hampered by the US government shutdown, a meeting organiser said on Wednesday. Some leading US astronomers have vowed to boycott the conference next month at a US space agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1328387/us-shutdown-slows-efforts-fix-nasa-china-controversy
  2. News - China - XINJIANG

    Police arrest 139 in Xinjiang for ‘spreading jihad’

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 12:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing State-run media warns of growing religious extremism in western region China has arrested 139 people in Xinjiang for allegedly spreading jihad, state-run media said on Wednesday, as it warns of growing religious extremism in the far western region home to Muslim Uygurs. Beijing has pointed to violent incidents to indicate a rising militant threat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1327822/police-arrest-139-xinjiang-spreading-jihad
  3. News - World - UNITED STATES

    World fears US default, President Obama warns

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 10:47am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US President says world leaders nervous that Republicans could ‘blow up’ US economy President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that world leaders were nervous Republicans would “blow up” the US economy, and vowed not to budge on his demand for the debt ceiling to be lifted without conditions. But House Speaker John Boehner insisted there would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327773/world-fears-us-default-president-obama-warns
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea warns US over joint navy drill and puts army on alert

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 10:14am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul North Korea warns US its forces could cause 'unpredictable disasters' North Korea warned the United States of “horrible disaster” on Tuesday as the isolated communist state put troops on alert against a joint naval drill involving a US aircraft carrier. North Korean troops had been ordered to “keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1326990/north-korea-warns-us-over-joint-navy-drill-and-puts-army-alert
  5. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    US-Afghan deal falters as Karzai says he could walk away from pact

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 03:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Afghan President Karzai refuses to be rushed into signing deal A security deal to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda was at risk of collapse Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai said he was prepared to walk away from negotiations. The United States has pushed for the bilateral security pact (BSA) to be signed by the end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327139/us-afghan-deal-falters-karzai-says-he-could-walk-away-pact
  6. News - World - AFRICA

    Africa boasts at least 55 billionaires, according to report

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 11:25am by Agence France-Presse in Lagos

    ... Agence France-Presse in Lagos Business magazine uncovers dozens of new billionaires on continent There are far more African billionaires than previously thought, Ventures magazine said Monday in a report on the continent’s mega-rich, but the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has also shot up. Previous Africa-rich-lists named as few as 16 billionaires, but Ventures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327022/africa-boasts-least-55-billionaires-according-report
  7. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan seeks new army chief

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 02:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Islamabad

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Role is widely considered most powerful job in Pakistan Five months on from a successful transition of power after general elections, Pakistan is poised to make a decision of arguably even greater importance - the appointment of a new army chief. The incumbent, General Ashfaq Kayani, on Sunday confirmed he will step down as scheduled on November ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1327107/pakistan-seeks-new-army-chief
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Drug company seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:59pm by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris GlaxoSmithKline is developing the vaccine for children in sub-Saharan Africa British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Tuesday it hoped to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease. Results for the Phase III stage of the closely-followed RTS,S ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327053/drug-company-seeks-approval-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    Missing Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘encouraged’ by new lead

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 09:46am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Parents hopeful of developments from appeal based on 'substantive' new information The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann said on Sunday they were “greatly encouraged” by new information about the disappearance of their daughter on holiday in Portugal in 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann said they were hopeful there would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326286/missing-madeleine-mccanns-parents-encouraged-new-lead
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Six killed in shootout between Thai security forces and militants

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 03:53pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Six people including two policemen were shot dead in a fierce gunbattle between Thai security forces and militants, authorities said on Sunday, after a raid in the insurgency-plagued south of the country. The clash broke out after a combined army, police and paramilitary group tried to search a village in Narathiwat, one of several conflict-prone provinces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1325765/six-killed-shootout-between-thai-security-forces-and-militants

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