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Hong Kong police violence against protesters sparks outrage as Beijing’s patience thins

Hong Kong police battling activists for control of an underpass in the dead of night Wednesday sparked public anger after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester, the worst violence since street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago.<p>Officers armed with riot …

Giant Panda Xue Xue Released Into the Wild in China

A giant panda born in captivity two years ago was released into the wild at a nature reserve in southwestern China on Tuesday.<p>Xue Xue, who underwent extensive training to prepare for the move, is the fourth artificially-bred giant panda to be released in China, according to local media reports …

Passenger appears in Hawaii court after alleged sexual assault on plane

A man accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger in the bathroom of a Japan Airlines plane has been arraigned in federal court in Hawaii.<p>The Japan Airlines flight returned to Honolulu international airport after the alleged assault on Saturday, where FBI agents arrested 29-year-old Michael …

As Ferguson Protests Spread, So Does Residents' Backlash Around St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The locations of demonstrators who descended on the St. Louis area over the weekend to push for national reforms regarding police brutality led to some heated confrontations with area residents.<p>The "weekend of resistance" known as "Ferguson October" was in response to the death of …

Vatican backtracks on gay comments

Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships.<p>In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have "gifts to offer" the Christian community and acknowledged that same-sex …

Obama, Japan PM discuss TPP trade deal, Ebola by phone: Jiji

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed stalled trade talks and the Ebola virus epidemic in a telephone conversation on Wednesday morning Tokyo time, Jiji news agency reported.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives via Marine One …

Anita Sarkeesian cancels Utah State speech after mass-shooting threat

Video game critic, feminist and blogger Anita Sarkeesian canceled a Wednesday speech at Utah State University after the college received an email threatening violence if she lectured, school officials said.<p>Sarkeesian is a pop culture critic whose series of videos under the Feminist Frequency banner …