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Russia hopes for Ukraine gas deal this week

ATYRAU Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Moscow and Kiev would this week settle their differences over a timetable for Ukraine to pay its natural gas debts to Russia. Russia stopped gas flows to Ukraine in June in a standoff over the gas price with its neighboring former Soviet republic, through which Europe receives about half of its gas imports from Russia. After several rounds of talks brokered by the European Union, Moscow and Kiev reported progress at a meeting last week in Berlin. ...
Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that China won't back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations.
With iPhone 6 approved in China, Apple suppliers ready for demand

By J.R. Wu and Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - With the launch of Apple's eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 finally on the horizon for Chinese fans, the U.S. company's supply chain is geared up and ready to deal with any surge in demand from the world's largest smartphone market. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are slated for an Oct 17 release on all three of China's wireless carriers, Apple said on Tuesday. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries. ...
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L'Niyah Graham smiles while holding a script during a performance of "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" at Clinton Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, July 17, 2014. This was the final part of a five-week summer reading program to help failing third-graders improve their skills so they can be tested again and move on to the fourth grade. Across the U.S., third-graders are increasingly facing the possibility they’ll be held back for missing state reading proficiency targets. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



Hong Kong protests: Live Report

A bus is blanketed with messages of support for pro-democracy protestersHong Kong (AFP) - 09:47 GMT - Leaders speak - Student leaders and Occupy Central leader Chan Kin-man have joined crowds in Admiralty, one of the key protest hubs, to address the crowds, the Occupy Central group states on Twitter. Lester Shum, of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, is speaking now, it says.





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