imageLiberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for 1,830 deaths

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN has said.

Carers were urgently needed for these orphans, Unicef said.

A basic human reaction like comforting a sick child has been turned "into a potential death sentence", it added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa - the world's most deadly outbreak of the virus....

Read more: Thousands of Ebola orphans 'shunned'

Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy.

Protest leaders are confident they can muster massive crowds overnight and into Wednesday for the National Day public holiday, which this year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist Party rule in China.

In his first public comments since demonstrators were tear-gassed by riot police on Sunday evening, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the pro-democracy sit-in organised by the...

Read more: Hong Kong democracy protesters ignore leader's call to end demo

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.

Soon her mother's sorrow became so unbearable, her body so limp and heavy, that even her two other daughters could no longer help her stand.

There had been no official confirmation of Rose's death from hospital officials, no time for someone to explain her final moments, just word from a family acquaintance inside who said her bed had...

Read more: Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts — forcing residents to fend for themselves.

It wasn't before long before the gas was cut, then the water, ahead of the imminent onslaught. The family was left with little choice but to flee to the closest city that could offer them safe haven — Kurdish-dominated Kirkuk.

But life has been filled with...

Read more: Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds


BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria's border with Turkey.

It was not immediately clear if Tuesday's airstrikes succeeded in halting the militants' advance on Koubani, also known as Ayn Arab.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town's outskirts.

Koubani has been under attack by the Islamic State group since mid-September. Despite U.S.-led airstrikes, the militants were able...

Read more: US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

imageUS troops - here seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul - are handing over to Afghan security forces across the country

The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year.

The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar.

The previous President, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US, straining ties and raising security fears.

Most Nato forces are to withdraw this year,...

Read more: Afghans sign deal to keep US troops

imageArtillery barrages have wrecked Donetsk airport (pic: 20 Sep 14)

Officials in eastern Ukraine say artillery is pounding the Donetsk airport area, where Ukrainian troops are resisting pro-Russian separatists.

The fighting comes despite the 5 September ceasefire agreement, which has been holding in most other areas.

Ukrainian media say the rebels fired Grad rockets at Ukrainian positions at the airport. The rebels say they fired back in response to mortar fire.

Grad rocket fire was also reported in Popasna, a town in Luhansk region.

The Popasna attack killed several people and wounded others,...

Read more: Donetsk airport clash violates truce


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imageTransformers: Age of Extinction was the highest-grossing film of the year in China

Chinese cinema box office revenue has surged 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show.

Takings have reached 21.6bn yuan (£2.16bn) so far, already nearly equalling 2013's full-year total of 21.8bn (£2.18bn) yuan.

The best performing movie of 2014 to date is Transformers: Age of Extinction, which took 1.98bn yuan (£198m).

The top 10 was split evenly between domestic and Hollywood blockbusters.

Fantasy 3D epic The Monkey King, directed by Hong Kong's Poi Soi Cheang, was the...

Read more: Chinese cinema set for record year

imageHusain Abdullah intercepted a pass from an opponent and dashed to the end zone to score

A Muslim NFL player has received a penalty after celebrating a touchdown by dropping to his knees in prayer, US media say.

Husain Abdullah scored for the Kansas City Chiefs as they defeated the New England Patriots 41-14.

He slid on his knees then pressed his forehead against the end zone grass.

Although the move violated "excessive celebration" rules, National Football League (NFL) officials have been criticised on social media.

Comments on Twitter and other sites said...

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imageDays after its closure, workers occupied the Clorox plants in Venezuela with the backing of the government

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has defended the seizure of a factory owned by US-based company Clorox.

"Socialist formula: any company that's abandoned will be taken over by the working class," Mr Maduro said.

Cleaning products maker Clorox closed its production facilities in Venezuela last week, saying government-imposed price freezes were crippling it.

The Venezuelan authorities have accused Clorox of illegally abandoning the country and have seized its facilities.

'Economic war'

"The legal documents in various government...

Read more: Venezuela defends Clorox seizure


By Jan Strupczewski

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone inflation slowed further in September on falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate showed on Tuesday, sending the euro lower against the dollar on expectations of further European Central Bank policy easing.

Eurostat said consumer prices in the 18 countries sharing the euro rose 0.3 percent year-on-year, slowing from 0.4 percent year-on-year increases in August and July. The September was in line with market expectations, according to polling data.

The ECB wants to keep headline inflation below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term. The persistently low...

Read more: Euro zone inflation slows in September, weakens euro versus dollar

By Donny Kwok and Yimou Lee

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend, but by Tuesday evening they had almost completely withdrawn from the downtown Admiralty district except for an area around the government headquarters.

On the eve of Wednesday's anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic...

Read more: Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

imageThe ONS now says construction output rose 0.7% in the second quarter of the year

UK economic growth has been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of the year by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), compared with a previous estimate of 0.8%.

UK GDP was 3.2% higher in the second quarter compared with a year earlier.

Revised ONS figures also show the UK economy surpassed its pre-recession peak in the third quarter of 2013.

Previously, this was thought to have been achieved in the second quarter of 2014.

The figures...

Read more: UK second quarter growth revised up

Ali Moore: Protesters have water-soaked paper towels in case of tear gas

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged pro-democracy protesters to stop their campaign "immediately", as huge crowds continue to bring parts of the territory to a standstill.

Tens of thousands of people have been blocking streets in several areas.

The protesters want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

Occupy Central has called on Mr Leung to meet protesters in person on Tuesday...

Read more: Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

imageA former Saturday Night Live regular, Tracy Morgan's role in 30 Rock earned him an Emmy nomination

30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured, according to papers filed in a US court.

Walmart - owners of the truck that crashed into the star's limousine bus - contend his injuries and the death of a passenger were partly their own fault.

Truck driver Kevin Roper has denied death by driving, while authorities found he was speeding.

Morgan's lawyers are seeking compensation from...

Read more: Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt'

imageJulius Malema is a divisive politician, who spectacularly fell out with former ally President Zuma

The trial of South African opposition party leader Julius Malema on corruption charges has been postponed until next year.

An ex-African National Congress youth leader, Mr Malema is himself known for campaigning against corruption and focusing on poor South Africans.

Mr Malema, 33, who was expelled from the governing ANC, is accused of fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.

He denies the allegations, which he says are politically motivated.

Mr Malema is accused of receiving some $392,000 (£240,000) from corrupt...

Read more: S Africa firebrand trial postponed


By Julia Fioretti

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has accused Ireland of giving Apple Inc. illegal state aid through tax arrangements that had "no scientific basis" but which helped the iPhone maker shelter tens of billions of dollars in international revenues from tax.

In a letter written in June but published only on Tuesday, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told the Dublin government that tax deals agreed in 1991 and 2007 appeared, in his preliminary view, to amount to state aid that broke EU laws and could be clawed back from the U.S. company.

"The Commission is of the...

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By Ross Kerber and Luciana Lopez

NEW YORK/BOSTON - Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc could be prime destinations for hundreds of billions of dollars in assets that may flee Pimco in the wake of the sudden exit of Bill Gross, the celebrated "Bond King" of U.S. mutual funds. His new company, Janus Capital Group Inc, may see Gross's cachet attract tens of billions of dollars, investors and analysts said.

During the year ended Aug. 31, investors made $64.7 billion in net withdrawals from Pimco funds, according to research firm Morningstar Inc. Those outflows will likely accelerate with Gross's departure.


Read more: Vanguard, BlackRock may reap billions from Pimco after Gross exit


The risks faced by Brazilian women seeking an abortion has been highlighted by the brutal death of a 27-year-old woman....

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