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· September, 2014

Stories about Breaking News from September, 2014

Fears of a Tiananmen-Style Crackdown Swirl in Hong Kong as Pro-Democracy Protests Continue

Occupy Central is calling for Hong Kong's chief executive to resign, while members of both pro-government and opposition camps fear violent intervention from Beijing.

Pro-Democracy Protesters Have Turned Central Hong Kong Into a Colorful Sea of Umbrellas

Dubbed the "umbrella revolution" in some media, protesters have withstood authorities' tear gas and pepper spray using umbrellas for protection.

New Document Leak Reveals Scope of Collaboration Between Moscow and Donetsk

These documents offer fascinating insights into the relationship between the Russian Far Right and the separatists now active in eastern Ukraine.

Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters

The police cracked down on protesters after Occupy Central with Love and Peace began a massive sit-in calling for genuine democratic elections.

Video of Japan's Mount Ontake Eruption as it Happened

One person has been left dead, nearly fifty climbers are severely injured, and ten people are missing after Mount Ontake, a popular climbing spot, in central Japan, erupted.

Egypt’s Escalating War on Gays Just Landed 6 Men Behind Bars for 2 Years

While Egypt doesn't have a specific law to prosecute same-sex relationships, the government has been vicious in its crackdown on gays under vague laws such as committing "indecency" and "debauchery."

New Zealand Is Out to Tarnish Japan's Reputation Over Whaling, or so Says Japan's Public Broadcaster

"New Zealand's real aim: to damage Japan's international reputation," according to NHK's News Watch 9 program. Some Japanese Twitter users thought the reaction was a bit much.

Egyptian Leftist Activist Mahinour El-Masry Freed after Spending 125 Days in Jail

Egyptian activist Mahinour El-Masry was ordered to be released today after spending 125 days in prison for breaking the country's controversial no protest law.

Newspapers Predict Spain's Conservative Party Will Shelve Their Restrictive Abortion Bill to Save Face in Elections

Spain's abortion bill has met with pushback not only from parties in the opposition but also from within the current governing party's rank and file.

Minority Scholar Ilham Tohti Denies Chinese Authorities’ Accusation That He Led a Double Life at Separatism Trial

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti said the prominent Uyghur scholar was chained with leg irons and denied access to food and warm clothes while detained. The verdict is due next week.

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

The Flash Floods Wreaking Havoc In Pakistan Aren't Done Yet

Already swimming in political turmoil, Pakistan is now struggling against flooding that has affected over a million people and killed more than two-hundred.

At Least 14 People Injured in Bomb Attack at Santiago Metro Station

A woman who lost the fingers on her right hand, and a 35-year-old who suffered abdominal trauma were the most seriously injured.

Indians Publish Cries for Help and Calls for Donations on Twitter as Deadly Flooding Hits Jammu and Kashmir

"It's raining hell in Kashmir. Roads and rivers inundated. People being evacuated to safer places."

What If 75% of All Cities Were Deprived of Electricity by Design?

EXCLUSIVE: German Companies Are Selling Unlicensed Surveillance Technologies to Human Rights Violators – and Making Millions

Data analyzed by two leading researchers on surveillance and digital security technology suggests the majority of surveillance technologies produced by German companies have been bought and sold under the table.

What Went Into Making Russia's Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

The good people of Chelyabinsk—a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture—have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.

ISIS Releases Another Gruesome Beheading Video, Allegedly of US Journalist Steven Sotloff

The three-minute video allegedly shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff, whose work in hotspots across the Middle East has taken him to Bahrain, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Turkey.

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