Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Mindanao Bomb Blast
At least nine were killed and twenty injured when a bomb exploded on a commuter bus in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Officials say the explosion occurred as a bus operated by the Rural Transit company passed a university in the town of Maramag. Many of the victims were students. Buses operated by Rural Transit in the past have been targeted before. Muslim extremists and gangs have been blamed in the past for such attacks.
Shanghai’s Stocks Take a Dive
Shanghai’s stock market take a 5.43% dip in value. While alarming, the market is up nearly 40% from the year, but such a radical change does raise some concerns and regulators have warned investors to be wary.
Tohti’s Students Convicted
Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, who was convicted earlier this year of separatism and sentenced to life, was painted as an influencer on seven of his students, who received jail terms as well. A Chinese court has given jail terms of between three and eight years to the students. Chinese authorities have not commented on the sentences, but six of the students belong to the Uighur minority, which complains of government persecution.
Hong Kong To Clear
A ruling Tuesday by Hong Kong’s High Court gave authorities permission to tear down street barricades at the main Admiralty protest site. The injunction was published in local media stated thousands of police will work with bailiffs to clear the tent city Thursday.
The order only gives permission to dismantle a portion of the Admiralty site, but authorities are expected to clear the entire area and reopen traffic. The South China Morning Post reported police will also break up a smaller protest site in Causeway Bay.
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