Dec 052014

Woman arrested for stabbing U.S. teacher in Abu Dhabi

Police in the UAE arrest a local woman on suspicion of stabbing to death an American teacher in a bathroom at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Transcript: Police go in for the arrest. The woman is accused of stabbing to death an American teacher, identified as Ibolya Ryan, in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall. Police say the suspect is the woman in black, caught on security camera inside the mall, before and after the crime was committed. They say the suspect also placed a makeshift bomb, that’s since been dismantled, outside the front door of an American doctor’s apartment. Both incidents are being investigated as possible terrorist attacks, that may be linked to a jihadist web forum calling for attacks on American teachers.

Russia “will never pursue the path of self-isolation”: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will never pursue a path of self-isolation and says western sanctions offer a ”stimulus” for the Russian economy.

Transcript: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (December 4) the U.S. pursuit for antiballistic shield in Europe posed a threat to Russian and other countries. Speaking in an annual state of the union speech that seemed to outdo even his own recent strident nationalism, the 62-year old leader warned the path the U.S. had taken would prove harmful for the U.S. itself. “The continuing effort to create the global U.S. anti-missile defence system, including the one in Europe. This is not only a threat to the security of Russia but for the whole world too because it may break a strategic balance of power. I think it is also harmful for the U.S. itself,” he said. The Kremlin leader vowed Russia would remain open for the world and for foreign investment, but even as he made that pledge Putin adopted an aggressive posture: “We will never pursue the path of self-isolation, xenophobia, suspicion and search for enemies. All this is a manifestation of weakness, while we are strong and self-confident.” Putin said Russia would not cease cooperation with Europe and the U.S., adding it would also strengthen traditional ties with South America and Africa. The Russian leader is under pressure to show he has an answer for Russia’s worsening economy, with sanctions and the falling price of energy exports sending the rouble into a tailspin, culminating in an acknowledgement this week by the government that the country is headed for recession. Putin said sanctions offered a stimulus for the Russian economy. “So-called sanctions and external restrictions are a stimulus for the more effective and speedy achievement of our goals. We have many things to do,” he said.

Sierra Leone lags in Ebola fight, but U.N. says tide is turning

The United Nations says the rate of transmission of Ebola is fluctuating on a daily basis in Sierra Leone, but there are signs of progress in battling the disease. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Transcript: The UN says that Sierra Leone is making progress in treating Ebola patients — that’s despite missing targets in fighting the disease. Both Guinea and Liberia have met targets. But in Sierra Leone is a mixed picture says David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N. response to Ebola. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE, DAVID NABARRO, SAYING: “The intensity of transmission and numbers of people newly affected with Ebola, still varies greatly each day, slowing down in some districts and increasing in others.” Antony Banbury who heads the UN’s Ebola emergency response mission says there are signs of hope. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS EBOLA EMERGENCY RESPONSE MISSION (UNMEER) CHIEF, ANTONY BANBURY, SAYING: ” We are far away from being out of the woods, but there has been remarkable results achieved in the past 60 days.” Signs of progress come as the World Health Organziation said Monday that almost 6,000 people have died from Ebola — mostly in West Africa.

Hong Kong protesters clash with police near financial district

Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists clash with police as they try to encircle the government headquarters, defying orders for protesters to retreat. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Transcript: Hong Kong police push back pro-democracy activists after an attempt to encircle government headquarters. Hundreds of demonstrators hold umbrellas in the air — a symbol of their pro-democracy movement — to protect themselves from pepper spray. Defying orders to retreat after more than two months of demonstrations, protesters made their way to the city’s Admiralty neighborhood, near the financial district. Demonstrators say they’re against Beijing’s plans to pre-screen candidates for Hong Kong elections, and want free elections for the city in 2017. This latest flare-up comes after four nights of unrest in the city’s Mong Kok district, one of the city’s largest and most volatile protest sites, which police had tried to clear.

Taiwan’s premier quits as power slips from pro-China party

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after his pro-China party looses a slew of traditional strongholds in local elections and an independent candidate wins Taipei’s mayoral race. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Transcript: It was a slew of victories for Tawain’s opposition in local elections — like the mayoral race in the capital Tapei — that caused premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign Saturday. Tapei’s next mayor will be Ko Wen-je, an independent candidate backed by Taiwan’s pro-independence party. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) NEWLY-ELECTED TAIPEI CITY MAYOR, KO WEN-JE, SAYING: “I will be more cautious, modest and will be fighting bitterly to realize the campaign promises under the supervision of the people.” The mayor’s race has been widely interpreted as a test of confidence in the government of Tawain’s President Ma Ying-Jeou… …which has been trying to forge closer ties with China. Supporters of incoming mayor Ko say they hope his win means a better future for their city. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 25-YEAR-OLD KO SUPPORTER, CHEN KAI-JUN, SAYING: “An election is a process, but we should begin to work together starting tomorrow — to see what Taipei will be like four years from now.” Every Taiwan president has been a former mayor of Taipei — ever since the island introduced direct presidential elections in 1996.

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