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  • Pistorius sentencing: Live Report
  • Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by South African police into a police van following his sentencingPretoria (AFP) - 10:55 GMT - PISTORIUS NOW AT PRETORIA'S KGOSI MAMPURU PRISON: OFFICIAL



  • Hong Kong government, democracy protest leaders begin talks 
  • A pro-democracy protester sit on a ladder in front of barricades in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, early on October 21, 2014Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders sat down on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city's streets, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms.



  • Bombings in and near Iraqi capital kill 19 people
  • People look for their loved ones in front of al-Khairat Mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers as they were leaving the mosque, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) ? Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 19 people on Tuesday, the latest in near-daily attacks targeting the Iraqi capital as the country's Shiite-led government grapples with a rampant Sunni insurgency by the Islamic State group.



  • Pistorius jailed for 5 years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp
  • South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius reacts after he was sentenced at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...



  • Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing girlfriend
  • Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock after his sentencing at the High Court in PretoriaPretoria (AFP) - South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, in the climax of his sensational trial.



  • Canadian soldier in apparent terror attack dies
  • MONTREAL (AP) ? One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in an apparent terrorist attack has died of his injuries.

  • Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp
  • South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is seen in a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...



  • Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March. 4, 2014 file photo, Head of the Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani speaks during a biannual meeting of the assembly in Tehran, Iran. Kani, the head of Iran's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the country's supreme leader, has died. He was 83. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83.



  • Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82
  • FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) ? At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.



  • Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term
  • PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) ? Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

  • Paralysed man walks again after breakthrough spinal treatment
  • Undated picture released by the BBC shows Bulgarian man Darek Fidyka (R) walking with the aid of leg-braces and parallel bars at the Akron Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Wroclaw, Poland after revolutionary treatment to repair a severed sinal columnLondon (AFP) - A paralysed Bulgarian man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment in Poland in a breakthrough hailed by one of the British scientists responsible as "more impressive than a man walking on the Moon".



  • Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria
  • Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it was authorising spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border. ...



  • Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years
  • Oscar Pistorius, left front, greets his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, and other family members as he is led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)LONDON (AP) ? The International Paralympic Committee says Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete during his five-year prison sentence.



  • Strike shuts Lisbon subway for 12th time this year
  • LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies is meeting tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year.

  • HK leader: Room to discuss election committee
  • An umbrella, which has become an icon of the protest, reads pro-democracy messages above the student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader says his government won't let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but there's room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick candidates.



  • Pistorius judge: non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses 'not appropriate'
  • PRETORIA (Reuters) - The non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius trial "would not be appropriate", Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Tuesday, as she read out her sentence for the South African track star. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

  • South Africa prosecutors undecided on Pistorius appeal
  • PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's state prosecuting authority has not yet decided whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' conviction for culpable homicide, spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Tuesday. Pistorius was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. The sentence follows his conviction last month for culpable homicide, the local equivalent of manslaughter. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Cropley)

  • Judge begins reading of Pistorius sentencing in South African court
  • PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African judge Thokozile Masipa began reading her sentencing for Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, bringing the high-profile trial closer to conclusion. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

  • Pistorius escorted out of court by police to holding cells
  • PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African track star Oscar Pistorius was escorted out of the Pretoria High Court by police to a holding cell on Tuesday, after he was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan)

  • Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack: party
  • KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armor, his party said. Volodymyr Borysenko, from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's People's Front party, was being treated in hospital for shock after the assault - the first of its kind reported during campaigning for Sunday's parliamentary vote, officials added. Borysenko was attacked as he left his home in Boryspil, a dormitory town near the capital, the party said. ...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
  • FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta is applauded after the presentation of his fall 2008 collection during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



  • AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana
  • In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, young wrestlers form lines at the start of their practice in a park in Old Havana, Cuba. The children are candidates to enter the Sports Initiation School, the first stage of sports training in Cuba, and specialize in wrestling. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) ? In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon.



  • Total CEO's plane crashed in bad visibility: Russian transport watchdog
  • MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's transportation watchdog said on Tuesday that the plane in which the head of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in a Moscow airport late on Monday crashed in "bad visibility". Rostransnadzor also said it had started investigating the accident at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, where the private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)

  • Nobel laureate to be honored in Philadelphia
  • File-This Oct. 10, 2014, file photo shows Malala Yousafzai speaking during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, after she was named as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize. The Pakistani teenager, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls? education will be honored in Philadelphia. Yousafzai will accept the Liberty Medal on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the National Constitution Center. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? When Malala Yousafzai visits Philadelphia to accept an award for her efforts to promote girls' education, she will do so as the world's youngest Nobel laureate.



  • Home where babies' bodies found being torn down
  • BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) ? The squalid Massachusetts house in which the skeletal remains of three dead infants were found last month is to be torn down.

  • Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape
  • Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Searchers found human remains on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that could be those of the University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) ? Authorities have brought additional charges against the man accused of abducting an 18-year-old college student in Virginia: the abduction, rape and attempted capital murder of a 26-year-old woman in a Washington, D.C. suburb.



  • Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash
  • The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoffMoscow (AFP) - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.



  • China's Sept. fiscal spending quickens, land revenues fall
  • BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's fiscal spending in September quickened to 9.1 percent from a year earlier, data showed on Tuesday, as the authorities try to smooth volatile public spending and keep the economy on an even keel. But underscoring the cool down in the world's second-biggest economy and its housing market, revenues that Chinese governments earned from selling land slumped 21.1 percent in September on a yearly basis. ...

  • Myanmar says 2015 election won't be delayed
  • Tin Aye, chairman of Myanmar Union Election Commission, talks to journalists as he attends coordination and cooperation workshop of Union Election Commission and political parties at a hotel Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. Tin Aye made the announcement at a meeting with political party members in Yangon. He said international and local observers would be invited to witness the election, to be held in late October or early November of next year. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ? Myanmar's government said Tuesday that a general election planned for late 2015 would be held on schedule, countering rumors that the vote could be postponed.



  • Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough
  • Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil and gas company Total SA, speaks during an interview with Reuters in ParisBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. De Margerie's death leaves a void at the top of one of the world's biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off for Paris. ...



  • Snow plough driver in Total CEO plane crash was drunk -Russian investigators
  • MOSCOW (Reuters) - The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia's Investigative Committee said. "At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plough was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication," said Russia's Investigative Committee, an agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)

  • Putin sends condolences over Total's CEO de Margerie death: TASS news agency
  • MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences over the tragic death of Total's Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Mergerie, the news agency TASS cited Kremlin's spokesman as saying. "Vladimir Putin has long known de Margerie, had close working relationship with him," TASS cited Dmitry Peskov as saying. De Margerie was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport overnight, the company and airport officials said. ...

  • French oil major Total confirms death of CEO de Margerie
  • PARIS (Reuters) - French oil major Total confirmed in a statement that Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died in a plane collision with a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport shortly after 2000 GMT on Monday. Five people died in the accident, including three crew members, the driver of the snow plough and CEO de Margerie, Total said. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by David Gregorio)

  • French prosecutors open probe into Total's CEO death: source
  • PARIS (Reuters) - Paris prosecutors opened a manslaughter investigation following the death of Christophe de Margerie, the head of French oil group Total, in a plane crash in Russia, a judiciary source told Reuters on Tuesday. Separately, French accident investigation agency BEA said it would participate in Russia's Total air crash inquiry, sending three investigators to Moscow later on Tuesday. De Margerie was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. ...

  • Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster
  • FILE - In this v file photo, hospital personnel with the help of the relatives of the avalanche victims, shift the body of a victim onto a stretcher at a morgue at Teaching Hospital in Katmandu, Nepal. Nepal vowed to introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country?s worst hiking disaster last week left dozens dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ? Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.



  • China economic growth falls to five-year low of 7.3%: govt
  • China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed outBeijing (AFP) - China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed out.



  • Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing
  • South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria. Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. ...



  • WHO's emergency committee on Ebola to meet Wednesday
  • A man walks near a screen displaying a message on Ebola outside the local headquarters of WHO in AbidjanGENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's emergency committee on Ebola will meet on Wednesday to review the scope of the outbreak and whether additional measures are needed, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "This is the third time this committee will meet since August to evaluate the situation. Much has happened, there have been cases in Spain and the United States, while Senegal and Nigeria have been removed from the list of countries affected by Ebola," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing. ...



  • Hong Kong leader says room for more democracy in panel that chooses candidates for election
  • HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday there was room for the committee that selects candidates for the territory's 2017 election to be made "more democratic". "There's room for discussion there," Leung told a small group of journalists on Tuesday. "There's room to make the nominating committee more democratic." The comment was the first indication from Leung of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters who have blocked streets around the Chinese-controlled city, a former British colony, for more than three weeks. ...

  • UK lawmaker tells PM Cameron - Ignore 'daft' anti-Europeans
  • British Prime Minister Cameron arrives for the Asia-Europe Meeting at the congress center in MilanLONDON (Reuters) - A senior Conservative lawmaker on Tuesday said Prime Minister David Cameron should ignore those "daft" enough to propose anti-immigration proposals that could hurt the British economy and pave the way for an exit from the European Union. Ken Clarke, one of Britain's most influential Europhiles, said Cameron's Conservatives should refrain from competing with "bigotry" to counter the threat from the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party. ...