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Hong Kong protesters watched government and student protest leaders formally discuss the issue surrounding Hong Kong’s upcoming election candidates. The failure of the talks to break a deadlock had many protesters set a schedule for more protest to push for greater democracy in the financial hub.

The Hong Kong protests nearing its first month, has widened the gap between the protesters and the government. The government has labelled the Hong Kong protest activities as illegal. They also went to say the protester’s demands for open nominations were impossible under the laws of the former British colony.

Some protest leaders had called to march to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to protest directly outside his house and ask him to step down. They also thought of expanding their movement to different places to lobby against the government to face and answer their demands.

While Hong Kong has the full right to assume universal suffrage under the “one country, two systems” rule under the Chinese, Beijing is concerned that allowing Hong Kong to have democracy will other groups in mainland China to imitate such demands.

Meanwhile, the protests were rarely violent as protesters were respectful of authorities. Student protesters said they had yet to decide to engage in further talks with the government. Yvonne Leung, one of the student leaders, said that the government did not give a concrete reply and just elaborated on some processes that people do not need to know.

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 3,300 people has been killed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as the virus continues to spread.

The WHO said that 3,338 in total had died of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola on September 28. Around 7,148 cases have been reported in the area alone. The disease remains isolated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They also confirmed that Guinea’s situation had stabilised, yet the situation is growing worse in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In America, a patient arriving in Texas from Liberia had shown symptoms of the disease by September 28. The patient is currently being treated and monitored at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

While he is not the first to be treated for Ebola in the United States, he is the first to develop the symptoms while inside th country. The US has launched an intensive medical and public-health effort for the patient and is looking to quarantine people who the patient had come in contact with.

Health workers are the common foreign national victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the WHO is increasingly becoming concerned. About 377 health workers have been infected as of September 28 with 216 casualties.

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For centuries people have searched for the secret to eternal youth without much success, but now, thanks to a team of biologists at UCLA we could be closer to the solution than ever before.

During lab studies the biologists discovered a little known gene in fruit flies that could be used in humans to slow aging and allow them to live for longer.

The gene is called AMPK, and once activated in fruit flies it increases their life by around a third, while at the same time keeping them healthy right until their demise. Needless to say, if this AMPK gene could be transferred to humans in the near future, then it would probably become normal to see people at the age of 90 still hitting the gym and enjoy life to the fullest.

Dave Walker, a professor at UCLA, said “this research brings us closer to understanding aging at a cellular levels and has implications for delaying the onset and slowing the progression of many of the major diseases of aging.”

It certainly seems that the anti-aging industry is currently booming. People now have more disposable income than ever before, which means products such as wrinkle creams and supplements bring billions of dollars every year into the economy.

Not only that, but people are also becoming more educated about topics such as diet and fitness, which means they are in a better position to look after their bodies and add years to their life.

One of the most popular anti-aging products in America and Europe is the phytoceramide supplement. In a nutshell, the supplement is made from sweet potatoes and rice powder, and when taken on a regular basis it supplies the body with a potent force that results in healthier looking skin, reduced wrinkles, and increased elasticity around the eye and lip areas.

According to respected authorities such as Dr Oz, and celebrities like Oprah and Paris Hilton, the best phytoceramide supplements can be bought from trusted websites such as Amazon.

On this kind of website you will find many different sellers offering Phytoceramides made from only the finest ingredients that is approved by the FDA, while still coming in at a price to suit all budgets.

Make no mistake about it, the Phytoceramide supplement is a viable solution until the “fruit fly gene” is used in humans on a large scale. Who knows exactly how long that could be…maybe 10, 25, or even 50 years? One thing is for sure though, the biologists at UCLA are doing great work.

The United States and its Arabian Allies had confirmed 14 target hits in the first series of air strikes against the Islamic State or (IS). The US had also confirmed having hit the Khorasan Group, another terrorist group plotting against Western countries and the United States.

Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar had joined the US in attacking IS targets inside Syria. Jordan confirmed that it destroyed a number of targets against the Khorasan group.

The Syrian regime had been informed of the US air strikes inside Syria, according to its Foreign Minister.

Raqqa, inside Syria, is the headquarters of the IS. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the air strikes had hit checkpoints in Raqqa city and other areas. They also estimate a great number of IS numbers killed in the air strike.

Pentagon’s Spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby said that the US operations are still “ongoing,” sparing details of their operations, but said that the US is using its jet fighters, bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles.

Targets included barracks, training camps, communication towers, explosives and munitions manufacturing centres, supply trucks, armed vehicles and command centres.

Syrian Opposition Coalition had al-Bahra said that the air strikes were necessary, but they insist that allied countries take care to avoid civilian casualties.

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The Islamic State (IS) had apparently beheaded, Steven Joel Sotloff, another freelance American journalist, in an unverified video of unknown origins. However. Sotloff’s family and several US intelligence agencies believe that the video of the beheading is authentic.

The video once again showed the masked figure with a British accent, who held on to Sotloff who was wearing an orange suit, similar to James Foley’s attire when he was beheaded earlier.

Britain’s increasing tendency to support the US in delivering air strikes against ISIS in Iraq urged the group to threaten David Haines, an individual with an unknown history except for his British citizenship. The masked figure warned the world governments to avoid “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sotloff’s mother Shirley had appealed to the Islamic Caliphate of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the release of her son.

The audio transcript of the video spoken by the masked man is as follows:

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and in Amerli, Zumar and the Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings,” the masked man said in the video, addressing U.S. President Barack Obama.

“So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari condemned the beheading as he said it was a form of “savage killing, an example of savagery and evil.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had condemned the actions, stating that it was barbaric and indicated the true nature of ISIS as savages.

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It was clear that the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley was revenge for the US air strikes against the Islamic State (IS), halting their advances in different areas. Meanwhile, the US had recently failed in trying to free US hostages held in Syria. The Pentagon said that they involved air and ground components focusing on a captor network within ISIS, the former name of the Islamic State.

The mission failed because the hostages were not present in their target location.

Senior Obama Administration officials said that several dozens of special troops have been deployed into Syria to try and rescue American hostages, which included Foley. These special forces have encountered and exchanged fire with the IS militants.

James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

Meanwhile, the video of the beheading was condemned by the United States, UK and France. They had condemned the “barbaric” act and US President Barack Obama pointed at it as an “act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.” The UK is planning to step up its actions in Iraq after the video.

The Committee to Protect Journalists had expressed their condemnation of such actions and said they are worried about all other journalists kidnapped by the IS.

By the end of the video, another photo of a journalist was shown to be next if the United States does not halt its military operations in Iraq.

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Syrian rebel forces had killed 10 Lebanese soldiers and captured more than 10 troops in their invasion of Arsal. According to Lebanon’s Army Chief, most members of the Syrian Rebel forces were affiliated with the al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), both involved in heavy fighting in Syria and northern Iraq.

Residents and relief workers in Arsal said that on Sunday, the rebel forces had seized the towns. The Lebanese Army cornered them after their well-planned attack. The Lebanese forces had fired mortar, artillery fire and air strikes from fighter jets.

At least 25 other soldiers had been killed during the offensive. From the count off, Lebanese Officers confirmed that 10 more soldiers remain missing.

The Syrian Rebels and ISIS forces had taken action in Arsal after they had arrested Imad Ahmad Jomaa, according to sources the commander of a Syrian Islamist rebel group.

Arsal is home to many Syrian refugees escaping the civil war. It also worsened conditions for the townspeople. During the skirmish, the makeshift hospital in Arsal had 14 Syrian refugee casualties and dozens wounded during the attacks. The hospital had also treated Syrian rebel fighters and those from other Arab countries.

Refugees from the years-long Syrian civil war have spread throughout the Middle East, mostly in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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According to the Russian Government, Russian records show that a Ukrainian fighter jet flew close to the Malaysian passenger plane before it crashed. It also blamed Kiev for operating missile system radar stations in the area.

A separate Russian television agency had accused the United States CIA for attacking and shooting down flight MH17.

The Russian government had shown a detailed version of its theory regarding MH17. However, the detailed version did not say whether the jet fired a rocket, or which side stil fired the rocket against the MH17. Lieutenant General Igor Makushev said on national television that their radar showed another jet approaching the passenger plane.

Another satellite captured image showed that Ukraine’s missile systems were moved into the area pre-incident. The data also showed the movement of the missile systems across the areas near the airplane

However, US officials did not acknowledge the new theory and called it as “desperate propaganda” on part of the Russian government. US officials said that Ukraine’s fighter jets were on ground during the crash, and that Ukrainian jet fighters could not fly at 30,000 feet, the height of MH17 during its flight.

Intercepted calls by Ukraine’s security service revealed pro-Russian rebels having claimed to have shot down a plane, then discovered afterwards that it was a civilian aircraft. However, both Russia and the rebels have denied the accusations.

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As Israel held its “day of mourning” for the three Israeli teenagers who were killed in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that Israel is planning its offensive against the Hamas, who they accused of kidnapping and murdering the three teenagers.

Netanyahu said that they will aim to weaken the Hamas in the West Bank and will have an offensive against the operations of the Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

However, Hamas has neither denied nor confirmed their involvement in the kidnapping and killing of the three teenagers. Israel suspects two prominent Hamas members to be responsible for the killing.

It was confirmed that a militant group had killed the three teenagers, with one of them, Gilad Shaar, had made a last call from his mobile phone that they were kidnapped and gunshots were heard in the background.

The Israel Military’s objective in the West Bank is to hunt down the two Hamas suspects from Hebron.

The situation had also created a critical divide in Israel’s Security Cabinet, with right-wing ministers pushing for an all-out offensive against the Hamas, while the other half wants to approach the situation with a cautious consideration for the consequences.

According to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the weak response of Israel will only guarantee another kidnapping.

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According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, the United States ensures the support of the country if Iraq will unite against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The ISIS had already tightened their grasp on Iraq’s vital Baiji Oil Field, and several other villages and borders.

In a meeting with Iraqi leaders, Kerry said that the future of Iraq depends on the decisions made in the next few weeks by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.

The Iraqi Prime Minister had made a deadline of July 1 to begin the process to form Iraq’s new government, which is also part of the agreement for US assistance against the militants.

Many US politicians view al-Maliki’s policies as deepening the sectarian divide, and most Sunni Muslim groups had voiced that the ISIS is only fighting for inequality and injustice, as Iraq’s government is composed mostly of Shia Muslims.

Kerry urged that the new Iraqi government be free from “sectarian motivations” and become the true voice of Iraq’s entire population. He had also met with Sunni and Shiite leaders.

Meanwhile, US military advisers conclude that Iraq’s military is demotivated after the summary executions done by the Sunnis and the apparent desertion of key military installations. The advisers also assessed that Iraq’s military equipment is inadequate against the superior equipment and veteran fighters of the ISIS.

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