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North Korea detainee to return to Ohio

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:12PM UTC Jeffrey Fowle is to return to Ohio following almost 6 months in North Korea. Pic: AP.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man detained nearly six months in North Korea is expected to arrive home. No details for Jeffrey Fowle’s return to Southwest Ohio have been released, but the suburban Dayton city where he formerly worked said in a statement that he was expected home Wednesday.

Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:57PM UTC An Ebola sufferer lying outside of his home on the outskirts of Sierra Leone. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months.
The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is “good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people.”

Hong Kong protest talks reveal gap between students and government

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:38PM UTC Pro-democracy student protesters shout at police in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, early Saturday, Oct. 4. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits.

Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:24PM UTC Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysia’s defence minister has expressed confidence Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will eventually be found as a second ship prepares to join the search. The Fugro Discovery is scheduled to arrive in the search area about 1,800 kilometers (1,100) miles west of Australia on Wednesday. The GO Phoenix, a Malaysian ship that has been combing the area since early October, has returned to port in Australia to resupply.

South Korea demolishes ‘Christmas tree’ border tower

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 4:58PM UTC South Korea 'Christmas tree' border tower. Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Defense Ministry says it has pulled down a 43-year-old frontline Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as propaganda warfare.

A ministry official says the massive steel tower was demolished last week because it was seen as dangerous in recent safety checks. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office rules.

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