Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Muggle’s delight: Mexican fan’s ‘Potter’ collection recognized by Guinness World Records

MEXICO CITY — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

Hong Kong leader says Beijing won’t budge, as democracy protesters stick to deadline

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong’s top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.

California adopts sex assault bill that requires college students to give consent before sex

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California became the first state in the U.S. to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports, as Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a law meant to address rape on campus.

Recovery of remaining bodies begins at Japanese volcano; at least 31 believed dead

TOKYO — Military and other rescue workers began airlifting more than two dozen bodies from the ash-blanketed peak of a Japanese volcano on Monday morning, as family members of the missing waited at a nearby elementary school.

Vatican puts ex-Dominican ambassador under house arrest for alleged sex abuse

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.

Brazil won’t sign onto to global plan to save forests, says it wasn’t consulted

NEW YORK — Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official disputed that claim.

US military chief: US-Arab strikes in Syria show there’s ‘no safe haven’ for Islamic State

WASHINGTON — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes at the heart of the Islamic State group’s military strongholds in Syria achieved their strategic aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

WHO predicts almost 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes in outbreak response

LONDON — New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up, according to an analysis published online Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

100,000 Syrians pour into Turkey telling of atrocities as Islamic State group advances

KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey — The 19-year-old Kurdish militant, who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, brought his family across the border into Turkey to safety Sunday. But in the tranquility of a Turkish tea garden just miles from the frontier, Dalil Boras vowed to head back after nightfall to continue the fight.

Voters in Scotland reject independence in historic vote with unprecedented turnout

EDINBURGH — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

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