Chinese activists speak out for jailed Uighur

Some of China’s most well-known activists are circulating an open letter protesting the 15-year prison term for a Uighur journalist snared in tensions that followed the country’s worst ethnic rioting in decades.


New Hampshire bomb scare

SEVENTEEN people were briefly held hostage aboard a Greyhound bus on Thursday in New Hampshire after an individual warned a bomb was aboard, police said.

Heavily armed police, backed by armored vehicles, swarmed around the bus in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after a phone report of a bomb and an apparent hostage-taking.

Barrack Obama warns Republicans

US SENATE Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican bid to amend plans to shield consumers from predatory lending, after President Barack Obama warned the move would ‘gut’ his financial reform bill.

Two Republican senators joined the Democrats to defeat the amendment to legislation that Obama has characterized as the most sweeping regulatory reform since the 1930s, by 61 votes to 38.