International News Round Up

Hong Kong Leader appeals to protesters

Leader CY Leung is urging protesters to stop ‘immediately’ after they have blocked several streets in the Chinese city.

Tens of thousands have gathered to ask for Hong Kong to be given a free vote in 2017 and for the chance to vote for any candidate, not just those put forward by the capital. Beijing has rejected this.

US find Argentina ‘in contempt of court’

The Republic of Argentina has been found guilty of contempt of court by a US judge, after the South American country refused to repay its debts to two US hedge funds.

The US bought Argentina’s debt at a discount after it was unable to keep up with loan repayments in 2001. Judge Thomas Griesa ruled in July that the debts must be repayed to the US before other bondholders. Argentina has refused this ruling, sending the country into default once again.

Police Fear UK Teen ‘May be heading to Syria’

A 15-year-old girl from Bristol is feared to be trying to join an extremist group according to police.

The unnamed girl has been missing from home for a week and it is now known that she is in Turkey. Tracking her movements, police have said there are ‘indications’ she has been radicalised. They are now working with international liaison officers to locate the girl and return her safely.

Iraqi Ground Forces holding back Islamic State

Islamic State militant group are just one mile away from Baghdad according to a Middle Eastern reconciliation foundation.

Iraqi ground forces and air strikes are currently holding them back in the town of Ameriyat al-Falluja. This news comes as a Syrian Terror group is reportedly thinking about joining IS militants.

Ebola has created ‘thousands of Orphans’

According to The UN Children Agency at least 3,700 children in affected areas have lost one or both parents.

Unicef are finding caring for the children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leon ‘Incredibly difficult’. This has been the worlds deadliest outbreak of the virus. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) over than 3,000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa.

 

Photo by Keith Mulcahy.

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