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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AFP/Spencer Platt)

US stocks end mixed ahead of jobs report, ECB meeting

Wall Street stocks finished mixed on Tuesday (Sep 2) as investors digested August's gains in equities ahead of closely-watched central bank and labour market news later this week.

IMF warns Ukraine may need extra US$19b in aid

The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday (Sep 2) that economically-devastated Ukraine may need an extra US$19 billion (€14.5 billion) in assistance should it fail to quell its brutal pro-Kremlin uprising by the end of next year.

Radioactive material goes missing in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said on Tuesday. (Sep 2)


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Pro-democracy lawmaker Cyd Ho (C) is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, in Hong Kong on Sep 1, 2014. (AP/Vincent Yu)

HK pro-democracy group admits likely defeat

Organisers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong's streets admitted on Tuesday (Sep 2) they were powerless to change China's plan to vet candidates for the city's next leader, but said their protest would go ahead.





This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded. (AP Photo)

Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday (Sep 2) showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola, warns MSF

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said on Tuesday (Sep 2) the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

Russia vowed on Tuesday (Sep 2) to adopt a beefed-up new military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west.



Workers assemble trucks on the General Motors assembly line in Flint, Michigan. (AFP/Bill Pugliano)

US manufacturing sector picks up in August

Activity in the US manufacturing sector picked up pace in August, to its best level since August 2011, the Institute for Supply Management said on Tuesday (Sep 2).



Peng Shuai of China returns a shot to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their 2014 US Open women's singles match in New York. (AFP/Stan Honda)

Tennis: China's Peng Shuai into US Open semi-finals

Unseeded Peng Shuai of China swept past Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday (Sep 2) to reach the US Open semi-finals.

Cricket: Rahane seals India rout of England

Ajinkya Rahane's maiden one-day international hundred set the seal on a crushing nine-wicket series-clinching win over England in the fourth ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday (Sep 2).



Lee Yong-kwan, director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), speaks during a press conference in Seoul on Sep 2, 2014. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Taiwanese movie on young soldiers to open Asia's top film festival

A feature film portraying young Taiwanese soldiers at the height of cross-strait tension will open Asia's top movie festival next month, organisers said on Tuesday (Sep 2).



SMART researchers use the Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry system to detect Malaria within minutes. (Photo: SMART)

Breakthrough in malaria testing enables early detection

Using just a drop of blood, researchers can run tests to detect the mosquito-borne disease within minutes. This new technique can be done at a very early stage, before the critical stage of the disease takes shape. 



French Sylvain Baize, head of the head of the Pasteur Institute's Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Centre in Lyon, France, poses at the unit on September 2, 2014. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Travel restrictions could worsen Ebola crisis: experts

Travel restrictions could worsen West Africa's Ebola epidemic, limiting medical and food supplies and keeping out much-needed doctors, virologists said on Tuesday (Sep 2) as the disease continued its deadly spread.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Japanese researchers said on Tuesday (Sep 2) they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.



Screen grab shows "The Diva", who chats with fellow netizens while filming herself having her meals.

S Koreans dine with fellow netizens in new 'mok-bang' fad

As more young Koreans live alone, they are trying to find ways and people to communicate with - which has led to a new phenomenon of eating, studying and drinking with people online.