TAIPEI, Taiwan — Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China’s stance toward their island. “I want to loudly say no to China,” said 43-year-old demonstrator Ping Cheng-wen, who is self-employed. Those who advocate pro-unification still live in Taiwan. Tsai said the best way to defend Taiwan was to “make it indispensable and irreplaceable to the world,” while remaining nonconfrontational in its attitude toward China. China and Taiwan separated amid civil war in 1949 and China considers the island part of its territory to be taken control of by force if necessary.
October 20, 2018 10:18 UTC
MOSCOW — A top Russian diplomat says the U.S. allegation that a Russian woman helped oversee a social media effort to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections is shameful. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the comments in a statement Saturday, a day after U.S. prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Elena Khusyaynova. The complaint says she helped oversee the finances at a so-called troll farm aiming to influence U.S. politics through social media postings. The newspaper also reported that her son, Timur, had a channel on YouTube that he used to post videos critical of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. After YouTube shut down the channel, he established a presence on Vkontakte, a social media site similar to Facebook, the newspaper said.
October 20, 2018 10:07 UTC
NEW DELHI — Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday. Most “of those killed are these poor workers,” Yadav said, adding that some earned as little as 7,000 rupees ($95) per month. As the fireworks started, the crowd moved backward onto the tracks for a better view when two trains crossed in opposite directions, giving people little opportunity to escape. Police are investigating whether the organizers had a permit for the event and at what speed the train that ran over the crowd was travelling, said Amritsar’s police commissioner, S.S. Srivastava. A large number of people live in the area with homes on both sides of the railroad track, she said.
October 20, 2018 09:28 UTC
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter. Reality set in when try scoring doubles by Tom Trbojevic and Valentine Holmes gave Australia a 30-10 lead by halftime. Tonga struck back with a try to Tevita Pangai Junior but Australia surged further ahead with tries to Trbojevic and Valentine Holmes. A try to Daniel Tupou kept Tonga in the match, though Australia ended the first half clearly on top with a second try to Holmes. ——Australia 34 (Tom Trbojevic 2, Valentine Holmes 2, Daly Cherry-Evans, James Tedesco tries; Valentine Holmes 5 goals), Tonga 16 (Tevita Pangai Junior, Daniel Tupou, Solomone Kata tries; Sio Siua Taukaiaho 2 goals).
October 20, 2018 09:22 UTC
SHANGHAI — Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies. Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season. Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win.
October 20, 2018 08:55 UTC
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — The man described as Africa’s youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania’s commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa. “I thank Allah that I have returned home safely,” said a statement released by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji’s foundation. It did not give details about the Oct. 11 abduction or what led to his release but thanked police for working for his safe return. Police seized the vehicle along with an AK-47 assault rifle, two pistols and several rounds of ammunition, Sirro said. The captors had tried to burn the vehicle after dumping the billionaire, he added.
October 20, 2018 07:52 UTC
The Utica Comets announced a sellout for their game against the Cleveland Monsters Friday night, stretching their string of packed houses to 121 games. That breaks the existing record, held by the St. John’s Icecaps, which sold out their AHL arena 120 times from Oct. 10, 2011, to Oct. 26, 2014. The Utica streak began back on April 10, 2015, nearing the end of their second regular season, and has carried on through three full seasons. AHL president Dave Andrews was expected to attend and drop the opening puck to celebrate the milestone, said Comets vice-president of communications Lindsay Mogle. “It’s such a humbling honour to be able to break the AHL sellout streak,” said Comets president Robert Esche in a release Friday.
October 20, 2018 07:18 UTC
MELBOURNE, Australia — Godolphin stable’s Best Solution won the Caulfield Cup in a photo finish ahead of American-bred Homesman, with The Cliffsofmoher finishing third on Saturday in the 2,400-meter race. Ridden by Pat Cosgrave of Northern Ireland, Best Solution recovered from a bad start to follow Taj Mahal at 600 metres to go and hold on for the Group One win. Cosgrave plans to ride in Dubai on Nov. 3 before returning to Melbourne to again partner Best Solution in the Melbourne Cup. Cosgrave pleaded guilty to the charge that he allowed Best Solution to shift in near the 1,800-meter mark of the Caulfield Cup, tightening Japanese runner Sole Impact. The victory gave trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin their second Caulfield Cup after All The Good won in 2008.
October 20, 2018 06:58 UTC
The University of Regina Rams’ playoff hopes went from slim to none Friday when they lost 58-6 to the University of Calgary Dinos at McMahon Stadium. Regina won its first game after the sanction was imposed, only to fall in Calgary one week later. Regina was forced to start a true freshman, Josh Donnelly, at quarterback due to injuries to Noah Picton and Seb Britton. Seb Britton, who quarterbacked the Rams to a 32-17 victory over the visiting University of Alberta Golden Bears on Oct. 12, was hurt in that game and could not play in Calgary. The Rams are to complete their season Friday, 7 p.m., against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at Mosaic Stadium.
October 20, 2018 06:33 UTC
Normally north of 50 per cent, Sutter is at 44.8 for the Canucks. He was fifth in NHL scoring after seven games (2-10-12) and has scored 34, 39 and 37 goals the last three seasons. It was sixth before the Canucks allowed two power-play goals Thursday in Winnipeg, but has had perfect kill nights in five of seven games. The Bruins are ranked 10th on the PP and are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss Thursday in Edmonton. Loui Eriksson’s lack of production — he’s pointless in five games, has but three assists and seven shots through seven games after starting the season with the injured Elias Pettersson — is sounding like a broken record.
October 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
LAS VEGAS — Trailing at halftime had been a problem for Air Force this season. But that all changed Friday night when Isaiah Sanders accounted for four touchdowns to lead Air Force to a 41-35 win over UNLV. Air Force has won three straight in the series, including its last two at Sam Boyd Stadium. TAKEAWAYAir Force: The Falcons kept their bowl hopes alive by securing their third win of the season. UP NEXTAir Force: Hosts Boise State next SaturdayUNLV: Travels to San Jose State next Saturday——More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP–Top25
October 20, 2018 05:41 UTC
Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris scored 26 points each and the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 108-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. “They just want to win and they’re over themselves,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. He hit a clutch 3-pointer to snap a 90-all tie and give the Clippers the lead for good midway through the fourth. Paul George led the Thunder with 20 points before fouling out with 1:13 remaining in the game. They were up by two at halftime before the Thunder took a nine-point lead in the third.
October 20, 2018 05:13 UTC
Instead, outside most polling stations there were lines of people waiting to mark their ballot. The suicide attack targeted a school where a polling station was set up. Sayat said for those polling stations which had not opened by 1 p.m., voting would be held on Sunday. He said polling stations, including in the area of the mortar attack, were busy with Afghans casting their ballots. More than 50,000 Afghan security forces are deployed throughout the country to protect 21,000 polling stations.
October 20, 2018 05:05 UTC
The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury. They said the spacecraft, named after Italian scientist Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo, was in the right orbit and has sent the first signal after the liftoff. When it arrives, BepiColombo will release two probes — Bepi and Mio — that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury. The only other spacecraft to visit Mercury was NASA’s Mariner 10 that flew past the planet in the mid-1970s. Researchers are also hoping to learn more about the formation of the solar system from the data gathered by the BepiColombo mission.
October 20, 2018 03:15 UTC
James Franklin is not a big fan of running the football, yet the Toronto Argonauts quarterback is chasing two notable rushing records. Franklin has scored a team record-tying 12 rushing touchdowns this season, which is two short of the CFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback Doug Flutie set in 1991 with the B.C. Both marks will certainly be within striking distance Saturday when Franklin and the Argos (3-12) host the Montreal Alouettes (3-12) at BMO Field. Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin has 12 rushing touchdowns this season, tying him for the franchise record. It’s been a roller-coaster first CFL season for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who made headlines across North American on May 19 when he signed a two-year deal with Hamilton.
October 19, 2018 22:30 UTC