HK leader: Room to discuss election committee

An umbrella, which has become an icon of the protest, reads pro-democracy messages above the student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader says his government won't let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but there's room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick candidates.



Pistorius sentencing: Live Report

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in PretoriaPretoria (AFP) - 10:08 GMT - Appeal question - "Speculation about Pistorius being out in 10 months is just that, he could just as easily be found guilty of murder on appeal," tweets AFP's @AndrewBeatty.



Pistorius judge: non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses 'not appropriate'

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius trial "would not be appropriate", Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Tuesday, as she read out her sentence for the South African track star. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)
South Africa prosecutors undecided on Pistorius appeal

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's state prosecuting authority has not yet decided whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' conviction for culpable homicide, spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Tuesday. Pistorius was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. The sentence follows his conviction last month for culpable homicide, the local equivalent of manslaughter. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Cropley)
Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria. Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. ...





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