By Yimou Lee and Faith Hung TAIPEI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ever since a civil war split the two sides more than 60 years ago, China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that needs to be absorbed into the mainland. To that end, the legion of Taiwanese businessmen working in China is a beachhead. They were there to toast the new head of a local Taiwan merchants’ association. An honored guest, senior Communist Party official Li Jiafan, stood to deliver congratulations and a message.
US police officers shot dead a 12-year-old black boy carrying a replica gun within seconds of their patrol car arriving on the scene, a surveillance video released Wednesday showed. Tamir Rice died in hospital in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday when two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted him in a city park. A patrol car pulls up and an officer emerges from passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn, immediately shooting Rice as he walks toward the car. "Three commands were given to put up his hands," deputy police chief Edward Tomba told reporters.
US celebrities called for a boycott to take place Friday -- one of the busiest US shopping days -- to protest a grand jury's decision not to prosecute a police officer who fatally shot a black teen. A number of well-known figures, among them hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, have signed onto the action, under the Twitter hashtags #NotOneDime and #BlackoutBlackFriday. Also backing the campaign were TV star Jesse Williams and celebrated journalist Soledad O'Brien, among others. So let's talk to 'em," Williams tweeted, along with a link to a video compilation of police brutality.
Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field. The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 5,500 people so far, mostly in West Africa. In the first phase of testing, all 20 healthy adults injected with a higher or lower dose of the vaccine developed antibodies needed to fight Ebola, said the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducted the study. "The unprecedented scale of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has intensified efforts to develop safe and effective vaccines," said Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is developing the vaccine alongside GlaxoSmithKline.