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HOSPITAL IN THAILAND CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND EBOLA CURE

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 5:56pm

After the potential treatments developed by US and Japanese researchers, doctors in Thailand have found a potential treatment for Ebola. In a brief announcement, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University claimed that doctors at the hospital have successfully produced antibodies against Ebola virus that can cure Ebola, Bangkok Post online reported today.


THIS APP IS HELPING HONG KONG PROTESTERS ORGANIZE PROTEST WITHOUT A CELL NETWORK

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 5:42pm

Anyone who has ever been to a big sporting event or a stadium concert knows that large crowds can quickly overwhelm local cell towers, making communication pretty much impossible. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong -- who need functioning phones to organize -- appear to have found a solution to this problem. More than 100,000 people in Hong Kong downloaded an app called FireChat in a recent 24-hour period. The app allows protesters to keep chatting, even when their phones lose mobile network connectivity.


INDIAN BOXER FACES ACTION AFTER REFUSING MEDAL AT ASIAN GAMES

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 4:16pm

Indian boxer L.Sarita Devi could face disciplinary action after being reported to Asian Olympic officials for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games on Wednesday. Sarita refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her on Wednesday, taking it only in her hand before trying to drape it over another competitor who had beaten her in a fight the previous day.


CHINA TELLS FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 10:21am

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded on Wednesday to comments by the United States and others on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, saying foreign countries should not meddle in China's domestic affairs. Wang, the most senior Chinese official to speak publicly about the protests, said Beijing had "very formally and clearly stated its position: Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. All countries should respect China's sovereignty."


2 WHITE OHIO WOMEN SUE SPERM BACK FOR GETTING SPERM FROM A BLACK DONOR

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 8:39am

An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Uniontown resident Jennifer Cramblett says she found out she was impregnated with the wrong sperm in April 2012 while five months pregnant with her daughter Payton. Cramblett says she and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, had carefully examined donor profiles at Midwest Sperm Bank to find a match based on physical characteristics, education and family history.


JOSHUA WONG: THE TEENAGER WHO IS THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE HONG KONG PROTESTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 2 October 2014 - 7:33am

With his floppy hair, baggy shorts and stripy T-shirt, accessorised with a yellow ribbon around each skinny wrist, the only thing distinguishing the 17-year-old from the other teenagers on Wednesday was the bank of television cameras facing him. Joshua Wong is too young to drive or buy a drink in a bar – let alone vote – yet has become the face of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and an inspiration to citizens three times his age.


MALAYSIA COURT ALLOWS REVIEW OF SEDITION ACT

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 October 2014 - 7:30pm

The Sessions Court allowed an application by law professor Azmi Sharom to challenge the constitutionality of the Sedition Act 1948 at the High Court. Sessions Court Judge Zainol Rashid Hussain agreed that there was a constitutional issue in Section 4 of the Sedition Act and since it was not under its jurisdiction it had to be determined by the High Court.


LAST GERMAN STATE TO DO AWAY WITH UNIVERSITY TUITION FEES

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 October 2014 - 4:04pm

ALL GERMAN universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge. “Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012.


ACTIVISTS ACROSS CHINA ARRESTED FOR SUPPORTING DEMOCRACY PROTESTS IN HONG KONG

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 October 2014 - 2:36pm

A number of Chinese citizens have faced reprisals for supporting the protests for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. The occupation of several areas in Hong Kong, including parts of its financial and political center, has inspired many Chinese on the mainland and encouraged them to speak up for democracy, with many photos appearing on social media of activists holding signs in support of Hong Kong and demanding constitutional democracy for the territory. Police in China have harassed and warned activists in many cities, concerned that they may try to travel to Hong Kong or take to streets to protest.


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