Military base shootings shake sense of security
UN chief sees improving inter-Korean relations
Filipino troops retake most rebel-held villages
Afghan president says no rush for US security deal

Military base shootings shake sense of security
In the wake of this week’s deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to review security at all U.S. defense installations worldwide and examine the granting of security clearances that allow access to them.

UN chief sees improving inter-Korean relations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes the recent agreement between North and South Korea to reopen a jointly run factory park is the first step toward building mutual trust and resuming regular talks.

Filipino troops retake most rebel-held villages
Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas of a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels and on Tuesday rescued nearly 80 of more than 100 hostages, as the standoff dragged to its second week.

Afghan president says no rush for US security deal

Afghanistan’s president said Tuesday that he was in no rush to sign a security deal with the United States, once again dashing American hopes that a pact can be quickly finalized.

Eiji Toyoda, key figure in Toyota’s rise, dies
Eiji Toyoda, a member of Toyota’s founding family who helped create the super-efficient “Toyota Way” production method, died of heart failure at Toyota Memorial Hospital in Toyota city. He was 100.

China opens world’s highest civilian airport
China has begun flight operations at the world’s highest civilian airport in a bid to boost tourism. At an elevation of 14,472 feet above sea level, Daocheng Yading Airport replaces the previous champion, Bangda Airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region, which sits at 14,219 feet.

More than 6,200 flee as Indonesian volcano erupts
More than 6,200 people were evacuated from their villages following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia, an official said Monday.

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood spokesman arrested
Egyptian police arrested the main English-language spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday along with other senior members of the group, all charged with inciting violence, state media and a security official said.

Court: Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook is free speech
Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet
Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.

European auto sales hit new low
Car sales in Europe are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales in the European Union were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year. That’s the lowest January-August figure since the group started keeping track in 1990.

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