News Headlines - 01 October 2012

Can TV debate lift Mitt Romney out of slump? - The Independent

The pressure will be on Mitt Romney this week to ensure that the first of his televised debates with President Barack Obama becomes the moment his campaign pulls up from a protracted swoon that some in the Republican Party have started to blame on media bias and skewed polling techniques.

Asia-Pacific: Desert island risks - FT.com

June Teufel Dreyer, a China and Japan specialist at the University of Miami, says Chinese military journals refer to Senkaku as part of a chain hemming China in. “They say: ‘If we get these islands we can break out into the open Pacific’.” Washington too could get dragged into the argument. If China were to invade the Senkaku, the US would have to decide whether to defend them under the US-Japan security treaty. If it did not, Japan could well conclude that Washington’s security guarantees are worthless.

Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading • The Register

Downloading pirated material in Japan can now earn you two years in prison and a fine of two million yen ($25,600) for each purloined file, with uploaders facing 10 years in the Big House and a fine five times as large. The laws – some of the toughest ever enacted against illegal downloaders – were passed in June after strong lobbying from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Downloading has been illegal in Japan for the last two years, but as a civil offense with no sanctions, not a criminal matter with jail time.

IRA bomb survivor found dead with two stabbed children | The Guardian

An ex-cavalryman who survived an infamous IRA attack apparently stabbed his two young children to death on an isolated bridleway before taking his own life on Sunday. Police believe that Michael Pedersen, formerly of the Household Cavalry, killed his seven-year-old son, Ben, and six-year-old daughter, Freya, and then himself.

Xstrata Seen Recommending Glencore’s $33 Billion Bid Today - Bloomberg

Xstrata Plc (XTA) will recommend shareholders vote in favor of a 20.5 billion-pound ($33 billion) takeover offer by Glencore International Plc (GLEN) after making changes to the terms to satisfy investors’ demands, according to a person familiar with the matter.









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