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Hong Kong protesters kick  off new weekend of rallies

Hong Kong protesters kick off new weekend of rallies

HONG KONG, China (AFP) – Hong Kong democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh protests yesterday in a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week – and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with […]

Bruised but unbowed Hong Kong police  say no need for China intervention

HONG KONG, China (AFP) – Hong Kong’s police are confident they have the resources to continue battling pro-democracy protesters, even if violence escalates further, pouring cold water on concerns that the authoritarian mainland might need to intervene. Three senior commanders said they were unaware of any plans by China to bolster their own ranks with […]

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‘Hollywood Ripper’ found guilty of 2 murders, including Kutcher date

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – A man dubbed the “Hollywood Ripper” was found guilty Thursday of the murders of two women, including a student who was due to go out with actor Ashton Kutcher the night of her death. Michael Gargiulo, 43, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder by a Los Angeles jury […]

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6 cops wounded in Philadelphia shooting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – An hours-long standoff where a gunman shot at police, wounding six of them, as he was barricaded inside a Philadelphia home somehow ended with no fatalities. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who spent hours Wednesday negotiating with the gunman through the phone, said the situation that unfolded “could have been far worse.” […]

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Trump links Hong Kong crisis to trade as China military rallies

HONG KONG, China (AFP) – Donald Trump has urged China to “humanely” resolve the violent stand-off with pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, on the back of growing concerns that Beijing is considering direct intervention in the crisis. Images taken by AFP yesterday showed thousands of Chinese military personnel waving red flags and parading at a […]

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Typhoon ‘Lekima’ death toll in east China rises to 30

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) – The death toll from typhoon “Lekima” (typhoon “Hanna” in  the Philippines)  rose to 30 in eastern China, local authorities said yesterday, as rescue teams worked to find more than a dozen missing after the storm triggered a landslide and forced more than a million people to evacuate. The monster storm arrived […]

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