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UPDATE 1-Thousands of Hong Kongers brave rain to join anti-government rally
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:43:44 -0400

UPDATE 1-Thousands of Hong Kongers brave rain to join anti-government rallyThousands of protesters, most clad in black, gathered under a downpour for an anti-government rally at a Hong Kong park on Sunday, in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub. The turnout for the rally could show whether the movement still has broad-based support after the ugly scenes witnessed during the past week when protesters occupied the city's airport, for which some activists apologised. Anger over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China erupted in June, but the rising unrest is fuelled by broader worries about the erosion of freedoms guaranteed under the "one country, two systems" formula put in place after Hong Kong's return from British to Chinese rule in 1997.


Suspect charged with placing false bombs in New York City subway pressure cooker scare: Police
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:28:00 -0400

Suspect charged with placing false bombs in New York City subway pressure cooker scare: PoliceA suspect taken into custody early Saturday in relation to the abandoned rice cookers that caused a bomb scare in New York City has been charged, police said. Larry Griffin, of West Virginia, was apprehended by police early Saturday.


Germany, Hungary to mark end of the Iron Curtain
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0400

Germany, Hungary to mark end of the Iron CurtainThirty years ago on Monday Hungarian border guards for the first time allowed people from communist East Germany to cross freely into Austria and hundreds of them rejoiced. The Iron Curtain was passing into history. This was a milestone in a year of momentous change in Europe, leading in a few short months to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.


India reimposes movement curbs on parts of Kashmir's main city after clashes
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:46:26 -0400

India reimposes movement curbs on parts of Kashmir's main city after clashesIndian authorities reimposed restrictions on movement in major parts of Kashmir's biggest city, Srinagar, on Sunday after violent overnight clashes between residents and police in which dozens were injured, two senior officials and eyewitnesses said. Two senior government officials told Reuters that at least two dozen people were admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries after violent clashes broke out in the old city on Saturday night. Representatives in the Jammu and Kashmir government in Srinagar and the federal government in New Delhi did not immediately return calls asking about the latest clampdown or seeking an assessment of the number of injuries and clashes.


Plane crashes into home in upstate New York, killing 1 on board and 1 on ground
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:42:00 -0400

Plane crashes into home in upstate New York, killing 1 on board and 1 on groundTwo people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in upstate New York on Saturday. There were three people on board the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and three people in the house, New York State Police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said. "The aircraft departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., and was headed to Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, N.Y.,” a statement from the FAA said.


Peace with whom? After blast, enraged Afghans question talks
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:27:37 -0400

Peace with whom? After blast, enraged Afghans question talksOutraged Afghans questioned on Sunday the point of negotiations with the Taliban aimed at getting U.S. troops to leave and ending the war, after 63 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in the capital, Kabul. A suicide bomber blew himself up late on Saturday in a packed wedding hall, bringing new carnage to a country plagued by decades of violence. The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, and condemned it.


Afghan president says Taliban can't escape blame for deadly bombing
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:16:16 -0400

Afghan president says Taliban can't escape blame for deadly bombingAfghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday the Taliban could not escape blame for a "barbaric" suicide bomb attack on a wedding hall in the capital, Kabul, that killed 63 people. "The Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame for they provide platform for terrorists," Ghani said in a post on Twitter.


Explosion at wedding in Afghanistan kills 63 and injures 182
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:14:32 -0400

Explosion at wedding in Afghanistan kills 63 and injures 182An explosion at a wedding hall in the city of Kabul has killed 63 people and wounded 182, according Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The blast happened at the Dubai City Wedding Hall in western Kabul as it was packed with revelers enjoying a wedding, many of whom were women and children. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, but it took place in a part of Kabul where many people of the Shiite Hazara community call home.


Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:09:35 -0400

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrantsDoctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Some advocates say they're already seeing the fallout even before the complex 837-page rule takes effect in October.


Israeli military fires on militants at Gaza border, Palestinians say three killed
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 01:32:32 -0400

Israeli military fires on militants at Gaza border, Palestinians say three killedJERUSALEM/GAZA - Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen as they tried to cross the Gaza border, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed. "A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.


Hong Kong braces for mass anti-government rally
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 01:11:54 -0400

Hong Kong braces for mass anti-government rallyHong Kong braced for a major anti-government rally planned for Sunday after an unusually calm Saturday night in what has been a summer of violent protests in the Asian financial hub. Demonstrations have lost some intensity since the ugly scenes witnessed during the protesters' occupation of the city's airport earlier in the past week, and Sunday's rally could show whether the movement still has broad-based support. No tear gas was fired on Saturday night during a brief standoff between police and protesters outside a police station in the Mong Kok district - which was noteworthy after the increasingly violent confrontations in the last 11 weeks.


Small plane crashes into house near Poughkeepsie, killing 2
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 01:01:34 -0400

Small plane crashes into house near Poughkeepsie, killing 2A plane crashed into a New York home Saturday, killing one resident and one person on the aircraft and causing a massive fire, state police said. The National Transportation Safety Board is to determine why the Cessna 303 plunged at about 4:30 p.m. in the rural town of Union Vale, 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Poughkeepsie. Two golden retriever puppies and a grown Newfoundland dog escaped the flames that engulfed the house on Union Vale's South Smith Street.


Reuters Health News Summary
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:58:54 -0400

Reuters Health News SummaryAbbVie Inc has priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining U.S. approval on Friday, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition. A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo's South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak. Health officials said on Friday that the latest cases were more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the outbreak was first detected.


Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:58:54 -0400

Reuters Entertainment News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture. Thousands of flower-crowned visitors made the journey to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which now owns the original festival site, to hear some of the same musicians including Arlo Guthrie, attend a planned Saturday concert by Santana, and feel the spirit of community that the 1969 festival produced.


Reuters Science News Summary
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:58:52 -0400

Reuters Science News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current science news briefs. Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom.


UPDATE 5-Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, amid hopes for talks
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:51:46 -0400

UPDATE 5-Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, amid hopes for talksA suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital, the interior ministry said on Sunday, as violence shows no sign of easing despite hopes for a deal on a U.S. troop withdrawal. The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government. The Taliban denied responsibility and condemned the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.


At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protest
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:31:11 -0400

At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protestPolice arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. "This was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another," Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference. As of early afternoon, most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge.


Toll from suicide blast at Afghan wedding 63 dead and 182 hurt - ministry
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:30:13 -0400

Toll from suicide blast at Afghan wedding 63 dead and 182 hurt - ministryA suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said. The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage. The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the U.S.-backed government.


Sheriff: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:43:23 -0400

Sheriff: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractorAuthorities say a Florida man used a front-end loader to dump a large bucket full of dirt on a car with his girlfriend inside. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hunter Mills was charged with felony criminal mischief. The girlfriend was not hurt.


Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:13:50 -0400

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leaveRoad crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. Park spokesman Paul Ollig told The Associated Press that all the stranded passengers were back at the park entrance by midnight. "Our team did an outstanding job responding to multiple debris slides along a pretty remote section of road," said Erika Jostad, Denali's chief ranger.



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