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Huge crowds of Hong Kong protesters call for leader to resign
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 01:25:00 PDT

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly in black, jammed the city's streets Sunday, demanding an end to a proposed extradition bill and the resignation of the city's top leader.

The crowds, walking slowly and shouting "withdraw" and "resign," spilled into the streets from downtown Victoria...



Guatemala goes to polls amid uncertainty, deep divisions
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:50:00 PDT

Guatemalan voters go to the polls Sunday to elect a new president and other lawmakers in this former Cold War battleground that Washington now views through the prism of two key strategic concerns — U.S.-bound illicit immigration and drug trafficking.

Sandra Torres, a former first lady who has...



Hong Kong leader delays unpopular extradition bill, but activists want more
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 08:25:00 PDT

A sense of futility pervaded the throngs of protesters in Hong Kong this past week. Many said they chose to demonstrate out of principle, not because they believed they could prevent the passing of an extradition bill that would have left them largely at the mercy of the authoritarian government...



Mexico's immigration chief resigns as the U.S. presses for crackdown
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:00:00 PDT

Mexico's top immigration official resigned his post Friday amid continued pressure from the United States that Mexico take a harder line against migrants.

A statement posted online by the National Institute of Migration said director Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez had submitted a letter of resignation...



Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions but downplays war threat
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:25:00 PDT

President Trump and Iranian leaders traded accusations Friday over who was responsible for fiery explosions that crippled two oil tankers off Iran's coast, but both sides appeared cautious not to go beyond a war of words, at least for now, to avoid a direct military confrontation.

After blaming...



A new kind of Hong Kong activism emerges as protesters mobilize without any leaders
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:25:00 PDT

A crowd of protesters in T-shirts and masks sprinted through the streets, tear gas mushrooming behind them.

Suddenly, a cry came from behind: "Inhaler!"

Everyone froze, spinning on their heels.

"Inhaler! Inhaler!" they chanted in unison.

Within 20 seconds, two young women sprinted forward, pulling...



Hong Kong's chief executive faces growing pressure to delay Chinese extradition bill
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:35:00 PDT

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government Friday to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests.

Some members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong's Cabinet, said she should perhaps rethink plans to rush the bills' passage. Meanwhile,...



U.S. says video shows Iranian boat removing mine
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:50:00 PDT

Explosions aboard a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday heightened regional tensions with Iran in an already volatile showdown with Washington and sent energy prices soaring in jittery global markets.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo quickly blamed Tehran for what he called...



At Mexico's southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:05:00 PDT

Long lines of migrants, mostly Central Americans, line up daily outside the Tapachula offices of the refugee agencies of Mexico and the United Nations.

Meanwhile, a polyglot throng including people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean regularly gathers at the local headquarters of the National Institute...



Amid extradition bill protests, a cry: 'Hong Kongers save Hong Kongers!'
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:40:00 PDT

The streets of Hong Kong were relatively clear Thursday morning, but images of protesting teenagers fleeing from police batons, tear gas and rubber bullets the previous night raised the levels of anger and tension to new highs.

Since Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents have taken...



Acquitted Amanda Knox back in Italy for wrongful-conviction talk
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:45:00 PDT

Amanda Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived Thursday in Italy for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate.

Knox arrived at Milan's Linate airport en route to the northern city...



U.S. will send more troops to Poland in a move likely to anger Russia
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:55:00 PDT

President Trump said Wednesday that he is shifting 1,000 U.S. troops from bases in Western Europe to Poland, but he stopped short of approving Warsaw's request for a permanent U.S. military installation near Russia's border.

Trump described the added troops, who will join about 4,000 U.S. soldiers...



House committee challenges weapon sales to Saudi Arabia
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:55:00 PDT

The Trump administration faced stiff bipartisan resistance in the House on Wednesday to its plan to sell $8.1 billion worth of precision-guided munitions and other lethal weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.

Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, R. Clarke Cooper,...



Hong Kong extradition bill clashes escalate as police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:55:00 PDT

Acrid clouds of tear gas still hung in the air as Avery Cheng crouched to the ground, weeping, on a pedestrian overpass. Crowds of young protesters in T-shirts and surgical masks sprinted past, coughing and splashing water in their eyes.

Police in riot gear marched toward the running crowds, shooting...



As Japan's premier visits Tehran, here's what you need to know about U.S.-Iran tensions
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:40:00 PDT

Tensions have been brewing between the U.S. and Iran since Iran's Islamic Revolution four decades ago, but the situation reached a boiling point last month after the U.S. claimed an increased threat from Iran, a year after pulling out of a multi-nation nuclear treaty with Tehran.

The rhetoric has...



As Japan's premier visits Tehran, here's what you need to know about U.S.-Iran tensions
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:40:00 PDT

Tensions have been brewing between the U.S. and Iran since Iran's Islamic Revolution four decades ago, but the situation reached a boiling point last month after the U.S. claimed an increased threat from Iran, a year after pulling out of a multi-nation nuclear treaty with Tehran.

The rhetoric has...



As Japan's premier visits Tehran, here's what you need to know about U.S.-Iran tensions
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:40:00 PDT

Tensions have been brewing between the U.S. and Iran since Iran's Islamic Revolution four decades ago, but the situation reached a boiling point last month after the U.S. claimed an increased threat from Iran, a year after pulling out of a multi-nation nuclear treaty with Tehran.

The rhetoric...



How climate change transformed Germany's Greens into the country's most popular political party
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:10:00 PDT

Lars Billert has been voting for Germany's Greens party for 20 years as it slowly shed its image as a marginal party of environmental rabble-rousers. Now the Greens are suddenly ascendant — and Billert isn't quite sure what to think.

"The Greens are riding high on the wave of climate change fears,...



Russia detains more than 400 in protests following journalist's release
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:20:00 PDT

Russian police detained at least 400 people in central Moscow on Wednesday for taking part in a peaceful but unsanctioned demonstration protesting impunity and corruption in law enforcement agencies.

The protest came a day after police released prominent Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov,...



Poland's visiting president faces little pressure from Trump over democratic backsliding
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 04:00:00 PDT

Even before Polish President Andrzej Duda walks into the White House on Wednesday, he'll have notched a political win.

Poland's nationalist government in recent years has had an increasingly acrimonious relationship with the European Union, defying the bloc it joined 15 years ago with a string...



Many fear that Hong Kong's 'last battle' is already lost
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:00:00 PDT

They are calling it Hong Kong's "last battle" — a David-versus-Goliath struggle to prevent China from encroaching on the city's freedoms and autonomy. But with China's increasingly assertive approach to Hong Kong, the battle may already be lost.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered late Tuesday in...



Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:35:00 PDT

Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison.

Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen...



Russia heeds protests and drops charges against anti-corruption reporter
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:40:00 PDT

The Russian government has dropped a criminal case against a prominent anti-corruption reporter whose arrest had sparked an outpouring of protests from journalists, celebrities and activists who said the charges against him were politically motivated.

Ivan Golunov, an investigative journalist with...



How hundreds of children were infected with HIV in one Pakistani district
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:40:00 PDT

In February, a handful of parents in southern Pakistan's Larkana district brought their children to physician Imran Arbani's clinic with similar symptoms, including pneumonia and uncontrollable fever. Arbani eventually asked a father to have his 16-month-old daughter tested for HIV.

"He got angry...



Hong Kong braces for more strife in the streets as controversial extradition bill advances
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:20:00 PDT

Opponents of legislation in Hong Kong that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China are planning more protests and labor strikes in an attempt to block the move, which they say endangers the territory's judicial independence and Western-style freedoms.

The government plans...





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