1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest: monitor

MOSCOW, (AFP): Russian police arrested nearly 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, a monitor said Sunday, the biggest such crackdown in years. About 3,500 people took part in the unauthorised protest on Saturday according to official figures,..

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Russian police arrest more than 1,000 in Moscow protest Saturday, July 27th, 2019

By JIM HEINTZ, MOSCOW (AP): Russian police cracked down fiercely Saturday on demonstrators in central Moscow, beating some people and arresting more than 1,000 who were protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for Moscow city council. Police also stormed into a TV station..

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Hong Kong braces for ‘anti-triad’ rally despite police ban Friday, July 26th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Protesters vowed to defy a police ban Saturday and rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators last weekend. Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white t-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government..

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Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump announced Friday that a "landmark" asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up pressure on its southern neighbors to stem the flow of migrants towards its border. The White House said Guatemala would now be considered..

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N. Korea says missile test was ‘solemn warning’ to S. Korea Thursday, July 25th, 2019

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, SEOUL, South Korea (AP): A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, Pyongyang announced Friday that leader Kim Jong Un had supervised the test of a new tactical guided weapon that was meant as a “solemn warning” about rival South Korea’s..

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Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, (AFP): Chinese tanks at the border? False. Photo of a protester biting off a policeman's finger? Misleading. In polarised Hong Kong, a fake news fight for public opinion has become as crucial a battleground as the city streets. During weeks of pro-democracy protests that have involved..

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N. Korea fires missiles into sea in apparent pressure tactic Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, SEOUL, South Korea (AP): North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent pressuring tactic aimed at Washington as North Korean and U.S. officials struggle to restart..

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Venezuela limps back to normal after another blackout Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

CARACAS, (AFP): Electricity has been restored in all of Caracas and several other regions of Venezuela after a major blackout, the government said Tuesday -- the latest taste of misery for a country mired in economic crisis. The outage that began Monday afternoon triggered gridlock in the capital..

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‘Triad’ attack on Hong Kong protesters sparks anger

HONG KONG, (AFP): Anger soared in Hong Kong on Monday over a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded, a dramatic escalation of the political turmoil plaguing the Chinese city. The financial hub's roiling unrest took a dark turn late Sunday..

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China lashes out at Hong Kong protest targeting its office Sunday, July 21st, 2019

By NADIA LAM, HONG KONG (AP): China on Monday harshly criticized a demonstration in which eggs were thrown at its office in Hong Kong and messages spray-painted on the exterior walls. The official People’s Daily newspaper, in a front-page commentary headlined “Central Authority Cannot be..

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Pakistani hospital hit by female suicide bomber, 9 killed

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD, DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and..

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Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over Saturday, July 20th, 2019

MOSCOW, (AFP): More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities' refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot. Staging their largest protest in years, opposition leaders such as President Vladimir Putin's top..

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