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Greek authorities arrest suspect in connection to 1985 hijacking of TWA flight
Bychykhin_Olexandr/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A 65-year-old man linked to the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines flight, an attack during which a U.S. Navy diver was killed, has been arrested in Greece. Hamadei Saleh Mohammed Ali, a Lebanese citizen, was apprehended on Thursday during a routine passport check in Mykonos, the last stop in Greece before traveling to Turkey on a cruise ship, an official with the Greek Ministry of the Interior told ABC News. After the arrest, which came in response to a warrant issued by Germany, the suspect was transferred to Syros and taken to Korydallos high-security...
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Paris police use tear gas on Yellow Vest protesters as climate march turns violent
iStock/Thinkstock (PARIS) -- Paris police used tear gas against Yellow Vest protesters for the second time Saturday to prevent further riots during what was a peaceful climate march.The march, which was protesting government and corporation greenhouse gas emissions, quickly turned violent when dozens of people dressed in black "mixed into the crowd," set a barricade on fire and broke a bank window, according to The Associated Press.Police, according to the AP, have arrested at least 106 people Saturday. French officials deployed more than 7,000 officers.The yellow vests movement began in November 2018 to protest a proposed gas from French President...
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Trump orders additional air defense troops to Saudi Arabia
Sgt. Zachary Mott/U.S. Army (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has approved a "modest deployment" of American troops and air and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of last weekend's attack on Saudi oil facilities that the U.S. has blamed on Iran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced at a hastily called Pentagon press conference on Friday night.Trump's decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia followed a high-level national security meeting at the White House on Friday afternoon. Esper said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had requested international support to help protect critical infrastructure. In addition to...
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How Justin Trudeau's blackface scandal may hurt his re-election -- or not
alexsl/iStock (TORONTO) -- For some politicians, being photographed dressing in black or brown face multiple times would be automatically devastating to a political campaign. Some Canadian experts say that might not be the case for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however. As Trudeau continues to wage his re-election bid amid a scandal surrounding three known incidents where he made himself appear as a different race, experts are evaluating how much of an impact they will have on his campaign. For the most part, many expect it to be damaging but not disastrous."This blackface brown face scandal goes to issues of credibility...
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Amnesty International accuses Hong Kong police of beating, torturing protesters
LewisTsePuiLung/iStock (HONG KONG) -- Amnesty International has documented "reckless and indiscriminate tactics" used by the Hong Kong police in responding to 15 weeks of anti-government protests. The London-based human rights group claims detained protesters have been tortured, too. “The Hong Kong police’s heavy-handed crowd-control response on the streets has been live-streamed for the world to see. Much less visible is the plethora of police abuses against protesters that take place out of sight,” Amnesty's East Asia Director Nicholas Bequelin said in a report.“The evidence leaves little room for doubt – in an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong’s security forces...
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British military rugby team apologizes after visiting controversial shrine for war criminals in Japan
Ismailciydem/iStock (TOKYO) -- A British military rugby team on tour in Japan has apologized for visiting a controversial military shrine honoring Japanese soldiers, among them war criminals.The U.K. Armed Forces Rugby team is in Japan for the 3rd International Defence Force Rugby Cup, which overlaps with the Rugby World Cup.The team has been keeping their fans updated on their progress in the tournament with photos and videos on social media but it was a photo of one of their down-time activities posted on their Twitter account that caused the backlash.The posts in question have now been taken down, but not...
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Beijing's new 'starfish' airport set to open
ansonmiao/iStock (BEIJING) -- Beijing’s new massive international airport nicknamed “The Starfish” is set to officially open its doors on Sept. 30. But the first commercial test flights were already scheduled for Friday.Officially called Beijing Daxing International Airport with the airport code PKX, the airport has been five years in the making. It's opening just in time for Oct. 1, the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule.The new airport is expected to relieve some of operational pressures at the existing Beijing Capital International Airport and could help Beijing become the largest aviation hub in the world. China is expected to overtake...
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Trump: 'Nothing wrong' with Ukraine call sources say is focus of intel complaint
MicroStockHub/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's phone call with a foreign leader that has become the focus of a complaint to the director of national intelligence's inspector general involved Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.Trump reacted Friday, tweeting, "there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!"According to a readout released from the White House, Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 "to congratulate him on his recent election."A more extensive readout from the Ukrainian president's office, however, noted that the two also spoke about "investigations into corruption cases that have hampered interaction...
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Trump to welcome Australian prime minister at special state visit
Deejpilot/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has used the Rose Garden at the White House for major policy announcements, Medal of Honor ceremonies, impromptu press conferences and as a backdrop for Twitter videos, but on Friday the first lady will steal it for an evening of al fresco dining in honor of Australia.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be the second foreign leader honored with a rare state visit to the White House since Trump took office.The day will begin with the military pomp of a South Lawn arrival, then the leaders will hold a one-on-one meeting in the Oval...
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US-based Egyptian activist says brother 'kidnapped' by government in Cairo
Joel Carillet/iStock (CAIRO, Egypt) -- Wael Ghonim, a United States-based activist who was behind a Facebook page that helped ignite a popular uprising in Egypt in 2011, said his brother was arrested at his family's home in Cairo on Thursday.Hazem Ghonim, who Wael said is an apolitical dentist, was taken away by security forces to make his elder brother stop posting live videos that have fiercely criticized Egyptian leadership over the past week, the former Google executive said.He also pleaded with President Donald Trump to intervene and help free his brother, before launching a #savehazem Twitter hashtag that has quickly...
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Congress grills Trump admin over future of Taliban talks after US airstrike hits Afghan civilians
Adventure_Photo/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration is facing fresh bipartisan criticism for how it has handled its Afghan peace process after President Donald Trump announced that he had invited the Taliban to Camp David and then canceled the meeting.Amid reports that a U.S. military strike killed at least 30 civilians Thursday -- and with no plans for the U.S. and the Taliban to meet again -- there are growing concerns about the administration's road ahead."In the last few weeks, we've seen the Afghan reconciliation process go off the rails in a spectacular fashion," Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chair of the...
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Police: Boarding school fire kills at least 26 children, one teacher in Liberia
omersukrugoksu/iStock (MONROVIA, Liberia) -- More than two dozen people, mostly children, have died in a fire that engulfed a religious boarding school outside Liberia's capital in the middle of the night, authorities said. An Islamic school on the outskirts of Monrovia caught fire late Tuesday night, around 11 p.m. local time, while students and faculty were asleep inside. Fierce flames swept the main entrance of the building, leaving many people trapped, according to the Liberia National Police spokesman Moses Carter. At least 26 children and one teacher were killed. Two other children were the only students to escape the blaze,...
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