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Protests in Hong Kong intensify with explosions, Molotov cocktails at Polytechnic University
iStock (HONG KONG) -- Protests in Hong Kong have intensified with live bullets and explosions as police seek to end the standoff at Polytechnic University.The police have surrounded the university in what is the one of the largest and most sustained battles in a protest movement that is now in it's sixth month.An officer was shot through the leg with a bow and arrow and an armored police vehicle was set on fire as protesters fight back police tear gas and rubber bullets with Molotov cocktails.Police have been trying to disperse the protesters from the roads around Polytechnic, which is...
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Prince Andrew says in BBC interview 'nothing' happened between him and Virginia Giuffre
iStock (LONDON) -- Prince Andrew, the third child of Queen Elizabeth, in a high-stakes interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. categorically denied allegations he had sex on multiple occasions with an American teenager who's claimed she was trafficked to the prince at the direction of Jeffrey Epstein."I've said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever," the prince said, responding to a question about allegations from Virginia Roberts Giuffre.Giuffre has claimed in court records and deposition testimony she had sex with the prince on two occasions when she was 17, in London and in New...
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Paris yellow vest protests turn violent with police as movement turns 1
omersukrugoksu/iStock (PARIS) -- French police fired water cannons and tear gas in Paris on Saturday to drive back protesters marking the first anniversary of the anti-government yellow vest demonstrations.Demonstrators, many clad in black and hiding their faces, vandalized an HSBC bank at the Place d'Italie. They set trash cans on fire and hurled cobblestones and bottles at riot police while building barricades.Several cars were also set ablaze.Clashes broke out between demonstrators and police near the Porte de Champerret, close to the Arc de Triomphe, as protesters were preparing to march across the city towards Gare d'Austerlitz. Police also intervened to...
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After North Korean defector and her son die, a spotlight on their hardships in freedom
Juanmonino/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Kim Eunju escaped North Korea in 2005, disillusioned with the communist regime. She still vividly remembers that night when uniformed officers raided her home in Chongjin, Hamgyeongbuk-do, searching for petroleum that she had been smuggling from China to sell in the local market. It was the family’s lifeline bringing just enough bread to the table to survive.The country had entered into a severe economic hardship and the communist party had begun to confiscate whatever household goods to support the state. Kim, then 25-years old, also worked as a train stewardess.“They taught us to sing our socialist...
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North Korea calls Biden a 'rabid dog' after campaign ad implies Kim's a 'tyrant'
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- After a campaign ad for Former Vice President Joe Biden implied Kim Jong Un was a "tyrant," North Korean state media responded on Thursday by blasting the 2020 Democratic candidate. The commentary called Biden a "rabid dog" and advocated that rabid dogs "can hurt lots of people" and "must be beaten to death with a stick.""Anyone who dare slanders the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK can never spare the DPRK's merciless punishment," said the commentary, which was translated by North Korea's news agency. Biden "will be made to see even in a grave...
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$20M set aside for Venice flooding, state of emergency declared
mammuth/iStock (ROME) -- Italy's government declared a state of emergency on Thursday after floodwaters ravaged Venice, causing inestimable damage to the centuries-old city.Twenty million euros (approximately $22 million, U.S.) is being set aside in response, reported Italian press agency ANSA. Venice saw its worst flood in 50 years on Tuesday, close to midnight, after floodwaters reached over 73 inches.As tourists posted selfies on social media with the flooded streets as backdrop, locals were left to deal with incalculable water damage to their businesses, homes and their city’s world-famous monuments.Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrived in Venice on Wednesday evening to...
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Hillary Clinton meets Duchess Meghan, Archie in Windsor
NataliaCatalina/iStock (LONDON) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had a chance to thank Hillary Clinton for the supportive comments she's made about her recently.The duchess and the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had a private meeting Tuesday at Frogmore Cottage, Meghan and Prince Harry's home in Windsor, according to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.Although Prince Harry was not at the meeting, Clinton, a grandmother of three, did get to meet Archie, Harry and Meghan's 6-month-old son.Sara Latham, the Sussexes' press secretary, who previously worked for Clinton, was also at what was described by Buckingham Palace as a "friendly, informal meeting."Meghan's meeting with...
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Plans for Notre Dame spire reconstruction cause a fight among officials
Erika Parfenova/iStock (PARIS) -- The debate over the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris continues.Since the April fire that burnt down the roof of Paris' most beloved cathedral, causing the collapse of the 800 year-old spire, debates on its reconstruction have opposed France's conservatives and modernists.Emotions ran high Wednesday when Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, who was chosen by President Emmanuel Macron to lead the restoration, asked the chief architect of the project, Philippe Villeneuve, to "shut his trap" during a session of the National Assembly Committee.Villeneuve is in favor of building a spire identical to the one that was...
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Australia’s Melbourne Zoo welcomes first baby koala in eight years
nattanan726/iStock (MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The first koala to be born at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo in more than eight years has just started to peek out from its mother's pouch -- and the footage captured by zookeepers is every bit as adorable as you’d expect. In video released by the wildlife park, the as-yet-unnamed 5-month-old joey is seen tucked inside its mom’s pouch, occasionally peeping out to approach the camera.Maddy Jamieson, Melbourne Zoo's Australian Bush Keeper, said that first-time koala mother Karri and her offspring are doing well at this "very exciting" time."It's our first joey in about eight years with...
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Cirque du Soleil founder detained for growing cannabis on private island
Yarygin/iStock (LONDON) — Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte, co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil, is being investigated for growing cannabis on his private island in French Polynesia.Laliberte, 60, turned himself in to police and was subsequently detained for questioning in the territory's capital of Papeete, located on the island of Tahiti.Laliberte, who surrendered on Tuesday, was being held in custody as part of a drug trafficking investigation, a spokesperson for the French Polynesian national police force told ABC News.Investigators recently detained a man on suspicion of drug possession and found photos on his cellphone purportedly showing Laliberte's marijuana plantation,...
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Could court case unlock the mystery of Dubai’s missing princesses Latifa and Shamsa?
MBPROJEKT_Maciej_Bledowski/iStock (LONDON) — To the outside world, Princess Latifa of Dubai appeared to live a life of unbridled luxury. Whether it was skydiving over one of the world’s most scenic deserts or filming the exotic pets that ran free in her mother’s palace, she always appeared smiling, happy and carefree, at least on social media.Yet in February 2018, her friend Tina Jauhiainen says she launched a daring escape from what activists call her “gilded cage” in Dubai with her help. Jauhiainen says they drove to Oman, met with Hervé Jaubert, a former French naval officer, and boarded a boat that...
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American teacher found dead in apartment after apparent robbery in Dominican Republic: Police
naruedom/iStock (CABARETE, Dominican Republic) -- An American teacher was found dead inside her apartment in the Dominican Republic following what appeared to be a robbery, local police said.Patricia Ann Anton, 63, had her hands and feet tied when police found her in Cabarete, a town on the northern coast of the island nation, the National Police said in a statement on Tuesday.An examination of her body determined that she died of strangulation, according to the statement.Items including her phone, computer and television appeared to be stolen, police said.Anton, whom police said was born in Italy but was an American citizen,...
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