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Hong Kong protests: about 100 still admitted to university World News

About 100 protesters remain in a university surrounded by police in Hong Kong, the third day of the most prolonged and tense confrontation on more than five months of conflict in the semi-autonomous city. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's executive director, said about 600 protesters were handed over to the authorities at the Polytechnic University campus in Kowloon overnight, after police …

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Brazil's Amazon deforestation at the highest rate of 11 years, says the country's space agency | Climate News

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose by almost a third last year, to its highest rate in more than a decade, a report has found. The 30% increase is consistent with President Jair Bolsonaro's claims that environmental activists are exaggerating the pace at which it is being lost. Between August 2018 and July 2019, 3,769 square miles (9,762 square miles) …

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Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny obsessed with massive theft

Image copyright Getty Images Captions A Soyuz rocket launch at Vostochny cosmodrome (5 Jul 19) Russia's new space center Vostochny has lost at least 11 billion rubles (133 million pounds; $ 172 million) through theft and top officials have been jailed. So what went wrong with President Vladimir Putin's pet project? Russia's Federal Investigation Committee (SK) says it is handling …

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American and Australian hostages "freed in Taliban prisoner swap"

Captions Australian Timothy Weeks (left) and US citizen Kevin King appeared to be wound up in video 2017 The Afghan Taliban have freed two Western hostages in exchange for three imprisoned senior militants, officials and Taliban sources say. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were released three years after being kidnapped outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul …

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The US settlement movement supports the law of the jungle – Palestinians

Image copyright EPA Captions The mosque in the East Jerusalem area in Issawiya and Maale Adumim settlement seen in the background Palestinians have condemned a decision by the United States to abandon its four-decade-old position that Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank violate international law. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said it threatened to replace international law with the "jungle …

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Trump News Live: Latest impeachment updates as key witnesses testify to Ukraine's scandal

Four key witnesses will appear before the House on Tuesday to testify about Ukraine's scandal and pledged to make today a dramatic witness on Capitol Hill. – Tuesday morning (09:00 EST / 14 GMT)) : Lt Col Alexander Vindman, Ukraine expert on National Security Council (NSC), and Jennifer Williams, assistant to Vice President Mike Pence [19659003] – Tuesday afternoon (14.30 …

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Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested | World News

A man suspected of being an intermediary in the murder of Malta's most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police source told Reuters. The man is believed to have linked the suspected person to requesting the murder of Caruana Galizia with the men accused of having committed the murder, as well as those who helped to …

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Nawaz Sharif: Ex-PM leaves Pakistan for medical treatment

Copyright copyright Reuters Caption Nawaz Sharif at a news conference in London 2018 Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a prison for corruption, has left the country to receive medical treatment in London. Sharif, a three-time prime minister, has an immune system disorder and other health problems. The Lahore Supreme Court lifted a travel ban on Saturday …

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China attacks Hong Kong's decision to overturn the mask ban

China's parliament has attacked a court decision in Hong Kong that reversed a contentious worm ban and threatened to cause tension in the territory where a university siege has entered its third day. In a statement published by the official Xinhua News Agency, a National People's Congress spokesman said members of its laws and the working committee "expressed grave concern" …

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