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Largest pro-democracy protest yet in Hong Kong fills major park, spills into streets

(HONG KONG) -- Tens of thousands of protesters defied a rainstorm and the threat of more clashes with police on Sunday in one of the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations yet in Hong Kong.Demonstrators, whom police denied a permit to march, filled a major park and spilled into surrounding streets, which remained…... Read More

'There is no turning back': Another weekend of protests kick off in Hong Kong

(HONG KONG) -- Thousands of people stood elbow to elbow chanting "Power to the People!" on a humid night in central Hong Kong on Friday, as anti-government protests that began here in early June and led to a shutdown of the city's busy international airport this week showed no signs…... Read More

Nepal proposes new Mount Everest permit rules, but efficacy is questioned

(NEW YORK) -- The Nepalese government proposed new requirements for climbers and guides to get permits to climb Mount Everest, following a deadly season on the world's highest mountain.The proposed rules include requiring a climber to have reached the summit of at least one peak above 21,325 feet (6,500 meters),…... Read More

July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth in 140 years

(NEW YORK) -- Scorching temperatures this year broke records, including July becoming the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, scientists said Thursday. The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees, the hottest temperature that month since scientists began keeping track 140…... Read More

US applies to seize Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

(LONDON) — The U.S. government has requested to take control of an Iranian oil tanker held in Gibraltar.The Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 has been held in Gibraltar since it was seized by British forces in the Mediterranean last month. It was accused of heading to Syria which is in…... Read More

Knife crime chicken shop campaign branded 'unfathomably stupid,' 'offensive'

(LONDON) -- A new campaign to raise awareness about the perils of carrying knives in chicken shops across the United Kingdom has been accused of peddling stereotypes and “bordering on racist” by lawmakers and campaigners. The government rolled out the #knifefree chicken boxes scheme Wednesday, which would replace the standard…... Read More

Saudi female activist rejected deal to deny being tortured in exchange for freedom: Family

(WASHINGTON) -- Loujain al Hathloul, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May 2018 for her work promoting women's rights in the kingdom, including defying the previous ban on women driving, has turned down a deal to be released.According to her family, she received an offer recently to finally…... Read More

23 injured when Russian jet makes emergency landing in corn field after striking birds

(MOSCOW) -- A Russian jet carrying 226 passengers and seven crew members made an emergency landing in the middle of a corn field near Moscow after colliding with birds shortly after takeoff.Ural Airlines flight 178 from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea suffered "significant interruptions" in the jet's engines, according to…... Read More

What we know -- and don't -- about the mysterious Russian nuclear-propelled missile explosion

(MOSCOW) -- The explosion of a suspected Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile last week has caused a lot of confusion and anxiety, fueled in part by Russian authorities' continuing secrecy around the accident.Russia has provided few details known about the blast, which a U.S. official told ABC News "likely" took place…... Read More

Hong Kong International Airport resumes flights after two days of cancellations

(HONG KONG) -- Flights resumed at the Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday after two days of paralyzing protests that spiraled into violence and chaos. Although the airport was open, authorities limited access to the main terminal to employees and ticketed passengers only. A few dozen demonstrators remained camped inside…... Read More

ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault but will not face prison time: Swedish prosecutors

(STOCKHOLM) -- Rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault but will not face jail time, Swedish prosecutors announced on Wednesday. The hip-hop star was not present when the verdict was announced. He was facing up to two years in prison. A$AP Rocky and two of his companions -- performers Bladimir…... Read More