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Hong Kong protesters maintain call for leader to step down

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of black-clad protesters maintained calls for her to resign over her handling of a bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial. The chief executive issued the rare apology one day after she […]

NEW YORK – Vaccines a must

NEW YORK – Lawmakers in New York have voted to eliminate religious exemptions for school vaccines for children, as the state grapples with a measles outbreak. The law passed on Thursday night, and led to chaotic scenes in the statehouse as anti-vaccination supporters clashed with lawmakers. Much of New York’s outbreak has centred around orthodox Jewish […]

HONG KONG – No retreat

HONG KONG — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former British colony. The violence marked […]

UK – Arrests after lesbian couple who refused to kiss beaten

(Source: BBC) – Two women say they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus. Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and partner Chris happened on the top deck of a London night bus as they were travelling to Camden Town. A group of […]

USA – Long list of troubled nursing homes revealed by senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found by inspectors to have serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary problems. Nearly 400 facilities nationwide had a “persistent record of poor care” as of April, but they were not included along with […]

US now requiring visa applicants to list social-media names

(Source – AP) The United States now wants to know the social-media user names of people applying for visas, part of stepped up screening of foreign visitors and immigrants. The change, first announced last year and taking effect this month, follows on a 2017 order by President Donald Trump requiring heightened vetting for visa applicants, […]

JAPAN – Students attacked

TOKYO — A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you” attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, wounding at least 19 people, including 13 children, Japanese authorities and media said. The victims were lined up at a bus stop near Noborito […]

CENTRAL AFRICA – Forty-five dead, 200 missing in after boat sinks

At least 45 people have died after a boat sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo. The provincial governor, Antoine Masamba, said the vessel was carrying more than 400 people, with reports that about 200 passengers are still missing. The majority of those on board were teachers going to collect their salaries, […]

UK college appoints its first female black master, and she is Barbadian

(BBC) – The first black woman has been appointed to lead an Oxbridge college. Sonita Alleyne, 51, who has been elected as the next master of Jesus College, Cambridge, will also be its first female appointee and will take up the role from October. Businesswoman and entrepreneur Alleyne said it was “an honour to be […]

US – Trump breaks silence amid Alabama abortion ban row

(BBC) – US President Donald Trump has outlined his “strongly pro-life” views on abortion amid controversy over strict new laws passed in several states. Trump said he was against abortion except in cases of rape, incest or a “serious health risk” to the mother. His stance on what is a divisive election issue in the […]

US: Jimmy Carter won’t teach Sunday school days after procedure

(The Associated Press) – Former United States President Jimmy Carter has changed plans and will not teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip. Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo says the 94-year-old Carter underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from a hip replacement procedure. Carter broke his hip […]

USA – Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

CHICAGO — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said. The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, and three people were taken into custody, including […]

China strikes back

BEIJING — Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, China’s Finance Ministry […]

USA – Over 1,000 firearms seized from LA home

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,000 guns were found Wednesday in a home in the upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood Holmby Hills. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Los Angeles police officers executed a search warrant in an investigation of someone suspected of manufacturing and selling illegal firearms, Los Angeles police […]

USA – Governor signs restrictive ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he approved the bill “to […]

RUSSIA – Burning plane makes emergency landing in Moscow

(BBC) A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport after a fire broke out on board. Videos on social media show passengers using emergency exit slides to escape and run away from the burning Aeroflot aircraft. The Tass news agency said at least 13 people died but an official toll […]

Gaza conflict: Rocket barrage and Israeli strikes intensify

(BBC) – Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have stepped up their attacks on each other, in some of the most intense exchanges of recent years. The army says Palestinian militants have fired 600 rockets into Israeli territory over the weekend. Many were intercepted but three Israelis died. Israel says it has hit 260 […]