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PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters

PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protestersPolice breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University for days.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 2:26 PM

PHOTOS: Deadly shooting at California football party

PHOTOS: Deadly shooting at California football partyFour people were killed and six more wounded when “unknown suspects” sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 8:09 AM

U.S. to change migration rules in a bid to send asylum seekers elsewhere

U.S. to change migration rules in a bid to send asylum seekers elsewhereThe Trump administration is set to harden the rules this week on those allowed to seek asylum in the United States, as it attempts to stem a wave of migration on its southern border with Mexico. In a fast-track regulation set to publish in the Federal Register on Tuesday, the administration has created a framework that will allow asylum seekers to be sent to other nations that have negotiated bilateral agreements to accept them. Previously, officials in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump have argued that migrants with a valid need for asylum should seek protection in the first 'safe' country where they have the chance to apply, since many migrants travel through multiple countries on their way to the U.S. border.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 6:34 PM

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurorsFour black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an African American man, citing racial bias in jury selection. Evans has tried Curtis Flowers six times for murder in a 1996 slaying, charging that he gunned down four people execution-style in a Winona furniture store.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 6:59 PM

Racist, anti-Semitic incidents prompt Syracuse to halt fraternity activities; Alpha Chi Rho suspended

Racist, anti-Semitic incidents prompt Syracuse to halt fraternity activities; Alpha Chi Rho suspendedSyracuse suspended a fraternity and halted social activities at all of them for the semester after a series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents.




POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2019 3:50 PM

Vietnam families of UK truck victims take on loans to repatriate remains

Vietnam families of UK truck victims take on loans to repatriate remainsSome families of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Britain last month will take on steep loans from the government to repatriate their relatives' remains, they told AFP Tuesday. Vietnam's foreign ministry said they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back -- but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation. Families in central Vietnam, where many of the 39 victims come from, said they were desperate to bring their loved ones back nearly four weeks after the tragedy, despite the debt they will have to take on.




POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 4:55 AM

Russia's Monster Typhoon Submarines: Now Tricked Out with 200 Cruise Missiles?

Russia's Monster Typhoon Submarines: Now Tricked Out with 200 Cruise Missiles?Each carries as many as 200 cruise missiles.




POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2019 6:00 PM

Christine Blasey Ford makes rare public remarks, a year after Kavanaugh ordeal

Christine Blasey Ford makes rare public remarks, a year after Kavanaugh ordealProfessor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says ‘I did not feel courageous. I was simply doing my duty as a citizen’Dr Christine Blasey Ford accepting an award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in Beverly Hills on Sunday night. Photograph: Alberto E Rodríguez/Getty ImagesChristine Blasey Ford, who accused supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, made a rare public appearance on Sunday night.“When I came forward last September,” she said, accepting an award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in Beverly Hills, “I did not feel courageous. I was simply doing my duty as a citizen.”embed“I understood that not everyone would welcome my information, and I was prepared for a variety of outcomes, including being dismissed.”Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in California, came forward in September 2018, as Kavanaugh’s nomination was before the Senate.In testimony before the Senate judiciary committee, she alleged that he assaulted her at a party in suburban Maryland in 1982, pinning her down, groping her, trying to remove her clothing and putting his hand over her mouth when she screamed.Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegation – and similar claims against him – and was confirmed as Donald Trump’s second supreme court pick.His ascent, after that of Neil Gorsuch, tipped the ideological balance of the highest court in favour of conservative justices.Kavanaugh also appeared in public last week, addressing an event on Friday in Washington and staged by the Federalist Society, the rightwing group which has played an influential role in Trump’s supreme court picks.“I signed up for what I knew would be an ugly process,” he said. But he said he had expected his confirmation to be “maybe not that ugly”.Kavanaugh was confirmed by just two votes, the narrowest margin for a supreme court justice since 1881.His appearance at Union Station in Washington was greeted by protests, including women dressed up as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale television series.Last year, lawyers for Ford said her life had been “turned upside down” and she had effectively gone into hiding, such was the vitriol directed her way after her testimony in the Senate.Ford “received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country”, the lawyers said in a letter to Senate judiciary committee chairman, Chuck Grassley.“At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”At the Beverly Hills event on Sunday, Blasey Ford accepted the Roger Baldwin Courage Award, named for the founder of the ACLU. When coming forward, she said, she had “simply thought that it was my duty as a citizen and that anyone in my position would do the same thing”.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 9:25 AM

TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese roots

TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese rootsByteDance, the company which owns short-form video app TikTok, has recently come under fire due to the fact that it is headquartered in China.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 7:31 AM

Jodie Chesney's killer jailed for life as judge laments criminals 'carving up areas' of London

Jodie Chesney's killer jailed for life as judge laments criminals 'carving up areas' of LondonTwo drug dealing teenagers have been jailed for life for the "callous and casual" murder of girl scout Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in an east London park. County lines dealer Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and his 17-year-old apprentice, Arron Isaacs had been looking to take revenge on rivals when they killed Jodie by mistake, the Old Bailey heard. The popular 17-year-old student had been relaxing with friends in Amy's Park in Harold Hill, east London, on the evening of March 1 when two shadowy figures emerged from the dark and one knifed her in the back. She screamed and collapsed in the arms of her boyfriend, Eddie Coyle, 18, as her attackers made off in a fellow drug dealer's car. Days later, they were arrested together as they fled from the rear of a house connected with the youth. The defendants denied Jodie's murder, each blaming the other for inflicting the fatal wound. But prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors that both were responsible for the killing, amid incidents of "casual violence" in the drug-dealing world. The jury deliberated for less than six hours to find them guilty last week of Jodie's murder. Jodie Chesney Judge Wendy Joseph QC handed Ong-a-Kwie a life sentence with a minimum of 26 years. She sentenced Isaacs to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure for at least 18 years. She said that Jodie's death led to a "world of anguish" for her family, which came amid "tit for tat" incidents. Jodie was the victim of "callous, casual and irresponsible violence" which had shocked the community "to the core", she said. On the evidence, she found Ong-a-Kwie was the stabber and the 17-year-old his "enthusiastic supporter". Isaacs was initially shielded by anonymity, but now he can be named after the judge lifted reporting restrictions. In doing so, she said: "What is important is that a blameless girl is dead at the hands of those engaged in and those that associate with drug dealing on the streets which Jodie and other blameless young people must live. "This death has brought great unease in the community. Those suffering, which spreads much further than Jodie's friends and family, need and have a right to known and understand how this has come about." The judge lamented the impact of criminals that had "carved up areas of the capital of this country". She added: "The dangers this brings to decent law-abiding members of the public is graphically spelled out in this case." The court heard moving tributes to Jodie and the "ripple effect" her murder had among friends, family and the wider community. Mr Coyle has been left with post-traumatic stress from witnessing her murder. Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was a county lines drug dealer Credit: PA He said: "Jodie was funny, silly, she always made fun of me and she had a bright future ahead of her. She was full of energy and was always out doing something. We had been going out for three months. "I've never lost anyone before and for the first funeral I've gone to to be my own girlfriend's is incredibly hard. I loved her." Jodie's father, Peter Chesney, who gave up a job in the City, said: "I have lost the most precious human being I will ever know. I have no idea how I'm going to continue my life or come to terms with the loss." Her sister, Lucy, said: "Jodie will be greatly missed and the people who caused such tragedy to a whole family should hang their head in shame. You have ripped away a bright future that was destined to make a change to many lives." The court heard that Ong-a-Kwie had convictions for possessing and supplying drugs. He admitted being in breach of a six-week suspended sentence for handling stolen jewellery dating back to October last year. Isaacs had previous convictions for possessing a screwdriver, actual bodily harm, possession of cannabis as well as aggravated vehicle-taking.




POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 11:07 AM

NYT > Top Stories

Impeachment Hearings Live Updates: Vindman and Williams Testify
Two White House officials who listened in on President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president testified that it was inappropriate for Mr. Trump to have raised investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during the conversation. One of them confirmed that he complained to superiors.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 3:13 PM
How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp
American officials expressed wonderment that Rudolph W. Giuliani was running his “irregular channel” of diplomacy over open cell lines and communications apps penetrated by the Russians.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 4:47 AM
Who Is Alexander Vindman? White House Aide Reported Ukraine Concerns
The decorated combat veteran and top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council will be the first active-duty military officer to take part in the public impeachment hearings.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 1:00 PM
Who Is Jennifer Williams? Pence Aide Listened to Trump-Zelensky Call
Ms. Williams, a veteran Foreign Service officer, testified that she found President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president “unusual and inappropriate.”

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:31 PM
Jeffrey Epstein Suicide: Two Jail Workers Expected to Be Charged
The charges are related to their failure to check on him.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 3:20 PM
Two Western Hostages Are Freed in Afghanistan in Deal With Taliban
The two Western teachers held by the Taliban are safe with American forces, officials say, and three Taliban figures are freed. Some Afghans worry it won’t help renew peace talks.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:13 PM
Parents of Besieged Hong Kong Protesters Come to the Front Lines
The parents of young people under siege at a university emerged as a humanizing call for compromise.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 3:26 PM
Hong Kong Protests: Over 1,000 Detained at a University, and a Warning From Beijing
After a three-day standoff with the police, several dozen protesters remained on the campus of a besieged university.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 3:17 PM
Impeachment, Israel, California: Your Tuesday Briefing
Here's what you need to know.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:03 PM
How New Yorkers Are Shaping the Trump Impeachment Inquiry
An upstate Republican and a Hudson Valley Democrat play roles in the Washington hearings.  

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:53 PM

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