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Hong Kong police storm university amid fiery explosions
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Hong Kong police stormed into a university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons.


Polarizing ex-defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka presidential vote
Sri Lanka Election

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence official revered by Sri Lanka's ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, declared victory Sunday in the nation's presidential election.


'A microcosm of the country': How impeachment hearings are playing out in parts of swing-state Michigan
Trump Impeachment How We Got Here

In the swing state of Michigan, which helped Obama and Trump win their elections, here's how the fallout from the presidential impeachment hearings is affecting voters.


Flooded Venice records 3rd exceptional tide as other parts of Italy hit with rain, snow
APTOPIX Italy Venice Flooding

Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark's Square, but tourists donned high rubber boots or even hip waders to witness and photograph the spectacle.


U.K. media calls Prince Andrew's sexual misconduct rebuttal a PR disaster
Epstein Accuser-Prince Andrew

British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew's effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster.


Iraqi anti-government protester killed amid fresh clashes on Baghdad bridge
Iraq Protests

An anti-government protester in Iraq was killed Sunday by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas canister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge, security and medical officials said. Since the protests began Oct. 1, at least 320 people have been killed and thousands wounded.


At least 7 killed, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion
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At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.


Iran supreme leader warns 'thugs' amid gas price protests
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Iran's supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike "thugs," signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations.


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19-Hour London To Sydney 'Test Flight' Shows How To Make Long Hauls Tolerable
Qantas Airways' approach to the 11,000-mile trip features carefully designed meals and lighting. Passengers are also encouraged to get out of their seats and they experience two sunrises in one day.
Hong Kong Protests Intensify With Molotov Cocktails And Arrows
A weekend that began with relative calm devolved into some of the most dramatic scenes of violence since the protests began nearly six months ago.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wins Sri Lankan Presidential Elections
The former defense secretary, who has been accused of human rights abuses during the country's civil war, campaigned on a platform of stability and national security.
Even Researchers Were Shocked By How Tough Life Is For Sanitation Workers
In lower-income countries, snakes, cow carcasses and collapsing walls are among the hazards faced by this critical but long-ignored group of workers.
Flooding Damages St. Mark's Basilica In Venice
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Pierpaolo Campostrini about the effects of flooding on St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy.
Prince Andrew Addresses His Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein
Britain's Prince Andrew is denying ever having met a woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with him.
1 Year Of 'Yellow Vest' Protests In France
Protesters in Paris are in the streets this weekend to mark a year since the first "yellow vest" marches.
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Cambodia to ban elephant rides at Angkor Wat
One of Asia's most famous tourist attractions is taking a major stand for animals.
Iran warns security forces will take action
Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazil has said security forces will take action against those protesting against a nationwide increase in gas prices if the "vandalism" continues, according to state-run Press TV.
Cristiano Ronaldo on brink of history
The man from Madeira is at it again.
Saudi Arabia puts $1.7 trillion price tag on its oil monopoly
Saudi Arabia believes its giant state oil monopoly is worth as much as $1.7 trillion.
Erdogan isn't having it with Trump
Turkish leader returns Trump's "don't be a tough guy" letter. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a letter spurned.
The new Motorola Razr is $1,500 but OMG I must have it
No one needs a flip phone in 2019, because no one makes calls anymore. The camera isn't great. The battery life stinks. The screen is plastic. The processor is slow. It's superdupercrazy expensive (think an iPhone 11, then double
Hong Kong stocks rebound a bit after turbulent week
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.3% Monday morning, continuing a slight rebound after last week's losses.
Analysis: Alibaba's homecoming is about pleasing China
Alibaba's plan to raise billions of dollars by selling shares on the Hong Kong stock market will be one of the largest public offerings in the world this year. It's also a savvy political move.
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North Korea says will not offer anything to Trump without receiving in return: KCNA
North Korea will not offer anything for U.S. President Donald Trump to brag about without receiving anything in return, a statement on its state news agency KCNA said on Monday.
Lebanon resembles a sinking ship, parliament speaker says: paper
Lebanon is like a sinking ship that will go under unless action is taken, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was quoted as saying on Monday, referring to the country's deep economic and political crisis.
Cambodian princess who rescued traditional ballet dies at age 76
Cambodia's Princess Norodom Bopha Devi, a former minister of culture who helped revive traditional Apsara dance after the brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime nearly wiped it out, has died at age 76, the royal palace said on Monday.
Switching allegiances? Brexit stirs election doubts around England
Jules Wilde has never voted for Britain's Conservatives and would hate to do so at the Dec. 12 election, yet for the first time in his life, the 62-year-old carer is considering backing the governing party because of Brexit.
Arcuri says she had 'very special relationship' with UK's Johnson
U.S. businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri said on Monday that she had "a very special relationship" with Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he was mayor of London but declined to say if it amounted to an affair.
Choking and crying, Hong Kong protesters pinned back on campus
Hong Kong police laid siege to a university on Monday, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to pin back anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs and other homemade weapons from fleeing amid fears of a bloody crackdown.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un supervises air drills while U.S. and South Korea postpone drills: KCNA
North Korean media reported on Monday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised air force drills for the second time in three days, even as the United States and South Korea decided to postpone their joint air drills to ease denuclearisa
U.S., South Korea resume defense cost-sharing talks amid protests of 'robbery'
South Korean and U.S. officials resumed talks on Monday to narrow a $4 billion gap in how much they want Seoul to pay for the cost of hosting the American military amid public protests of "highway robbery" against sharply increase
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Protesters arrested as they run from campus
After a fiery overnight stand-off, some protesters try to leave - but police react with tear gas.
UK party leaders make election pitches to business
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson are all set to make speeches to UK business leaders.
Panorama Investigation: War crimes scandal exposed
British Special Forces have been accused of covering up the killings of four young Afghans in 2012.
Israel Folau criticised for 'appalling' Australia bushfire remarks
Israel Folau used a sermon to link Australia's bushfire crisis to same-sex marriage and abortion laws.
International Criminal Court may investigate UK 'war crimes cover-up'
Evidence of a cover up revealed by the BBC could lead to the ICC's first inquiry into the UK military.
Michael Bloomberg apologises for 'stop-and-frisk' policy
The former New York mayor backed a tactic that disproportionately targeted black and Latino residents.
Australian politicians banned from China 'will not repent' for criticism
Andrew Hastie and James Paterson have refused to "repent" for their criticism of the country.
Bolivia crisis: Food and fuel shortages as death toll mounts
The interim government says it has flown supplies into La Paz to avoid protesters' road blocks.
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Goodnight, and good luck
A valedictory note from Al Jazeera America on what we tried to bring to the online news landscape

A long road to reintegration for Rwandan ex-combatants
Despite programs aimed at helping former fighters recover and rebuild, many struggle to find their place in society

The Cabula 12: Brazils police war against the black community
Brazil's anti-police movement continues to fight for the soul of Cabula, even as death threats intensify

Nevada governor says he doesn't want Supreme Court consideration
Republican Brian Sandoval, reportedly under consideration by Obama for the nation's top court, says he's not interested

Elegy for a website where Native voices mattered
AJAM reported on tribal communities and offered coverage on Indian Country that few could match

As thousands enter Europe, EU flails in anti-smuggling efforts
Why did Frontex, the EU border agency, abruptly cancel a successful anti-smuggling pilot program in Greece?

New Orleanians see tourism bias in post-Katrina public transport
While 62 percent of transportation has been restored, locals say bus service has been left behind

The cancer cluster of Piketon, Ohio
How the legacy of the Cold War poisons people still

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19-Hour London To Sydney 'Test Flight' Shows How To Make Long Hauls Tolerable
Qantas Airways' approach to the 11,000-mile trip features carefully designed meals and lighting. Passengers are also encouraged to get out of their seats and they experience two sunrises in one day.
Hong Kong Protests Intensify With Molotov Cocktails And Arrows
A weekend that began with relative calm devolved into some of the most dramatic scenes of violence since the protests began nearly six months ago.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wins Sri Lankan Presidential Elections
The former defense secretary, who has been accused of human rights abuses during the country's civil war, campaigned on a platform of stability and national security.
Even Researchers Were Shocked By How Tough Life Is For Sanitation Workers
In lower-income countries, snakes, cow carcasses and collapsing walls are among the hazards faced by this critical but long-ignored group of workers.
Flooding Damages St. Mark's Basilica In Venice
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Pierpaolo Campostrini about the effects of flooding on St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy.
Prince Andrew Addresses His Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein
Britain's Prince Andrew is denying ever having met a woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with him.
1 Year Of 'Yellow Vest' Protests In France
Protesters in Paris are in the streets this weekend to mark a year since the first "yellow vest" marches.
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As Hong Kong is torn by unrest, a family anguishes over whether to stay or go

Months of protest have driven many Hong Kongers to consider moving abroad and rekindled memories of the 1990s, when hundreds of thousands fled out of fear of communist rule.


Where the impeachment case stands as Democrats prepare to bring a barrage of new witnesses

The first witnesses to the House impeachment hearings offered a cogent, damaging portrait of President Trump's attempts to strong-arm Ukraine to investigate Democrats. Some of next week's witnesses may offer a rebuttal.


U.N. commissioner warns that violence in Bolivia could 'spin out of control'

U.N. Rights Chief: Violence in Bolivia could 'spin out of control'


Iran protests over soaring gas prices turn violent

Thousands protest in Iranian cities for a second day after President Hassan Rouhani cuts gasoline subsidies. Clashes erupt in Tabriz and Sirjan, with at least one dead.


Bernie Sanders holds L.A. rally as part of his outreach to young Latinos

Bernie Sanders holds an L.A. rally as part of his strategy to mobilize Latinos, particularly younger voters, to help him win California's Democratic primary.


Werner Doehner, last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, dies at 90

Doehner was the only person left of the 62 passengers and crew members who survived the 1937 aviation accident.


Newsletter: A 16-second burst of violence

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss today: TOP STORIES A 16-Second Burst of Violence A routine day.


Far-right activist Ammon Bundy's rush to save an Idaho ranch ends without a standoff

Ammon Bundy, who led a 2106 standoff with the federal government at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, thought he'd found another cause to champion this week in Idaho.


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Hong Kong police surround university after night of violence
Police in Hong Kong used tear gas to drive back dozens of protesters trying to flee a university campus after a night of violence in the city.

'Forgotten island' in Venice where residents say they've been abandoned
All eyes have been on Venice after historic flooding of the city's most treasured and iconic locations, such as St Mark's Square.

Russia 'to return three captured ships to Ukraine'
Russia will return three captured ships to Ukraine, it has been reported, a year after it captured the vessels off the coast of Crimea.

Saudi Aramco flotation plan falls short of $2trn valuation
Saudi Aramco has fired up plans for its long-awaited flotation that is set to easily create the world's most valuable listed company.

Emmanuel Macron says 'non' to Dry January in France
French President Emmanuel Macron is opposed to promoting a Dry January equivalent in France, according to the president of the champagne makers' union.

At least seven killed in gas explosion in Bangladesh
At least seven people have been killed after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong.

Former defence chief set to become Sri Lanka's new president
Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief is set to become the country's new president.

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10 shot, four killed at family gathering in Fresno, California
There was no information on a suspect in the the shooting at a backyard football party, police said.
White House defends Trump's surprise medical exam amid skepticism online
"Also began phase one of my yearly physical," Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. "Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year."
Christine Blasey Ford makes rare appearance to accept award
"I did not feel courageous. I was simply doing my duty as a citizen," Blasey Ford told the ACLU of Southern California.
Hong Kong police storm university campus occupied by protesters
Police agreed to temporarily suspend their use of force at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the school's president said Monday.
Ford unveils Mustang electric vehicle
The 2021 Mach-E is part of an $11 billion plan to develop 40 new all-electric and hybrid models by 2022.
Man allegedly left special needs woman to die in Vegas desert
Court documents allege that John Chapman of Pennsylvania tied Jaime Feden to a sign post in Nevada, put tape over her face and left her to die.
Maryland teacher charged with assault after classroom fight with student
Authorities were also seeking to file charges against the student, police said.
Pete Buttigieg is struggling with black voters — and not just because he's gay
There are weaknesses in Buttigieg's candidacy "that black voters may see particularly well," a political scientist said.
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Kim Jong Un oversees military drills after U.S., South Korea scrap joint exercises
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a parachute landing exercise held by the country's air force, saying that it was "necessary to wage a drill without notice under the simulated conditions of real war," state-con

Hong Kong court rules face mask ban unconstitutional
The Hong Kong High Court ruled Monday that a government ban on wearing face masks in public is unconstitutional.

Famous birthdays for Nov. 18: Owen Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr.
Author Margaret Atwood turns 80 and actor Chloe Sevigny turns 44, among the famous birthdays for Nov. 18.

Hulu: What's coming and going in December 2019
"How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming" and new seasons of "Younger," "Marvel's Runaways" and "Killing Eve" are headed to Hulu.

On This Day, Nov. 18: Joseph P. Kennedy dies at 81
On Nov. 18, 1969, Kennedy clan patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy, died at his Hyannis Port home at the age of 81.

Yellowstone bison hunt generates controversy, court battle
Members of Indian tribes travel hundreds of miles to participate in a winter close-range hunt of Yellowstone bison. But some participants find the hunt degrading for humans and the animals.

4 killed, 6 wounded in shooting at California football party
At least four people were killed and six others were wounded in California when at least one unknown gunman opened fire on a party that had gathered to watch a football game, authorities said.

Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk policy
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for the New York Police Department's use of the stop-and-frisk policing tactic he championed during his tenure that disproportionally affected minorities.

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Hong Kong protest: police fire rounds of teargas at protesters trying to leave campus – live

Police pulled back after attempted dawn raid on Polytechnic University was met with fire

Our correspondent in Hong Kong, Lily Kuo, has posted this view of the besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University that shows thick smoke billowing from the campus and multiple explosions — with hundreds of students still inside.

Multiple explosions in this fire that seems to be quickly spreading at the entrance of Polyu. There are still hundreds of people inside. pic.twitter.com/odfG9ZYkLR

The Associated Press has published its latest update, which describes how police are preventing protesters from leaving the campus:

Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong are trapped inside a university campus, with police firing rounds of teargas at them to stop them breaking through a cordon to escape the area.

Protesters stuck in Hong Kong Polytechnic University advanced on the police from outside the cordon, while others emerged from the campus. However, they faced teargas and in some places police swooped in to make arrests.

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New York Times editor says Trump has put his reporters’ lives at risk

Dean Baquet decries abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racist

The executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters’ lives at risk by subjecting them to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.

Dean Baquet, who has led the news outlet during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, said the US president’s history of verbal attacks on journalists such as the New York Times’s political reporter Maggie Haberman was “appalling” and risked having serious consequences.

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Johnson-Arcuri investigation to review affair with another woman

Exclusive: PM’s relationship with Helen Macintyre will be examined by London assembly

An investigation into the prime minister’s relationship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri will also review an affair that Boris Johnson failed to declare when he was mayor of London, the Guardian can reveal.

Johnson escaped censure in 2010 when he failed to declare an interest over an unpaid City Hall adviser, Helen Macintyre, who it later emerged had an extramarital affair with the then London mayor and gave birth to one of his children.

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Trump chides Kim Jong-un for calling Joe Biden a 'rabid dog' that should be killed

US president says potential Democratic rival is ‘somewhat better than that’ and urges North Korean leader to agree nuclear deal

Donald Trump has come to the defence of one of his potential rivals for the presidency, telling North Korea its recent description of Joe Biden as a “rabid dog” that should be “beaten to death” was a little unfair.

Trump’s criticism of Pyongyang – albeit via a half-hearted endorsement of Biden’s character – came amid attempts to resurrect stalled nuclear talks, with Trump imploring North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to “get the deal done”, and the US and South Korea agreeing to postpone an annual air force drill the North routinely condemns as a rehearsal for an invasion.

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Prince Andrew: Calls for royal to say sorry and speak to FBI

Lawyers for Epstein’s victims say they were ‘almost completely ignored’ in interview

Prince Andrew is facing a transatlantic backlash over his extraordinary defence of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein after lawyers who represent 10 of the billionaire predator’s victims branded the royal unrepentant and implausible and demanded that he speak to the FBI.

After the royal’s defiant Newsnight interview on Saturday triggered a disbelieving reaction from the public and the media, the prince was under growing pressure from critics in the UK and US on Sunday who demanded an apology for his conduct and said that his defence of his actions was simply not credible.

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Republicans condemned for smearing impeachment witnesses born abroad

Trump tactic suggesting Marie Yovanovitch and Alexander Vindman have mixed loyalties criticized as bigoted

Republicans and Donald Trump have sought to smear key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against the president as having dual or mixed loyalties to the US, due to being born abroad.

The move has sparked condemnation as a bigoted tactic that has maligned career US diplomats and officials as being potentially disloyal to their adopted country due to not being born in America.

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Bangladesh flies in planeloads of onions amid national outcry over shortage

Even the prime minister has chopped the vegetable out of her official menu after monsoon caused Indian crop failure

Bangladesh has been forced to import planeloads of onions as the price of the cooking staple soared to record highs, an official said, with even the prime minister chopping the bulb from her menu.

The price of onions – a sensitive subject in south Asia where shortages can trigger widespread discontent with political ramifications – has climbed to eye-watering levels in Bangladesh since neighbouring India banned exports in late September after heavy monsoon rains reduced the crop.

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Fresno shooting: four dead after attack at backyard party

Police say 10 people shot by unknown assailants at family gathering in California city

Four people have been shot dead in Fresno, California, after suspects entered a backyard party and fired into the crowd, police said.

The shooting took place at about 6pm at a residence in the south-east of the city where people were gathered to watch a football game, according to Fresno police.

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John Oliver Says If You Want to Irritate Donald Trump, Fill Out the 2020 Census
“This administration clearly thinks that some people don’t count,” Oliver says.
British Muslims Can Swing the U.K. Election, But Only If They Get Out and Vote
Muslims must not let themselves be excluded from the British political conversation any longer
China Urges the U.S. to “Stop Flexing Muscles” in the South China Sea
The South China Sea for years has been a major point of contention between Beijing and Washington.
Hong Kong Police Storm University Campus Occupied by Protesters as Courts Overturn Mask Ban
The fiery confrontations at the university and the looming threat of live rounds mark a sharp escalation in the protests
Illegal Pot Farms on California’s Public Land Are Creating an Environmental Hazard
Illegal sites siphon valuable water, pollute legal downstream farms and funnel potentially tainted cannabis onto the streets
The Ford Mustang SUV Is Starting a Blitz of New Electric Vehicles
The Mustang Mach E will go 230 miles to more than 300 miles per charge
Two Arkansas Chemistry Professors Were Arrested for Allegedly Making Meth
Both professors have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11

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