‘Not for sale’: Inside Greenland, the world’s largest island

Danish-influenced architecture dominates the village of Aasiaat in northern Greenland. Sorry, President Trump. Greenland’s not for sale. The country’s government made that clear in a tweet Friday, following reports that Trump had looked into the possibility of purchasing the massive island nation from Denmark. The resistance came as no surprise to photographer Kiliii Yüyan, who…

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At least 3 killed in clash between rival soccer fans

Tegucigalpa, Honduras (CNN)Three people have been killed and several injured in clashes between fans of rival soccer clubs in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.The violence broke out inside and near the city’s National Stadium ahead of a scheduled match between the Olimpia and Motagua clubs. The violence is believed to have started when Olimpia supporters attacked…

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Sudan’s deposed ruler Omar al-Bashir faces trial over corruption

Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir is due to go on trial for corruption allegations, which brought down his 30-year rule. The deposed leader, whose trial begins on Monday, faces charges related to “possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally”. Bashir’s trial comes against the backdrop of the country’s struggle to form a sovereign council, the first…

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Former Malaysian PM Najib to appear in court for 1MDB trial

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak will appear in court on Monday to face the biggest of five trials linked to the scandal at the state-owned firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), according to his lawyer. His lawyers have sought to delay the 1MDB trial to allow time for another trial, the SRC case, currently being…

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Iran tanker departs after Gibraltar rejects US demand

The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute departed from Gibraltar late on Sunday after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel. According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertanker which had been detained since July 4 off the coast of Gibraltar lifted anchor on Sunday…

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UN appeals for more aid for Venezuelan refugees

The United Nations has appealed for more humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees pouring into neighbouring countries, where they are overwhelming social services and reportedly sparking local tensions. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, planned to visit the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima, but authorities advised him to cancel due to protests by residents unhappy with…

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Iceland bids farewell to first glacier lost to climate change

With poetry, moments of silence and speeches, officials and activists in Iceland have bid goodbye to the country’s first glacier lost to climate change.  About 100 people climbed for two hours on Sunday to the top of the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland to where the Okjokull or “Ok glacier” once stood. They installed a bronze memorial plaque there to serve as a…

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Is Donald Trump in a rush to withdraw from Afghanistan?

The United States and the Taliban appear to be inching closer to an agreement that could end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. American officials say negotiators have made significant progress. President Donald Trump, his peace envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and top security advisers held discussions on Friday. Trump tweeted that the meeting was “very good” and said many…

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Zimbabwe police ban another protest over economic woes

Police in Zimbabwe has banned a planned march by the country’s main opposition in the city of Bulawayo, days after brutally dispersing protesters who defied a similar order in the capital.  Paul Nyathi, spokesman for the police, told reporters on Sunday that a “prohibition order” was issued in Bulawayo “due to security concerns”.  Monday’s now-banned protest, organised…

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Kashmir crisis: Residents unable to afford food

The blocking of trade between India and Pakistan is having an impact on Kashmiris on both sides of the border. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Chakothi near the Line of Control which divides Indian and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

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Jordan summons Israeli envoy over Jerusalem ‘violations’

Jordan has summoned Israel’s ambassador in protest over “clear violations” at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Arab country’s foreign ministry said. On Sunday, Jordan summoned envoy Amir Weissbrod to voice its “condemnation and rejection of Israeli violations” at the highly-sensitive site, where Israeli security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades at Palestinian…

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Sudan opposition names five civilian members of sovereign council

Sudan’s opposition coalition has named five people, including a woman, as civilian members of the country’s sovereign council to be sworn in on Monday, a source within the coalition has said. A landmark power-sharing agreement signed on Saturday paved the way for Sudan’s transition to a civilian-led government and eventual general elections. The deal provides…

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Hong Kong demonstrators defy police, Beijing and downpours in another mass rally

Protesters gather on Harcourt Road by the Legislative Council offices. Eric Cheung/CNNWhat’s the atmosphere like right now? The mood is uncertain and increasingly tense on Harcourt Road, as a few thousand protesters continue to occupy the roads outside the government headquarters in Admiralty district. Police have been seen moving inside the government complex, to roars…

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Organizers say 1.7 million took part in the demonstration as protesters gathered for the 11th consecutive weekend

Protesters gather on Harcourt Road by the Legislative Council offices. Eric Cheung/CNNWhat’s the atmosphere like right now? The mood is uncertain and increasingly tense on Harcourt Road, as a few thousand protesters continue to occupy the roads outside the government headquarters in Admiralty district. Police have been seen moving inside the government complex, to roars…

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Gibraltar refuses US request to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has refused a request by the United States to seize an Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic standoff between Tehran and Europe.  British Royal Marines had seized the vessel in Gibraltar in July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European…

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Kashmiris caught in India-Pakistan trade blockage

The blocking of trade between India and Pakistan, which followed New Delhi’s revocation of Indian-administered Kashmir’s autonomy, is having an effect on Kashmiris on both sides of the border, known as the Line of Control (LoC).Traders estimate that approximately 25,000 Kashmiris have been affected on both sides.And everyone associated with trade is thrown deeper into…

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Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong- In defiance of a police ban, tens of thousands of black-clad Hong Kong protesters packed into a park and have once again flooded the streets of the Chinese territory for the eleventh straight week of anti-government demonstrations. While only a rally at Victoria Park was permitted to proceed on Sunday, as police denied…

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Ambulance driver killed in Myanmar as army battles rebels

Tensions in northern Myanmar have risen since rebels staged attacks including on an elite army college [AFP] A volunteer ambulance worker has been killed and several others injured during fighting between separatist rebels and government forces in northern Myanmar. The rescue workers were about 20km from Lashio, the largest town in Shan State, where armed…

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Torrential summer rains soak parts of Florida and the Carolinas

In less than twelve hours from midnight Friday to late morning Saturday, 109mm of rain fell in Hilton Head, South Carolina [Reuters] More than 630 millimetres of rain has fallen over parts of the Gulf coast near Steinhatchee, in the northwest of Florida, since Thursday, resulting in county officials declaring a local state of emergency.…

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Israeli fire kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip

At least three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the north of the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian health officials and local media, hours after three rockets were allegedly fired from the blockaded enclave. Maan news agency said on Sunday at least one other Palestinian suffered “critical” injuries following the overnight attack. Palestinian…

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Afghanistan: Scores killed in Kabul wedding blast

At least 63 people have been killed and scores wounded in an explosion targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.  The suicide blast took place on Saturday evening in the men’s reception area at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, in a minority Shia…

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After losing father, activist leads fight against farmer suicide

Mansa, Punjab, India – With a scarf around her head and carrying a bottle of cold water in her backpack, Kiranjit Kaur goes door to door as the sun beats down on Kotra Kalan village, calling on women to join an upcoming meeting about farmer suicides. Two years ago she set up Kisan Mazdoor Khudkushi Peedit Parivar Committee,…

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All you need to know about the clash between Kenyatta and Ruto

Nairobi, Kenya – In Kenya, a showdown could end the political alliance between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. The divide between them grew after July 22, with the arrest of Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury Henry Rotich, who was accused of corruption. Rotich, who pleaded not guilty, was released on bail…

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100 faces of Rohingya refugees

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMESAl Jazeera CorrespondentWe Are Still Here: A Story from Native AlaskaFrom Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.Environment, Native Americans, US & CanadaPeople & PowerSingapore: The House That Lee BuiltWe investigate Lee Kuan Yew’s complex legacy and the reasons behind a family dispute dividing…

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US mother ruled too Western by Saudi court will appeal

Wenatchee (CNN)Last month, an American mother named Bethany Vierra lost custody of her young daughter Zaina, on the grounds that she was too Western to raise the child well. Now her own parents worry that they will lose both grand-daughter and daughter, as the window to appeal closes in Saudi Arabia.”If Zaina can’t leave, she…

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Police ordering demonstrators to leave Portland area where at least 13 people were arrested in dueling protests

(CNN)More than a dozen people were arrested Saturday and six others were injured as left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators spent hours counter-protesting against a rally by far-right and extremist groups.Thirteen people were detained for a variety of charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with police, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a weapon on the park,…

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Hong Kong protest timeline

Hong Kong (CNN)In recent weeks, Hong Kong’s protests have been characterized by tear gas and angry confrontations. But it wasn’t always like this.In March, when residents began protesting against a controversial bill that would enable China to extradite fugitives from the city, the weekend rallies were relatively small and peaceful. However, since the start of…

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Deadly blast rips through wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul (CNN)A suicide bomber detonated explosives that ripped through a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, officials said.The blast happened at about 10:40 p.m. local time ( 1:40 p.m. ET) at the Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in the capital city, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.There are dead among the casualties, Rahimi said, though he did…

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Blast at wedding in Afghan capital wounds at least 20: hospital

An explosion has ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul, wounding at least 20 people, a local hospital has said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which went off Saturday evening in the men’s reception area at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul. “Unfortunately, the blast…

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Air raids on Syria’s Idlib kill family of seven, say activists

Seven members of one family have been killed in Syria’s Idlib in an escalation of a Russian-backed offensive against the last major rebel stronghold, according to a war monitor and activists.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman and her six children were killed after an air raid hit their home in the village of…

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Will Sudan return to civilian rule?

It was a deal months in the making. Sudan’s military and protest leaders have finalised an agreement that is intended to put the nation on the path to civilian rule.  Just two months ago, dozens of demonstrators were killed in a military crackdown. Now, the two sides will have to work together to shape new…

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Kashmir’s key political leaders arrested by India since August 5

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Indian authorities have carried out a major crackdown against political leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir and arrested high-profile figures that include three former chief ministers of the Muslim-majority state. The arrests coincided with the abrogation of decades-old Article 370 of the Indian constitution that protected the demography of Jammu and Kashmir state…

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The colonial origins of extractivism in Africa

Late last month, the Senegalese government made it clear it was not going to cave in to pressure to revise state energy contracts. This was despite weeks-long protests and calls from the opposition and civil society to take action against graft in the wake of a large corruption scandal. In June, the BBC released a documentary alleging…

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‘Many tears’ as Italy lets stranded minors disembark rescue ship

Italy’s far right interior minister has let dozens of unaccompanied minors leave a refugee rescue carrying more than a hundred migrants after the boat spent more than two weeks waiting for a port to disembark in. The 27 children could leave the Open Arms ship despite it being “contrary to my policy”, Matteo Salvini said…

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US city of Portland braces for far-right rally, counter protests

Right-wing groups and counterprotesters have gathered in downtown Portland in the US state of Oregon, where authorities have set up concrete barriers and closed streets over fears of violence. Flag-waving members of far-right Proud Boys and Three Percenters groups began gathering on Saturday morning for their rally labelled “End Domestic Terrorism” – some wearing body armour…

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Idlib airstrikes target IDP camp

Human rights activists have accused Syrian government forces and their Russian allies of bombing camps for internally displaced people. An attack on the town of Hass in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib has killed 18 people including at least six children. The French government has condemned the attack and is calling for a ceasefire…

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Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in parts of Kashmir

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have restored landline telephone links and eased restrictions on movement in some parts of the region after a nearly two-week security lockdown and communications blackout. In a Twitter post on Saturday, Shahid Choudhary, a government administrator in Srinagar, the region’s main city, said authorities have “initiated” the process of restoring…

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Drone attack by Yemen rebels sparks fire in Saudi oil field

A drone attack claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has sparked a fire in a remote Saudi oil and gas field but has caused no casualties or disruption to production, state-owned energy company Saudi Aramco said. “Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility,” the energy giant said on…

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Aides told Trump tariffs could ‘ruin Christmas’

Under pressure from retailers to prevent a move that would likely have caused prices of popular consumer goods to spike, the President’s team came to him during a meeting last week with a warning. Applying new tariffs on all Chinese imports, they cautioned, could effectively “ruin Christmas,” according to people familiar with the matter.It was…

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Teen ran out with $2 beer. Tennessee store clerk shot him dead

(CNN)A jury found a grocery clerk guilty of killing a 17-year-old boy who ran out of the store with a beer he didn’t pay for in Memphis, authorities said. Anwar Ghazali was convicted of second-degree murder after a four-day trial, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Friday. He will be sentenced on September…

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Naomi Osaka frets over knee injury

(CNN)With the US Open just days away, Naomi Osaka is fretting over a knee injury after she was forced to retire from the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.Osaka, who is the first player from Japan to win a major and climb to the No. 1 ranking, quit in the third set of her quarterfinal match against…

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US citizenship director has talked about undocumented immigrants as ‘invaders’

(CNN)Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, was a founding member of a group more than a decade ago that described undocumented immigrants as “foreign invaders” responsible for “serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism.”The group, State Legislators for Legal Immigration, was established in 2007, when an immigration…

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Why some people fear a new era of lynchings

By John Blake, CNNUpdated 8:55 AM ET, Sat August 17, 2019Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Carol Anderson was scanning Twitter recently when she saw something that brought back a chilling memory. Someone asked Latina women if they had changed the way they acted in…

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Sudan protest leaders, military sign transitional government deal

Men behind a large Ethiopian flag wave flags of Sudan as they celebrate the transition to civilian rule [Ahmed Mustafa/AFP] Sudan’s main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have formally signed a final power-sharing deal, paving the way for a transition to a civilian-led government. The landmark agreement signed on Saturday in the capital…

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Separatists withdraw from key posts in Yemen’s Aden

Southern separatists have vacated key public buildings in Yemen’s port city of Aden that they had recently captured from forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, exposing divisions within the Saudi-Emirati coalition supporting the internationally-recognised government. The supporters of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) pulled out of the headquarters of Hadi’s government, the supreme court and…

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Mexico Cuisine: Edible insects growing in popularity

Insect cuisine is growing in popularity. Ancient traditions are mixed with modern flavours to make the environmentally-friendly menus more appetising to new consumers. The end results are dishes like ant larvae grilled in garlic and cilantro sauce or fried stink bugs served with a side of guacamole. Around the world, the edible insect industry is…

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‘Protect the students’: Hong Kong teachers join protests

Hong Kong – Thousands of teachers braved hot, stormy weather on Saturday to march through downtown Hong Kong to denounce perceived government inaction and alleged police brutality against students protesting the city’s extradition bill crisis, now pushing into its eleventh week. Carrying umbrellas to battle vacillating heat and rain, teachers streamed up a main highway and…

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Summer heat bakes Alaska

The US state of Alaska has experienced continuous, above-average temperatures this summer that are having a dangerous effect on health and deadly consequences for wildlife. In western Alaska, there has been a large spate of washed-up dead seals, walruses and birds, caused by a combination of record warm ocean waters and a total lack of…

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US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1

The United States has issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar last month for allegedly violating international sanctions.  The Grace 1 vessel, which was ordered to be released by the Gibraltar Supreme Court after 43 days in detention, shifted position but remained anchored in the…

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Muslim armed group says it met Thai government

The main group fighting an armed rebellion in Thailand’s largely-Muslim south said it had held its first meeting with officials from the new Thai government and had set out demands as a condition for any formal peace talks. The armed rebellion in the Malay-speaking region of the predominantly Buddhist country has killed some 7,000 people…

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UK Home Office slammed over chicken shop knife crime ‘stunt’

London, United Kingdom – A man with a bloodied chest, topless save for the crumpled suit jacket draped over his shoulders, staggered as he was helped into an ambulance by paramedics outside the Home Office in Westminster on Thursday afternoon. The victim, a government worker in his 60s, had been stabbed. Nearby, a 29-year-old man,…

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All eyes on Hong Kong protesters as China ramps up rhetoric

Hong Kong – As Hong Kong gears up for another weekend of mass demonstrations, all eyes are on the protesters’ next moves after an airport occupation last weekend turned ugly and drew the ire of mainland China. Several demonstrations are planned as the semi-autonomous territory is set to enter its 11th week of anti-government protests…

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California city declares itself gun ‘sanctuary’

The gun control debate in the US often polarises people in rural and urban areas. In small towns, gun ownership is common, whereas in big cities there are concerns about crime and mass shootings. The US also has a patchwork of gun laws that varies widely from state to state. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports…

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Huge cruise ships ride a tide of overtourism

(CNN) — You wake up and eat breakfast on your private balcony, admiring majestic views of the ocean. You dock in port after port, crisscrossing the Mediterranean — from the canals of Venice to the red roofs of Dubrovnik and back. Or you travel down the German Rhine or beach-hop in the Caribbean.At each spot,…

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The water is so hot in Alaska it’s killing large numbers of salmon

(CNN)Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers.Scientists have observed die-offs of several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon.Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, director of the Yukon Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, told CNN she took a group of scientists on…

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The man who made a $450M auction bid

Written by Oscar Holland, CNNIn November 2017 at Christie’s New York, Alex Rotter uttered a phrase never before heard at an art auction: “Four hundred million.”His bid was in dollars, and the lot in question was the last known Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands. Audible gasps gave way to applause, and, less than…

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Peter Fonda, star of ‘Easy Rider,’ has died

(CNN)Actor and director Peter Fonda, who rose to fame with his role in “Easy Rider,” died Friday, his manager, Alan Somers, told CNN. He was 79. Fonda died of respiratory failure due to lung cancer at his Los Angeles home, the family said in an emailed statement. “It is with deep sorrow that we share…

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Inside China’s propaganda machine

Beijing (CNN)The editor of one of China’s most outspoken state media outlets has doubled down on accusations that the United States is instigating a revolution in Hong Kong, as increasingly violent protests enter their eleventh weekend.”Unrest on the street needs spiritual support, incitement and encouragement — and that’s exactly what the US and the West…

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Tlaib won’t visit West Bank under ‘oppressive’ Israeli conditions

US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has said she will no longer visit the occupied West Bank under the “oppressive conditions” required by the Israeli government, who hours earlier said they would allow her entry on “humanitarian” grounds. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, tweeted her decision on Friday, a day after the Israeli government barred her and…

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Jeffrey Epstein death ruled suicide by hanging: Medical examiner

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office has said after an autopsy, according to reports in the United States. The 66-year-old was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on August 10, touching off outrage and disbelief over how such…

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Twenty years after deadly quake, is Turkey better prepared?

Ankara, Turkey – In the early hours of a Tuesday morning 20 years ago, a powerful earthquake shook the densely populated Marmara region to the south of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, for 45 seconds. Within days, the official death toll stood at 17,500. The 7.4-magnitude quake, which centred on the town of Golcuk on the shores…

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Sudan authorities allow reopening of Al Jazeera’s Khartoum office

The TMC and an alliance of opposition groups will sign a power-sharing deal on Saturday [File: Anadolu] Authorities in Sudan have allowed the reopening of Al Jazeera Media Network’s office in the capital, more than two months after ordering its closure during months-long pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. Security officers in late May had informed Al…

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Can Zimbabwe’s president fix ailing economy?

Emmerson Mnangagwa came to power in Zimbabwe with promises of change and reform. The rule of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, had been marked by economic collapse and crackdowns on dissent. But nearly two years since Mnangagwa took charge, little has changed. The economy is still struggling, while rights groups say abuses are continuing and critical…

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Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped in Cameroonian waters

Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen have been abducted after two merchant vessels came under attack in Cameroonian waters, according to a report. The attacks took place on Thursday off the port of Douala. “Seventeen Chinese and Ukrainians were kidnapped … (of whom) nine (are) Chinese who were abducted on one of the ships,” an…

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Pakistan and India trade barbs after rare UN Kashmir talks

United Nations – Envoys from nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have traded barbs outside the United Nations Security Council chamber, after members met behind closed doors for rare talks on the disputed region of Kashmir. The meeting on Friday came as Indian-administered Kashmir remained under a military lockdown for a 12th straight day following the highly controversial decision…

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Gabon’s Ali Bongo makes first live public appearance after stroke

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has appeared live in public for the first time almost 10 months after suffering a stroke, walking with a stick as he attended ceremonies in the capital, Libreville. The 60-year-old, whose every move has been scrutinised for signs of ill health, attended commemorations on the eve of Gabon’s anniversary of independence…

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Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blast

The brother of Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada has been killed in a powerful bomb blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan, Taliban sources have confirmed. A senior Taliban source said that Hafiz Ahmadullah was the imam of the Khair Ul Madarais mosque in the town of Kuchlak, on the outskirts of Quetta, that came…

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US female paraglider hopes to inspire other women

The world paragliding championships are coming to a close in North Macedonia. Unlike many other sports, in paragliding, even at the highest level, men and women compete against each other. Bianca Heinrich, a pilot from the US, hopes to inspire other female paragliders as she takes on the men. This is her story.

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The entrepreneur who battled cancer to help women win

CNN’s series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Our sponsorship policy. (CNN)Rana Nawas built her career on solving problems. As an Oxford-educated engineer she forged a highly successful career, plying her trade with companies like GE Capital, McKinsey &…

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Kashmir remains paralyzed by lockdown as resentment simmers

(CNN)Eleven days after the Indian government suspended all communications in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the disputed region still has no contact with the outside world.Millions of residents in the Kashmir Valley — one of the most militarized regions in the world — are living behind a virtual curtain. Unable to access the internet, send letters, or even…

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‘Not gonna happen,’ Greenlanders say to Trump

In the small village of Kulusuk, a settlement off Greenland’s southeastern coast, locals responded icily to news that the White House counsel’s office has looked into the possibility of purchasing Greenland from the Danish government.”They tried to buy us in 1867, during Second World War, and now they are trying again,” local Kulusuk resident Bent…

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3 suspicious devices in downtown New York were not explosive – NYPD

New York (CNN)Three suspicious devices that turned out to be empty rice cookers were discovered in downtown New York on Friday morning, prompting a brief scare as residents woke up to begin their day. They were ultimately deemed safe. The first two devices were found at the Fulton Street subway complex, NYPD Chief of Transit…

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Pakistan: Deadly bomb blast targets Friday prayers in Quetta

The blast was the result of a timed device planted under the chair of the prayer leader [Saadullah Akhter/Al Jazeera] Pakistani police said a powerful bomb has gone off inside a mosque on the outskirts of the western city of Quetta during Friday prayers, killing at least four people and wounding 20. “The blast was…

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‘Spider-Man’ scales Hong Kong skyscraper in ‘appeal for peace’

French national Alain Robert said his stunt was an ‘an urgent appeal for peace’ [Ann Wang/Reuters] Hong Kong, China – A free-climber known as the “French Spider-Man” has scaled a major bank tower in Hong Kong’s central business district and hoisted a banner calling for peace between China and Hong Kong as the city rages on into…

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Israel says it will grant Tlaib visit on ‘humanitarian’ grounds

Israel will allow a visit by barred US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, on “humanitarian” grounds, the interior ministry announced. Friday’s announcement comes a day after Israel said it would bar a planned visit by Tlaib and fellow Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar over their support of a boycott of Israel for its…

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‘Watered down’: Pacific leaders chide Australia on climate change

Pacific leaders have complained that their message on global warming and the climate crisis the world faces had been “watered down” at Australia’s insistence during an annual regional forum in Tuvalu. The declaration, issued early on Friday, came a day after a final round of talks at the Pacific Island Forum in Funafuti, attended by Australian Prime…

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How a red dot symbolised Kashmiri resistance against India’s move

New York, United States – The famous red dot that marks the story of Indian-administered Kashmir on social media came much before India scrapped the Muslim-majority region of its special status. The decision to revoke Article 370 of India’s constitution on August 5 was preceded by a heavy military build-up in the Himalayan valley, followed by…

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Malaysia to question Zakir Naik as government weighs deportation

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Malaysian government has announced that it will summon Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik over controversial statements he made about ethnic minorities in the country, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his cabinet consider their options amid contentious debate on his possible deportation. Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a…

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Pakistan army says Indian firing across LoC kills another soldier

Pakistan’s army has said Indian troops fired across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, killing another soldier and bringing the death toll to six in less than 24 hours. On Thursday, Pakistan said at least three of its soldiers and five Indian soldiers were killed, in addition to two civilians on the Pakistan…

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Indonesia’s Jokowi formally proposes relocating capital to Borneo

President Widodo said his proposal is for the realisation of economic equality and justice [Achmad Ibrahim/AP] Indonesian President Joko Widodo has formally proposed to parliament a plan to move the country’s capital from Jakarta, on the crowded island of Java, to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Widodo, also known by his nickname Jokowi, made…

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Trump warns of risk of Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong

US President Donald Trump has expressed his concern about the risk of a Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong, as he suggested that President Xi Jinping should take the extraordinary step of sitting down with protesters as a way to help de-escalate the situation. Trump issued the statement on Thursday, as China warned that Beijing would…

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Ethiopians ‘abused on Gulf route, forcibly deported from Saudi’

Ethiopian migrants and refugees who have undertaken dangerous journeys to find work in Saudi Arabia are encountering abusive prison conditions before being forcibly deported en masse with nothing but the clothes on their backs, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.  Based on interviews with deportees in the Ethiopian capital Addis, Ababa, the report on…

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Hong Kong police tell their side as more protests planned

Hong Kong (CNN)”If they don’t use violence, we don’t use force.”That is a senior Hong Kong police officer’s response to accusations from outraged protesters that the authorities are using excessive force to quell demonstrations. Allegations of police brutality have fueled increasingly violent protests in the streets of this former British colony, prompting law enforcement to…

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Police bodycam shows Yankees GM pulled over at gunpoint over stolen car

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds.JUST WATCHEDPolice release video of Yankees GM stopped at gunpointReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCHPolice released bodycam video of Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman stopped at gunpoint after his car was still mistakenly marked as being stolen. Source: HLNStories worth watching (15…

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Trevor Noah suspects Trump is up to something

(CNN)Trevor Noah has a theory about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.The “Daily Show” host suggests Trump’s crackdown on immigration might have something to do with the popularity of his wife, Melania Trump.”While her husband has struggled to get his approval rating over 40%, Melania has consistently remained the country’s most popular Trump, and personally, I…

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This peculiar photography project reimagines family portraits

Photography has evolved immeasurably since its inception in the 1800s.Images can now be snapped on smart phones and shared instantly on social media. This transition has undermined the existence of the family album, as memories exist more so in the cloud, than on paper.In her new project, “Familie Werden” (Becoming Family), Japanese photographer Rie Yamada…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives plane crash at small Tennessee airport

(CNN)Dale Earnhardt Jr., famed NASCAR driver, and his wife were involved in a private jet crash in east Tennessee and escaped serious injury, officials said Thursday.Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier told CNN affiliate WJHL that Earnhardt and his wife, Amy, were on the plane that crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport. Local police said the plane…

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North Korea fires two projectiles into sea off eastern coast

South Korea said the projectiles were fired from near the North Korean province of Kangwon [Lee Jin-man/AP] North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Friday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. It is the latest in a series of launches to…

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Myanmar rebels kill over a dozen in attack in Shan state

Ethnic armed fighters in Myanmar have killed at least 15 people, most of them members of the country’s security forces, in attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country’s north, an army spokesman said. The Northern Alliance, a collection of armed groups in the region, claimed responsibility for the unprecedented attack on…

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UK centrists urged not to dismiss Corbyn’s Brexit plan for power

The Liberal Democrats have been urged to reconsider their outright dismissal of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to prevent a no-deal Brexit by becoming caretaker prime minister. Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, told Jo Swinson of the Liberal Democrats that she should rethink her rejection of the proposition, which the…

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Could Yemen as a country fall apart?

North and South Yemen came together in 1990 to form a united country after years of conflict. However, it’s been an uneasy union, and the civil war that began in 2015 is deepening the divide. Separatists from the Southern Transitional Council (STC) are part of a Saudi-UAE military coalition fighting the Houthi rebels. But in…

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Palestinian killed by Israeli police after Jerusalem knife attack

Israeli security forces at the site of a reported stabbing attack at an entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound [Ahmad Gharabli/AFP] A Palestinian minor has been shot dead and another seriously wounded after they attacked an Israeli policeman in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, according to Israeli police. The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday…

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