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Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to TurkeyAn Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, on Saturday updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:21:33 -0400
Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watch

Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watchA psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month. Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:27:42 -0400
Shrugging off Trump, FBI tackles right-wing extremists

Shrugging off Trump, FBI tackles right-wing extremistsOne man had three assault rifles, extra-large magazines and a gas mask. Another had over 18 weapons, including sawed-off shotguns, AR-15s, and a grenade launcher. Earlier this year, the two might not have drawn the attention of US law enforcement.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:08:19 -0400
UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng freed after detention in mainland China

UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng freed after detention in mainland ChinaA British consulate employee in Hong Kong has been freed by China after being detained for 15 days on the mainland amid rising tensions between the former British colony and Beijing. Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulates Scottish Development International section, went missing on August 8 on his way back from a work trip in Shenzhen, a neighbouring Chinese city. It was not until after the UK expressed extreme concern about his disappearance that Chinas foreign ministry broke its silence, confirming Mr Cheng had been detained without releasing further details. On Saturday, his family announced that he had come back. "Simon has returned to Hong Kong; thanks you everyone for your support! Simon and his family wish to have some time to rest and recover, and will not take any interview, they said in a statement. An activist holds an illustration of Simon Cheng during a gathering outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong Credit: AFP Chinese police in Shenzhen confirmed that Mr Cheng had been detained for violating public security management regulations, and was released after that period on Saturday. Police also said he had confessed to the facts of his illegal activity, without saying what those activities were. Mr Cheng was not formally charged or tried in court, and his family rejected allegations in Chinese state media that he had been detained for visiting prostitutes. On Friday the UK issued a warning to all travellers to Hong Kong about increased scrutiny from mainland authorities at border crossings. The warning added that mobile phones and electronic devices were being checked by border patrol. Mr Chengs mysterious disappearance highlights Chinas murky legal and judicial system something that help kicked off mass protests early June in Hong Kong. Many fear freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong, guaranteed for at least 50 years under an agreement that became effective when the former British colony was returned to Beijing, are fast-disappearing under Chinas ruling Communist Party. Hong Kong crisis | Comment and analysis Millions first took to the streets against a now-suspended extradition proposal that would have sent people to face trial in mainland China, where Communist Party control of the courts contributes to a 99.9 per cent conviction rate. Forced confessions are also common with suspects paraded on state television. What happened to Simong Cheng this is a common tactic used by the central government to put pressure on people, said Kammy Yang, 50, an office clerk at a protest on Saturday. Many Chinese activists were accused of prostitution or tax scams; this is their strategy in China, trying to suppress freedom. Thousands of protesters on Saturday engaged in a series of skirmishes, throwing projectiles from bricks to petrol bombs at police who responded with sprays of tear gas and rubber bullets. It was the first time tear gas had been deployed in 10 days, a period of relative calm as protesters recalibrated their approach in an otherwise tumultuous, violent summer. Demonstrators join hands to form a human chain during the Hong Kong Way event in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Friday Credit: Bloomberg The reasons why protesters are building roadblocks, surrounding police stations, and throwing bricks its because the government doesnt respond to us, said Vaso Chan, 28, an office clerk. Its not fun for any of us to come out during summer break. Protesters spray painted slogans like Give me liberty or death, Chinazi, and HK popo Gestapo, on sidewalks and highways. As the political movement has grown, so have protesters demands, who are now calling for an independent inquiry into police handling of the protests, the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and direct leadership elections. City leaders however have made no concessions, instead thrusting the police to the front lines to handle the situation, further angering protesters. Demonstrations are occurring nearly every day now in the financial hub, disrupting traffic and public transportation. On Saturday, several stations closed along a planned march route. But despite growing unrest, public support for the protesters has stayed strong, with marches and strikes planned through September. No matter whether those protesters are peaceful protesters or protesters that are standing in the front lines, no matter what they do, we will support them, said Mr Chan.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:15:04 -0400
2 women accused of shoplifting strollers and accidentally leaving their baby behind

2 women accused of shoplifting strollers and accidentally leaving their baby behindTwo women were arrested for allegedly shoplifting baby strollers and accidentally leaving their own baby behind as they tried to get away.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:30:39 -0400
A floating nuclear plant in Russia features a gym, bar, and pool. An expert calls it 'Chernobyl on ice.'

A floating nuclear plant in Russia features a gym, bar, and pool. An expert calls it 'Chernobyl on ice.'Environmental activists worry about the perils of placing nuclear reactors at sea, where they could be vulnerable to climate-related disasters.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:49:00 -0400
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for malignant tumor on pancreas

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for malignant tumor on pancreasSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a three-week radiation course after a "localized malignant tumor" was found on her pancreas.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:45:53 -0400
An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid meth

An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid methLeon Haughton told The Washington Post he was jailed for 82 days after customs officials in Baltimore alleged that the three jars of honey were meth.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:42:21 -0400
The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tank

The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tankIran's Foreign Ministry says it has imposed sanctions on the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its CEO for its role in promoting sanctions and "economic terrorism" against Iran. A Saturday report by Iranian media, including the semi-official Fars news agency, quoted a statement by Iran's Foreign Ministry as saying the foundation and its CEO Mark Dubowitz "intentionally" damaged vital interests of Iran through spreading lies and negative campaigning against Iran.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:43:20 -0400
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