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How protests pushed Hong Kong to the recession brink How protests pushed Hong Kong to the recession brink
Tourists are staying away and retailers are reeling after nearly five months of protests that have dealt a "devastating" blow to businesses in Hong Kong, and pushed the economy to the brink. Preliminary growth figures due out Thursday are expected to show Hong Kong has entered a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Ahead of the numbers, the city's lead...
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Southwest Airlines pilots ‘livestreamed plane toilet on hidden camera’ Southwest Airlines pilots ‘livestreamed plane toilet on hidden camera’
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant has filed a lawsuit accusing two pilots of livestreaming a plane's toilet on hidden camera. Renee Steinaker alleges she caught the pilots during a 2017 flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. Captain Terry Graham asked her to sit in the cockpit with co-pilot, Ryan Russell, while he used the toilet, the suit alleges. Ms Steinaker alleges she saw an iPad sho...
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Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire
A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka. Those convicted of murder included the headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and two female classmates. Her murder shocked the country...
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Essex lorry deaths: 39 bodies found in shipping container Essex lorry deaths: 39 bodies found in shipping container
The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex. The vehicle was found shortly before 01:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, police said. Essex Police said the trailer has been moved to a secure location where the bodies of those inside - a teenager and 38 adults - can be recovered. The driver, named locally as Mo Robinson, 25, from Portadown, County Armag...
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Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty' Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty'
Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch". An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi had been "ambitious" and tried to "elevate herself to the same state as the queen". "The royal consort's behaviours were considered disrespectful," it said. She was appointed in July, just two mon...
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Turkey's Erdogan vows to 'crush heads' of Kurdish fighters Turkey's Erdogan vows to 'crush heads' of Kurdish fighters
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will "crush the heads" of Kurdish fighters if they do not withdraw from a planned safe zone area in northern Syria. Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend an offensive for five days to allow the Kurds to retreat from the area. But on Saturday both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as te...
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Brexit: Marathon makes EU eager to reach finish line Brexit: Marathon makes EU eager to reach finish line
The twists and turns of Brexit - after more than three years of negotiations - dominate an EU summit on Thursday, amid signs of an emerging deal. Intensive negotiations went on all day on Wednesday to nail down complex special arrangements for Northern Ireland, the main sticking point in the UK's exit from the EU. The threat of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month energised both sides. ...
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Chaos as Hong Kong's Carrie Lam tries to give 'state of the union' Chaos as Hong Kong's Carrie Lam tries to give 'state of the union'
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to suspend her annual address after being heckled in the city's parliament. Opposition lawmakers disrupted the session from the start by shouting and projecting slogans. After a first interruption, the session briefly resumed to only be interrupted again. It was then adjourned a second time - with the address delivered by pre-recorded video instead. ...
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Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders
Protests have erupted in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison. The separatists were convicted of sedition over their role in an illegal independence referendum in 2017. Another three were found guilty of disobedience and fined, but not jailed. All 12 defendants denied the charges. Large crowds of pro-indepen...
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Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits
Japan has deployed tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers after one of the strongest storms in years hit, killing at least 23 people. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday, moving north and bringing severe flooding. Seventeen people are missing from the storm, public broadcaster NHK said. In central Nagano prefecture, water surrounded Japan's famous bullet train...
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