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Hong Kong’s undercover medics reveal hidden toll of protests

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Underground networks of volunteer medics have sprung up in Hong Kong to treat wounded protesters who fear arrest if they go to government hospitals. One such network that calls itself the Hidden Clinic says it has treated 300-400 protesters for injuries such as broken bones, cuts and exposure to tear gas.

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McMorris Rodgers concerned about withdrawing troops from Syria

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

A day after President Donald Trump threatened to “ruin the economy of Turkey” if it goes too far with a planned invasion of northern Syria, he announced on Tuesday that he’s invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House next month.
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Super Typhoon Hagibis intensifies at one of the fastest rates on record

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

On Sunday morning, it was a tropical storm. By Monday morning, it had Category 5 winds. Super Typhoon Hagibis, currently moving near the Federal States of Micronesia in the western North Pacific Ocean, is a monster that gathered strength at one of the fastest rates ever observed on Earth.
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Hard-line protesters resume violence over Hong Kong mask ban

Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on Monday night as groups of hard-line protesters took to the streets in continued violence since the government banned face masks at rallies, pushing the semi-autonomous Chinese territory into deeper crisis.
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Iraqi police replacing army in volatile Baghdad neighborhood

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Iraq’s prime minister on Monday ordered the police to replace the army in a heavily populated Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad where dozens of people were killed or wounded in weekend clashes stemming from anti-government protests, the military said.
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UK leader Johnson renews vow to leave EU by deadline

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday renewed his vow to take the country out of the European Union by the Brexit deadline, in an apparent contradiction of a government pledge in court days earlier to ask for an extension if there’s no withdrawal deal. “We will be packing our bags and walking out on” Oct. 31, Johnson wrote in The Sun on Sunday and Sunday Express newspapers.
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U.S. sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.
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U.S., Turkey conduct northeast Syria patrol amid new concerns

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

Updates with US coalition comments. With AP Photos. The U.S.-led coalition and Turkey say they have conducted their third joint patrol in northeastern Syria, part of a plan designed to defuse tensions between its NATO ally and Syrian Kurds
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Thousands protest mask ban as HK leader toughens stance

Violence erupted across Hong Kong as defiant masked protesters rampaged and police fired tear gas Friday, hours after the city’s embattled leader invoked rarely used emergency powers to ban masks at rallies in a hardening of her stance after four months of anti-government demonstrations.
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Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence “before it’s too late.”
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Russian journalist detained in Iran

A Russian journalist has been arrested in the Iranian capital and kept in custody since earlier this week, the Russian embassy to Tehran said on Friday.