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London – UK’s Johnson Pledges $2.2B More To Public Health System

August 4, 2019 at 11:30 PM
London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will pump an additional 1.8 billion pounds ($2.2 billion) into the National Health Service, feeding speculation he wants an early election to bolster his one-seat majority in Parliament and support for his Brexit plans. Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly says the ruling party that made Johnson its leader and prime minister last...

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Protesters Move To Luxury Shopping District

August 4, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Hong Kong - Demonstrators in Hong Kong moved en masse to a luxury shopping district Sunday evening after riot police used tear gas to clear out an area they were previously occupying, as the 2-month-old protest movement showed no signs of easing. Clad in yellow helmets and black face masks, protesters squeezed out of a subway station in Causeway Bay, with a few people directing traffic and...

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesian Capital Hit By Massive 8-Hour Power Outage

August 4, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia's sprawling capital and other parts of Java island were hit by a widespread power outage on Sunday that affected tens of millions of people. The eight-hour blackout began at around noon and caused disruptions in cellphone services and cash machines. The new mass subway system in Jakarta, the capital, had to shut down. Muhammad Kamal, the spokesman for the...

New Smyran Beach, Florida – 2 People Bitten By Sharks Minutes Apart At Florida Beach

August 4, 2019 at 10:00 PM
New Smyran Beach, Florida - Authorities say two people were bitten by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach. Volusia County Beach safety officials told news outlets the two bites occurred Saturday afternoon at New Smyrna Beach. Authorities say a 23-year-old woman was bitten on the left hand and wrist, which required her to receive stitches. A short time later, a 21-year-old man was...

Bangkok – Snubbed By North Korea, Pompeo Hits Other Asian Turbulence

August 4, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Bangkok - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Thailand on Saturday with his hopes for resuming nuclear talks with North Korea dashed, while facing an escalating trade war with China and a potentially devastating breakdown in relations between key American allies Japan and South Korea. After three days in Bangkok that the Trump administration had expected could herald an end to the impasse...

Elyakim Army Base – Israeli Army In No Rush To Go Fully Robotic

August 4, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Elyakim Army Base - Israel, a world leader in hi-tech, is around 30 years away from its ambition of deploying robot forces, and for now will chose between three prototypes of semi-automated armored vehicles to cocoon its troops in battle, defense officials said on Sunday. Israel has long eyed a future robot army as a means of reducing the use of soldiers on its combustible fronts with Gaza...

Tehran, Iran – Report: Iran Seizes Tanker Carrying ‘Smuggled Fuel’

August 4, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Tehran, Iran - Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, marking the Revolutionary Guard's third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions. State TV and the semi-official Fars news agency reported that seven crew members were detained...

Washington – White House Fence Project Obscures Tourists’ View

August 4, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Tourists aiming for postcard-perfect photos of the White House at first couldn't avoid the black metal bicycle racks that were arranged to form an extra security barrier against possible fence-jumpers. The racks were in just about every shot. But visitors now must contend with a tall white wooden barrier that's obscuring prime views of the executive mansion. And it likely will be...

Berlin – Germany Urges Russia To Swiftly Release Moscow Protesters

August 4, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Berlin - Germany is calling on Russia to release the protesters detained during a rally for independent and opposition candidates in Moscow. The Foreign Ministry said Sunday that "the arrests are not in proportion to the peaceful character of the protests, which were directed against the exclusion of candidates" from the city council election in Moscow. Russia's Interior Ministry said...

St. Margaret’s Bay, England – French Hoverboard Inventor Flies Over The English Channel

August 4, 2019 at 07:30 PM
St. Margaret's Bay, England - Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a French inventor flying over the English Channel on his hoverboard. Looking like a superhero, Franky Zapata successfully completed the famed 35-kilometer (22-mile) journey in just 22 minutes Sunday morning, reaching speeds of up to 177 kilometers per hour (110 mph) on the flyboard that has made him a French household...

Las Vegas – Democrats Tussle Over Health Care At Nevada Labor Forum

August 4, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Las Vegas - Democratic presidential candidates' tussle over health care reform continued Saturday as they pitched themselves to Nevada union members, with former Vice President Joe Biden declaring he's "against any Democrat who wants to get rid of Obamacare" and Sen. Kamala Harris saying no Democrat should be on the debate stage without a plan to cover everybody. They were among 19 candidates...

Manila, Philipines – 31 Dead, 62 Rescued After Boats Capsize In Philippines

August 4, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Manila, Philipines - Rescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing the death toll to 31 with three missing, the coast guard said Sunday. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and...

Sydney – US Still Seeks Allies In Gulf Maritime Coalition

August 4, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Sydney - Senior U.S. leaders expressed confidence that they will be able to convince allies to help protect shipping in the Persian Gulf area against Iranian threats, but they provided no new details Sunday on which nations may be willing to participate. Speaking at a meeting between U.S. and Australian leaders, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has already gotten a good response from...

Thornhill, Ontario – 2 Jewish Boys Attacked On Shabbos Afternoon

August 4, 2019 at 05:47 PM
Thornhill, Ontario - Two Jewish 14 year old boys were walking on Shabbos afternoon in Yorkhill Park, when they were attacked by an African American male. The attacker appeared to be around 18 years of age. The attacker ran up behind the boys, and struck one of them over the head, hard enough to knock him down. He then told the other boy, "You're next." The boys ran off in opposite...

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Protesters And Police Face Off In Familiar Cycle

August 4, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Hong Kong - On one end of a Hong Kong street, protesters dressed in black ducked behind umbrellas and makeshift barricades, occasionally throwing bricks or slinging rocks. On the other end, police decked out in riot gear shouted warnings and fired tear gas. As the late hours of Saturday stretched into the early hours of Sunday, neither side budged. Some residents of neighborhoods embroiled in...

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