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World News Briefs -- June 12, 2019 (Evening Edition)







Reuters: Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong riot police and protesters braced for possible further clashes across the city’s financial district on Thursday after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Hundreds of riot police could be seen resting and re-grouping overnight while gaggles of protesters obtained fresh supplies of water, goggles and helmets, Reuters witnesses reported.

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray in a series of skirmishes on Wednesday to clear demonstrators from the city’s legislature.

It was some of the worst violence in Hong Kong since Britain handed it back to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of extensive autonomy and freedoms, including a separate legal system and freedom of speech.

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MIDDLE EAST


Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible.

Syria parliament okays Russian lease of Tartus port: state media.

Missile hits arrivals hall of Saudi Arabia airport, injuring 26, official says.

No Huthi military presence in Yemen ports since pullout: UN.

U.S. sanctions Iraq-based company, says it backs Iran's IRGC. US blacklists Iraq firm as Revolutionary Guard guns front.

UAE wants to become ‘Second Israel’, Iran’s Foreign Minister claims.

Iran media depicts German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as a Nazi.

Iran defends execution of gay people.

Gallup: Most Iranians see local economy getting worse.

Israel plans to entrench annexation of East Jerusalem: Report.

UN to send deputy envoy to US Mideast peace conference.

ASIA


Three soldiers, one militant killed in Kashmir shootout.

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets as protesters rally in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill that would give China more power over the territory.

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law.

China quiet on Xi Jinping’s G20 meeting and trade talk demands in face of fiery Donald Trump rhetoric.

On anniversary of summit, Trump receives 'beautiful' letter from Kim Jong Un.

US 'gift' to China shows unenforced North Korea sanctions.

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea open to inter-Korea cooperation.

Kim Jong Un's sister to visit DMZ, South Korea says.

3 North Korean defectors talk about what it was like crossing the demilitarized zone.

Thailand's dissidents fear murder or disappearance.

Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens.

AFRICA


Governor sacked after Mali massacre.

U.S. joins diplomatic push to salvage Sudan talks.

Sudan talks resume as protest strike suspended.

Mali PM says massacre victims include 24 children.

Nigeria's Buhari signals four more years like the last.

Nigeria democracy: Anger over slow progress of reforms.

Ghana security forces rescue Canadian women hostages.

Algeria's former transport minister appears in supreme court: state TV.

EUROPE


Trump says he’s sending 1,000 more US troops to ally Poland.

EU set to delay membership talks with Albania, N Macedonia.

Russia: Meeting with US on arms control a starting point.

Multiple arrests at Moscow protests over journalist's arrest. Russian police detain more than 400 at protest over journalist.

Kremlin says idea of Putin-Trump meeting at G20 in Japan up in air.

British MPs defeat motion seeking to block no-deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson emerges from hiding to promise timely Brexit.

French medics warn health service is on brink of collapse.

Italy to fine NGOs who rescue migrants at sea.

Palestine slams Moldova decision to move embassy to Jerusalem.

Macron to send Trump replacement friendship tree.

French PM unveils tax cuts, pension reforms as Macron eyes rebound.

AMERICAS


House oversight panel backs contempt vote in census dispute.

White House asserts executive privilege in census fight.

US Senators clinch votes to rebuke Trump on Saudi arms sale.

Trump boasted about his 'secret' deal with Mexico while waving a piece of paper explaining exactly how it works.

Trump Jr. arrives for questioning by Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian links.

U.S. death rates from suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses reach all-time high.

Poll: Democrats will defeat President Trump in a landslide.

Brazil indigenous affairs head fired amid push to develop Amazon.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR


Marine Le Pen is ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of ISIS murders that showed US journalist being beheaded.

America’s ISIS members are coming home.

Former CIA targeting officer talks about post-9/11 hunt for terrorists.

9/11 first responder says Congress 'continues to fail us'.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS


Banks and tech stocks drag market to 2nd straight loss.

China seeks Indian and Russian backing for ‘new’ multilateral trading system to counter Donald Trump’s protectionism.

No US, no problem! Russia-China trade set to double & reach $200 billion soon.

Millionaires say they are more likely to vote for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in 2020 elections.

Nearly a billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, Global Peace Index finds.