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The Latest: UK maritime group warns of incident in Oman Sea

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The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):

10 a.m.

A U.K. maritime safety group is warning that an unspecified incident has taken place in the Gulf of Oman and is urging “extreme caution” amid heightened U.S.-Iran tensions.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out the alert early on Thursday. It did not elaborate but said it was investigating.

The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The incident comes as Iranian media claimed — without offering any evidence — that there had been an explosion in the area targeting oil tankers.

Thursday’s maritime alert comes after what the U.S. has described as Iranian attacks on four oil tankers nearby, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Iran has denied being involved.

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9:35 a.m.

Japan’s top government spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s high-stakes trip to Iran is intended to help de-escalate tensions in the Mideast — and not specifically mediate between Tehran and Washington.

The remarks by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to reporters were apparently meant to downplay and lower expectations amid uncertain prospects for Abe’s mission.

Abe was to meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday, the second and final day of his visit.

On Wednesday, after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Abe warned any “accidental conflict” that could be sparked amid the heightened U.S.-Iran tensions must be avoided.

Tensions have escalated in the Mideast and Iran appears poised to break the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Washington pulled out of the agreement last year.

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Israel strikes Gaza after militants fired rocket overnight

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The Israeli military says it has struck a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip, after militants fired a rocket into southern Israel overnight.

Thursday’s army statement says fighter jets targeting “underground infrastructure in a Hamas military compound” in Gaza after air defenses intercepted a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side.

The cross-border exchange between Israel and Gaza is the first flare-up of hostilities since an early May cease-fire halted the worst bout of violence between the two sides in recent years.

It came shortly after the Israeli military said it had closed Gaza’s offshore waters to Palestinian fishermen until further notice in response to incendiary balloons launched into Israel in recent days.

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Traffic flowing in heart of Hong Kong as rain curbs protests

Traffic has been restored in the heart of Hong Kong a day after clashes between police and protesters who oppose legislation that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Heavy rain Thursday morning kept fresh protests from following those Wednesday by thousands of activists who shut down government headquarters and the Legislative Council on the day it was to debate the extradition bill. More than 70 people were hurt.

Police fired tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets after well-organized protesters breached their cordon, forcing the assembly to postpone the debate.

Protesters said they were seeking to block the passage of the legislation they see as part of Beijing’s moves to tighten its grip over the former British colony.

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Traffic flowing in heart of Hong Kong as rain curbs protests

Traffic has been restored in the heart of Hong Kong a day after clashes between police and protesters who oppose legislation that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Heavy rain Thursday morning kept fresh protests from following those Wednesday by thousands of activists who shut down government headquarters and the Legislative Council on the day it was to debate the extradition bill. More than 70 people were hurt.

Police fired tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets after well-organized protesters breached their cordon, forcing the assembly to postpone the debate.

Protesters said they were seeking to block the passage of the legislation they see as part of Beijing’s moves to tighten its grip over the former British colony.

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El Salvador eyes crackdown on gangs over killings of police

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El Salvador’s new National Police chief says he has been ordered to crack down on gangs in the face of rising attacks on security forces.

Mauricio Arriaza Chicas says new President Nayib Bukele is taking a strong stance on the issue. He adds that police will act “according to the law against any criminal group that is attacking the safety of the people.”

Bukele also weighed in Wednesday, tweeting: “Unfortunately they have us cornered and they only leave us one option. And it is not truce.”

So far this year, gangs are blamed for the killings of 23 police officers and 12 soldiers, most of them when they were on their days off.

According to government figures, 34 officers and 17 military members were killed in all 2018.

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UN mission urges Houthis to remove trenches at Hodeida port

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The head of the U.N. mission in Yemen’s key port of Hodeida is urging Houthi rebels to complete the removal of prepared military positions such as trenches at the port.

Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard said Wednesday that the U.N. mission has not detected a rebel military presence in Hodeida and the two small ports of Salif and Ras Isa since May 14. But he said there are still usable rebel military positions in Hodeida.

The Houthis claimed in May to have completed the long-delayed redeployment of their forces from the ports under a December cease-fire agreement. Yemen’s internationally recognized government has accused the Houthis of handing the ports over to allied fighters.

The redeployment from the ports is considered an important first step toward ending the civil war in Yemen.

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Dutch politician apologizes for calling Jews ‘meek lambs’ during the Holocaust

A right-wing, nationalist Dutch senator has apologized after he gave an interview in which he claimed Jews had been driven to “the gas chambers just like meek lambs” during the Holocaust.

Toine Beukering, a former brigadier general who earlier this week joined Holland’s upper chamber of parliament as a member of the nationalist Forum for Democracy (FvD) party, told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in an interview Saturday: “As a young child, I read a whole cabinet of books about the Holocaust.

“I was always interested in finding out how it was at all possible. That the Jews – such a brave people – were driven to the gas chambers just like meek lambs. It has always fascinated me.”

He added that he had never understood why that happened and wanted to make sure it never happened again.

When asked what he meant by “little lambs”, he added: “Well, there has been very little resistance. Resistance by the Jews. Escape. That kind of thing. There are all kinds of reasons for that, but it is a sad story that should never happen again.”

HARVARD LAMPOON APOLOGIZES AFTER PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE OF ANNE FRANK IN BIKINI CAUSES OUTRAGE

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Toine Beukering, who earlier this week joined Holland’s upper chamber of parliament as a member of the nationalist Forum for Democracy (FvD) party, told Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf in an interview Saturday: “As a young child, I read a whole cabinet of books about the Holocaust. (Facebook)

His comments emerged the same week Anne Frank would have celebrated her 90th birthday were she still alive today, and were roundly condemned.

Listing a number of Jewish resistance fighters in the Netherlands, Ronny Naftaniel, vice chairman of the Central Jewish Organization of Dutch Jews, wrote on his Facebook page: “Jews did mount considerable resistance. Often in hopeless situations. ‘Meek lambs’ is a myth.”

Maria van Beurden Cahn of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, wrote on Twitter: “Jews did not go like sheep. There was resistance everywhere. Lack of and failing Holocaust education.”

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Beukering subsequently apologized for the statement, telling the Telegraaf Tuesday: “That was a very awkward comment. I also regret it and take it back.”

His colleague, Paul Cliteur, the FvD party chairman in the Senate, however said: “Given the context, I understood what he meant by that. I have not been able to read any malicious comments against Jews therein. I also think it is a shame that people take the most malicious interpretations of such an interview as a starting point. As far as I’m concerned, he shouldn’t have taken back that statement.”

The FvD party, which was only founded three years ago, has seen its party membership swell to more than 30,000.

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It scored a big political victory earlier this year when it came first in provincial elections, making it the largest party in the Dutch Senate. It followed up that success by winning three seats out of 26 in the European Parliament elections.

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Egypt says 14 killed in road accident

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Egypt says a car crash has left 14 people dead and 10 others injured in the capital, Cairo.

The county’s ambulance authority said in a statement the accident took place Wednesday when two microbuses crashed on a highway in the southern suburb of Helwan.

The statement says the injured were taken to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment.

Road accidents are common in Egypt, often the result of badly maintained roads and the poor enforcement of traffic laws.

The country’s official statistics agency says more than 8,000 road accidents took place in 2018, that left over 3,000 dead, and around 12,000 wounded.

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Pictures: Protests in Hong Kong

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Protesters are hit by a blast from a police water cannon during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China, June 12, 2019. 

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Heavy rains in southern China leave 49 dead, 14 missing

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Authorities say 49 people have died and 14 others are missing since heavy rainfall hit southern China in early June.

China’s disaster reduction committee said Wednesday that more than 7,000 houses have collapsed and 300,000 people have been evacuated.

A statement on its social media account said direct economic losses totaled 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion).

The committee said that floods, landslides and mudslides from the rains have affected more than 4.5 million people in eight provinces.

A senior water resources official said Tuesday that 6.75 million people in 22 provinces have been affected and 83 people died or went missing since the start of flood season this year.

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