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Hong Kong protest organizers free on bail before sentencing

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A Hong Kong court has extended bail for nine pro-democracy protest organizers convicted of public nuisance offences as they await sentencing.

The guilty verdicts handed down Tuesday against the nine were condemned by rights activists as a likely sign of more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The defendants left court on Wednesday and will be sentenced April 24.

The nine were leaders of 2014’s nonviolent “Occupy Central” campaign, also known as the “Umbrella Movement” after a key symbol of defiance against police adopted by the street protests that shut down parts of the financial hub for 79 days.

Protesters demanded the right to choose Hong Kong’s own leader rather than merely approve a candidate picked by Beijing but failed to win any concessions from the government.

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Singapore seizes more pangolin scales in week’s 2nd bust

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Singapore has seized 14 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 21,000 endangered mammals in the second such bust in less than a week.

The scales, which were en route from Nigeria to Vietnam, were found in 474 bags in a shipping container on Monday. The National Parks Board, Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority say the cargo was declared as cassia seeds.

Last Wednesday, officials discovered a record 14.2 tons of pangolin scales hidden among packets of frozen beef. The earlier shipment was also on its way from Nigeria to Vietnam.

The pangolin is said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, and its scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

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Germany raids groups suspected of supporting Hamas

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German authorities have carried out raids on groups suspected of helping the militant Palestinian group Hamas under the guise of providing humanitarian aid.

The interior ministry said some 90 properties across Germany associated with an “Islamist network” were searched on Wednesday. It said the network was headed by two groups based in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, WWR Help and Ansaar International.

The ministry said there are indications that the network provided financial and propaganda support to Hamas, a longtime enemy of Israel that runs the Gaza Strip and was listed as a terror group by the European Union in 2001.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that “anyone who supports Hamas under the cover of humanitarian aid flouts fundamental value judgments of our constitution.”

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The Latest: Results of Israeli vote raise Palestinian fears

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The Latest on the outcome of Israeli elections (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the outcome of Israel’s election raises Palestinian fears about an Israeli annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.

Close-to-complete unofficial results indicated on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to a fifth term, with the expected support of nationalist and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

In the final stretch of the campaign, Netanyahu pledged he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that would destroy remaining hopes for Palestinian statehood.

Abbas aide Ahmed Majdalani says that Palestinians will seek the help of the international community to try to block any annexation plans. He said that the outcome of the election means a boost for what he called the “extreme right-wing camp” in Israeli politics.

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8:20 a.m.

Benjamin Netanyahu appears headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament.

The outcome affirmed Israel’s continued tilt to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Re-election will give Netanyahu an important boost as he braces for the likelihood of criminal charges in a series of corruption scandals.

With 97.4% of the vote counted Wednesday, Likud and its natural political allies commanded a 65-55 majority in parliament. However, the country now faces what could be weeks of political negotiations over the composition of a ruling coalition.

Netanyahu had fought a tight race against centrist ex-army chief Benny Gantz.

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Pakistani official: Powerful rainstorm in northwest kills 6

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A Pakistani government official says a powerful rainstorm with heavy winds across the country’s northwest killed at least six people overnight.

Taimur Khan, a spokesman for the provincial Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday that several people were also injured in the storm in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that borders Afghanistan.

He says many houses were damaged and some of the areas in the province were without electricity for hours but the situation is now under control.

Seasonal dust storms and rains often damage houses in Pakistan, causing casualties.

The country’s monsoon season begins in July and torrential rains trigger flash floods every year in Pakistan.

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Israel’s Netanyahu appears headed toward 5th term as PM

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Benjamin Netanyahu appears headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament.

The outcome affirmed Israel’s continued tilt to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Re-election will give Netanyahu an important boost as he braces for the likelihood of criminal charges in a series of corruption scandals.

With 97.4% of the vote counted Wednesday, Likud and its natural political allies commanded a 65-55 majority in parliament. However, the country now faces what could be weeks of political negotiations over the composition of a ruling coalition.

Netanyahu had fought a tight race against centrist ex-army chief Benny Gantz.

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Malaysia former first lady hit with fresh corruption charge

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The wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been hit with a new corruption charge over a solar energy contract, adding to earlier charges against her.

Rosmah Mansor pleaded not guilty Wednesday to accepting a 5 million ringgit ($1.22 million) bribe through her aide from a manager at Jepak Holdings, which secured a contract from the Education Ministry.

In November, Rosmah pleaded not guilty to soliciting 187.5 million ringgit ($45.8 million) in 2016 from a manager at Jepak for her help in securing the contract and later receiving 1.5 million ringgit ($399,075) in 2017.

Rosmah has also been charged with laundering illegal proceeds and tax evasion in a massive graft scandal that led to Najib’s electoral loss last May.

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Red Cross visits to Venezuela jails include military prisons

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his government’s human rights record.

The fact that the visits include military prisons, which hadn’t been previously reported, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a human rights lawyer and family members of those detained.

International Red Cross President Peter Maurer on Wednesday wraps up a five-day visit to Venezuela, where the Geneva-based group is among international organizations trying to carve out a space to deliver badly needed humanitarian aid and technical assistance free of the winner-take-all politics contributing to the country’s turmoil.

Red Cross representatives visit prisons every year in more than 100 countries, following an established protocol allowing it to verify conditions of confinement and hold private conversations with inmates in which they can voice complaints and send messages to loved ones.

But the group had been denied access in Venezuela at least since 2012.

The renewed visits in Venezuela began March 11 when a Red Cross delegation visited a model prison in Caracas, the Simon Bolivar Center for the Formation of New Men. Eighty-seven foreigners are being held.

But more significant was the visit two weeks later to the military-run Ramo Verde prison outside Caracas, which holds 69 people the opposition considers political prisoners.

Sandra Hernandez, whose husband, Sgt. Luis Figueroa, has been jailed at Ramo Verde since January for leading a military uprising against Maduro, was present last week when a white-colored vehicle emblazoned with the international Red Cross’ logo pulled up to the prison entrance.

She was there for her once-a-week visit, delivering basic staples — pasta, rice and cheese — that have become harder to afford since she was fired from her $7-a-month job as a teacher in what she said was retaliation for her husband’s opposition to the government.

She said that if not for remittances sent by a relative in Spain, her husband could starve on the scant rations provided by prison authorities.

While her husband told her he wasn’t among the small group of prisoners allowed to speak with the Red Cross representatives, she was hopeful the visit would help improve dire conditions for all inmates, many of whom she said are suffering from lack of medical attention and claim to have been tortured. The AP was unable to independently verify those claims.

“It’s very important they talk to prisoners and see firsthand what’s happening inside,” she said.

Red Cross officials declined to comment and the group has made little mention of the prison visits, saying only in a Tweet that it had begun visiting jails under the auspices of civilian penitentiary authorities. It made no mention of the visits to the military-run facilities. The organization commonly avoids describing such visits except in a “confidential dialogue” with officials

Prisons Minister Iris Varela has said the visit to the civilian facility, and others to come, were part of an effort to share with the world Venezuela’s positive experience rehabilitating inmates.

Left unsaid by both sides was that the Red Cross had also secured access to military detention facilities.

The majority of people held at the Ramo Verde are military personnel accused of plotting to overthrow Maduro. Many more, including five oil executives with U.S. passports, are being held in the basement jail of the military counterintelligence headquarters in the capital.

“This is an important first step, but make no mistake, it’s also an attempt by Maduro to gain legitimacy with the international community,” said Alfredo Romero, a human rights lawyer who was told of the Red Cross visit by prison workers when trying to visit clients at Ramo Verde. “It’s not in itself going to change the government’s willingness to improve conditions.”

A senior government official played down the significance of the Red Cross visits, describing them as part of a broader push to work more closely with several international agencies, including the World Food Program and the Pan American Health Organization. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to discuss those talks publicly.

The international Red Cross’ sister organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, recently said it had received a waiver from Maduro to deliver aid to some 650,000 people in Venezuela beginning this month. Maduro has long denied a humanitarian crisis, considering aid offers a “Trojan horse” to pave the way for a foreign military intervention.

Similarly, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by 50 nations as Venezuela’s rightful leader, has tried to control the distribution of U.S.-supplied aid in a bid to weaken Maduro’s grip on power.

In another attempt to counter growing criticism, Maduro last month welcomed a delegation sent by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights. He previously had called such visits a politically biased threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty.

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Associated Press writer Joshua Goodman reported this story in Caracas and AP writer Jamey Keaten reported from Geneva.

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Governor says surfing can connect California and El Salvador

California masterfully markets its surfing culture and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he wants to share that expertise with El Salvador to help boost tourism and provide more economic opportunities for its impoverished citizens.

“There’s no doubt there’s a lot we can do together in this space,” Newsom said after a discussion about the surfing industry’s economic potential with local business owners, investors and U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes.

He’ll have a willing partner in President-elect Nayib Bukele, who he met later. Bukele has an initiative titled “Surf City” aimed at investing in beaches to drive tourism.

“We have the best surfing beaches in the world and they have the other ones,” he told reporters after meeting with Newsom. “So we want to work together.”

California has a long history with surfing, which became the state’s official sport last year. It’s the home of The Beach Boys, whose version of surf music produced a series of smash hits in the 1960s including “Surfin’ USA” with its lyrics highlighting many of Southern California’s signature surf beaches. Sept. 20 is designated California Surfing Day and the state markets surf vacations.

Newsom said the state’s tourism arm, Visit California, has already expressed interest in working with El Salvador.

Though El Salvador has among the highest homicide rates in the world and the U.S. government warns its citizens about traveling there, Newsom and Bukele said tourist areas are much safer than other parts of the country. Bukele said he’ll work to get the U.S. travel advisory removed when he takes office.

Working together on promoting surfing and economic tourism may be one of the most tangible ways Newsom can build a partnership with El Salvador. As his trip concluded, Newsom told reporters he’s walking away more educated about the country’s challenges. The updated budget he’ll present in May will include new resources for immigrants arriving in the United States and he plans to encourage California business interests to invest in El Salvador; he also discussed bringing Salvadoran business leaders to California for a visit.

As a governor, Newsom has little power to effect immigration policy, but he said his trip was vital to understanding the gang violence and other dynamics that cause people to flee.

Bukele, who takes office in June, wants to strengthen U.S.-Salvadoran relations and was diplomatic when asked his views on President Donald Trump.

“We don’t want to meddle into U.S. politics,” he said. “We will work with any administration.”

The U.S. government already invests some money in Salvadoran infrastructure, including roads and water and sewage treatment near El Salvador’s coasts through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, created in 2004 under then-President George W. Bush. Last year it contributed about $3 million for a $10.8 million project to develop the coastal area called El Zonte to build hotels and a water treatment plant. MCC has pledged $277 million for coastal development and other projects over a number of years.

Several surfing business owners who joined Newsom on Tuesday said without improved roads and sewage treatment it is harder to attract more tourists. El Salvador has world class surf, particularly on the Punta Roca beach that is well-known to traveling surfers, but lags behind nearby Costa Rica as an international tourist destination, said Jess Ponting, director of the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University.

“The surf tourism resources (waves) are definitely there, surf tourists just need to know it’s relatively safe to travel to and be in those locations,” he said in an email. “It seems pretty clear that there is a lot of untapped potential for surf tourism in El Salvador.”

Beyond the economic benefits, surfing can provide a dream for young children with few opportunities, said Marcelo Castellanos, who runs a surfing academy in the area. He told Newsom about an 11-year-old boy he trained who eight years later became a professional surfer traveling the world.

“All the kids that grow up in these poor areas know they all can dream,” he said. “That happened because we have this program, and we invite the kids who can’t pay. The ocean is free, the waves are free. They can make a living and that’s the example.”

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Iran hits back at US by designating CENTCOM ‘terrorist’ group: report

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The U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, was labeled a terrorist group on Monday by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, according to state television.

The council said in a statement, reported by Fars News Agency, that it had designated the Middle East-based military group and all of its forces as terrorists and also labeled the U.S. a “supporter of terrorism.”

TRUMP DESIGNATES IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD A ‘FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION’

The move came hours after the Trump administration labeled Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.

It’s the first time the U.S. has designated an entity of another government a terrorist organization, placing a group with vast economic resources that answer only to Iran’s supreme leader in the same category as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

President Trump on Monday said it was an “unprecedented step” that “recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”

He said the move “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments,” and warned: “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism. This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.”

POMPEO: NO PEACE AND STABILITY IN MIDDLE EAST UNLESS IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD IS WEAKENED

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing the IRGC’s ties to terror plots, said the designation recognizes a “basic reality.”

“This designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one,” he said. “The IRGC masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled.”

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The designation imposes sanctions that include freezes on assets the IRGC may have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it. The move also allows the U.S. to deny entry to people found to have provided the Guard with material support or prosecute them for sanctions violations.

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies have raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move does not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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