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Moscow rally sees tens of thousands demanding Russian protesters’ release

Some 20,000 people rallied in downtown Moscow on Sunday to demand the release of protesters who were jailed during a wave of opposition demonstrations this summer.

The earlier protests erupted in July after a dozen independent and opposition candidates were barred from running for the Moscow city legislature.

The rallies drew crowds of up to 60,000 at the time – the largest known show of discontent against President Vladimir Putin’s rule in nearly a decade.

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A protester holding a banner reading “Freedom to political prisoners! They haven’t to be arrested!” during a rally to support political prisoners in Moscow. (AP)

Russian police violently dispersed some of the election protests that weren’t sanctioned, detaining more than 2,400 people. Most were quickly released, but more than a dozen were jailed on charges of involvement in riots.

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Amid the public outrage, officials dropped charges against some of the protesters, but several people have been sentenced to prison terms of up to four years. Others have remained in custody or under house arrest awaiting court verdicts.

Those at Saturday’s rally in downtown Moscow – which Russian authorities had sanctioned – chanted, “Free them all!”

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“No one can get a fair hearing in Russian courts – injustice and lawlessness can happen to anyone now,” said Lyubov Sobol, one of the opposition candidates denied registration who helped spearhead the summer protests.

“Let’s be confident of our power. If we come out in force, we will win their release,” Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s most visible opponent, said at the rally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mexico roller coaster plunges, killing 2 at amusement park, officials say

Two people were killed and two others were injured after the last car on a roller coaster derailed and plunged to the ground Saturday at an amusement park in Mexico.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. at the La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park, located in Mexico City, according to the Mexico City attorney general’s office.

Ulises Lara López, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, told reporters at a news conference that two men — ages 18 and 21 — died in the crash. The two men sustained head and other injuries when the car derailed, according to officials.

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Two women — ages 27 and 35 — were also injured in the crash. One of the women had a leg injury that required surgery, while the second woman had a severe brain injury that required her to be intubated. She is listed in serious condition, officials said in a news release.

Witnesses told local media outlets the victims were sitting in the last car of the roller coaster as it derailed. Video obtained by Mexican news outlet Milenio shows the moment the car derails as the roller coaster train enters a tight turn.

Rosalba Rodriguez, who witnessed the crash, told reporters there was nothing out of the ordinary about the ride, which had completed a few loops until the last car derailed during a turn near the end of its run.

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A general view of an amusement park where rollercoaster accident happened, in Mexico City, Mexico, September 28, 2019 in this still image taken from a video. (Reuters TV via REUTERS)

A preliminary investigation has indicated a mechanical failure caused the car to come loose and fall from a height of 33 feet above the ground, according to López.

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Authorities are now treating the accident as a case of negligent homicide.

“This is now in the hands of prosecutors, and prosecutors have already taken the necessary steps for an investigation,” Miriam Urzua, an official from the civil protection organization, told Reuters news agency.

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The popular park closed shortly after the crash, as the fair said it “deeply regrets the terrible accident” and is investigating, Sky News reported. Video showed investigators milling around the park as a tarp on a frence blocked a view of the area under the roller coaster where the derailed car crash-landed.

The towering Quimera coaster in Chapultepec Park can be seen from afar in the capital, it’s three nearly vertical yellow and red loops visible from a major highway.

The decades-old coaster, like many rides in La Feria, was featured at other parks around the world before finding a home in Mexico City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Enough is enough’: Saudi foreign minister warns of danger of appeasing Iran

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Saudi Arabia‘s top diplomat has sounded a new warning against appeasing Iran.

“The Iranian history of the past 40 years has been one of aggression especially against my country,” Saudi Arabia State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubier told Fox News Wednesday. “Appeasing Iran has only fueled Iran’s aggressive behavior.”

Saudi Arabia has said that the cruise missiles that struck two of the kingdom’s key oil sites earlier this month were manufactured in Iran and came from the direction of Iranian territory. Al-Jubier promised more evidence will be made public.

“We have been calling for a global effort to contain Iran’s aggressive behavior,” he said. “Iran has to decide if it’s a revolution or a nation-state. If it’s a nation-state, it must abide by the rules of international law, the sovereignty of nations, and respect the principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries.”

On the same day the Saudi minister spoke to Fox News, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly and criticized Tehran’s regional rival.

‘The security of Saudi Arabia shall be guaranteed with the termination of aggression to Yemen rather than by inviting foreigners,” Rouhani said. “We are ready to spend our national strength and regional credibility and international authority.”

Saudi Arabia will have its chance to answer Rouhani on Monday. But al-Jubier, a veteran diplomat who served as the Kingdom’s ambassador in Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade, knows the long litany of Iranian attacks on his country, and around the globe, all too well.

“The Iranian behavior has to stop,” he said. “They have attacked our embassies, they have tried to disrupt the Hajj [the annual pilgrimage of the Islamic faithful to Mecca], they assassinated our diplomats a number of countries, they have planted terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia, they have blown up the Khobar Towers in 1996 and the list goes on and on and on.

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“Most recently, they have been supplying missiles, 260 ballistic missiles — Iranian-made, Iranian- delivered — launched by the Houthis into Saudi territory. One hundred and fifty drones also. Thank God our air defenses were able to prevent any of those missiles from reaching their intended targets.”

Al-Jubier said that the way to modify Tehran’s behavior to stop what he describes as the appeasement of Iran. His message seems to be aimed at European nations that still do billions of dollars of business with the Islamic Republic, though he did not mention any countries by name.

“We believe that the international community must take a firm response to Iran’s aggressive behavior and say ‘enough is enough'”, he told Fox News.

“When people talk about setting up a parallel system to SWIFT [the global method used by banks for sending and receiving money], that’s appeasement,” Al-Jubier said. “When people talk about giving Iran credit lines, that’s appeasement, that just emboldens the Iranians. When people talk to Iran but don’t beef that talk with firm action … that’s appeasement.

“When people seek to do business with Iran when Iran is murdering people and disrupting the international order, that’s appeasement,” he added. “So the first step has to be [to] stop the appeasement, make it clear to Iran that if you want to be a nation in good standing conduct yourself as a nation that behaves itself according to international norms and international laws.”

Al-Jubier says that Iran will continue on its destructive path unless something changes.

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“You cannot have relations with a country that has been engaging in a rampage of death and destruction against my country and against countries in the region,” he said.

“That cannot stand. That must come to an end.”

Fox News’ Marta Dhanis contributed to this report. 

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US envoy to Germany blasts Iran foreign minister’s ‘hypocrisy’ amid controversy over visiting sick diplomat

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Richard Grenell, the United States ambassador to Germany, ripped Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif after he appeared to complain about the State Department prohibiting Zarif from visiting a sick colleague during his visit to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

On Saturday, Zarif tweeted:  “Thanks to technology, I was able to see and talk to my friend of 40 years and our UN ambassador Ravanchi, who is in hospital here in New York only a few blocks away.” The State Department said Friday that Zarif could visit Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, in person if Tehran released an American hostage.

“Iran has wrongfully detained several U.S. citizens for years, to the pain of their families and friends they cannot freely visit,” the State Department said. “We have relayed to the Iranian Mission that the travel request will be granted if Iran releases a U.S. citizen.”

Grenell, a staunch critic of the Iranian regime, lashed out at Zarif, tweeting: “You deny the Iranian people access to this US technology and social media sites. And you continue to take hostages. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

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In a follow-up tweet, Grenell asked Zarif: “Where’s Bob Levinson? For 12 years he’s been a US hostage in Iran. The longest held US hostage.”

Levinson has been missing in Iran since 2007. Four other Americans are known to be imprisoned in that country: U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, Princeton University Ph.D. candidate Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer.

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Asked Thursday about Americans imprisoned in Iran and Iranians imprisoned in the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Fox News that the Trump administration had said that if at least one American was freed by Iran, then Washington would reciprocate.

Rouhani cited the June release of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese and permanent U.S. resident detained in 2015 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on accusations of spying for the United States. “They only thanked Iran,” Rouhani said. “The ball stands in America’s court.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Latest Hong Kong pro-democracy protests end early after violent turn

A pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong which reportedly had drawn hundreds of thousands ended early on Saturday after violence broke out, police said.

Protesters lobbed bricks and Molotov cocktails at government buildings while police responded by firing tear gas and water cannons into the crowds. Police said “radical protesters” lobbed gasoline bombs and damaged property outside the government offices, and aimed laser beams at a helicopter, posing “a serious threat to everyone” in the area.

Protests calling for democratic reforms have become an almost weekly occurrence since early June. Organizers said 200,000-300,000 turned out for Saturday’s protests, though police did not give a definitive number.

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Police fire water cannon on protestors in Hong Kong Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Saturday’s demonstration took place three days before the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which has led to fear of bloody clashes in the midst of Beijing’s celebrations. The rally was called to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, in which protesters occupied key thoroughfares in the downtown area for 79 days beginning Sept. 28 to demand direct elections for the city’s leaders but failed to win any government concessions.

More than 1,000 of the protesters streamed onto a main road, with some veering off to target the government buildings. Police initially used a hose to fire pepper spray when some protesters began throwing bricks. Police later used a water cannon truck to fire a blue liquid, used to identify protesters, and fired tear gas after protesters lobbed gasoline bombs through the barriers.

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We think we will lose because their force is so strong,” said 22-year-old demonstrator Sang Chan. “But if we don’t do anything now, we’ll have no other chance.”

Some protesters stomped on images of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam. At one of the gates to Lam’s office, the Chinese word for “hell” and an arrow pointing to the building were spray-painted on the sidewalk.

A government spokesperson said universal suffrage is a right enshrined in Hong Kong’s constitution, but called for peaceful dialogue. The spokesperson said the government would “assess the situation carefully and take forward constitutional development.”

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A medic treats a pro-Beijing demonstrator after he was hit by protesters Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Protest organizers are planning “anti-totalitarianism” rallies on Sunday in Hong Kong and more than 60 other cities worldwide to denounce what they call “Chinese tyranny.” However, the government’s biggest worry could come Tuesday,  when protesters are planning a major march as China’s ruling Communist Party marks its 70th year in power with grand festivities in Beijing. Police have banned the march, though that’s unlikely to deter protesters. Pro-Beijing demonstrators have also vowed to come out.

Hong Kong’s government has canceled its scheduled fireworks demonstration and moved planned celebrations indoors.

“They are not our children,” China supporter Yau Mei-kwang told Reuters of the activists. “Because at this age, they should be studying, not running to the airport, hitting people, hitting the police, insulting people. That is not right.”

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A protester who went by the name of Wong defended the use of violence to Reuters. “We know that they will not listen if we rally in peace because we are not on the same level.”

Hong Kong was returned to China from Great Britain in 1997 under the promise of a “one country, two systems” government which would guarantee residents certain civil liberties not afforded to those in mainland China. Protesters believe China is encroaching on those rights, and have called on Britain and the United States to rein in Beijing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Syria demands withdrawal of U.S., Turkish troops, warns of ‘countermeasures’

Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday demanded the withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops, warning that the Syrian government had the right to take “countermeasures” if they remain.

Walid al-Moallem made the demand in an address at the U.N General Assembly Saturday.

There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Turkey has forces in Syria targeting ISIS and Kurdish fighters.

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“The United States and Turkey maintain an illegal military presence in northern Syria.” al-Moallem told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. “Any foreign forces operating in our territories without our authorization are occupying forces and should withdraw immediately.”

“If they refuse, we have the right to take any and all countermeasures authorized under international law,” he said.

Over more than eight years, Syria’s devastating civil war has drawn numerous foreign militaries and thousands of foreign fighters battling for power.

Most of the country has returned to government control. But rebels and extremists still hold Idlib in the northwest, and the oil-rich northeast, held by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups.

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Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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President Trump last year ordered the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria – but then agreed to let some forces remain to ensure ISIS militants cannot regroup, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Syria demands withdrawal of U.S., Turkish troops, warns of ‘countermeasures’

Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday demanded the withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops, warning that the Syrian government had the right to take “countermeasures” if they remain.

Walid al-Moallem made the demand in an address at the U.N General Assembly Saturday.

There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Turkey has forces in Syria targeting ISIS and Kurdish fighters.

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“The United States and Turkey maintain an illegal military presence in northern Syria.” al-Moallem told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. “Any foreign forces operating in our territories without our authorization are occupying forces and should withdraw immediately.”

“If they refuse, we have the right to take any and all countermeasures authorized under international law,” he said.

Over more than eight years, Syria’s devastating civil war has drawn numerous foreign militaries and thousands of foreign fighters battling for power.

Most of the country has returned to government control. But rebels and extremists still hold Idlib in the northwest, and the oil-rich northeast, held by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups.

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Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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President Trump last year ordered the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria – but then agreed to let some forces remain to ensure ISIS militants cannot regroup, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Afghanistan presidential election impacted by Taliban attacks, low turnout

The Taliban staged attacks Saturday as war-weary voters in Afghanistan trekked to the polls in low numbers to elect a new president.

Agence France-Presse quoted a security official as saying that two civilians had been killed and 27 wounded in Taliban bombings and mortar attacks at polling centers across the country.

President Ashraf Ghani, who is seeking re-election, said after voting at a Kabul high school that the most important issue was finding a leader with a mandate to bring peace to the war-torn nation, according to AFP.

“Our roadmap (for peace) is ready, I want the people to give us permission and legitimacy so that we pursue peace,” said Ghani.

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Afghan women wait for the a polling station to open in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Afghans headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president amid high security and Taliban threats to disrupt the elections, with the rebels warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi)

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The presidential election features Ghani, his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, and 13 other candidates.

AFP quoted observers from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission as saying that turnout appears to be low, especially among woman.

Voters stayed away from the polls amid the Taliban attacks and the Islamist group’s pre-election threats, Reuters reported.

Election officials extended voting by two hours after polling stations around the country failed to open on time amid technical problems, according to Reuters.

“It took the first voter 31 minutes to vote,” Nishank Motwani, an observer stationed in Kabul. “For subsequent voters, it was taking around five minutes and then it started to streamline to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.”

“Election commission staff looked panicked and voters were getting angry that the queue was not moving,” he told Reuters.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, casts his vote at Amani high school, near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Afghans headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president amid high security and Taliban threats to disrupt the elections, with the rebels warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

When the polls did close there were fears that accusations of fraud and misconduct could overwhelm any election results, the Associated Press reported.

The vote comes following the collapse this month of U.S.-Taliban talks aimed at ending America’s longest war.

The government’s push to hold the vote was in itself controversial. In an interview with the AP last week, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who still wields heavy influence, warned that the vote could be destabilizing for the country at a time of deep political uncertainty and hinder restarting the peace process with the Taliban.

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On Saturday, one of the first reports of violence came from southern Afghanistan, the former spiritual heartland of the Taliban. A bomb attack on a local mosque where a polling station was located wounded 15 people, a doctor at the main hospital in the city of Kandahar said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former French president Jacques Chirac dead at 86, AP reports citing family

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Former French president Jacques Chirac, a notable critic of the Iraq War, is dead, according to multiple reports, citing family members. He was 86.

Chirac’s son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux confirmed his death in a statement to The Associated Press where he said he died Thursday “peacefully, among his loved one.”

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The family did not provide a cause of death, although Chirac was known to have health issues since leaving the presidency in 2007.

Chirac was long the standard-bearer of France’s conservative right, and mayor of Paris for nearly two decades. He was nicknamed “Le Bulldozer” early in his career for his determination and ambition.

As a two-term president beginning in 1995, he was a consummate global diplomat but failed to reform the economy or defuse tensions between police and minority youths that exploded into riots across France in 2005.

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He was the first French leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Surveillance video shows outnumbered homeowner fight off intruders with bare hands: report

Surveillance video released Wednesday captured the chilling moments a British homeowner fought off a group of masked intruders with his bare hands, pummeling the men until he chased them out of the home with kitchen knives.

Asif Ali, 35, told The Sun “instinct just kicked in” to defend his wife Charlotte, 30, who was upstairs at the time when a group of men gained access to his home in Rochdale around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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The businessman, who works in real estate and runs a clothing store for a living, said his dog began barking aggressively and he went to his doorway where he found a man standing inside his home dressed “head-to-toe in black.”

“He threw a punch at me and we started to fight,” Ali told The Sun. “A second man came in and I thought he was trying to get upstairs where my wife was. I didn’t want them anywhere near my wife.”

Ali said he had managed to drive the men outside when one of them pulled out a sharp metal weapon, which he thought to be a knife but police who viewed the video believe was a screwdriver. When one of the men threatened to kill him, the businessman ran back into the home and grabbed kitchen knives to further chase the intruders away.

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Asif Ali, 35, released video footage of the intruders and offered a $6,100 reward in a bid to gather information that leads to their arrest.

Ali released security camera footage of the brawl Wednesday and offered a roughly $6,100 reward for information that leads to a conviction. He added that he fears the men expected a confrontation and invaded his house knowing that he and his wife were home.

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“They knew we were home. The lights were on, the cars were on the drive, the doors were open, and they’ve come into our home armed, knowing there were people inside, knowing there would likely be a confrontation and knowing they would cause some damage,” he said. “Someone out there knows who these people are. They need to be caught before they do it again.”

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