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One arrested in eastern France knife attack that left 1 dead, 6 injured

A knife attack at a public transit station in eastern France Saturday has left one person dead and six others injured, according to reports.

It happened around 5 p.m. at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, France Televisions reported.

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The Laurent-Bonnevay public transit station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, in France. (Google Maps)

PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN KILLED IN DOUBLE STABBING AT BUS STOP; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

A suspect who was carrying a knife was arrested while authorities were on the hunt for a suspected second attacker believed to be in possession of a metal spike used to roast meat, Reuters reported.

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The motive for the attack was unclear, according to the news outlet.

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Hong Kong protesters defy ban to clash with police, hit with tear gas, water cannon

A large fire blazed across a main street in Hong Kong on Saturday night, as protesters made a wall out of barricades and set it afire. Hundreds of protesters gathered behind the fire, many pointing laser beams that streaked the night sky above them.

Earlier, the protesters threw objects and gasoline bombs over barriers set up at government headquarters. Police on the other side responded with tear gas and blue-colored water fired from a water cannon.

The protesters retreated when police arrived on the street to clear them from the area, but reassembled and built the wall and set the fire on Hennessey Road in the city’s Wan Chai district. Police had yet to confront them while the fire blazed.

A march to mark the fifth anniversary of China’s decision against fully democratic elections in Hong Kong was not permitted by police, but protesters took to the streets anyway in the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations.

HONG KONG POLICE ARREST AT LEAST 3 PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS

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Protestors run for cover from tear gas shells in Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Many of the protesters outside Hong Kong government headquarters have retreated as large contingents of police arrive on the streets in what looks like preparation for a clearing operation. Police were using tear gas Saturday to drive back remaining protesters.  (AP)

The mostly young, black-shirted protesters took over roads and major intersections in shopping districts as they rallied and marched. Police erected additional barriers and brought out two water cannon trucks near the Chinese government office and deployed at various locations in riot gear.

While others marched back and forth elsewhere in the city, a large crowd wearing helmets and gas masks gathered outside the city government building. Some approached barriers that had been set up to keep protesters away and appeared to throw objects at the police on the other side. Others shone laser lights at the officers.

Police fired tear gas from the other side of the barriers, then brought out a water cannon truck that fired regular water and then colored water at the protesters, staining them and nearby journalists and leaving blue puddles in the street.

HONG KONG PROTEST ESCALATION: TEAR GAS, WATER CANNONS AND A POLICE OFFICER FIRING A WARNING SHOT

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Protestors carry an injured to safety in Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Many of the protesters outside Hong Kong government headquarters have retreated as large contingents of police arrive on the streets in what looks like preparation for a clearing operation. Police were using tear gas Saturday to drive back remaining protesters. (AP)

The standoff continued for some time, but protesters started moving back as word spread that police were headed in their direction. A few front-line protesters hurled gasoline bombs at the officers in formation, but there were no major clashes as police cleared the area.

Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting said Hong Kong citizens would keep fighting for their rights and freedoms despite the arrests of several prominent activists and lawmakers in the past two days, including activist Joshua Wong.

The protests were sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill. Protesters are demanding its full withdrawal, democratic elections and an investigation into alleged police brutality in what have been pitched battles with hard-line demonstrators.

“I do believe the government deliberately arrested several leaders of the democratic camp to try to threaten Hong Kong people not to come out to fight against the evil law,” Lam said at what was advertised as a Christian march earlier in the day.

About 1,000 people marched to a Methodist church and police headquarters. They alternated between singing hymns and chanting the slogans of the pro-democracy movement. An online flyer for the demonstration called it a “prayer for sinners” and featured images of a Christian cross and embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who had proposed the extradition bill.

BRITISH HONG KONG CONSULATE EMPLOYEE RELEASED FROM DETENTION AS PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT

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Protestors travel in a train en route to Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (AP)

Authorities rejected an application from the Civil Human Rights Front, the organizer of pro-democracy marches that have drawn upward of a million people this summer, for a march to the Chinese government office. Police said that while previous marches have started peacefully, they have increasingly degenerated into violence in the end.

The standing committee of China’s legislature ruled on Aug. 31, 2014, that Hong Kong residents could elect their leader directly, but that the candidates would have to be approved by a nominating committee.

The decision failed to satisfy democracy advocates in the city and led to the 79-day long Occupy Central protests that fall, in which demonstrators camped out on major streets in the financial district and other parts of Hong Kong.

The participants in the religious march Saturday were peaceful and mostly older than the younger protesters who have led this summer’s movement and, in some cases, blocked streets and battled police with bricks, sticks and gasoline bombs

Religious meetings do not require police approval, though authorities said late Friday that organizers of a procession with more than 30 people must notify police.

The government shut down streets and subway service near the Chinese government’s office, about 3 miles west of the religious march.

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“A public event is expected on Hong Kong Island this afternoon which may cause severe disruptions,” police said. “Text messages have been sent to alert members of the public to mind their personal safety.”

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North Korea berates ‘thoughtless’ Mike Pompeo, warns hopes for talks fading

A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behavior as “rogue” and warned that Pyongyang’s hopes for talks with Washington are fading.

In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased North Korean people’s animosity toward Americans and made it harder for working-level nuclear dialogue between the countries to resume.

North Korea is extremely sensitive to outside criticism about its authoritarian leadership. It has also repeatedly expressed displeasure about a months-long stalemate in negotiations and ramped up testing of short-range ballistic missiles and rocket artillery in recent weeks in an apparent effort to build bargaining leverage.

NORTH KOREA BUILDING WARHEADS TO PENETRATE JAPAN DEFENSES, TOKYO CLAIMS

“Our expectations of dialogue with the U.S. are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to re-examine all the measures we have taken so far,” Choe said in the statement, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA.

“We are very curious about the background of the American top diplomat’s thoughtless remarks and we will watch what calculations he has,” she said. “The U.S. had better not put any longer our patience to the test with such remarks irritating us if it doesn’t want to have bitter regrets afterward.”

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In this June 11, 2018, file photo, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, center, arrives for a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  (AP)

In a speech to U.S. veterans in Indiana on Tuesday, Pompeo said the Trump administration recognized that “North Korea’s rogue behavior could not be ignored” while touting its approach in foreign policy.

“Americanism – it means telling the truth about the challenges we face,” he said. “Look, this administration didn’t pretend that the Islamic Republic of Iran was a responsible actor in the Middle East. We called out China’s bad behavior on trade and on national security. We recognized – we recognized that North Korea’s rogue behavior could not be ignored.”

PHOTOS SHOW NORTH KOREA MAY BE BUILDING SUBMARINE CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING NUCLEAR MISSILE, REPORT SAYS

Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill since a February summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam collapsed after the U.S. side rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Since the breakdown in Hanoi, North Korea has repeatedly demanded that Washington remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations, accusing him of maintaining a hard-line stance on sanctions and distorting Pyongyang’s statements, while avoiding direct criticism of Trump.

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Since the breakdown in Hanoi, North Korea has repeatedly demanded that Washington remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations, accusing him of maintaining a hard-line stance on sanctions and distorting Pyongyang’s statements, while avoiding direct criticism of Trump. (AP)

Trump and Kim met again at the inter-Korean border in June and agreed to resume working-level talks, but there has been no known meeting between the countries since then.

Last week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called Pompeo a “die-hard toxin of U.S. diplomacy” after he said Washington would maintain strong sanctions on North Korea until the country is denuclearized.

KCNA also on Saturday said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit North Korea soon at the invitation of Ri, but did not specify what would be discussed.

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Since initiating diplomacy with Seoul and Washington last year, Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping five times before and after his summits with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, cementing longtime ally Beijing as a major player in the process to resolve the nuclear standoff.

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Iran still violating 2015 nuclear deal, UN watchdog finds

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A report from the United Nations atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stockpile low-enriched uranium beyond the limitations outlined in the 2015 nuclear deal, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which AP said it had seen, says that Iran is enriching uranium with an up to 4.5 percent concentration of the isotope Uranium-235, above the 3.67 percent allowed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The higher level is enough to help power the Bushehr reactor, Iran’s only nuclear power plant.

The violations were announced by Iran and confirmed by the IAEA last month, and are meant to put pressure on the signatories to the JCPOA — Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — to provide more economic incentives to Tehran. So far, the major powers in the JCPOA have expressed concern about Tehran’s violations and urged the country to return to the limitations set in the agreement but haven’t taken further action.

US LABELS LEBANON BANK WITH HEZBOLLAH TIES A ‘GLOBAL TERRORIST,’ SANCTIONS IRANIAN NETWORKS LINKED TO REGIME

The report added that Iran has continued to permit its inspectors to monitor its nuclear facilities and has also remained under the limit of 130 tons (143.3 U.S. tons) set on its stockpile of heavy water, with 125.5 tons (138.34 U.S. tons) stockpiled.

It said Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium hit 241.6 kilograms (532.64 pounds) as of Aug. 19. The JCPOA cap is 202.8 (447.1 pounds) kilograms of enriched uranium.

The stockpile is made up of 216.5 kilograms (477.3 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 3.67 percent, and 25.1 kilograms (55.34 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 4.5 percent, the IAEA reported.

In the IAEA’s previous quarterly report, the organization noted In addition, Iran installed “up to 33 IR-6 centrifuges used to enrich uranium and said that 10 have now been tested. Under terms of the nuclear deal, Iran is allowed to test no more than 30 of the IR-6s once the deal has been in place for eight and a half years. The deal is murky about limits before that point, which will arrive in 2023.

President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. Under the weight of U.S. sanctions, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted by about 60 percent in the last year. Inflation is up 37 percent and the cost of food and medicine has soared 40 percent to 60 percent, according to European Union figures.

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Trump said Monday there’s a “really good chance” that he would meet with Rouhani after French President Emmanuel Macron initiated the idea of bringing the two nations to the table for talks.

Still, Rouhani and Trump remain at an impasse on lifting sanctions and renegotiating a deal, with the Iranian president saying Tuesday that “without the U.S.’ withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The week in pictures, Aug. 24 – Aug. 30

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A quad scull of rowers begins their workout on Casco Bay as the sun starts to peak over Great Diamond Island, in Portland, Maine, Aug. 28, 2019. 

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Early court ruling sides with Johnson in fight to suspend Parliament

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A Scottish court Friday rejected the first legal bid to block British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament until two weeks before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

Judge Raymond Doherty refused to grant lawmakers an emergency injunction but did not comment on the merits of their appeal. The move was seen as a blow to the lawmakers seeking to stop a no-deal Brexit.

QUEEN APPROVES BORIS JOHNSON’S REQUEST TO SUSPEND PARLIAMENT

The judge ruled there is time to hold more hearings next week.

Two other legal cases are in progress in London and Northern Ireland.

Johnson’s request to suspend parliament was approved by Queen Elizabeth Wednesday.

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Johnson said this week there would be “ample” time to debate once the suspension ends on Oct. 14.

Lawmakers reacted with fury, including John Bercow, speaker of the lower House of Commons, who was not told in advance of Johnson’s plan.

“Shutting down Parliament would be an offense against the democratic process and the rights of parliamentarians as the people’s elected representatives,” Bercow said. “Surely at this early stage in his premiership, the prime minister should be seeking to establish rather than undermine his democratic credentials and indeed his commitment to Parliamentary democracy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hong Kong police arrest at least 3 pro-democracy activists

At least two well-known pro-democracy activists and an associate have been arrested in Hong Kong as police respond to recent demonstrations against China.

Activist Joshua Wong was arrested Friday morning while walking to a subway station, just hours after activist Andy Chan was arrested Thursday night at Hong Kong’s airport, according to the Associated Press.

A third activist, Agnes Chow, was arrested at her home, according to the report.

CHINA DEPLOYS FRESH TROOPS TO HONG KONG

Wong and Chow were being investigated for their roles in a June 21 protest outside a police station. Both face potential charges of participating in the demonstration and inciting others to join it.

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​​​​​​​Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, left, and Agnes Chow address reporters outside a government office in Hong Kong, June 18, 2019. (Associated Press)

Wong also is being investigated on suspicion of organizing it. He is secretary-general of a group called Demosisto while Chow is a member.

NIKKI HALEY: CHINESE ATTACK ON HONG KONG WOULD POSE GRAVE DANGER TO AMERICA’S ASIAN ALLIES

Chan, leader of a pro-independence group, was arrested under suspicion of rioting and attacking police.

Meanwhile, an appeals board rejected an application by protesters to hold a march on Saturday that would have marked the fifth anniversary of China disallowing fully democratic elections for the leader of Hong Kong.

The organizers said they were calling off the march, the AP reported.

Pro-democracy protests that have racked Hong Kong this summer were set off by extradition legislation that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. The extradition bill was suspended but the protesters want it withdrawn.

But Reuters reported Friday that China’s central government in Beijing ordered Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, not to yield to any of the protesters’ demands, after Lam had submitted to Beijing her assessment of how to defuse tensions.

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The demonstrations grew to be a reaction to general concerns about the rights of Hong Kong residents.

Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of China since Britain relinquished control in 1997.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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US labels Lebanon bank with Hezbollah ties a ‘global terrorist,’ sanctions Iranian networks linked to regime

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The U.S. designated Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank a “global terrorist” Thursday over its ties to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group, one day after it slapped sanctions on Iranian networks it claimed facilitated “tens of millions of dollars’ worth” of activities that benefited Iran’s military and regime.

Washington, in partnership with Oman, also announced sanctions against four individuals accused of moving tens of millions of dollars between Iran’s elite Quds Force and the military wing of the Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza.

“Treasury is targeting Jammal Trust Bank and its subsidiaries for brazenly enabling Hezbollah’s financial activities,” Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a statement. “Corrupt financial institutions like Jammal Trust are a direct threat to the integrity of the Lebanese financial system. Jammal Trust provides support and services to Hezbollah’s Executive Council and the Martyrs Foundation, which funnels money to the families of suicide bombers.”

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On Wednesday, the Treasury Department sanctioned two Iranian networks that it says engaged in “covert procurement activities benefitting multiple Iranian military organizations.”

One of the now-sanctioned networks used a front company in Hong Kong to evade sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other nations, and oversaw “tens of millions of dollars’ worth” of activity that targeted U.S. technology on behalf of people tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the regime’s missile program, according to the Treasury Department.

The second network acquired aluminum alloy products for entities controlled or owned by the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics.

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The Treasury Department’s statement accused several Iranian nationals of playing critical roles in the schemes. Two of them, Hadi and Hamed Dehghan — along with the latter’s company, Ebtekar Sanat Ilya — had several Iranian military clients, including Rastafann Engineering Company, the DOJ said. It’s unclear if the men are related.

Rastafann had provided support to Iran’s Naval Defense Missile Industry Group and the IRGC in the past. Ebtekar Sanat Ilya company also had customers including Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA), the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG) and the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG).

“Since 2017 alone, these actors have used a network of intermediary companies, including a Hong Kong-based front company, to facilitate more than 10 million dollars’ worth of proliferation-related transactions,” Treasury said.

IRAN’S PRESIDENT WANTS TRUMP TO LIFT SANCTIONS BEFORE ANY POSSIBLE TALKS

Hamed Dehghan also owned Hong Kong-based Green Industries, which he used as a front to buy military equipment from U.S. suppliers on behalf of Iranian entities that could not purchase the equipment otherwise because they were blacklisted for being involved in activity surrounding Iran’s weapons of mass destruction, authorities said.

A third Iranian national, Seyed Hossein Shariat, owned Asre Sanat Eshragh Company, which for years obtained aluminum alloy products for several Iranian organizations.

“Since at least 2016, Asre Sanat Eshragh Company has procured large amounts of aluminum alloy products for multiple Iranian entities, including Iran Electronic Industries (IEI) and Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO),” according to the Treasury Department.

“As the Iranian regime attempts to use complex schemes to hide its efforts to bolster its WMD [weapons of mass destruction] program, the U.S. government will continue to thwart them at every turn,” Mandelker said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this week walked back the idea of possible talks with President Trump regarding the countries’ nuclear impasse, saying Iran would meet with the U.S. only if Trump agreed to lift sanctions.

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“Without the U.S.’ withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development,” Rouhani said in a speech Tuesday. “If someone intends to make it as just a photo-op with Rouhani, that is not possible.”

Trump had said Monday, during the close of the G-7 summit in France, that there was a “really good chance” he and Rouhani could meet. French President Emmanuel Macron had tried to intervene at the G-7 summit and bring the nations together.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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Boris Johnson’s rivals accuse him of taking UK ‘into the arms of Donald Trump’

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A day after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his plan to suspend Parliament until just before Britain is to depart from the European Union, furious anti-Brexiteers are rallying the opposition and warning that the new prime minister intends to lead the U.K. “straight into the arms” of President Trump.

“We’re back in parliament Tuesday to challenge Boris Johnson on what I think is a smash-and-grab raid on our democracy,” left-wing Labour Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

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Johnson requested on Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II suspend Parliament until a Queen’s Speech on Oct. 14. While the request in and of itself is not unusual, opponents say the timing – just weeks before Britain is scheduled to leave the E.U. on Oct. 31 – is a move to shut down debate from anti-Brexit forces who are looking to stop Britain from leaving the union without a formal withdrawal agreement. The Queen accepted the request.

Johnson has said he would prefer to leave with a deal with E.U. leaders, but is prepared to leave without one if E.U. leaders won’t meet British demands. But pro-Remain forces say that such a “no-deal” Brexit would be a disaster.

Corbyn said he wants to launch a parliamentary process to legislate against such a departure and accused Johnson of leading the U.K. into a “the arms of Donald Trump” by securing a trade deal with the U.S.

“A no deal Brexit would mean trade immediately at risk, jobs immediately at risk, the Northern Irish border suddenly re-imposed because there would no deal whatsoever, no backstop of any sort and he would lead us straight into the arms of Donald Trump and a putative trade arrangement with the United States which will be very damaging to our economy and, despite what he says, I believe will mean U.S. health care corporations lining up to take over our NHS,” he said, referring to Britain’s National Health Service.

Later, a joint statement from Labour, the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and other left-wing parties condemned what they called “the undemocratic actions” of Johnson.

“There is no mandate from the public for a damaging No Deal Brexit. The Prime Minister is shutting down Parliament with the sole aim of stopping MPs from avoiding a No Deal Brexit,” the statement said.

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Meanwhile, business owner and activist Gina Miller, who won a ruling in 2017 that forced the government to win a vote in Parliament before triggering the Brexit process, announced she intends to challenge the suspension of Parliament in court.

Corbyn has called on those opposed to Brexit to rally behind him in a no-confidence vote to oust Johnson and install him as a temporary prime minister. A vote could be called as early as next week when Parliament returns from recess.

Johnson has little room for error, with a slim majority of one in the House of Commons, and anti-Brexiteers in his own party could scupper him if they side with the opposition. Some have already threatened to do so.

Johnson was also hit Thursday by the resignation of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. She has clashed with Johnson in the past, although she cited family reasons for standing down in her resignation speech.

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Johnson’s supporters, meanwhile, said the warnings about a no-deal Brexit were an extension of a “Project Fear” that has been in place since Brits voted to leave the bloc in 2016, and that the opposition calling Johnson’s latest move a “coup” is just sour grapes from those unhappy at the referendum result.

“I think the outrage is phony and it is created by people who don’t want us to leave the European Union and are trying very hard to overturn the referendum result and don’t want the benefits of leaving the European Union,” House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said in an interview with the BBC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad

Iran apparently has now struck out in its attempts to launch a satellite this year.

Images taken from space Thursday appear to show that a rocket exploded at an Iranian space center that was gearing up for a satellite launch, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.

“Whatever happened there, it blew up and you’re looking at the smoldering remains of what used to be there,” David Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said after analyzing the images.

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The scene Thursday after an apparent failed launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province, some 150 miles southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Aerial images of the space center provided to Fox News by Maxar’s WorldView-2 satellite show gray and black plumes of smoke emanating from its launch pad.

In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue. On Thursday morning, half of that paint apparently had been burned away.

Schmerler said that the images suggest the rocket either exploded during ignition or possibly briefly lifted off before crashing back down on the pad. Water runoff from the pad, likely from trying to extinguish the blaze, could be seen along with a host of vehicles parked nearby.

Iranian satellite launches had been anticipated before the end of the year.

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A closer view of the launch pad following the launch that apparently failed. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

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In July, Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that Tehran planned three more launches, two for satellites that do remote-sensing work and another that handles communications.

The Nahid-1 is reportedly the telecommunication satellite, which authorities plan to have in orbit for two-and-a-half months. Nahid in Farsi means “Venus.” The satellite, which had Iran’s first foldable solar panels, was supposed to be in a low orbit around the Earth for some two-and-a-half months.

The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Jahromi on Aug. 13 as saying that the Nahid-1 was ready to be delivered to Iran’s Defense Ministry, signaling a launch date for the satellite likely loomed. Iran’s National Week of Government, during which Tehran often inaugurates new projects, began Aug. 24.

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Earlier on Thursday, Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami told the state-run IRNA news agency that the country’s satellite activities were “being done in a transparent way,” responding to AP and other foreign media reporting on activity at the space center.

“Whenever activity and research bear successful results, we will announce the good news,” Hatami said. Iran at times in the past hasn’t acknowledged failed launches.

The apparent attempt to launch the Nahid-1 comes after two failed satellite launches of the Payam and Doosti in January and February. A separate fire at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in February killed three researchers, authorities said at the time.

Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

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The U.S. alleges such launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran, which long has said it does not seek nuclear weapons, maintains its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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