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Hong Kong demonstrators smash government building amid protests on anniversary of return of Chinese rule

A group of protestors smashed a window and tore down parts of an exterior wall at Hong Kong‘s legislature building Monday amid another round of massive demonstrations in the city on the 22nd anniversary of the return to Chinese rule.

The crowd, comprised of mostly young protesters, could be seen on video using a cargo cart and large poles as battering rams against the glass panel. The demonstrators then tore down part of a glass and metal exterior wall of the government building, carrying away the long strips of metal framework.

Officers were able to eventually commandeer the cart, using riot shields and deploying pepper spray to push back the hundreds of demonstrators gathered around the building.

HONG KONG LEADER IGNORES PROTESTERS’ DEADLINE TO PULL CONTROVERSIAL EXTRADITION BILL

A handful of protesters made it inside the building, where police awaited them, according to the South China Morning Post. It was not clear how many were inside, and what happened to them.

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A protester tries to break the glass to get into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Monday, July 1, 2019. (Jeff Cheng/HK01 via AP)

Hong Kong demonstrators are opposed to a government attempt to change extradition laws that would allow suspects to be sent to China to face trial. The proposed legislation, on which debate has been suspended indefinitely, increased fears of eroding freedoms in the territory, which Britain returned to China on July 1, 1997.

Protesters want the bills formally withdrawn and Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, to resign.

“I am afraid the march today will be the last protest for Hong Kong,” demonstrator Harley Chuk Kit-ying told the SCMP. “If I still chose not to come, then I would regret for a lifetime.”

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Protesters in Hong Kong pushed barriers and dumpsters into the streets early Monday morning in an apparent bid to block access to a symbolically important ceremony marking the anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The clashes at the government building forced Hong Kong’s leader to watch the annual commemoration of the handover from inside the city’s cavernous convention center instead of outside, according to Sky News.

HONG KONG’S LEADER APOLOGIZES AFTER EXTRADITION BILL FUELS MASSIVE PROTESTS

In an address after a flag-raising ceremony marking the anniversary of the handover, Lam said the recent series of protests and two marches that attracted hundreds of thousands of participants have taught her she needs to listen better to youth and people in general.

“This has made me fully realize that I, as a politician, have to remind myself all the time of the need to grasp public sentiments accurately,” she told the gathering. Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the extradition legislation through, has pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment.

She insisted her government has good intentions, but said “I will learn the lesson and ensure that the government’s future work will be closer and more responsive to the aspirations, sentiments and opinions of the community.”

Security guards pushed pro-democracy lawmaker Helena Wong out of the room as she shouted at Lam to resign and withdraw the “evil” legislation. She later told reporters she was voicing the grievances and opinions of the protesters, who could not get into the event.

The mass march on Monday was the third demonstration in three weeks after the bill fueled fears that China is eroding Hong Kong’s freedoms.

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Protesters flood the streets as they take part in a rally Monday, July 1, 2019, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Jimmy Sham, a leader of the pro-democracy group that organized the march, told the crowd that Lam had not responded to their demands because she is not democratically elected. The leader of Hong Kong is chosen by a committee dominated by pro-China elites.

“We know that Carrie Lam can be so arrogant,” Sham said, rallying the crowd under a blazing sun before the start of the march at Victoria Park. “She is protected by our flawed system.”

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Besides the controversial legislature, protestors are also demanding an independent inquiry into police actions during a June 12 protest, when officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a demonstration that blocked the legislature on the day that debate on the bill had been scheduled to resume.

Police have claimed the use of force was justified, but since then have largely adopted softer tactics, even as protesters besieged police headquarters in recent days, pelting it with eggs and spray-painting slogans on its outer walls.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Unidentified’ object reported over DMZ, South Korea says

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South Korea’s military say it has detected an “unidentified object” flying near the border with North Korea.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says its radar found “the traces of flight by an unidentified object” on Monday over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the two Koreas. It gave no further details.

CARLSON: TRUMP DOMINATED IN MEETING WITH KIM JONG UN

The DMZ is the world’s most heavily fortified border. The two Koreas have occasionally traded exchanges of gunfire before North Korea entered talks on its nuclear program.

The development came a day after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong met at the DMZ and agreed to resume working-level talks on the North’s nuclear program.

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The meeting between Trump and Kim, their third, happened in the western portion of the DMZ.

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Police hunt for 9-foot python that could heat a human loose in British city

A 9-foot reticulated python is reportedly slithering through a British city, sparking a massive police search for the reptile.

The snake, which is said to have the ability to eat a human, was first spotted near Lovell Road in Cambridge on Sunday. Cambridgeshire Police said they have tracked down the python’s owner, but have yet to locate the reptile.

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: ENORMOUS PYTHON SWALLOWS EVEN BIGGER PYTHON, BUT CAN’T HANDLE IT

The department tweeted Sunday: “In the early hours of this morning, Officers attended the area of Lovell Rd Cambridge. Reports of a three meter snake seen in the area.”

“Police have located the owner but not the Reticulated Python confirmed to be 9ft long. Any sighting please notify Cambs Police on 101,” Cambridgeshire Police wrote.

Reticulated pythons are known as the world’s longest snake, growing up to 31.5 feet long, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The species is native to Southeast Asia and is non-venomous. A python is a constrictor and kills its prey by coiling around it and squeezing.

While attacks on humans are rare, there have been reports of pythons eating humans in Indonesia in recent years.

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A reticulated python can grow up to 31.5 feet long. (iStock)

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The body of a 54-year-old woman was found inside a 23-foot long python in Indonesia last year. The woman had gone missing while in her garden, according to the BBC.

A year earlier, the body of a 25-year-old man was cut out of another 23-foot long python, the outlet reported.

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Trump, Kim will meet at DMZ on Sunday, South Korea’s leader says

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After days of speculation — and optimistic statements by the two leaders — President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone.

The confirmation came from South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a joint news conference with President Trump following their brief meeting in Seoul.

“President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula,” Moon said in announcing the plan.

“President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula.”

— South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Prior to the press conference, both Trump and Kim had expressed hopes that the meeting would be possible. But Trump said earlier Sunday that logistical and security issues still needed to be addressed.

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Trump is in South Korea visiting Moon after attending the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where he met with the leaders of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, among others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Trump meets top K-pop band during South Korea trip, Ivanka receives signed album copy

President Trump was greeted in South Korea by its president – and one of the country’s most popular K-pop bands.

Trump landed in South Korea Saturday following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan and said he will visit the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

But before that, Trump was treated with some K-pop diplomacy. After meeting with President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House, he was greeted by EXO, a pop group whose members gave the president a book.

AS G-20 CONCLUDES, TRUMP TELLS REPORTERS HE ‘MAY OR MAY NOT’ MEET WITH KIM IN NORTH KOREA

The group also gave a signed copy of their album to White House adviser Ivanka Trump and chatted with the president’s son in law Jared Kushner.

This wasn’t the first time Trump’s daughter met the group. Harry Harris, U.S. ambassador to South Korea, shared a group picture from Saturday, adding that the first time she met the group was during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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President Donald Trump, center, talks with guests including members of the band Exo during a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Trump is making a quick trip to Seoul after attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump floated the possibility of meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the DMZ, a trip he unexpectedly announced on Friday.

“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” he wrote in a tweet.

TRUMP-XI MEETING AT G-20 ‘WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED,’ US PRESIDENT SAYS

During a press conference in Japan earlier today, Trump said that he would be “very comfortable” to cross into North Korea after the meeting with Kim, a move which would make him the first U.S. president to cross the border while he’s at the DMZ.

He said his offer to meet Kim was a “feeler” and was a spontaneous plan who recently came up with.

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President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, pose for a photo during a visit to the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Trump is making a quick trip to Seoul after attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“I just put out a feeler, because I don’t know where he is right now, he may not be in North Korea,” Trump told reporters.

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“We may be meeting with Chairman Kim. We get along. There’ve been no nuclear tests, no long-range nuclear tests and they returned our hostages,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump’s surprise DMZ invite to Kim Jong Un ‘very interesting,’ North Korea official says

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The North Korean government reportedly found President Trump’s surprise Twitter invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ this weekend “very interesting.”

“We see it as a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received an official proposal,” Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said through North Korean state television Saturday, according to Reuters.

TRUMP OFFERS TO MEET KIM JONG UN AT NORTH KOREAN BORDER

Trump will leave the G-20 summit in Japan on Saturday to meet with President Moon Jae-in in South Korea.

On Friday, the president tweeted, “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Choe seemed intrigued by the possibility of a third Trump-Kim meeting, after previous sitdowns in Singapore last June and in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February.

“I am of the view that if the DPRK-U.S. summit meetings take place on the division line, as is intended by President Trump, it would serve as another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bilateral relations,” Choe said, according to Reuters.

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Since the Hanoi summit between the two leaders broke down earlier this year, Trump and Kim have exchanged personal letters that Trump has called “beautiful” and Kim has called “excellent.”

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Trump, Xi arrive for high-stakes G-20 meeting

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President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for a face-to-face meeting in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

The meeting between the two leaders at the G-20 summit is their first in seven months, although the two reportedly saw each other at a dinner for the Group of 20 leaders, where Trump said much was accomplished.

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Trump and Xi were expected to focus on issues including trade and a dispute over Huawei Technologies, according to Reuters

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Argentinian teen wakes from coma after falling ill in Dominican Republic

An Argentinian teen who was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic after falling into a coma while on vacation has woken up, according to media reports.

Candela Saccone, 15, was scheduled to leave the Carribean island on June 19 when she fell ill from a life-threatening diabetic condition while staying at a Punta Cana resort, Argentine news outlet Cronica reported. After several days in a coma, she was eventually taken off a ventilator once her health improved.

TOXICOLOGIST SAYS A COLORLESS, ODORLESS ‘INTOXICANT’ COULD BECAUSE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DEATHS

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Candela Saccone, 15, has been hospitalized in the Dominican Republic since June 19 after she became ill while on vacation. (Facebook)

“When they told us that she said a few words and got annoyed when they spoke to her, I said, ‘That’s my granddaughter!’” Saccone’s grandmother, Mónica Zanollo, told the outlet.

The New York Post reported the girl began experiencing symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and dehydration on the day she became sick. She was taken to a hospital and transferred to another in the capital of Santo Domingo.

A few days later, she slowly began to improve, Cronica reported.

“This breakthrough means that the doctors are doing things well and the progress is very important for us,” Zanollo said. “The truth is that the hospital staff has taken excellent care of the family, both at a medical level and at a human level.”

The teen’s family said they hope to bring her back to Argentina when she becomes stable.

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The health scare comes as the Carribean nation grapples with a slew of at least 12 American tourist deaths at resort areas and reports of visitors feeling mysteriously ill. The crisis has negatively impacted the country’s bread and butter tourism industry.

Flights to the island have plummeted 74 percent since reports of the deaths surfaced.

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Men beat, shave heads of mother-daughter duo who resists sexual assault as punishment

Police arrested two men in the sexual assault of an Indian mother and her daughter whose heads they shaved after they resisted rape Wednesday in northeastern Bihar, India.

A large group of men and a local official — who has not been identified— broke into their home, intending to molest the woman’s 22-year-old daughter on Wednesday, according to police.

THOUSANDS PROTEST RAPE OF 3-YEAR-OLD IN INDIAN KASHMIR

“I was alone with my mother around 6:30 in the evening when five men from the neighborhood forcefully entered the house and tried to molest me,” the daughter told NDTV. “When my mother and I protested, they started beating us with a stick and took us outside of the house.”

The women were then dragged into the streets and beaten by the men following the initial attack.

“We have been beaten very badly,”  the 50-year-old mother told the station. “I have injuries all over my body, and my daughter too has some injuries.”

The men, outraged by their failed attempt, then called a local barber who shaved the women’s heads as a punishment in front of the entire Bhagwanpur village after the mother-daughter duo tried to fight the men off.

GANG RAPE ON BUS TRIGGERS OUTRAGE, PROTESTS ACROSS INDIA

The daughter claims the local official has harassed her for the past several months in addition to this mob-style attack.

Police say they are actively searching for the five other men involved in this attack.

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RANUCHAYA MANCHA, KOLKATA, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA – 2019/06/09: Local residents hold a banner and placards during the protest. Local residents protested against the crime committed on Monika Mahato, a girl from purulia, who was brutally gang-raped, murdered and her body buried. They demand for justice and proper investigation. (Photo by Subhajit Naskar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The woman and her daughter’s attack came just months after a teenage girl was attacked with acid in April after trying to escape gang rape. Several months before, an Indian woman was set on fire by two men who had molested her just days before her death in December.

India’s record-high volumes of sexual violence incidents, and after the gang rape of a 23-year-old on a New Delhi bus in 2012, prompted law reform and triggered global outrage.

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Bihar State Women Commission Chairperson Dilmani Mishra said “further action” will be pursued in the most recent attack of the mother and her daughter.

Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Ruins of bridge in Italy demolished nearly a year after deadly collapse

The remnants of a bridge in Italy that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people, were finally torn down as a planned explosion cleared the structure in Genoa on Friday morning.

The Morandi Bridge, which linked the port city to a high-speed highway leading to the French Riviera and another highway leading to Milan, was brought down in a matter of a few seconds after a planned explosion went off at 9:37 a.m. local time.

Some 3,500 people who live nearby had been evacuated as a precaution on Thursday and before dawn on Friday. Before leaving, many had covered windows and doors with plastic sheeting in a bid to prevent dust from infiltrating their homes.

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A cloud of dust rises as the remaining spans of the Morandi bridge are demolished in a planned explosion, in Genoa, Italy, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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The blast was an effort to remove the remaining pillars and road that did not come down during the deadly August 14 collapse that killed 43 people last summer.

While officials have not yet named an official cause, the bridge, first built in 1967, had undergone tremendous stress from the 25 million vehicles that traveled it on average every year and sea air that heavily corroded the steel rods suspending the road, the BBC reported.

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Traffic and severe thunderstorms were likely catalysts as the bridge collapsed on the eve of Italy’s chief summer holiday, Ferragosto.

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Fire hoses spray water to reduce dust triggered by the planned blast which demolished the remaining spans of the Morandi bridge, in Genoa, Italy, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

World-famed architect Renzo Piano, a Genoa native, has designed a replacement bridge that will feature 43 lamps dotting the span in tribute to those who lost their lives.

Genoa Mayor Mario Bucci said engineers will check to see if the nearby apartment buildings are still sound after Friday’s explosion. If they give the all-clear, residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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