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Hong Kong protesters apologise after violence in airport

Hong Kong protesters apologise after violence in airportHong Kong protesters yesterday apologised for "over-reacting" during heated clashes at the city's airport where suspected Chinese spies were detained and beaten by some demonstrators. Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s international airport on Wednesday after Tuesday's stand off ended in violent confrontations between pro-democracy protesters and riot police. Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday after activists blocked the terminal and clashed with police in chaotic scenes that saw officers fire pepper spray and one draw his gun. “It is not our intention to cause delays to your travels,” read a formal statement issued by protesters on Wednesday night, “we ask for your understanding and forgiveness as young people in Hong Kong continue to fight for freedom.” "After months of prolonged resistance, we are frightened, angry and exhausted," it continued. "Some of us have become easily agitated and over-reacted last night." Beijing seized on the chaotic scenes to condemn the protesters on Wednesday for “near-terrorism” at Hong Kong airport, denouncing them for “violent acts” after they surrounded two men, fuelled by suspicions that they were undercover police or spies.  It later emerged that one was a traveller at the airport, and the other, a reporter for China’s Global Times newspaper, a state media outlet controlled by the Communist Party. China has ramped up its rhetoric of the protests lately, sending ominous signals that military and police officers were ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to restore order.  On Wednesday the US State Department said it was concerned about movements of Chinese forces on the border and urged Beijing to honor the territory's autonomy. "The United States is deeply concerned by reports of Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border," a spokesperson said. "The United States strongly urges Beijing to adhere to its commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration to allow Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of autonomy." China on Wednesday denied requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, the Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday. The USS Green Bay, an amphibious dock landing ship, was to stop in Hong Kong on Saturday, while the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie planned a port call there next month. Early this month, Beijing demanded that US diplomats based in Hong Kong "stop interfering" in the city's affairs, after reports that they met with pro-democracy activists. US President Donald Trump, however, faced criticism at home on Tuesday for avoiding harsh words over Beijing's response to the protesters, who object to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous global financial center. A US Navy ship last visited Hong Kong in April. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted Tuesday: “Concerning to see what’s happening in Hong Kong and the worrying pictures of clashes between police & protesters at the airport. As I said to Carrie Lam during my call last week, we condemn the violence & encourage constructive dialogue to find a peaceful way forward.”  Hong Kong protests | Read more And on Tuesday the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law. Security at the airport was tighter than usual on Wednesday and authorities had obtained an injunction preventing any further protests at the site, although there were doubts as to its efficacy. Some entrances were closed and armed police patrolled by check-in counters in the departures hall. Airlines were working to rebook thousands of stranded passengers after hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled this week after demonstrators flooded the departures terminal and arrivals hall. A handful of demonstrators remained on Wednesday but operations otherwise largely returned to normal.  The protesters sat on the ground sharing snacks and waving posters, some of which apologised for the disruption. The airport has been flooded by activists since last Friday as they argue it is the last safe refuge from tear gas, which cannot be fired inside without hitting foreign tourists.  Last weekend, violence escalated significantly when riot police fired tear gas into a subway station. “It is as a last resort that we have moved the protest to the airport,” demonstrators said in a statement.  “After months of prolonged resistance, we are frightened, angry and exhausted. Some of us have become easily agitated and over-reacted last night. For this we feel pained and dispirited and would like to express our most sincere apologies.”  British comedian Bill Bailey was caught up in the chaos with his family while on a layover from Bali back to London. At HK airport tonight , protesters were concerned for our safety, they offered water and apologised for the inconvenience. Police arrived try to enter Terminal 1 but were hugely outnumbered and retreated . Riot police turned up and it kicked off— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) August 13, 2019 "I think the scale of protests is extraordinary," he told The Telegraph. "We've been coming to Hong Kong for over 20 years now; I've worked here, and we've never seen anything like it." “Everyone’s been good natured, very polite, very respectful. Protesters came up to us and offered us food and drink, and said 'sorry you’ve had to wait,' and are constantly apologising for the inconvenience, hoping that we understand.” Hong Kong is facing its worst political crisis since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule. Millions first came to the streets against an extradition proposal that would have sent people to face trial in mainland China, where the Communist Party controls the courts.  Anger has risen steadily against city leaders for failing to make any concessions and the police for escalating crowd-control tactics, shooting tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds ending almost all protest in violence. Last night Hong Kong police fired teargas at hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a police station in the residential area of Sham Shui Po in Kowloon. Witnesses at the scene saw police shoot several rounds with little warning at demonstrators who had been shining laser beams at the police station and burning joss papers on the roadside.



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Trump demands congresswomen he subjected to racist tweets apologise to US and Israel

Trump demands congresswomen he subjected to racist tweets apologise to US and IsraelDonald Trump has once again attacked the four Democratic congresswomen he launched racist tweets at last week, demanding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley apologise “for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,” the president wrote in a Sunday morning tweet. “They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”He added, “They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”The latest tweets arrived after an extraordinary rebuke of the president’s racist attacks against the four congresswomen of colour — colloquially known as “the squad” — last week, in which the US House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning Mr Trump’s “racist comments.”Mr Trump tweeted that the four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their countries, despite the fact the congresswomen are all US citizens and all but one were born in the US (Ms Omar emigrated to the US from Somalia as a refugee twenty-three years ago).The resolution passed by a 240-187 vote, marking an embarrassing moment for Mr Trump despite carrying no legal repercussions. The Democrats were joined by Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick, Fred Upton, Will Hurd and Susan Brooks. Justin Amash, who left the Republican party months after becoming the its sole member of Congress to back an impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump, also backed the measure. Democrats saved one of the day’s most passionate moments until near the end. “I know racism when I see it,” said John Lewis of Georgia, whose skull was fractured at the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. > I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 21, 2019“At the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism,” he added.Before the showdown roll call, Mr Trump characteristically plunged forward with time-tested insults. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave !” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.The president was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other top Republicans in trying to redirect the focus from Trump’s original tweets, which for three days have consumed Washington and drawn widespread condemnation. Instead, they tried playing offense by accusing the four congresswomen — among the Democrats’ most left-leaning members and ardent Trump critics — of socialism, an accusation that’s already a central theme of the GOP’s 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.Underscoring the stakes, Republicans formally objected after Nancy Pelosi said during a floor speech that Mr Trump’s tweets were “racist.” Led by Doug Collins, Republicans moved to have her words stricken from the record, a rare procedural rebuke.After a delay exceeding 90 minutes, Steny Hoyer said Ms Pelosi had indeed violated a House rule against characterising an action as racist. Mr Hoyer was presiding after Emanuel Cleaver stormed away from the presiding officer’s chair, lamenting, “We want to just fight,” apparently aimed at Republicans. Even so, Democrats flexed their muscle and the House voted afterward by party line to leave Ms Pelosi’s words intact in the record.Mr Trump took a positive view of the vote on Twitter, saying it was “so great” that only four Republicans had crossed party lines and noting the procedural rebuke of Ms Pelosi. “Quite a day!” he wrote.Some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have agreed that Mr Trump’s words were racist, but on Tuesday party leaders insisted they were not and accused Democrats of using the resulting tumult to score political points. Among the few voices of restraint, Mitch McConnell said Mr Trump wasn’t racist, but he also called on leaders “from the president to the speaker to the freshman members of the House” to attack ideas, not the people who espouse them.“There’s been a consensus that political rhetoric has gotten way, way heated across the political spectrum,” said the Republican leader from Kentucky, breaking his own two days of silence on Mr Trump’s attacks.Hours earlier, Mr Trump tweeted, “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” He wrote that House Republicans should “not show ‘weakness’” by agreeing to a resolution he labelled “a Democrat con game.”Additional reporting by AP



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Police apologise for sending officers in blackface to impersonate black drug dealers

Police apologise for sending officers in blackface to impersonate black drug dealersOne night in February 1993, Frankie Caruso and another white Baton Rouge detective darkened their faces to impersonate black drug dealers, as part of what was then characterised as a successful sting operation. The blackface operation, which current officials said had been approved by the Police Department, drew swift condemnation this week from the city’s mayor and its police chief. “Blackface photographs are inappropriate and offensive,” Police Chief Murphy J Paul Jr said in a statement on Monday.



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Michelle Wolf has nothing to apologise for. Her critics do, though

Michelle Wolf has nothing to apologise for. Her critics do, thoughLet me tell you a few deplorable things that happened in America this weekend. What is in absolutely no way deplorable or shocking or outrageous or unacceptable is a joke about eye shadow. “I think [Sanders is] very resourceful,” Wolf said about the White House press secretary.



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African Union demands Donald Trump apologise for 'sh**hole' comments

African Union demands Donald Trump apologise for 'sh**hole' commentsThe African Union, representing all 55 nations in the continent, has demanded that Donald Trump apologise for his alleged “sh**hole countries” remarks. In a blistering statement, the union’s diplomatic mission in Washington also accused Mr Trump of dishonouring America by supposedly using foul language to describe Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations during a discussion about immigration. The Washington Mission of the African Union said the US President didn’t just need to apologise to Africans, he should be saying sorry to all people of African descent, all over the world.



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Utah detective who arrested nurse for refusing to take blood from unconscious patient now wants to apologise

Utah detective who arrested nurse for refusing to take blood from unconscious patient now wants to apologiseThe police officer who dragged a screaming nurse to jail after she refused to take blood from an unconscious patient has said he wants to apologise to her, according to his lawyer. Shocking video surfaced earlier this month showing Utah nurse Alex Wubbels calmly stating hospital policy that prevented her from drawing a blood sample without a warrant—before Detective Jeff Payne lost his patience and arrested her.



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Alex Jones: InfoWars radio host forced to apologise to Chobani yoghurt boss

Alex Jones: InfoWars radio host forced to apologise to Chobani yoghurt bossRight-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he has settled a lawsuit filed by Greek yoghurt giant Chobani, despite previous claims that he would never back down in the defamation case. Mr Jones read a brief statement at the end of his radio show on Wednesday saying he had retracted previous stories and tweets about Chobani. Chobani had argued in its lawsuit that Mr Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children.



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