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Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYT

Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYTThe latest hunt for the remains of the plane of Amelia Earhart, the famed American aviatrix who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, has turned up nothing. The New York Times reported Tuesday that an extensive search conducted by a team led by Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreckage of the Titanic, had not turned up any evidence of Earhart’s aircraft. The National Geographic Channel, which sponsored the expedition, is to air a documentary about the search on Sunday.



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Kashmir hotels empty or shut as tourist restrictions lifted

Kashmir hotels empty or shut as tourist restrictions liftedIndia lifted on Thursday restrictions on tourists visiting Kashmir, but for hotels around the picturesque lake in Srinagar two months into a lockdown it was still far from business as usual. A few days later on August 5 New Delhi scrapped Indian-administered Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status, sent in tens of thousands of extra troops and imposed a lockdown. “Lifting the restrictions on tourists coming will not help until communications are restored,” Vishal Sharma, general manager of the five-star Taj Vivanta hotel told AFP.



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Empty supermarket shelves as Hong Kong shops close their doors amid protests

Empty supermarket shelves as Hong Kong shops close their doors amid protestsAn eery calm hung over Hong Kong on Saturday after businesses and metro stations were torched during a violent Friday night protest against a government ban on pro-democracy protesters wearing face masks. The city’s entire mass transit rail system, which normally carries 5 million passengers a day, was suspended on safety grounds, while shopping malls and high street stores remained empty and shuttered. The global financial hub remained peaceful but uneasy on the first day of a ban enacted by Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, using the Emergency Regulations Ordinance – a sweeping colonial-era law that allows the government to bypass the legislature during a time of public danger. Ms Lam introduced the unpopular measure on Friday in a bid to quell four months of anti-government protests, but tens of thousands immediately poured onto the streets in opposition. Demonstrations that spiraled into violent clashes and the shooting of a teenager by a plain clothes police officer under attack. In anticipation of more unrest, supermarkets closed their doors early on Saturday as residents rushed to stock up on dried and canned foods, emptying shelves. Early closures by the 7/11 convenience store chain, known to stay open during typhoons, was greeted by widespread surprise. Hong Kong riot police walk past the shuttered underground MTR station in the Sheung Shui Credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP At Jason’s, a normally bustling supermarket in downtown Kowloon, customers let out sighs of disappointment as they were denied entry. Views on the lockdown were mixed. One man named Francis, who had just stocked up on “spam” said he was angry that the protesters had turned into “rioters” and said he did not believe the mask ban was an infringement on freedoms. “We don’t know if the shops will be open tomorrow. This is a very sad time,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. We just don’t know what’s next.” However, Gigi, 32, who also did not wish to use her full name, said she blamed the government, not the protesters for the inconvenience of shop closures. Hong Kong crisis | Comment and analysis "If I go out tonight, it's not the protesters that I would be afraid of, it's the riot police, if you look at the action they've been taking in the past,” she said. "I support the protesters, like many people around my age. I feel that these inconveniences aren't an issue." On social media forums popular with the protesters, the broad consensus appeared to be in favour of a “rest day” on Saturday ahead of a renewed, “record-breaking” demonstration on Sunday. However, small wildcat protests broke out in Kowloon and Causeway Bay as hundreds came out to defy the ban in unsanctioned marches. In Kowloon, young people, mainly dressed in black, formed a human chain as they marched for several miles chanting pro-democracy slogans. “We are fighting against this law because it is contravening our freedoms,” said one young woman. The police did not intervene to stop the acts of resistance or to enforce the face mask law, although in Causeway Bay reports emerged of two young people being stopped and questioned but not detained. Addressing the city in a mid-afternoon broadcast, Carrie Lam used Friday night’s violence to justify her decision to invoke the emergency law for the first time since Hong Kong was ceded to China in 1997. “The extreme acts of the rioters brought dark hours to Hong Kong last night and half paralysed society today. Everyone is worried, anxious and even in fear,” she said. “The [Hong Kong] Government will curb the violence with the greatest determination. I appeal to everyone to support the [government] to stop the violence in accordance with the law and condemn violence together as well as dissociate from the rioters resolutely.”



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Trump White House spending $33 million to house ‘imaginary’ migrants at empty detention camp

Trump White House spending $  33 million to house ‘imaginary’ migrants at empty detention campDonald Trump’s administration has spent roughly $ 33m (£26.3m) in the past seven weeks to staff an immigrant detention centre for unaccompanied minors in Texas that has been completely empty since last month, according to officials.The last child left the Homestead detention centre on 3 August, and yet the sprawling facilities have reportedly remained staffed to house as many as 1,200 immigrants at once.



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Empty seats give Robert Mugabe fitting farewell in stadium funeral

Empty seats give Robert Mugabe fitting farewell in stadium funeralThey came in their thousands, but not – as hoped – in their tens of thousands. There were presidents and heads of government, but none from outside Africa. There was a fly past – but by only six planes. Robert Mugabe’s funeral was a subdued, low energy affair that reflected the host of conflicting emotions surrounding this most divisive of African statesman. It was a fitting send off for a man whose achievements as an African liberation hero and founding father of Zimbabwe will be forever marred by his legacy of economic collapse, international isolation, and political violence.   Harare's 60,000 seat Zimbabwe National Stadium was barely at a third of its capacity as Zimbabwe's military and civilian leadership, a small group of foreign dignitaries, and members of the Mugabe family paid their formal farewell to Mugabe at a five hour ceremony on Saturday. In one of the most discombobulating moments, President Emmerson Mnangagwa praised the man he betrayed and overthrew in a coup two years ago as "our revolutionary icon, statesman, leader, wartime commander, and former president." Robert Mugabe's coffin arrives for a state funeral at Harare's national stadium Credit:  Ben Curtis/AP He went on to pay tribute to Grace Mugabe, the late former president's widow and his political arch enemy, who sat silently throughout the ceremony. Serving and former presidents from Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, paid tribute to him as one of the last of a generation of pan African leaders and icons of the liberation struggle against colonialism. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago, the dictator of Equatorial Guinea who has run a brutal and kleptocratic regime since 1979, opened the tributes to Mugabe as a "true African icon in the liberation of the continent from colonialism." Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, said "he consistently demonstrated his steadfast commitment to our vision of the Africa we want." Large parts of the 60,000 seat stadium were empty during the ceremony  Credit: Themba Hadebe/AP The Chinese and Russian governments appointed their ambassadors to read out tributes rather than sending dignitaries.   The loudest reception from the crowd was for Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, who was booed throughout his speech until he issued an unreserved apology for the recent spate of attacks on migrant workers in South Africa, where thousands of Zimbabweans have moved to seek work.   At that point, the crowd switched to cheering. It was a rare moment of modern statesmanship in a day devoted to the past. After a 21 gun salute from the Zimbabwean army's howitzers and a flypast by six aircraft, the ceremony was over. There was no mention of his record of violence against opponents and allies alike, the thousands slaughtered in the massacres known as the Gukurahundi in the 1980s, or the vast wealth his family amassed while the country was reduced to penury.   In truth, most Zimbabweans are too preoccupied with day-to-day survival to give much thought to the man who liked to think of himself as their liberator. Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa pays his last respects to Robert Mugabe Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters The country is in the midst of an economic crisis that has seen running water cut off, electricity reduced to just a few hours a day, and the price of essentials from bread to petrol surge beyond the reach of most ordinary people. Biggie Mutendozora, 45, father of three and a barber, who lives in a working class Harare suburb and stayed away from the funeral, said he disliked Mr Mugabe, but “I do not want to speak bad of the dead." He added: "We got nothing except we all became poor. He was not a good leader." Even those who attended the funeral were preoccupied with daily struggles – although they tended to blame Mr Mnangagwa rather than his predecessor. “When he left office, bread was at two dollars a loaf. Transport was affordable, food was affordable. Right now we are all suffering,” said Fadzai Mutasa, a 42 year old from Harare who attended the funeral. She rejected the suggestion that she was attending as a kind of protest against president Mnangagwa, saying she had come only to pay tribute to Mugabe's "good works." Grace Mugabe walks to pay her last respects to her late husband Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters But she then added: “Mugabe would understand when the people were suffering. The current leadership must hear the challenges facing the people – like he did.” It was a sentiment echoed by Itai Chikwenga, 30, who said she credited Mr Mugabe for improving womens’ rights,  then said: "Bread is now 10 dollars. Robert Mugabe would have said “enough is enough, make it one dollar. And it would have been one dollar.” Mugabe may get a less ambivalent reception when his body is flown to his home village of Kutama, a 90 minute drive northwest of Harare for a wake on Sunday. The extended Mugabe family and their neighbours have spent the past week putting up marquees and arranging seating and catering for thousands. Mugabe, who lavished spending on the local Catholic school where he studied as a child, is well respected here. But unease and confusion are following Mugabe literally to the grave.   Mourners hold a portrait of Robert Mugabe Credit: Ben Curtis/AP His body will not be laid to rest for a month, while a mausoleum is constructed at the Heroes Acre national monument, a cemetery where he himself insisted on burying liberation war heroes, including his first wife Sally. His family had wanted to bury him closer to Zvimba, where his mothers and brothers are buried in a patch of rocky ground in a secluded copse. Here there is no fence, no bombastic North-Korean designed monolith, and no armed guards. Only a cluster of black marble headstones shielded from the sun by swaying Massasa trees. In front of his mother and brothers, there is an unused plot just the right size for another modest grave. It is a place where you can imagine a divisive spirit might find rest. But there is no sign of digging.



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One empty chair at G-7 climate meeting: Trump's

One empty chair at G-7 climate meeting: Trump'sU.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France, leaving an empty chair as global power brokers debated how to help the fire-ravaged Amazon and reduce carbon emissions. Trump was scheduled to attend Monday's session on climate, biodiversity and oceans at the G-7 summit in Biarritz , but didn't. French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit host, said Trump's aides were there instead.



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Tip on Canada murder suspects turns up empty: police

Tip on Canada murder suspects turns up empty: policeCanadian police on Monday said they have not found two murder suspects in an area of northern Manitoba they had searched for 24 hours after receiving a tip on the teenagers’ possible location. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Sunday announced they had sent numerous officers to the indigenous community of York Landing to investigate a possible sighting of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, who are suspects in three murders. The Royal Canadian Air Force also assisted, but “after a thorough & exhaustive search, #rcmpmb has not been able to substantiate the tip in York Landing,” Manitoba RCMP said on Twitter.



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Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flight

Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flightAir Canada has launched an investigation after a woman was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams described waking up “all alone” on a “cold, dark” aircraft after flying from Quebec to Toronto earlier this month.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Air Canada confirmed the incident took place, but declined to comment on how Ms Adams may have been overlooked as its staff disembarked.“We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told the Associated Press. Ms Adams said she called a friend after waking up but her phone ran out of battery around a minute into the call and she could not recharge it because the power to the plane was off.She said: “I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually tried to exit the aircraft, but found herself 50ft above the ground with no way down.She said she then used her torch to send out “sos signals” but no one saw them, so she leaned out of the aircraft and called over a passing member of the ground crew, who was able to get her out.In her post, she said Air Canada personnel asked if she was OK and whether she would like a limo and hotel, but she declined the offer.She said representatives of the airline apologised and said they would investigate.“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.Responding to her post on Facebook, Air Canada said it was surprised to hear the story and “very concerned,” and asked Ms Adams to send a private message with her flight details.“We’ll take a look into it,” the airline wrote.



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Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty plane

Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty planeA woman has claimed she was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams took a 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto on 9 June.Ms Adams fell asleep during the journey but woke up to find the aircraft empty, cleared and parked in Toronto.She had somehow been left inside the dark plane, which appeared to have been locked for the night.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Ms Adams described her ordeal as “terrifying” and said she thought she was having a bad dream.The stranded passenger called a friend but her phone died around a minute into the call. Ms Adams then attempted to charge the phone but found that the plane’s power had been switched off.“I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap,” she said.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually made her way to the aircraft’s main door.She eventually opened the door, only to find herself around 50 ft above ground and unable to negotiate the drop beneath her.The passenger said she sat with her legs dangling out of the aircraft while sending out distress signals with her torch.Ms Adams said she was unable to tell how much time had passed before she saw a man driving a luggage cart, who passed the plane.She said she flagged the startled airport employee down, saying he was “in shock” to see her. “He [asked] how the heck they left me on the plane,” Ms Adams said, describing her rescue.“I’m wondering the same.”The man then accompanied Ms Adams to the airport building, where she was met by Air Canada representatives.Ms Adams said being forgotten on the plane had left her with recurring “night terrors”.She said she struggled to sleep and would wake “anxious and afraid [she was] locked up someplace dark”.An airline spokesperson confirmed the account and told The Independent that Air Canada was reviewing the incident and remained in contact with the passenger.



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Buttigieg suggests Pence offered him empty praise when he came out

Buttigieg suggests Pence offered him empty praise when he came out“People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor tweeted.



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