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In Kashmir's main city, only a few celebrate India's Independence Day

In Kashmir's main city, only a few celebrate India's Independence DayIndia tightened security on Thursday in disputed Kashmir, sealing off many roads with barbed wire in the main city of Srinagar, as government officials and security forces held an Independence Day parade attended by only a few local people. Streets were empty outside the Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium, where the event was held, with most residents of the city keeping indoors as a travel and communications blockade in Indian-controlled Kashmir entered its 11th day. India’s crackdown followed a decision to strip the mainly Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir of the right to set some of its own laws, a move that has prompted sporadic protests in the past week.



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Founder of banned Hong Kong independence party arrested: police source

Founder of banned Hong Kong independence party arrested: police sourceThe founder of a banned Hong Kong independence party has been arrested in a raid where offensive weapons and explosives were found, a senior police source told AFP Friday, as the city reels from weeks of anti-government protests. In a statement, police said eight people — seven men and one woman — were arrested at an industrial building on Thursday evening in the district of Sha Tin on charges of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of explosives without a licence.



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Venezuela Independence Day marked by rival rallies, UN rebuke

Venezuela Independence Day marked by rival rallies, UN rebukeVenezuela’s Independence Day was marked by rival rallies Friday, led by opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicholas Maduro, who waged a war of words even as the UN warned of eroded rule of law in the country. The crowd that gathered to hear the center-right leader, who in January declared himself acting president in a direct challenge to Maduro’s authority, was markedly smaller than those at the beginning of the year. The country was observing the July 5 holiday celebrating its 1811 Declaration of Independence.



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On Venezuelan independence day, Maduro calls for dialogue as Guaido slams 'dictatorship'

On Venezuelan independence day, Maduro calls for dialogue as Guaido slams 'dictatorship'Speaking to a gathering of top military officials, Maduro reiterated his support for a negotiation process mediated by Norway between his socialist government and Guaido, the leader of the opposition-held National Assembly who argues Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a fraud.



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Heatwave and Wildfires in Alaska as Temperatures Hit 90 Degrees On Independence Day

Heatwave and Wildfires in Alaska as Temperatures Hit 90 Degrees On Independence DayClimate scientists and meteorologists warn that high Alaska temperatures and larger fires are another sign of worsening severe weather



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On Venezuelan independence day, Maduro calls for dialogue as Guaido slams 'dictatorship'

On Venezuelan independence day, Maduro calls for dialogue as Guaido slams 'dictatorship'Speaking to a gathering of top military officials, Maduro reiterated his support for a negotiation process mediated by Norway between his socialist government and Guaido, the leader of the opposition-held National Assembly who argues Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a fraud.



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Suicides rock Hong Kong protest movement as despair grows over city's independence

Suicides rock Hong Kong protest movement as despair grows over city's independenceA lone man in a yellow raincoat stood on top of the scaffolding at a mall in central Hong Kong.  Nearby was his banner: “Make love no shoot! No extradition to China!” For hours, police tried to talk Leung down but at around 9pm the 35-year-old jumped to his death, missing the inflatable mattress the officers had prepared to catch him. In the fortnight since two more protesters have also killed themselves. At the site of Mr Leung's death, white flowers and encouraging notes form an impromptu memorial to the deceased. One reads "Believe in our youth! Believe in our people!" But the deaths are a disturbing consequence of anti-government protests that continue to rock the former British colony – after the marches, the peaceful demonstrations and the ransacking of parliament, a handful of citizens are committing suicide in the ultimate statement of desperation. A woman cleans up a makeshift memorial near government headquarters in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Credit: AP “People are losing their hope, thinking there’s not much we can do to change,” said Alvin Yeung, a lawmaker who has engaged in suicide prevention efforts this week. “It’s the political environment over the past few years that drove them to this point.” As more people call suicide hotlines, message their MP or post online of their despair, the city is on high alert. Volunteers have been dispatched to hunt for people at risk. On Wednesday, at least two who had contemplated suicide were found before they could act.  On the surface the city's normal pace has resumed, with workers sent to fix the parliament building seized on Monday night, but a spate of arrests in connection to the protests has fuelled a widespread sense of anguish. Some citizens have begun hunger strikes. Others offer free hugs to boost spirits.   Meanwhile the protesters’ demands have grown, articulated in signs that continue to pop up despite the city’s efforts to clear them. A 91-word message scrawled in red on the wall by a woman surnamed Lo, 21, who fell to her death last Saturday, called for the complete withdrawal of the extradition proposal that ignited the protests; demonstrations not to be labelled as riots – a charge that carries a 10-year prison sentence; the release of arrested student demonstrators; the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and for the police to be punished for excessive force. Protesters hold up a yellow raincoat to pay tribute to a citizen who killed himself during the anti extradition bill demonstrations Credit: AFP “I hope to exchange my life for the fulfilment of two million people’s wishes,” she wrote, referring to the number of people protest organisers estimate have taken to the streets in recent weeks. “Please continue to persevere, you all.” Less than 24 hours later, a woman surnamed Wu, 29, jumped from an overpass after leaving a message on social media. “Hong Kong, add oil. I wish I could see you all achieve victory in the end. I am sorry I can’t attend the march tomorrow on 1 July because I have given up completely. I feel that there is no tomorrow, I am tired. I don’t want to fight for tomorrow anymore,” she wrote. “I think I would be marginalised by society.” “There is a frustration and anger among our young people,” said Paul Yip Siu-fai, director of the centre for suicide research and prevention at the University of Hong Kong. They feel “nothing has changed, so some of them, they do resort to these extreme measures.” Hong Kong protests: riot police baton charge and fire tear gas to clear demonstrations at parliament, in pictures “At the same time we have to understand them, their concerns, why they are doing this,” he said, in efforts to prevent more deaths. Hong Kong has long enjoyed greater freedoms than the mainland, as guaranteed in the 1997 agreement by which Britain handed over the territory to Beijing. But residents worry about the loss of their liberties as the ruling Communist Party exerts greater influence. Whether the largely organic protests – pulled together by many different groups – will remain cohesive through the summer months remains to be seen. But the calls for the government to respond have only become louder in the wake of the suicides.  Such deaths are “unprecedented,” said Mr Yeung. “She has every capacity to fix the problem, but Carrie Lam [Hong Kong’s chief executive] stays silent and is nowhere to be seen…. Nobody dares to step up and calm people down.” And unless Beijing undertakes serious reform the concern is that the unrest is here to stay. Indeed, Hong Kong has been continually disrupted by protests every few years, each movement bigger and more violent than the last. “Beijing has to understand that Hong Kong is a very unique place. It is a free society,” said Mr Yeung. “There are seeds of democracy planted in the minds of everyone – especially young ones.”  Additional reporting by Yiyin Zhong



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Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishop

Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishopISTANBUL (AP) — The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church.



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President cheers as Ukraine on cusp of church independence

President cheers as Ukraine on cusp of church independencePoroshenko’s comments came after the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, home to the global spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, announced it had drafted a constitutional charter for an “autocephalous”, or self-governing, Ukrainian church. Ukraine’s push to create an independent church has incensed Moscow at a time of escalating crisis between the two neighbors following Russia’s capture of three Ukrainian vessels that Kiev fears may be a precursor to a full-scale invasion. Relations collapsed following Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and the outbreak of a Kremlin-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people.



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Senate race in Indiana tests 'Hoosier' independence from Trump

Senate race in Indiana tests 'Hoosier' independence from TrumpIncumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly and his Republican challenger, Mike Braun, are suddenly locked in a tight Senate race.



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