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New York City Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Possible Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here's What To Know

New York City Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Possible Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here's What To KnowSome Jewish neighborhoods of New York City will see an increase in police presence after a string of recent anti-semitic attacks.



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Merkel Downplays Chinese Threats Over Huawei’s 5G Presence

Merkel Downplays Chinese Threats Over Huawei’s 5G Presence(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed any public threats from China should her government issue a ban on equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. from the country’s fifth-generation network.“Nothing has been communicated to me in terms of pressure from Chinese state actors,“ Merkel told lawmakers in a question-and-answer session in the Bundestag on Wednesday.Chinese ambassador Wu Ken last week said that a Huawei ban would result in consequences and cited German auto sales in the Asian giant’s market.Merkel, who is trying to strike a balance between trade ties with China and hardliners warning about potential security risks from Huawei’s ties to the Beijing government, stuck to her position of opposing a ban.“My position is not to say at the very beginning that one single company is completely out of the question,”Merkel said. “But on the other hand, not to be blind. So, we must have an eye on the trust aspect.”The German government is thrashing out 5G security standards with lawmakers in the Bundestag in negotiations that are likely to stretch into next year. Legislators from across Merkel’s coalition presented a draft bill last week that would impose a full ban on any “untrustworthy” vendors — taking direct aim at Huawei.Peter Beyer, a senior lawmaker in Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said earlier on Wednesday that a draft would be finalized at the beginning of 2020 and have to take into account trade interests as well as national security. But he said there was reason to be wary of Huawei as as a factor in cybersecurity.“We have a lot of information from our intelligence services that makes us a little uneasy,” Beyer, who has been critical of Huawei, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net;Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Russia says U.S. presence in Syria illegal, protects oil smugglers

Russia says U.S. presence in Syria illegal, protects oil smugglersRussia’s defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday Washington would send armored vehicles and troops to the Syrian oil fields in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of Islamic State militants.



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Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fear

Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fearAn armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones. The agent in the olive-green uniform freely stepped in and out of the room where a woman was taken by ambulance after throwing up and fainting while being detained on an immigration violation, according to advocates who witnessed the scene. The presence of immigration authorities is becoming increasingly common at health care facilities around the country, and hospitals are struggling with where to draw the line to protect patients' rights amid rising immigration enforcement in the Trump administration.



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Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent as Beijing Beefs Up Troop Presence

Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent as Beijing Beefs Up Troop PresenceChina has doubled the number of troops in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests there escalated over the weekend.About 12,000 Chinese troops are now stationed in Hong Kong, according to reports. The semi-independent territory's citizens have protested all summer, sometimes engaging in violent clashes with police, against what they say is stifling authoritarianism from China.Over a dozen people have been injured and over 150 arrested, during the 17th consecutive weekend of protests, police said.The demonstrations were originally sparked by outrage over an extradition law that Hong Kong residents say would allow Chinese authorities to effectively “kidnap” them on little evidence and force them to face the court process in mainland China. The concern over the law soon ballooned into fear that China plans to throw out its “One Country, Two Systems” policy regarding Hong Kong.Last month, about 5,000 protesters swarmed Hong Kong International Airport, causing the major travel hub to shut down and cancel all flights.The latest protests over the weekend were peaceful at first and meant to celebrate five years of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, but they quickly turned ugly, protesters starting street fires and throwing bricks on government buildings and petrol bombs while police responded with force. Protesters sang their anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," and chanted "Fight for Freedom; Liberate Hong Kong" during the demonstrations.Police said they used a warning shot of live ammunition against protesters in Wan Chai after police were "surrounded and attacked by a large group of violent protesters." Police also shot tear gas and a water cannon filled with blue dye at demonstrators, which is meant to make them easier to spot later.The weekend's particularly violent spate of protests come just before the mainland celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday.China previously vowed a severe response to the demonstrations, saying protesters were engaging in “terrorist activities.”



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Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the Gulf

Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the GulfBritain is sending another warship to the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation, the defence minister said on Saturday, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region. Tensions have risen between Iran and Britain after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker last month.



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UPDATE 1-U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity -Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chief

UPDATE 1-U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity -Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chiefThe presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency. Tensions have spiked between Iran and the U.S. and Britain in the Gulf after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone in June and seized a British tanker last month for violating maritime regulations. Iran seized the tanker two weeks after British Royal Marines detained an Iranian tanker on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.



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The Latest: Israel military beefs up presence on Gaza border

The Latest: Israel military beefs up presence on Gaza borderJERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local):



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Iraqi president hits back at Trump over US army presence

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over US army presenceBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask for Iraq's permission to do so.



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Iran says U.S. presence in Syria was a mistake from the start

Iran says U.S. presence in Syria was a mistake from the startIran said that the U.S. military presence in Syria had been “a mistake, illogical and a source of tension”, in Tehran’s first reaction to President Donald Trump’s planned pull-out. Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, saying on Wednesday they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country. “From the start, the entry and presence of American forces in the region has been a mistake, illogical and a source of tension, and a main cause of instability,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state media on Saturday.



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