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Hong Kong Police Ban Mass March After Subway Station Fire

Hong Kong Police Ban Mass March After Subway Station Fire(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong police banned a planned Sunday march and gathering called by the organizer of some of the city’s biggest protests, days after demonstrators set fire to a central subway station as the pro-democracy movement carries on into autumn.Police Commissioner Stephen Lo on Thursday cited violence around previous protests in the city — with some demonstrators vandalizing public installations, blocking roads and setting fires, which caused injuries to protesters, officers and journalists — in making the decision, according to a letter of objection issued to the Civil Human Rights Front. Police also said Sunday’s location was close to “high-risk buildings” that could be subject to violence, including central government offices, the letter said.Co-vice convener Bonnie Leung told journalists that the group was appealing. Police said the result would be made known on Friday afternoon.The ban is the second issued to CHRF by police since it began organizing mass rallies in early June. Their events have been largely peaceful, though smaller groups of protesters have broken off and engaged in clashes with police in the hours following them, while violence has also marred some of the now near-daily protests organized by demonstrators online.“In the past three months, most gatherings that were originally peaceful were easily hijacked by violent protesters and turned into large-scale clashes in no time,” acting assistant district commander Kwok Chun-kit said at a regular police briefing. “The police has long respected the public’s right to peaceful procession and freedom expression, but it also has social responsibility to maintain public security and safety.”Some verbal and physical scuffles broke out during an afternoon sing-off between groups singing the Chinese national anthem and others who were pro-democracy and singing “Glory to Hong Kong,” which some demonstrators see as Hong Kong’s anthem, at the centrally located IFC mall, according to footage broadcast on Cable TV.Hong Kong on Aug. 31 saw one of its worst days of violence since the movement began, as thousands of people came out in defiance of a prior ban on a planned CHRF demonstration. People threw bricks and Molotov cocktails, setting fire to a huge road block in the city center. Police cautioned residents in some areas to stay inside as they used “appropriate force” to disperse the crowds.Small pockets of demonstrators also set fires, vandalized train stations and erected barricades in the city center this past Sunday — including setting fire to an entrance at Central station, in a glitzy business and shopping area — after a peaceful march by tens of thousands of people to the U.S. consulate in a bid to appeal to President Donald Trump.To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Colin KeatingeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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So…Why Did This Underwater Data Station Suddenly Just Disappear?

So...Why Did This Underwater Data Station Suddenly Just Disappear?The scientific instruments have vanished. Only questions remain.



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Residents, protesters converge on Mong Kok Police Station to vent anger at Hong Kong officers

Residents, protesters converge on Mong Kok Police Station to vent anger at Hong Kong officersThe tense scene followed a stand-off earlier near Tamar Park in Admiralty.



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Residents, protesters converge on Mong Kok Police Station to vent anger at Hong Kong officers

Residents, protesters converge on Mong Kok Police Station to vent anger at Hong Kong officersThe tense scene followed a stand-off earlier near Tamar Park in Admiralty.



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International Space Station crew relocates Soyuz capsule

International Space Station crew relocates Soyuz capsuleThe crew of the International Space Station on Monday successfully relocated a Soyuz space capsule to another docking port to facilitate the rendezvous with another spacecraft. The maneuver followed Saturday’s failed docking of the unmanned Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft. The docking attempt was aborted due to a suspected glitch linked to an automated control system on board the space station.



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Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space stationA Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russia’s first humanoid robot on Saturday failed to dock automatically with the international space station, Moscow news agencies reported. Live broadcast of the event on the Russian space agency Roscosmos was interrupted with the Soyuz spacecraft about 100 metres (109 yards) off the ISS. The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station.



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Hong Kong activists showed up to clean up a train station after violent clashes there with police

Hong Kong activists showed up to clean up a train station after violent clashes there with policeHong Kongers on Monday returned to the scene of clashes between police and protesters — except this time, they came armed with cleaning supplies.



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Mob of teens surrounds police station, tries to break out their drunken friend

Mob of teens surrounds police station, tries to break out their drunken friendThe incident occurred Thursday night in the town of Starnberg after a boy was denied entry to a high school graduation party.



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Afghan radio station shuts down after threats by suspected Taliban

Afghan radio station shuts down after threats by suspected TalibanA private radio station in Afghanistan has shut down after numerous threats from a suspected Taliban commander who objected to women working as presenters, officials at the radio station said on Monday. The incident comes as the Taliban are discussing a peace deal with the United States that could see them re-joining mainstream society, and that has brought new scrutiny of their attitudes to issues like women’s rights and the media. The private radio station, Samaa, has been broadcasting political, religious, social and entertainment programs in the central province of Ghazni since 2013.



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Girl recalls poor care in Texas border station

Girl recalls poor care in Texas border stationFor almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. El Paso, Texas, attorney Taylor Levy, who worked with the girl’s family, said she and her sister were separated from their aunt when they arrived in the U.S. on May 23. The children, from Central America, were put in the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, Levy said.



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