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Pentagon reveals details, video of fast, violent raid that killed ISIS leader Baghdadi

Pentagon reveals details, video of fast, violent raid that killed ISIS leader BaghdadiThe general who oversaw the operation said the raid killed six ISIS fighters, including Bagdhadi.



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UPDATE 6-PM Hariri resigns as Lebanon crisis turns violent

UPDATE 6-PM Hariri resigns as Lebanon crisis turns violentSaad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday, declaring he had hit a “dead end” in trying to resolve a crisis unleashed by huge protests against the ruling elite and plunging the country deeper into turmoil. Hariri addressed the nation after a mob loyal to the Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah and Amal movements attacked and destroyed a protest camp set up by anti-government demonstrators in Beirut.



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More than a dozen police killed in ambush in violent Mexican state

More than a dozen police killed in ambush in violent Mexican stateSuspected cartel hitmen shot dead more than a dozen police in an ambush in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said on Monday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office. The ministry for public security said the attack was carried out in the municipality of Aguililla in Michoacan, a state that has long been convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, notably the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies. The federal public security ministry said 14 police were killed, though its Michoacan state counterpart reported that 13 officers were confirmed dead and three injured.



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Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests

Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protestsHong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long weekend, with its metro rail system only partially functioning and authorities warning residents they may have trouble commuting due to widespread vandalism of infrastructure. The Chinese-ruled city braced for more demonstrations through the week and embattled leader Carrie Lam was due to address the media at a weekly news conference on Tuesday morning after the most violent clashes in around four months of anti-government unrest. The protests, which show no sign of abating, pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.



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Iraq Set to Join China’s Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government Unrest

Iraq Set to Join China’s Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government UnrestIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi announced during a state visit to Beijing on Sept. 23 that Iraq will sign on to China’s “Belt and Road” international infrastructure project, according to the Asia Times.“Iraq has gone through war and civil strife and is grateful to China for its valuable support,” Mahdi said during a visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, trade between the two countries recently exceeded $ 30 billion.“China would like, from a new starting point together with Iraq, to push forward the China-Iraq strategic partnership,” Xi stated. He said the two countries would collaborate on oil and infrastructure projects. Iraq is China’s second biggest oil supplier, while Beijing has become Baghdad’s biggest trade partner over the last few years.The news comes in the midst of a turbulent time for Iraq, where violent anti-government protests have resulted in over 40 deaths and internet access being cut throughout much of the country.The protests organically emerged after thousands, mostly young men, took to the streets to demand jobs, improved utilities such as electricity and water, and an uprooting of corruption in the oil-rich countryIn a televised address to the nation Friday, Mahdi urged the nation to “return life to normal” and “respect the law,” and told the people their demands would be recognized.“We will not make empty promises . . . or promise what we cannot achieve,” Mahdi said.



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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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Trump Ponders Violent Retribution as the White House Projects Impeachment Calm

Trump Ponders Violent Retribution as the White House Projects Impeachment CalmSaul Loeb/AFP/GettyAs President Donald Trump wrapped up his swing through New York City on Thursday, he stopped by the luxury restaurant Cipriani to deliver remarks at a high-roller breakfast fundraiser. Fresh off meetings at the United Nations, the president clearly couldn’t take his mind off a certain anonymous whistleblower whose recently declassified complaint has threatened to blow up his administration. According to an attendee at the breakfast, Trump brandished a printed copy of the memo of his now-infamous Ukraine phone call, flaunting it as he blasted Democratic lawmakers for being mean to him. After waving the document around and receiving cheers from the gathering of Republican donors and supporters, the president boasted about how much money—$ 13 million in 24 hours—he had raised for his re-election effort, the attendee noted.It was yet another illustration of how Trump’s big week in New York has been overshadowed and bedeviled by revelations that he and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had urged Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of Joe Biden, the former vice president who remains likely to be Trump’s 2020 election opponent. Over the past few days, the president has helped raise millions for the 2020 fight and has been lavished with praise by world leaders. And yet he’s remained, through it all, obsessed over the scandal unfolding back in Washington, D.C., as Democratic members of Congress inched closer to impeachment proceedings. According to three people with knowledge of the situation, Trump has compulsively monitored TV and cable news coverage of the Ukraine-related scandal and has repeatedly asked those around him about the whistleblower and rumors that the complainant is hostile to or biased against him.Through it all, the president’s demeanor and approach to the rapidly unfolding scandal has vacillated between spoiling for a fight and hoping for a détente. Often, it depended on who he was talking to or what setting he found himself in. According to those in attendance at his Thursday breakfast fundraiser, the president was upbeat and fired up, telling donors that he and his political team were ready to punch back hard. In private, however, there was genuine consternation regarding how a brutal impeachment process would affect his legacy and his White House, with much of his staff sharing those same anxieties. Those close to Trump say the president never expected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to back any major impeachment moves—at least not until this week.Although one senior White House aide said the mood there “is fine,” others said Trump has taken the past week personally, as if Democrats and what his allies call the “deep state” had just crashed his party. On Tuesday, the president took to Twitter to accuse liberals of deliberately ruining and degrading his “important day” at the U.N. And according to a Los Angeles Times report, Trump also used his time at a private event for U.S. officials at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York on Thursday morning to rage about the whistleblower and whoever supplied that individual with information. “I want to know who’s the person—who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” Trump said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason—we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”In video obtained by Bloomberg of the same speech, Trump declared, “We’re at war,” before adding that “these people are sick. They’re sick.”He went on to tear into those who have expressed concerns over the whistleblower’s complaint, mocking the size of House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff's (D-CA) neck, calling Biden “dumb as a rock,” and dismissing the media coverage of his call with the Ukrainian president as “highly partisan.”It is unclear what punishments the president has envisioned for those he claims gave the whistleblower information, and the White House did not provide clarification on it when asked. Hours before Trump spoke, the whistleblower complaint detailing allegations that the president pressured the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 election and that White House officials attempted to cover up records of that call had been made public. And shortly thereafter, Joseph Maguire, Trump's acting director of national intelligence, began his congressional testimony, during which he affirmed the complaint as credible. Already roiled by the publication the previous day of a partial call transcript detailing the pressure he had placed on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden, Trump now watched as Maguire fended off accusations that the White House had illegally tried to withhold records of that call and the complaint as well.And yet, despite having compared the whistleblower and his or her sources to spies who had committed treason, when Trump returned to the White House on Thursday—the senior White House official said—he told his lieutenants that there was no current need to start a “war room” or any special initiative to combat impeachment fever. A report that Trump was bringing back his former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to spearhead such an effort was an attempt at “self-aggrandizement” by those officials on the outside, the official added. And the White House, indeed, subsequently denied the reports. In the president’s inner circle, some continued to believe that the rush to embrace impeachment by Democratic leadership amounted to a politically tinged bluff.“This is all theater,” Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s lawyers who worked with Giuliani to defend the president during the Mueller probe, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “Nancy Pelosi didn’t announce anything that hasn’t been going on already,” he added, referring to how House Democrats had weeks ago declared they were launching proceedings simply to decide if they should impeach Trump. While the White House was attempting to project an all-is-calm demeanor, outside groups were preparing for war. According to a senior Republican National Committee official, the RNC’s in house research team has begun putting together materials to counter-attack House Democrats and a “war room” of its own to deal with Trump impeachment. As Trumpworld’s strategy for how to handle growing impeachment woes comes together, the president and his staff will have to adjust to a reality in which even less progress is made on his agenda than was before. Earlier in the week, a senior administration official bemoaned how much of a gigantic pain impeachment proceedings would be for the White House staff to manage. The official said that is, in part, because being impeached would inevitably devastate Trump’s focus, mood, actions, and agenda for the remainder of his first term. And White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has said that “House Democrats have destroyed any chances of legislative progress for the people of this country by continuing to focus” on impeachment.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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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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China delivers its most explicit threat to use military force in Hong Kong if protests get bigger and more violent

China delivers its most explicit threat to use military force in Hong Kong if protests get bigger and more violentSenior officials on Wednesday said China has "ample methods as well as sufficient strength" to quell protests that have rocked Hong Kong.



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Mass shootings and misogyny: The violent ideology we can't ignore

Mass shootings and misogyny: The violent ideology we can't ignoreRecent shootings in Ohio, Texas and California have led to widespread condemnation of white supremacy, but experts say misogyny must be addressed, too



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