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Hong Kong protests: Police fire tear gas in busy shopping district after violent clashes | World News

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Hong Kong police have fired tear gas at protesters to disperse crowds as both sides clashed for a second consecutive night in the bustling shopping district of Mong Kok.

Riot police were out on the streets and at flash points en masse on Saturday to stave off a fresh wave of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Earlier, measures were taken to beef up security at Hong Kong International Airport, shopping centres, as well as train and bus stations in preparation for a second weekend of disruption.



Hong Kong police have fired rubber bullets in an attempt to clear protesters from outside a train station.







Police open fire on protesters on Friday night

Authorities limited transport services to the airport – a frequent target for protesters – and controlled access to terminals.

There were also road checks and inspections carried out of bus and rail passengers to weed out protesters.

 Riot police secure the area outside Tung Chung station
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Riot police secure the area outside Tung Chung station
Protesters at a demonstration in Tung Chung station in Hong Kong
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Hundreds of protesters, some in masks, gathered at Tung Chung station in Hong Kong

One witness saw two bus passengers being handcuffed and taken away after police found face masks in their bags.

Only people with plane tickets were allowed to enter the terminals, and those milling around an adjoining bus terminal were chased off.



Crowds have lit fires in the streets of Hong Kong in the latest clash between protesters and police.







Protesters start fire in Friday clashes

It followed a night of heated clashes between police and anti-government protesters after 14 weeks of demonstrations which have at times turned violent.

Police fired rubber bullets and deployed tear gas and pepper spray at protesters who took cover behind umbrellas and barricades fashioned from street fencing.

Riot police advance though Tung Chung station to manage the crowds
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Riot police advance though Tung Chung station to manage the crowds

This is despite attempts by the Hong Kong government to ease tensions across the city earlier in the week.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday that the controversial China extradition bill would be withdrawn – which has been the main catalyst of the protests.

A man tries to block riot police during a protest in Tung Chung station
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Demonstrators protested peacefully at Tung Chung underground station on Saturday
Riot police search cars near Tung Chung station
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Riot police mounted road checks and searched motorists and their vehicles

She had previously said the bill was “dead” – but stopped short of fully removing the draft legislation.

Protests in the former British colony began in June regarding the bill, which would have meant criminals could be extradited to the Chinese mainland.

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Transport services to Hong Kong International Airport were limited
Protesters attend a silent rally inside a shopping mall in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong
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Protesters attend a silent rally inside a shopping mall in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong

But broader concerns about claims of police brutality and the erosion of freedoms under the “one country, two systems” formula – enacted after Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 – have now come to the fore.

The protesters want democratic reforms and the city’s Beijing-backed leader to resign.

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Black woman killed by white officer in her own home while babysitting nephew | US News

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The family of a black woman killed in her own home by a white police officer have accused the officer of murder.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed in her home in Fort Worth, Texas, while looking after her eight-year-old nephew.

A neighbour had called police on a non-emergency line when they saw her front door was open. Police responded at about 2.25am.

Fort Worth Police said officers saw someone near a window and one of them drew his duty weapon after “perceiving a threat”.

The officer's bodycam footage doesn't indicate he identified as police
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The officer’s bodycam footage doesn’t indicate he identified as police

Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said the bodycam footage showed the officer would not have had time to perceive a threat from Ms Jefferson.

He said: “You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun.’

“He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.”

The video released by Fort Worth Police shows two officers searching the home from the outside with torches, before one shouts: “Put your hands up, show me your hands.”

Police released stills of a gun found in the home, but it's not clear if he was near Ms Jefferson
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Police released stills of a gun found in the home, but it’s not clear if he was near Ms Jefferson
Police released stills of a gun found in the home, but it's not clear if he was near Ms Jefferson
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Police released stills of a gun found in the home, but it’s not clear if he was near Ms Jefferson

One shot is then fired. The officer does not identify himself as police.

Ms Jefferson died of her injuries in her home.

Amber Carr, Ms Jefferson’s sister, said: “It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us.

“You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back.”

One of her aunts, Venitta Body, said: “It’s like from the moment we got the call, it’s been more and more inconceivable and more confusing. And there has nothing been done in order to take away that confusion.”

Fort Worth Police said the officer, who has been with the force since April 2018, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

His name has not been released.

The neighbour who called police about the door, James Smith, said he feels “it’s partly my fault”.

He said: “If I had never dialled the police department, she’d still be alive.

“It makes you not want to call the police department.”

Ms Jefferson’s nephew usually lives with an older woman, who has been in hospital.



Botham Jean's younger brother Brandt Jean hugs former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.  Tom Fox/Pool via REUTERS







Man hugs brother’s killer in court

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price released a statement on Saturday which said: “Writing a statement like this is tragic and something that should never be necessary. A young woman has lost her life, leaving her family in unbelievable grief. All of Fort Worth must surround Atatiana Jefferson’s family with prayers, love and support.

“Chief Kraus and his command staff are acting with immediacy and transparency to conduct a complete and thorough investigation. More details are forthcoming and the Tarrant County District Attorney Law Enforcement Incident Team office will ultimately receive this case.”

Mr Merritt said the family of the victim expects “a thorough and expedient investigation”.

Fort Worth Police Department said it released the bodycam footage from outside the home to show its transparency, but cannot release the video from inside the home because of state law.

The shooting comes two weeks after Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Botham Jean in his own apartment.

She shot him with her service weapon when she went into his home by mistake, thinking it was her own.

Mr Merritt is also the Jeans’ family lawyer.

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Marilyn Hartman: ‘Serial stowaway’ caught trying to sneak on flight again | US News

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A “serial stowaway” has been caught trying to get through airport security again – despite getting an 18-month sentence ordering her to stay away from terminals.

Marilyn Hartman was spotted as she tried to sneak through security in Chicago’s O’Hare airport on Friday night and officers realised she did not have a ticket or identification.

According to an NBC report, police said she was “moving dividers in an attempt to circumvent security”.

It comes after she was arrested last year for sneaking on to a flight from O’Hare to London.

The 67-year-old has been sneaking onto flights for about 10 years.

She ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and was sentenced in March to 18 months’ probation after agreeing to stay away from Chicago’s two commercial airports.

According to NBC Chicago, Hartman has long struggled with homelessness and mental health, and has had multiple encounters with officials at airports throughout the US.

In 2016, Hartman was ordered to be held in jail without bond after she walked away multiple times from a Chicago mental health facility where she was receiving treatment.

She was set to appear at bond court at 9am local time on Sunday.

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Simone Biles vaults into record books after 25th medal at world championships | US News

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Simone Biles has become the most decorated gymnast in the world championship history after clinching her 25th medal.

The 22-year-old overtook the 23 medals won by Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo by winning the balance beam in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday.

The US gymnast added her 25th medal by winning the floor exercise less than two hours later.

Biles delivered a polished routine on the beam before executing a full-twisting double-tuck dismount for a score of 15.066.

When her score was announced, guaranteeing the medal record, Biles jumped up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air.

Simone Biles won the balance beam final to clinch her 24th medal in the competition
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Simone Biles won the balance beam final to clinch her 24th medal in the competition

Liu Tingting of China, last year’s winner, took silver with 14.433, and her teammate Li Shijia won the bronze.

Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass, and blew kisses to the audience after finishing her routine.

Her US teammate Sunisa Lee took silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia.

Biles’ winning routine came after a long wait when Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva requested an inquiry into her score.

The US gymnast has won five events at these world championships after winning team gold on Tuesday, individual all-around gold on Thursday, and vault gold on Saturday.

Biles with her gold medal after the winning the balance beam final
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Biles with her gold medal after the winning the balance beam final

A fifth place on uneven bars on Saturday ended Biles’ chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017.

Four-time Olympic champion Biles now holds 18 gold medals across four championships against 12 for Scherbo, who competed in five world events between 1991 and 1996.

Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she will continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this could be her last world championships.

Max Whitlock won Britain’s first gold medal of the championships on the pommel horse on Saturday.

Britain won its second gold of the championships when Joe Fraser scored 15 points to win on parallel bars.

Biles’ record came before Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei set the women’s marathon record with a time of two hours and 14 minutes.

She beat British runner Paula Radcliffe’s record of two hours and 15 minutes.

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