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Posted: Sun-Nov-2019



James Prudenciano was hiking in New Jersey when he got stranded on a cliff. Apple Watch's 'Hard Fall' feature automatically called 911.

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Hong Kong police storm university amid fiery explosions
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Hong Kong police stormed into a university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons.

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Polarizing ex-defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka presidential vote
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence official revered by Sri Lanka's ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, declared victory Sunday in the nation's presidential election.

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'A microcosm of the country': How impeachment hearings are playing out in parts of swing-state Michigan
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In the swing state of Michigan, which helped Obama and Trump win their elections, here's how the fallout from the presidential impeachment hearings is affecting voters.

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Flooded Venice records 3rd exceptional tide as other parts of Italy hit with rain, snow
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Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark's Square, but tourists donned high rubber boots or even hip waders to witness and photograph the spectacle.

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U.K. media calls Prince Andrew's sexual misconduct rebuttal a PR disaster
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British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew's effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster.

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Iraqi anti-government protester killed amid fresh clashes on Baghdad bridge
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An anti-government protester in Iraq was killed Sunday by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas canister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge, security and medical officials said. Since the protests began Oct. 1, at least 320 people have been killed and thousands wounded.

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At least 7 killed, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion
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At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

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Iran supreme leader warns 'thugs' amid gas price protests
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Iran's supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike "thugs," signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations.

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Born out of a cycling scandal 20 years ago, it's Russia doping crisis that dogs WADA today
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As the World Anti-Doping Agency marked its 20th anniversary last week, there were warnings that the coming days will be critical to the future of the international body meant to safeguard clean sport for the world's athletes.

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Devastating wildfire conditions to worsen in Australia
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Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and erratic winds are set to fan wildfires in Australia in the week ahead, officials said on Sunday, with emergency crews already working day and night to contain more than 130 blazes.

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U.S., South Korea postpone military drills to bolster peace effort with North Korea
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The United States and South Korea announced on Sunday they will postpone military drills scheduled for later this month in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, which criticized the joint military air exercise as provocative.

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White House budget official tells impeachment probe about holdup of Ukraine military aid
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A White House budget official testified Saturday in a closed-door session of the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry in Washington, D.C., about the holdup of military aid to Ukraine. The public portion of the probe continues next week.

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Myanmar rejects international court probe into alleged atrocities against Rohingyas
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Myanmar's government has rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into alleged crimes against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Hong Kong university campus engulfed by tear gas, fire bombs in latest clash
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Police fired tear gas Sunday at protesters holding out at Hong Kong Polytechnic University as overnight clashes resumed in the morning, while opposition lawmakers criticized the Chinese military for joining a cleanup to remove debris from streets.

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UN warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control' as death toll mounts
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The United Nations warned on Saturday violence in Bolivia could "spin out of control" following a night of skirmishes between security forces and coca farmers loyal to ousted president Evo Morales that left at least eight dead.

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St. Mark's Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high
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Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark's Square in Venice on Saturday, a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city's already devastated centre, although the water situation is expected to get worse Sunday.

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Chilean parties agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution amid turbulent protests
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Chile's most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that follows a month of turbulent social protests in the streets.

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Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Epstein accuser
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Prince Andrew has told a BBC interviewer that staying at the home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was the "wrong thing to do," but he has "no recollection" of meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage.

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One killed in Iran protests against fuel price hike
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Iranian protesters angered by an increase in gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person.

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Gunman among 6 charged after New Jersey school football game shooting blamed on 'petty vengeance'
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Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game. They include the alleged gunman and one of the three people wounded in what authorities said Saturday was the result of "petty vengeance."

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Iran’s Top Leader Warns ‘Thugs’ As Protests Reach 100 Cities
Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests. ... read more


Hong Kong Campus Protesters, Police Clash As Anti-Government Unrest Spreads
The violence has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. ... read more


Leaked Documents Reveal 'No Mercy' Shown In China's Muslim Internment Program: Report
Documents obtained by The New York Times show how China has directed officials to handle the mass detention of Uighur Muslims. ... read more


Prince Andrew: I ‘Let The Side Down’ By Staying With Jeffrey Epstein
The Duke of York told the BBC he had no recollection of meeting a woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage. ... read more


War Crimes Court OKs Investigation Into Deportation Of Myanmar's Rohingya
International Criminal Court prosecutors will examine alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims, but weren't authorized to investigate the accusation of genocide. ... read more


Venice Council Chambers Flood After Members Reject Climate Change Amendments
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Tenuous Truce In Gaza After 34 Palestinians Killed, Dozens Of Israelis Wounded
Israel and a Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, reached a ceasefire. ... read more


The Climate Crisis Is A Public Health Emergency, New Report Warns
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UK Department Store Limits Access To Christmas Grotto To The Wealthy
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Venice Mayor Blames Climate Change As Italian City Inundated By Highest Tide In 50 Years
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster after the city was hit by the devastating high tide, which peaked at over 6 feet on Tuesday. ... read more


Bolivia Senate Leader Jeanine Añez Declares Herself President
Former President Evo Morales stepped down on Sunday at the “suggestion” of his country’s military chief following several tumultuous weeks of protests. ... read more


Hong Kong Readies For More Chaos As Violence Spreads Citywide
Police fired tear gas at protesters overnight, while some activists torched a vehicle, hurled petrol bombs at a police station and metro train. ... read more


Turkish President Recep Erdogan Says He'll Keep Releasing ISIS Fighters Over Sanctions
Erdogan warned European leaders they should "revise their stances" toward Turkey, where scores of the militants are imprisoned. ... read more


3 Taliban Figures Released In Exchange For American, Australian Professors
The two professors had been abducted three years ago while working at the American University in Kabul. ... read more


Israeli Airstrike Kills Islamic Jihad Commander In Gaza
The incident threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. ... read more


Former Bolivian President Evo Morales Says He’s Leaving Bolivia For Mexico
Morales stepped down Sunday following weeks of massive protests over a disputed presidential election. ... read more


Australia Battles Outbreak Of Wildfires As Officials Brace For ‘Catastrophic’ Conditions
“We plan for these sorts of days, but we always hope they will never come," a New South Wales fire commissioner said. ... read more


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Socialist President Evo Morales resigned after a disputed election and calls from the military that he leave, raising more concerns about democracy in the region. ... read more


British Man Who Helped Form Syria's White Helmets Found Dead In Turkey
The humanitarian group has been vilified by the Syrian government and its allies, including Russia. ... read more


Bolivia In Power Void As President Resigns
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Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris
Rioters clash with police, unleashing some of the worst violence Paris has seen in months. ... read more


Czech anti-government protesters mark anniversary of revolution
Czech police estimate that about 200,000 people were at the anti-government demonstration. ... read more


Venice floods: Further warnings of high tides
Large parts of the centre of the Italian city have been hit by exceptionally high tides for the third time in a week. ... read more


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Russia takes part in a carefully co-ordinated exchange with Norway and Lithuania. ... read more


Women's football: Spain's top players' strike sees all fixtures postponed
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Netflix to amend Devil Next Door series after Poland complaint
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Leaf blowers fatal to declining insects, Germans warned
The government says leaf blowers are "fatal to insects", which are in dramatic decline in Germany. ... read more


EU starts proceedings against the UK for not nominating Commissioner
The EU Commission argues the UK is breaching its rules by not putting forward a name for its new team. ... read more


Australia and others ask for Brexit trade compensation
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Rembrandt theft foiled at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Police and security at Dulwich Picture Gallery secured two paintings but the intruder got away. ... read more


MH17 disaster: Phone-taps 'show Russia directed Ukraine rebels'
Investigators say phone-taps suggest top Moscow officials had broad influence over separatists. ... read more


Pointless work meetings 'really a form of therapy'
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'Cryptoqueen' brother admits role in OneCoin fraud
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Turkey's president got an icy response when he tried to sway pro-Kurdish US senators, sources say. ... read more


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Trump impeachment inquiry: Why Ukraine is so important to the US
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13 Pennsylvania state prison employees suspended after inmate dies
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Man allegedly left special needs woman to die in Vegas desert
Court documents allege that John Chapman of Pennsylvania tied Jaime Faden to a sign post in Nevada, put tape over her face and left her to die. ... read more


Michigan man accidentally shoots brother after mistaking him for deer
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At least 19 injured in Virginia when bus and tractor-trailer collide
No fatalities have been reported, and officials say bad weather conditions are to blame for the accident. ... read more


Dad arrested after 5-year-old brings cocaine to school
The Massachusetts man remains in jail, and the 5-year-old has been placed in child services, police said. ... read more


Batman the cat returned to Pennsylvania rescue after being stolen
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters he did not consider the postponement a concession to North Korea. ... read more


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Hong Kong police storm university campus occupied by protesters
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