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Giant Sinkhole Swallows an Entire Bus in China as People Run For Their Lives

An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said Tuesday.Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle – jutting into the air – sank into the ground.Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development.The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said

 

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North Korea threatens to resume nuclear and ICBM testing – BBC News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is ending the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests put in place during talks with the US.

Mr Kim also said his country would soon introduce “a new strategic weapon”.

But he left a door open for dialogue, and said the scope of any testing would depend on the US’s “attitude”.

The momentum of the past few years has stalled, as Washington refuses to lift sanctions until Pyongyang fully abandons its nuclear programme.

The North conducted several smaller weapons tests late in 2019, in what was seen as an attempt to pressure the US into making concessions.

But the self-declared moratorium on nuclear tests and tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could reach the US mainland had been one of the foundations of the negotiations with Washington.

Pyongyang has not carried out such tests since 2017.

Source: North Korea threatens to resume nuclear and ICBM testing – BBC News

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Trump signs bill supporting Hong Kong protesters despite strong opposition from China | Fox News

President Trump on Wednesday signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act after it was passed by the Senate and House earlier this month.

Source: Trump signs bill supporting Hong Kong protesters despite strong opposition from China | Fox News

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China’s Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S. – Reuters

Economists warn that a prolonged trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies is elevating risks to the global economy by disrupting supply chains, curtailing investment and curbing business confidence.

Completion of a phase one deal could slide into next year, trade experts and people close to the White House have told Reuters, with Beijing asking for more extensive tariff rollbacks and Washington countering with increased demands of its own.

“We want to work for a ‘phase one’ agreement on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” Xi told representatives of an international forum, according to a pool report.

Source: China’s Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S. – Reuters

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Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

A stand-off at a Hong Kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight, as hundreds of protesters tried to repel a police advance.

Large fires broke out at entrances to the Polytechnic University (PolyU), where protesters hurled petrol bombs and shot arrows from behind barricades.

Officers earlier warned they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking them using such weapons.

Months of anti-government protests have caused turmoil in the city.

The latest violence is some of the worst the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen since the movement began.

The police have become targets for radical demonstrators, who accuse them of excessive force.

Demonstrators have been occupying the PolyU for days. Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, with tear gas and water cannon being met with petrol bombs, bricks and other improvised weapons.

A police media liaison officer was wounded in the leg with an arrow on Sunday.

Source: Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

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Violence worsens in Hong Kong as cops fire tear gas at activists

Some of the worst violence in 22 weeks of protest erupted in Hong Kong Saturday, as police responded with tear gas to activists throwing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to street barricades and a subway station.

Reuters reported that peaceful protests featuring families making origami paper cranes in a park devolved into a battle between anti-government protesters and police.

“Some masked rioters vandalized shops and committed arson. Some even placed nails on the roads threatening the safety of all road users,” police said in a statement.

The protesters, angry at Chinese meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, threw the homemade bombs on the streets in front of the headquarters of HSBC and the Hong Kong base for the Bank of China. Protesters also smashed the windows of China’s local branch of the Xinhua news agency for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

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North Korea, US officials agreed to meet to resume nuclear talks: report | Fox News

The United States and North Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks this coming weekend, breaking almost an eight month long stalemate on a nuclear agreement between the two countries, according to a report by North Korea’s state news agency KCNA published Tuesday.

Talks between U.S. and North Korean officials stalled in February, when President Trump and Kim Jong Un walked away from their second summit in Vietnam without a deal. Kim wanted sanctions relief in exchange for partial disarmament. In the months since, North Korea has run several short-range missile tests. Trump has largely downplayed the tests, saying they haven’t violated any agreements.

Source: North Korea, US officials agreed to meet to resume nuclear talks: report | Fox News

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Taiwan bridge collapse: 11 trapped on boats below as oil tanker plunges into river | The Independent

At least 11 people are feared to have been trapped after an arch bridge collapsed into a bay in eastern Taiwan, sending an oil tanker falling into the waters below and crushing a number of fishing boats.

Dramatic footage from a nearby CCTV camera showed the moment the tanker drove over the bridge, and was almost safely at the other side, when the entire 140m-long structure suddenly gave way.

Five people were on the bridge at the time and are missing, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told reporters, while one of the fishing boats trapped by the falling debris had six people on board.

In addition, 10 people have been taken to hospital so far, with six suffering serious, life-threatening injuries.

The collapse occurred in the small but often crowded Pacific fishing village of Nanfangao, about 60km south-east of Taipei.

Source: Taiwan bridge collapse: 11 trapped on boats below as oil tanker plunges into river | The Independent

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London Stock Exchange rejects Hong Kong takeover offer | Fox Business

Earlier this week, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange said it started talks to buy the LSE.

Source: London Stock Exchange rejects Hong Kong takeover offer | Fox Business

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Typhoon Lingling Makes Landfall In North Korea After Wreaking Havoc In South Korea

The storm killed at least three people in South Korea and caused widespread power outages.

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Dow futures jump as China and US agree to meet for trade talks

U.S. futures jumped Wednesday evening as China says U.S. had agreed to meet in October for another round of negotiations.

KEY POINTS
  • At around 1:34 a.m. ET, Dow futures rose 300 points, pointing to an implied opening gain of around 308 points.
  • Futures on the S&P and Nasdaq both also jumped higher.
  • The two sides agreed to hold another round of trade negotiations in Washington, D.C., towards the beginning of next month, and consultations will be made in mid-September in preparation for the meeting, according to a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry.

Source: Dow futures jump as China and US agree to meet for trade talks

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China slaps tariffs on $75 billion of US products – YouTube

 

China slaps tariffs on $75 billion of US products

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Hong Kong airport chaos as more flights canceled: Live updates – CNN

View the latest news and breaking news today for U.S., world, weather, entertainment, politics and health at CNN.com.

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Hong Kong protests: China media says military assembles nearby

Chinese propaganda outlets warned on Tuesday that protesters in Hong Kong are “asking for self-destruction,” as they released a video showing military vehicles amassing near the border of the city.

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Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters : NPR

Pro-democracy protests, now in their 10th straight weekend, are posing one of the biggest tests to China’s leadership since the 1997 handover from Britain.

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Man, 28, plunges into tiny mountain crevice and gets trapped for four days before being rescued in Cambodia – The Sun

ASTONISHING photos show how a man was wedged between mountain rocks in the Cambodian jungle for four days before being rescued.

Cops said Sum Bora, 28, slipped into the tiny crevice on Sunday while trying to retrieve his flashlight, which had fallen in the small rocky hollow.

Source: Man, 28, plunges into tiny mountain crevice and gets trapped for four days before being rescued in Cambodia – The Sun

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Earthquake caught on ‘cat cam’ – BBC News

The moment a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan has been caught on night camera. Footage shows sleeping cats in an apartment being woken up.

Source: Earthquake caught on ‘cat cam’ – BBC News

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Hong Kong on the march again

HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into Victoria Harbour on Saturday after a pro-democracy rally once again continued into the evening despite police warnings to stick to a short, pre-approved route.

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Hong Kong: Defiant protesters return to site of subway violence for 8th weekend of marches – CNN

Yuen Long, Hong Kong (CNN)Tens of thousands of protesters descended Saturday on the small town near Hong Kong’s border with China that was hit by some of the worst violence seen during the past eight weeks of tumultuous protests.

On July 21, after a demonstration in downtown Hong Kong against a now-shelved extradition bill was broken up by police, protesters returning to Yuen Long were attacked by a mob wielding iron bars and bamboo sticks.
Footage of the attack posted on social media showed the marauding masked gang, wearing white T-shirts, attacking crowds on the platform and inside train carriages at Yuen Long MTR station, in the far northwest of the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
About a dozen men have been arrested in connection with that violence, some of whom have links to organized crime groups, or triads. Protesters were reportedly at the mercy of the mob for almost an hour before police arrived and at least 45 people were injured, some seriously.

Source: Hong Kong: Defiant protesters return to site of subway violence for 8th weekend of marches – CNN

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North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea, US officials say | Fox News

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, U.S. officials told Fox News late Wednesday, in the latest apparent provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime.The missiles flew about 267 miles from an area near the eastern city of Wonsan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing details of the launches.It came just as National Security Adviser John Bolton was wrapping up a visit to Seoul. Bolton, a harsh critic of North Korea, was meeting with South Korean officials to help settle a trade dispute between Seoul and Japan

Source: North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea, US officials say | Fox News