October 20th, 2019

World News

Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport

By Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. – Operations were temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport Sunday night after it lost radar contact with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units around a nearby state park. A statement posted on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that ... Read More »

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North Carolina airport: Radar contact lost with small plane

By The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Raleigh-Durham International Airport says a small plane approaching that airport was lost on radar and the airport was briefly closed while fire and rescue units responded. The airport says in a brief statement on its website that FAA air traffic control notified the airport that the plane was lost on radar ... Read More »

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Report: Synagogue massacre led to string of attack plots

By Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – At least 12 white supremacists have been arrested on allegations of plotting, threatening or carrying out anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly one year ago, a Jewish civil rights group reported Sunday. The Anti-Defamation League also counted at least 50 incidents in which white ... Read More »

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US defence chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

KABUL – Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw ... Read More »

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‘Captain America’ Chris Evans helps dedicate youth theatre

By The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

CONCORD, Mass. – “Captain America” actor Chris Evans returned to his native Massachusetts this weekend to help dedicate the new home of a youth theatre company where as a youngster he honed his acting skills. Evans, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, helped cut the ribbon Saturday at the Concord Youth Theatre’s new permanent home. ... Read More »

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Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

By Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes again on Sunday as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses on a main tourist drag and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese ties as they skirmished ... Read More »

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US defence chief in Afghanistan to assess the way ahead

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

KABUL – U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, where stalled peace talks with the Taliban and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledged to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Esper told reporters travelling with him that he believes the U.S. can ... Read More »

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Hong Kong protesters set up roadblocks, clash with police

By Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

Hong Kong protesters flooded the city’s streets on Sunday in defiance of a ban by the authorities on their march, setting up roadblocks and tossing firebombs amid the firing of tear gas by police. Protest leaders carried a black banner at the front of the procession that read, “Five main demands, not one less,” as ... Read More »

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India, Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir, killing 9

By Aijaz Hussain, The Associated Press on October 20th, 2019

SRINAGAR, India – Pakistani and Indian soldiers traded fire in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least nine people on both sides, officials said. The Indian military said Pakistani soldiers targeted an Indian border post and civilian areas along the highly militarized frontier in Kashmir early in the day, leaving two army soldiers and a ... Read More »

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Jury recommends death penalty for ‘Boy Next Door Killer’

By Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press on October 18th, 2019

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed “The Boy Next Door Killer” after he was found guilty of two murders and an attempted murder. The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, included 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had plans ... Read More »

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Faced with protests, Lebanon PM blames own gov’t for crisis

By Zeina Karam And Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on October 18th, 2019

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s prime minister gave his partners in government a 72-hour ultimatum to come up with “convincing” solutions for a rapidly worsening economic crisis, as nationwide protests against the country’s entire ruling political class escalated. The blaze of protests was unleashed a day earlier when the government announced a slate of new proposed taxes, ... Read More »

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