August 19th, 2019

World News

Search for wealthy Polish film producer missing on lake

By The Associated Press on August 19th, 2019

WARSAW, Poland – Rescuers in Poland are searching for a celebrity businessman and socialite who went missing after falling from a motorboat into a lake. Piotr Wozniak-Starak, the producer of some of Poland’s most popular movies, hasn’t been seen since late Saturday or early Sunday. Police, alerted to an empty motorboat floating on the Kisajno ... Read More »

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Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein sex scandal

By The Associated Press on August 19th, 2019

LONDON – Britain’s Prince Andrew has rejected renewed suggestions he may have been involved in the alleged sex crimes of his one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew says in a statement released by Buckingham Palace that he “has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of ... Read More »

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Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

By Aritz Parra And Hernan MuñOz, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

GIBRALTAR – An Iranian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization has lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar, marine traffic monitoring data showed late Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel tracking service, showed the ... Read More »

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Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory at Portland

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering Saturday of more than 1,000 far-right protesters and ... Read More »

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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor during Katrina, dies

By Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by Hurricane Katrina, has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office confirmed Blanco had died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76. Blanco had a rare eye cancer that ... Read More »

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Police keep low profile at huge, peaceful Hong Kong protest

By Kelvin Chan And Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7 million participated, though the police estimate was far lower. The assembly ... Read More »

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‘Ground zero’: Portland remains focus of divided country

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering Saturday of more than 1,000 far-right protesters and ... Read More »

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Hundreds of thousands turn out for peaceful HK protest

By Kelvin Chan And Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7 million participated. The assembly was peaceful, with no reports of violence, ... Read More »

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Duane Allman’s old guitar ‘Layla’ sells for $1.25 million

By The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

MACON, Ga. – Fans of Duane Allman in Macon, Georgia, say they didn’t expect the late musician’s old guitar to sell for $1.25 million at a recent auction. The Telegraph reports that the gold-topped guitar is the one Allman played in the hit song “Layla.” Until recently, the guitar affectionately called “Layla” had been on ... Read More »

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Massive turnout at march in latest Hong Kong protest

By Kelvin Chan And Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

HONG KONG – Protesters turned Hong Kong streets into rivers of umbrellas Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in the Chinese territory, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be peaceful, which would make for a ... Read More »

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Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

By The Associated Press on August 18th, 2019

MADRID – Authorities in Gibraltar say they are rejecting the United States’ renewed request that the British overseas territory not release an Iranian supertanker. The vessel has been detained for over a month in Gibraltar for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. In a statement Sunday, Gibraltar’s government said the ship would ... Read More »

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