July 8, 2019

Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful rally, one week after violent break-ins

pawel.gaul/iStock(HONG KONG) -- Huge crowds of anti-government protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong again on Sunday, in a first major action following a violent break-in into Hong Kong’s legislative council last week. Organizers claim more than 230,000 people, much more than had been expected, rallied in the afternoon march in the Kowloon area, where most mainland Chinese tourists arrive and shop. Hong Kong police said there were far fewer protesters, putting the number at about 56,000 a..
July 8, 2019

Slovenians debate new statue of Melania Trump in her hometown

JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images(SEVNICA, Slovenia) -- There's a debate raging in Sevnica, Slovenia, the hometown of America's first lady, Melania Trump. Is a newly unveiled statue of Trump a tribute -- or the work of a troublemaker? There's little local debate over Trump: She's almost unanimously viewed as a symbol of pride, a local girl who made good. But the sculpture of Trump, recently unveiled along a river just a few miles outside of town, ostensibly in honor of the forme..
July 7, 2019

US-Taliban talks pause after ‘most productive session’ yet

Utku Ucrak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The seventh round of U.S.-Taliban talks is on pause until Tuesday after "the most productive session to date," according to the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad. The pause is for two days of "intra-Afghan" talks which began Sunday in Doha, Qatar -- a dialogue that finally includes the Taliban and Afghan government representatives, although they are all participating in a private capacity. Around 60 Afghans will participate in the dialo..
July 7, 2019

Indonesia rocked by 6.9 magnitude earthquake

Hariandi Hafid/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A 6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake's epicenter was in the ocean around 115 miles away from the city of Manado, at a depth of about 15.5 miles, according to the USGS. Indonesian authorities initially announced a tsunami warning, but that warning has expired. The Indonesian quake comes on the heels on other notable earthquakes this week. A 6.4 quake struc..