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Bostonians march against hate speech

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a “free speech” rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to aFULL STORY

Lebanese army advances on IS positions

Lebanese soldiers yesterday renewed fire on Islamic State (IS) group positions on the country’s eastern border with Syria after capturing a third of the territory held by militants in the area. Lebanon’s army began its operation in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa regionFULL STORY

US comedian, rights activist Gregory dies

Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died on Saturday at age 84, his son said. “It is with enormous sadness thatFULL STORY

World War II wreckage of US cruiser ‘Indianapolis’ found after 72 years

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the US Navy’s single worstFULL STORY

Rescuers search for more victims from Indian train crash

Emergency crews yesterday searched mangled carriages for any further victims after a train crash in northern India killed 23 passengers, the fourth major accident this year on the crumbling network. Another 156 people were injured when 14 carriages came off the tracks in Muzaffarnagar DistrictFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

ZIMBABWE Grace Mugabe back home Grace Mugabe and her husband, President Robert Mugabe, yesterday returned home from South Africa, despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. A report by state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greetingFULL STORY

Venezuelan Assembly takes over Congress’ powers2017-08-20

Venezuela’s pro-government Constitutional Assembly on Friday took over the powers of the opposition-led Venezuelan Congress, dramatically escalating a standoff between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes. The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens of countries that have already criticized the creation ofFULL STORY

UK publisher bans content for China2017-08-20

Cambridge University Press (CUP), the world’s oldest publisher, on Friday said it had blocked access to some of its own academic articles in China, prompting an international outcry among academics. “We can confirm that we received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individualFULL STORY

Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to shun Merkel2017-08-20

Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Friday urged ethnic Turks in Germany to reject its main parties in upcoming elections, prompting a sharp warning from Berlin to stop the “unprecedented” meddling. Erdogan called on ethnic Turks to ignore German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) andFULL STORY

Widow of Liu Xiaobo reappears in YouTube video2017-08-20

The widow of late Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) has resurfaced in an online video, weeks after her friends raised concerns about her fate at the hands of the authorities following her husband’s funeral. Liu Xia (劉霞), 56, was last seen in government-released images ofFULL STORY

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