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UNITED STATES

‘Star Trek’ actor dies

Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing the young Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of Star Trek movies, was killed on Sunday when accidentally crushed by his own car against a driveway wall, police said. The Russian-born Yelchin, 27, died shortly after 1am after he apparently stepped out of his car in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and it rolled backwards, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Houser said. Yelchin was due at a rehearsal, and when he did not show up friends went to his house and found him dead, Houser said. No foul play was suspected, but the accident is under investigation, she said.

TURKEY

Police gas LGBT rally

Police on Sunday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a rally by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Istanbul, in the second crackdown in as many days on protests by secular Turks. Several hundred riot police surrounded Taksim Square to prevent the “Trans Pride” event taking place during Ramadan. As the police swooped in on the rally of about 150 people, the crowd fled into nearby streets. Media reports said that at least two people were detained.

ISRAEL

West Bank gets funding

The government on Sunday approved US$18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements, in a move that angered both opposition lawmakers and Palestinians. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the funding aims to assist small businesses, encourage tourism and improve security. About 600,000 Jews live in settlements built on the West Bank and in east Jerusalem on lands Israel captured from Jordan in a 1967 war. Opposition lawmakers said that instead of boosting the nation’s struggling periphery, the government was pouring money into an enterprise that undermined the nation’s security and international standing.

BRAZIL

Gunmen storm hospital

A group of heavily armed men on Sunday stormed the Hospital Souza Aguiar in Rio de Janeiro to free a suspected drug trafficker, starting a shootout with officers that left a patient dead and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. At least five attackers stormed the hospital before dawn and freed the 28-year-old suspect, who was being treated for a gunshot wound, Rio police said in a statement. As many as 15 other gunmen were outside during the attack, witnesses told police. Investigators were studying security camera footage, and Rivaldo Barbosa, head of the state’s homicide unit, said two of the assailants had been identified.

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