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Protestors in Taiwan...Trump to launch his re-election campaign...and O.J. Simpson back in the spotlight

June 16, 2019

HONG KONG (AP) – Thousands of people have gathered outside Taiwan’s parliament in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters who are marching against a proposed extradition bill. The crowd of Hong Kong students and Taiwanese supporters held a peaceful sit-in in Taipei, the capital of the independently governed island that China claims as its territory. The group that rallied Sunday said the legislation In Hong Kong also posed a risk to Taiwan.

NEW YORK (AP) – It was the escalator ride that would change history. Four years ago on Sunday, Donald Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president. It was the first step on a journey few believed would take him all the way to the White House. Now, the president who loves to reminisce about that “famous” Trump Tower moment is trying to recreate the magic as he formally launches his re-election bid on Tuesday at a rally in Orlando, Florida.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Egypt is strongly condemning two drone attacks by Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, that targeted civil airports in southwestern Saudi Arabia. An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday called the attacks “wanton aggressions.” The attacks come just days after the Houthis said they launched a cruise missile that struck a Saudi airport, wounding 26 people.

CORONA, Calif. (AP) – A man is dead and two of his relatives are in critical condition after police say the man attacked an off-duty police officer inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store in Corona, California. Police say the off-duty officer, who was holding his young child, opened fire on 32-year-old Kenneth French. Witnesses say they saw a man with a Mohawk haircut arguing with someone near a freezer section when shots rang out at least six times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – O.J. Simpson has generally kept a low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 for an attempt to steal back some of his sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room, but now he’s on Twitter. Simpson tells The Associated Press that his followers will get to read all his thoughts and opinions on “just about everything.” He commented on Twitter that he’s got a “little gettin’ even to do,” but he didn’t explain.

 


Hong Kong Support...Iran Oil Tanker Attacks...Poor Migrant Conditions...Oil Tanker Impact on Asia...Weld Challenges Trump

June 15, 2019

HONG KONG (AP) – China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang says the Chinese government “expresses support, respect and understanding” for Lam’s decision. Lam suspended the legislation after massive protests, but activists demanded she withdraw it entirely, apologize and step down. They plan another big protest for Sunday.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is doing a balancing act amid rising tensions with Iran. A day after attacks on two oil tankers just outside Iran’s territorial waters, the administration seemed caught between pressure to punish Iran and reassure Washington’s Gulf Arab allies without drawing the U.S. closer to war. President Donald Trump is holding out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with Iran, which he blames for the attacks.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – With a particular focus on El Paso, Texas, a reports from a Human Rights group is underscoring increasing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers. The report comes a day after an advocate described finding a teenage mother cradling a premature baby inside a Border Patrol processing center in Texas. The Trump administration has blamed the worsening crisis on inaction by Congress.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Only two Asian countries were directly impacted by the attack on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but the ripple effect is far wider, unnerving major economies throughout Asia. Japan, South Korea, China and other oil import-dependent economies vulnerable to any disruption in oil supply from U.S.-Iran tensions. There is deep interest in more details about the still-sketchy attack and what the United States and Iran would do in the aftermath.

DOVER, N.H. (AP) – Bill Weld is betting much of his challenge to President Donald Trump on the maverick state of New Hampshire. But as the Republican has toured the state, the former Massachusetts governor has left Republicans and independents cold on the president puzzled by his eccentricities. He has told voters they wouldn’t know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs and he says he believes Trump’s policies are trending in the direction of Adolf Hitler.


National News

June 14, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to “be careful and reverse course.” Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday that there are conflicting reports about how Thursday’s tanker incidents occurred.

UNDATED (AP) – Advocates for migrants say the immigrants face poor conditions after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as the government deals with an unprecedented number of families and children arriving daily. The activists say the latest case in point is that of a 17-year-old girl from Guatemala who crossed the border with a premature baby and was sent to a detention center. They say the baby should have been at a hospital neonatal unit.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Navy says a helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president. Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed as president this week after The Associated Press reported he was under investigation and more than a year after the initial complaint was filed.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers. The complaints focus heavily on conditions in El Paso, Texas.

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks ended a choppy week of trading with modest losses Friday as investors look forward to getting more clues about the direction of interest rates from the Fed. Technology shares drove the declines, and energy stocks also fell a day after leading the market. Some late gains in banks and insurers helped temper the market’s losses. Investors dealt with fresh concerns about the impact on businesses of the U.S. trade dispute with China after the chipmaker Broadcom said demand has slowed.