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June 11, 2019

The streets of Hong Kong were once again filled with tens of thousands of protesters on Wednesday, as they demonstrated against a controversial bill that would allow the extradition of people arrested in Hong Kong to mainland China.

The protesters jammed Lung Wo Road, near the offices of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and put up barricades so drivers couldn't get to the financial center. There are hundreds of riot police on the scene, and they have been using pepper spray and water cannons to push some of the demonstrators back, The New York Times reports.

Hong Kong's legislature had planned on debating the bill on Wednesday, but postponed the action after throngs of protesters surrounded the council's complex. Multiple groups are united against the bill, including students, teachers, and business leaders who worry about the creeping influence of Beijing. After decades of British rule, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, with the understanding there would be "one country, two systems." Hong Kong has its own independent justice system, while China's courts are controlled by the Communist Party. Catherine Garcia

April 7, 2019

President Trump announced on Twitter Sunday evening that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned.

In a separate tweet, Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will serve as acting DHS secretary. About an hour later, Nielsen confirmed the news in a tweet of her own, saying she submitted her resignation to Trump on Sunday afternoon and felt it was the "honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women" of the department.

Nielsen stepped into the role in December 2017, and has become the public face of the Trump administration's immigration policies, including separating undocumented migrant children from their families. Catherine Garcia

May 29, 2018

On Tuesday morning, 25 mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, with most intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

Sirens went off at least twice warning people to take caution, and The Jerusalem Post says one of the mortars that made it to the ground landed at a kindergarten; no students were there at the time. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip told the Post that almost immediately, the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Defense Forces artillery units retaliated by targeting Hamas positions. No injuries have been reported.

Tensions are high in the region, and at least 116 Palestinians have been killed over the last few weeks during protests along the border. Israel says that Hamas is inciting violence, a charge leaders have denied. Catherine Garcia

May 9, 2018

Just after midnight Thursday, Iranian forces in Syria fired roughly 20 rockets or projectiles at the Israeli army in Golan Heights, Israeli Defense Forces said.

A spokesman told reporters that most of the rockets were intercepted by Israeli defenses, and there was minimal damage done. Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, and Israel has warned Tehran not to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.

On Tuesday, the Israeli military said it spotted "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria, and authorities in the Golan Heights were told to prepare bomb shelters and mobilize some reservist forces. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967, a move not recognized by the international community. Catherine Garcia

April 9, 2018

President Trump called the FBI raiding the office and hotel room of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday "a disgraceful situation" and "an attack on our country in a true sense."

The agents seized records about Cohen's clients, The Washington Post reports, including documents related to the $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, said the raid, carried out under a warrant obtained by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, is related to an investigation referred by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Trump jumped on this, calling the special counsel "the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen" and claiming FBI agents "broke" into Cohen's office.

The raid is a "whole new level of unfairness," Trump continued, and a "witch hunt." He also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, which ultimately led to the hiring of Mueller, and then mentioned multiple times that Hillary Clinton and her emails should be investigated again. Catherine Garcia

December 7, 2017

Shortly after the House passed a two-week spending bill on Thursday, the Senate followed suit with a vote of 81-14, averting a government shutdown on Friday.

The stopgap measure will keep the federal government open through Dec. 22. Republicans, who are trying to finish work on their tax bill, need the support of Democrats to put together a two-year budget deal that will pass. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats "will not leave here without a DACA fix," meaning the budget must include deportation protection for undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Catherine Garcia

November 14, 2017

Hours after witnesses first described hearing explosions and gunfire in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, early Wednesday morning, Zimbabwe's army said in a televised statement that what is taking place is not "a military takeover of government" and that President Robert Mugabe is safe and under protection.

The army is targeting people who "were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country," the statement said. "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy." Armed vehicles were seen lining the streets outside of Harare, the BBC reports, and witnesses told Reuters that soldiers took control of the state-run broadcaster ZBC and manhandled some staffers.

Earlier this month, Mugabe, 93, ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been viewed as Mugabe's likely successor; the new frontrunner is Mugabe's wife, Grace. On Monday, Gen. Constantine Chiwenga said if there are any more purges in the ruling Zanu-PF party, the army "will not hesitate to step in," and the government responded Tuesday by accusing him of "treasonable conduct." Catherine Garcia

May 4, 2017

When President Trump touched down in his native New York City on Thursday evening for his first visit since the inauguration, hundreds of protesters were waiting for him outside of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where he was slated to give a speech.

Many carried signs, with phrases like "Not my president" and "Dump Trump," and there were also demonstrators near Trump Tower and a banner that read #NoTrumpNYC unfurled on a Staten Island Ferry. "As a lifelong New Yorker, I think there's something particularly appalling about Trump coming from this environment and just not representing New Yorkers in any way whatsoever," protester Lauren Rothman told the New York Daily News. "New York is an immigrant town. New York is a melting pot, and the policies that he represents don't represent New Yorkers. I think he should know that we don't like him and that he has no home here." Catherine Garcia

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