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Puerto Ricans demand governor resign

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/22/19, 11:47 am

Puerto Rico prepared for hundreds of thousands of protesters calling for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation to block one of the island’s busiest highways Monday morning. Organizers called the protest in the capital city of San Juan “660,510 + 1,” indicating more people want Rosselló to leave office than the 660,510 who voted for him in the last election. The governor said Sunday he would not seek another term in 2020 but refused to step down immediately.

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Lowry wins British Open

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/22/19, 11:38 am

Shane Lowry of the Republic of Ireland dominated the British Open and won his first major championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Sunday, finishing at 15-under-par, six strokes ahead of runner-up Tommy Fleetwood of England. Lowry, with both Irish and Northern Irish fans rallying behind him, shot a gritty 1-over-par 72 in the final round in the wind and rain, with none of his competitors getting within three strokes of his lead.

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Violence breaks out during Hong Kong protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/22/19, 10:47 am

The latest mass protests in Hong Kong turned violent late Sunday, with at least 59 people injured. The protest began peacefully, but thousands of pro-democracy marchers went beyond the designated end point of the demonstration in the Wan Chai district. They threw eggs and spray-painted graffiti at the Liaison Office, China’s government agency in the territory. Police responded with tear gas and deployed thousands of officers to the city center, where at least 14 people sustained injuries. China’s official People’s Daily newspaper called the protesters’ actions “intolerable.”

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