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Trump weighs in on Hong Kong protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/19, 11:19 am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to “quickly and humanely” resolve the protests in Hong Kong before resuming trade talks with the United States. The pro-democracy uprising that began 10 weeks ago continued this week, temporarily halting travel at the territory’s busy international airport.

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El Paso holds memorial service for shooting victims

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/15/19, 11:04 am

People packed a baseball stadium in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday night for the ceremony honoring those shot at a local Walmart on Aug. 3. Luminarias formed 22 stars in honor of the dead in El Paso and nine circles for those killed in the Dayton, Ohio, shooting the same weekend. “Hate will never overcome our love,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said.

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American rapper convicted in Sweden

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/14/19, 12:08 pm

A$AP Rocky escaped jail time on Wednesday after a Swedish court found the American rapper guilty of assault in a street brawl in Stockholm. The court ordered the artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two other defendants to pay a $1,307 fine. The three also received conditional sentences, freeing them from jail time unless they commit a similar offense again in Sweden.

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