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At Hong Kong university, a daring escape but fears of bloodshed

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of Hong Kong protesters staged a dramatic escape from a university campus sealed off by police on Monday by shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorbikes as the police fired projectiles. Many more anti-government protesters remained trapped inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and two prominent figures were allowed by police onto the campus late on Monday to mediate, a sign that there is a growing risk of bloodshed. “The situation is getting more and more dangerous,” Jasper Tsang, a pro-Beijing politician who is the former head of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, told Reuters soon after he…

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U.S. watchdog backs Bezos’ protest over key Pentagon launch program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. watchdog on Monday backed a protest from Jeff Bezos’ space company that challenged the Pentagon’s military space launch procurement strategy, showing support for one of the Amazon billionaire’s disputes with major agency procurement programs. FILE PHOTO: Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos speaks during an event about Blue Origin's space exploration plans in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File PhotoThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained part of a bid protest from Blue Origin that argued the Air Force’s decision to pick just two of four competing rocket companies to launch the country’s next lineup of defense satellites for…

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Hong Kong leader hopes for peaceful resolution of university standoff

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses a news conference in Hong Kong, China November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, hopes a standoff between police and anti-government protesters at a major university can be resolved peacefully, she said on Tuesday, adding that she had told police to handle it in a humane way. Lam was speaking after a new chief of police called for citizens’ support to end more than five months of social unrest, with protesters trapped by police for a third day at a university in the Asian financial hub. Lam had said violence…

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Coca farmers march, police fire tear gas in worsening Bolivia unrest

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Thousands of Bolivian coca farmers marched on Monday to demand the resignation of interim President Jeanine Anez, who was forced to suspend a trip to her home province earlier in the day after receiving a death threat.  Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales march in La Paz, Bolivia November 18, 2019. REUTERS/David MercadoUnrest has worsened since Evo Morales resigned as president a week ago over allegations of vote rigging as attempts at dialogue between his loyalists and the interim government have faltered, with both sides trading accusations of fomenting violence.  Anez, 52, a former opposition senator, assumed the presidency after Morales and…

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New Hong Kong police chief says fake news undermining reputation of his force

HONG KONG (Reuters) - New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang took office on Tuesday with a warning that “fake news” was undermining the reputation of his police force. Tang replaces outgoing Commissioner Stephen Lo amid a fiery standoff with anti-government protesters at a university, and following five months of intensifying protests against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments in the Asian financial hub. Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Greg Torode and Tom HogueOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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At embattled Hong Kong university, a dramatic escape

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of Hong Kong protesters staged a dramatic escape from a university campus sealed off by police on Monday by shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorbikes as the police fired projectiles. Many more anti-government protesters remained trapped inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and two prominent figures were allowed by police onto the campus late on Monday to mediate, a sign that there is a growing risk of bloodshed. “The situation is getting more and more dangerous,” Jasper Tsang, a pro-Beijing politician who is the former head of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, told Reuters soon after he…

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Footage shows daring escape by Hong Kong protesters on motorbikes

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters escaped from Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday on the back of motorbikes as police fired projectiles at them. After shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge they had been occupying on the university campus, the black-clad protesters are seen clambering onto waiting motorbikes and being driven away by supporters, in dramatic moments captured by a Reuters reporter. The protesters had to lower themselves about 10 meters onto the flyover below, and were met with a hail of projectiles fired by police as they descended. Some of the motorcycles were waiting for them, while others sped to the scene. Not…

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Pompeo says U.S. concerned about Hong Kong violence, says China must honor freedoms

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United State is “gravely concerned” about deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, and he urged the government of Hong Kong to take clear steps addressing the concerns of protesters. Speaking at a media briefing, Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party must honor its promises to the people of Hong Kong. Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust…

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Shooting in Walmart parking lot leaves three dead in Oklahoma

(Reuters) - Three people died in a shooting outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma on Monday morning, law enforcement officials said, the third fatal shooting at the retailer in five months and the latest in a string of gun violence across the United States. Video of the scene showed heavy police presence around a car riddled with bullet holes in the Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma. A white sheet, covering what appeared to be a body, was laid next to it, with blood stains visible on the ground. The bodies of one woman and one man were found inside the car, with another dead man found…

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Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel’s Jewish settlements

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Yara NardiWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were “inconsistent with international law.” The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is struggling to remain in power after two inconclusive Israeli elections this year, and a defeat for the Palestinians. Pompeo said U.S. statements about the settlements on the West…

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