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Mumbai, Kerala play out 1-1 draw in Hero ISL        Have some thoughts for T20 World Cup, will discuss with Kohli and Shastri: Ganguly        RBI keep repo rate unchanged        Saudi Aramco raises USD 25.6 bn in largest-ever IPO        Iran informs UN about determination to continue Ballistic Missile Program        Next Hearings in Trump Impeachment Process Scheduled on Monday - House Judiciary Committee        Burundi: 38 killed in landslide in Cibitoke        Naidu condemns attack on Unnao rape survivor        1984 riots: Javadekar slams Manmohan Singh, says if Rao was so bad, why did you become FM under him?        The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 returned to Lok Sabha        Govt clueless on how to tackle economic slowdown, FM statement on onion shows their mindset: Chidambaram        Rajya Sabha passes bill to amend SPG Act, Shah rejects charge of political vendetta, Cong stages walkout        Kerala shocked by plight of poor mother, six children        Rupee ends steady ahead of RBI policy outcome        HC asks Ker govt to take control of Church        Not difficult working with Sena compared to BJP: Pawar        India conducts fresh night trial of Prithvi-2 missile        Three directors of PMC Bank arrested        Quinta Brunson to star in HBO Max's single-camera comedy        David Kerr to helm 'Joy To The World'        
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International News
Blockade, beating, pepper spray on second day of Hong Kong airport chaos
 
Hong Kong: Chaos erupted at Hong Kong''s airport for a second day Tuesday as pro-democracy protesters staged a disruptive sit-in that paralysed hundreds of flights, saw police fire pepper spray, and a mainland journalist beaten. Demonstrators defied warnings from the city''s leader who said they were heading down a "path of no return", and US President Donald Trump called for calm, saying his intelligence had reported Chinese troop movements toward the Hong Kong border. The latest protest led to ugly scenes at one of the world''s busiest airports where small groups of hardcore demonstrators turned on two men they accused of being spies or undercover police -- and as desperate travellers pleaded in vain to be allowed onto flights.

Hong Kong''s ten-week-long political crisis has seen millions of people take to the streets calling for a halt to sliding freedoms and was already the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain. But two days of protests at the airport have again raised the stakes for the financial hub. Beijing is sending increasingly ominous signals that the unrest must end, with state-run media showing videos of security forces gathering across the border. All check-ins were cancelled on Tuesday afternoon after thousands of protesters wearing their signature black T-shirts made barricades using luggage trolleys to prevent passengers from passing through security gates.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and travellers who pleaded to be allowed past. Vigilantism also broke out when crowds turned on two men suspected of being interlopers. Police recently disguised themselves as activists to make arrests, a move which has sent paranoia soaring about potential infiltrators. The first man was held for about two hours before eventually being led away in an ambulance. Riot police briefly deployed pepper spray and batons to beat back protesters while they escorted the vehicle away from the departures hall. Soon afterwards a second man -- wearing a yellow journalist vest -- was surrounded, zip-tied and then beaten by a small group who accused him of being a spy.

In a tweet, Hu Xijun, the editor of China''s state-controlled Global Times tabloid -- which has vociferously condemned the protests -- confirmed the man was a journalist working for the paper. The man was later driven away in an ambulance after fellow protesters and volunteer medics carried him away. On Tuesday morning, the city''s leader, Carrie Lam, gave an at-times emotional press conference in which she warned of dangerous consequences if escalating violence was not curbed. "Violence... will push Hong Kong down a path of no return," she said. Lam, who faced fierce questioning from local reporters and at one point appeared to be on the verge of tears, appealed for calm.

"Take a minute to think, look at our city, our home, do you all really want to see it pushed into an abyss?" Lam said, although she again refused to make any concessions to the protesters.


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Putin signs off law to label journalists as foreign agents
US urges Iraq to probe 'abhorrent' killings of protesters
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Suriname president sentenced to 20 yrs imprisonment
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Iraq PM says will resign after bloody protests
London Bridge attack declared terrorist incident, suspect with hoax bomb vest shot dead by police
China summons US envoy, asks Washington not to implement Hong Kong bill
Pak SC grants 6-month conditional extension to Army chief Gen Bajwa
Former Maldives leader jailed for money laundering
Israeli aircraft hit Hamas site after rocket fire from Gaza
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Quinta Brunson to star in HBO Max's single-camera comedy
 Los Angeles: Actor-comedienne Qunita Brunson is set to play the lead role in a untitled single-camer  
David Kerr to helm 'Joy To The World'
Questlove to make directorial debut with 'Black Woodstock'
Taapsee Pannu to feature in Mithali Raj biopic
KERALA NEWS
Kerala shocked by plight of poor mother, six children
 Thiruvananthapuram: This hapless mother was unable to find food to fill the little stomach of her ch
Kerala: Youth hurled down by Policeman during vehicle checking, seriously injured
Kerala High Court takes suo moto case against lawyers protested against magistrate
School girl killed of snakebite: Separate demonstrations by YC, SFI turns violent, police resorts to lathicharge
NATIONAL NEWS
Naidu condemns attack on Unnao rape survivor
 New Delhi: Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu condemned the incident in which a
1984 riots: Javadekar slams Manmohan Singh, says if Rao was so bad, why did you become FM under him?
The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 returned to Lok Sabha
India conducts fresh night trial of Prithvi-2 missile
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