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As Lockdown-4 ends, home ministry issues guidelines for ''Unlock-1'' from June 8        COVID-19 tally in Kerala rises to 1,208, 7 Pilots and cabin crew, among 58 infected        Locusts in TN local grasshopper species, pose no threat, says govt        Delhi-Moscow AI flight returns midway after pilot found COVID-19 positive        People suffered most, faced unbearable hardships under Modi rule: Gehlot        Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm US authorities again        ''very saddened'' by what happened to the relationship with China: Trump        Federer tops world''s highest-earning athletes        Kerala reports 1 death, 62 new COVID cases, 10 recoveries, 577 patients under treatment: CM        France reports 52 new Coronavirus deaths        Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People        Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People        CA says "very high risk" of T20 WC being postponed, bracing up for losses        Sonia launches speak up campaign to help raise voice of poor        No fare either by train or bus shall be charged from any migrant worker:SC; Centre says 91 lakh migrants ferried by trains, buses        Saudi Arabia registers 1,644 new COVID-19 cases        Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000; Trump sympathises with families of the victims        ICC defers fate of T20 World Cup till June 10 over confidentiality issue        'Preparations are ongoing for the event': ICC denies report of postponing T20 World Cup        Patanjali''s plea for Ayurvedic medicine trials raises eyebrows        
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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.


Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm US authorities again
''very saddened'' by what happened to the relationship with China: Trump
France reports 52 new Coronavirus deaths
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Saudi Arabia registers 1,644 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000; Trump sympathises with families of the victims
India''s ''arrogant expansionist policies'' becoming ''threat'' to its neighbours: Pak PM Khan
UK to seek 2021 date for UN climate change summit
COVID-19 death toll nears 100,000, New York Times calls it "incalculable loss"
Germany reports more than 178,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19
Iran warns US not to interfere with Venezuela oil shipment
Sri Lanka to ease coronavirus restrictions from May 26
At least 57 killed in Pakistan passenger plane crash in Karachi
China introduces new security bill in parliament to tighten controls over Hong Kong
Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him
Pak conducts highest number of coronavirus tests over 24-hour period as cases cross 48,000-mark
New Zealand PM wants employers to consider four-day work week to promote tourism
Pakistan's counter-terrorism steps important but not irreversible: US
Biden on Trump hits: 'I don't want to get down in the mud'
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
KERALA NEWS
COVID-19 tally in Kerala rises to 1,208, 7 Pilots and cabin crew, among 58 infected
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala''s COVID-19 count rose to 1,208 on Saturday with 58 people including Air
Vijayan slams Railways for scheduling trains to Kerala without informing state
Kerala records 6th COVID-19 death
Quarantine must for domestic air travellers: Kerala govt
NATIONAL NEWS
Locusts in TN local grasshopper species, pose no threat, says govt
 Chennai: As swarms of a locust species attacked banana, rubber and other crops in some districts of
Delhi-Moscow AI flight returns midway after pilot found COVID-19 positive
People suffered most, faced unbearable hardships under Modi rule: Gehlot
Sonia launches speak up campaign to help raise voice of poor
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