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Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt        BSF jawan killed, 1 injured in firing by Bangladeshi troops along border in West Bengal        At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia        UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance        Nearly 100 people injured in Catalonia unrest on Wednesday: Medics        Indo-Pak bilateral ties subject to approval from PMs of both countries: Ganguly        Aiden Markram ruled out of Ranchi Test with wrist injury        Indian challenge ends at Denmark Open        Aussie cricketer Watson apologies for 'illicit' social media posts        India's performance was no match to atmosphere at Salt Lake: Chhetri        High-level Indian, Bangladeshi delegations to meet next week        Adani Wilmar launches ready-to-cook ''Khichdi''        US House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'        India halved its poverty rate since 1990s: World Bank        Senior Odisha BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party        Play school security guard arrested for sexually harassing toddler        What craziness has taken over UP govt: Priyanka on decision to remove home guards        Crime branch freezes Rs 18 crore in Maradu flat builders accounts        ODI rankings: Injured Smriti Mandhana loses number one spot        Indian cricket will continue to prosper under Ganguly undoubtedly: Laxman        
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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.


At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia
UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance
Nearly 100 people injured in Catalonia unrest on Wednesday: Medics
US House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'
India halved its poverty rate since 1990s: World Bank
Russia's Putin arrives in UAE on first visit since 2007
Syria offensive to continue until 'objectives achieved': Erdogan
Japan looks for missing as typhoon kills as many as 56
Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds
Kurds ''may be releasing'' IS prisoners in Syria to get US involved: Trump
Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as "flashmob" protests hit pro-Bejing targets
Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue
Heavy rain, winds lash Tokyo as powerful typhoon hits Japan
At least four dead in NYC shooting: police
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize
Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast
First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies
Man arrested on terror charges after stabbings at UK shopping centre
N Korea threatens to resume nuke, long-range missile tests
Total of 109 terrorists killed since beginning of Turkey''s offensive in Syria: Erdogan
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My craft is a huge area of anxiety for me: Swara Bhasker
 Mumbai: Several acclaimed films and a decade later, Swara Bhasker still finds herself panicking befo  
Ordinary doesn't satisfy me, says Bhumi Pednekar
Shah Rukh Khan keen on making a 'hit kind' of film
Navya Nair Surprised with Her Son's Birthday Gift: Watch Video
KERALA NEWS
Scribe's death:Kerala IAS officer's suspension extended
 Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has extended the suspension of IAS officer Sriram Venkitar
Kerala's CPI to discuss Vedas and Marxism in seminar
Kerala Assembly session from Oct 28
Rs 10,000-crore investments to flow into Kerala from Dubai
NATIONAL NEWS
Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt
 New Delhi: A 25-year-old mentally-unstable man leapt into the enclosure of a lion at the Delhi zoo o
Senior Odisha BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party
Play school security guard arrested for sexually harassing toddler
What craziness has taken over UP govt: Priyanka on decision to remove home guards
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