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Deepa Malik joins Bajrang for Khel Ratna, cricketer Jadeja among 19 for Arjuna        Mary Kom recuses herself from Saturday's sports award meeting        Trump says Apple will spend 'vast sums' in US        Coffee Day Enterprises says debt to fall to Rs 1,000 cr post sale of Bengaluru tech park        Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit        Hong Kong protest tensions heat up in Australia        Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen's Aden: Minister        Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed        Soldier killed in Pak firing along LoC in J-K's Rajouri        Jaitley on life support; Nitish, Piyush Goyal and others visit AIIMS        Ravi Shastri reappointed head coach of Indian team till 2021        Archer strikes as Australia slump to 80-4 in second Ashes Test        Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet pro-democracy demonstrators        Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation        2 Israelis, Palestinian assailant hurt in West Bank car ramming: army        Sensex, Nifty edge higher on stimulus talks; post weekly loss        Over 3,000 temporary jobs cut due to slowdown: Maruti Suzuki        Airtel shareholders approve waiver in recovery of excess pay to Mittal        Kashmir remains shut for 12th consecutive day        We would like to give little time: SC on plea seeking removal of restrictions on media in J-K        
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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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Hong Kong protest tensions heat up in Australia
Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen's Aden: Minister
Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet pro-democracy demonstrators
Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation
2 Israelis, Palestinian assailant hurt in West Bank car ramming: army
J&K: Pak Prime Minister Khan alleges Modi has played his final card
Indian student in US jailed for intentionally damaging 66 college computers
Trump Threatens to Pull US Out of World Trade Organization
Britain to release Iranian oil tanker soon: Report
Iran warns against Israeli presence in Gulf
Latest round of US-Taliban talks finishes
Fire at US day care center kills 5 children
Rajapaksa names younger brother for Lanka presidency
Typhoon Lekima death toll in eastern China rises to 32
13 killed, 16 missing as Typhoon Lekima hits China
Maryam Nawaz remanded in custody of Pak''s anti-graft body till August 21
Indian-origin doctor couple, daughter killed in small plane crash in US
Pro-India banners due to ''error'' by designers, poor ''language'' of activists: Pak official
Maryam Nawaz arrested in Lahore
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
It's challenging to reinvent constantly: Kriti Kharbanda
 Mumbai: Kriti Kharbanda was already an established star in south film industry when she decided to m  
Kirti Kulhari to play cop in 'The Girl on the Train'
Aaliyah to be honoured with wax statue at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
'Wicked women' are just women who are tired of injustice, abuse: Angelina Jolie
KERALA NEWS
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
 Kochi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with his ministers and government officials carr
Kerala rains: Toll climbs to 88, 40 still missing
Red Alert in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki
Singer Biju Narayanan's wife passes away
NATIONAL NEWS
Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed
 New Delhi: A fire broke out at the AIIMS here on Saturday evening and 22 fire tenders were rushed to
Soldier killed in Pak firing along LoC in J-K's Rajouri
Kashmir remains shut for 12th consecutive day
We would like to give little time: SC on plea seeking removal of restrictions on media in J-K
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