News Wrap: Police and protesters clash again in Hong Kong

News Wrap: Police and protesters clash again in Hong Kong


And now to the day’s other news.
Wall Street had its worst losses of the year,
after China’s currency hit an 11-year low
against the U.S. dollar.
The move sparked new fears about the escalating
trade war.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 767
points to close at 25717.
The Nasdaq fell 278 points, and the S&P 500
gave up 87.
The Dow and the S&P were down about 3 percent.
The Nasdaq lost 3.5 percent.
Late today, the U.S. accused China of being
a currency manipulator, in violation of international
agreements.
New violence has broken out in Hong Kong after
a general strike by pro-democracy forces disrupted
commuter traffic.
The protests lasted all day, with some throwing
rocks and police firing tear gas to disperse
the crowds.
After nightfall, demonstrators set fires at
police stations.
The city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, urged
restraint.
CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive (through
translator): Today, some citizens made their
voices heard by participating in the strike
action.
No matter what kinds of requests you have,
I hope all of you can express your voices
in a peaceful manner.
People may choose to strike, but should respect
others’ freedom of returning to work.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Lam warned that Hong Kong is
on the verge of what she called a very dangerous
situation.
Still, a top police official said there is
no need to call in the Chinese military.
The Hindu nationalist government of India
touched off new turmoil in Kashmir today.
Officials asked Parliament to end the Muslim-majority
territory’s right to make its own laws.
The Indian-controlled part of Kashmir was
put on security lockdown, and thousands of
troops were deployed.
In Pakistan, Muslim protesters turned out
to denounce the decision, while Pakistani
leaders warned that it will have serious effects
on regional security.
The political crisis in Puerto Rico has deepened
after the island’s Senate filed suit to oust
newly installed Pedro Pierluisi as governor.
The suit says that he cannot legally hold
the office because he wasn’t properly confirmed.
He also faces public opposition over legal
work that he did for a financial control board
that imposed austerity measures.
ALEX MARTINEZ, San Juan Resident (through
translator): Well, for us, it really symbolizes
a coup.
The people are asking for transparency.
That hasn’t happened at any moment.
The people are not the same as before.
What’s happened is that the people of Puerto
Rico have woken up.
They have discovered the power they have,
and have said, enough is enough.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Pierluisi was named Puerto
Rico’s secretary of state last week.
He argues that that put him in line to succeed
Ricardo Rossello as governor when Rossello
resigned on Friday.
The Puerto Rican Supreme Court will now consider
the issue.
A federal judge in New York sentenced a Florida
man to 20 years in prison today for mailing
pipe bombs to top Democrats and Trump critics.
Cesar Sayoc had pled guilty in March to using
weapons of mass destruction.
The packages were sent before the midterm
elections last fall.
None of the bombs went off.
And another Republican in the U.S. House of
Representatives is retiring.
Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant announced
today that he won’t run for reelection next
year in his suburban Dallas district.
He gave no reason for calling it quits after
eight terms.
Marchant joins nine other House Republicans
who’ve decided not to run again.
And two of America’s largest newspaper chains
have agreed to merge.
GateHouse Media is buying Gannett Company,
which owns USA Today, among other dailies.
The combined company will include more than
260 newspapers.

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