TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s president has called on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran. Hassan Rouhani on Sunday also criticized a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region’s waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic’s military arsenal. He promised to unveil a regional peace plan at this week’s upcoming high-level meetings at the United Nations. Regional tensions are high after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
HONG KONG (AP) – Protesters in Hong Kong have trampled a Chinese flag, vandalized a subway station and set a fire across a wide street, as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again. Sunday’s action began peacefully, as protesters filled a shopping mall and, in a new twist, folded paper “origami” cranes that they tied onto a large rigging that they assembled in the mall in the Shatin district.
RAQQA, Syria (AP) – Residents of the Syrian city of Raqqa deeply distrust the hundreds of families being allowed to return home from Islamic State group displacement camps. Many of the returnees have relatives who fought for IS. But city administrators say it is an important experiment in reconciliation, trying to get women and children out of the radicalized atmosphere in a displaced camp dominated by the extremist ideology.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump and other GOP officials have generally taken a neutral stance in the GM strike that threatens to upend the economy in election battleground Michigan. Trump has made progress with members of some unions, partly due to his promises to get tough on trade and keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. But a strike prompted in part by GM’s plan to close U.S. plants highlights Trump’s unfulfilled promises on manufacturing and gives Democrats a chance to play up their union credentials.