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Security in the Persian Gulf…Protesters in Hong Kong…and GM strike

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.

 

Trump Urges Ukraine Investigations…Iowa Steak Fry…Trump not Authorizing Iran Strike…China Protests… Canadian Prime Minister Scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter says. Democrats are condemning what they see as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump. The escalating controversy has created a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Saturday’s steak fry in Iowa is part parade, part organizing show of force – and quintessentially Iowa. It began as a fundraiser for Tom Harkin’s first congressional bid. Nineteen candidates are appearing at the Polk County Democratic Party Steak Fry in Des Moines this weekend, an opportunity to show their organizational strength just four months out from the caucuses.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is signaling that he’s not inclined to authorize an immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attacks on the Saudi oil industry. He says showing restraint “shows far more strength,” and he wants to avoid an all-out war. Speaking in the Oval Office. Trump laid out new sanctions on an Iranian national bank and said the easiest thing to do would be to launch military strikes. The U.S. does plan to send troops to back up allies.

HONG KONG (AP) – Protesters have burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray during a march in an outlying district of Hong Kong in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances. Police accused protesters of spraying water at officers during the march Saturday by several thousand people in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong’s northwest.

TORONTO (AP) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges that he let down his allies by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal’s fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh racial history of the neighboring United States. Trudeau is seeking a second term in an election next month. His leading opponent, Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party, says Trudeau is now unfit to govern. But key figures in Trudeau’s Liberal Party have stuck by him.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has gotten into a new battle with Congress. This one is over access to a whistleblower’s reported complaint about incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The government’s intelligence watchdog says the blocked complaint is “serious” and “urgent.” The administration is keeping Congress from even learning what exactly the whistleblower is alleging.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials will debate how to respond to an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry at a Friday meeting. President Trump will hear a broad range of military options from the Pentagon Friday as he considers how to respond to the attack believed to be by the Iranians. U.S. officials say the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses. And he will be warned of the risks of an escalation to war.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Dozens of Filipino activists have marched in Manila to honor the memory of activists in the Philippines who were killed for defending the environment. They marched to the offices of the Environment and Natural Resources Department, then staged a die-in protest while holding a banner saying ‘Stop the killings. Defend the environment defenders now!”

CHINA, Texas (AP) – The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that by Thursday night, floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area. Police Chief Art Acevedo said law enforcement officers planned to work well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding.

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) – In Israel’s secular heartland, the role of religion in daily life played a central role in this week’s deadlocked election. For many, a vote for the opposition was driven by a desire to keep rabbis out of their schools, businesses and love lives. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tight alliance with the ultra-Orthodox may have contributed to his second-place finish.