Hong Kong protesters escape through sewers in attempt to leave university – video

Protesters in Hong Kong have been going into the  sewers to escape the Polytechnic University campus they have been occupying since last week, which police have surrounded. About 600 protesters surrendered to authorities overnight, while 200 remain inside the building, which has become the focus of the most prolonged and tense confrontation between police and protesters in more than five months of conflict in the semi-autonomous city.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:57am

Taliban say US and Australian hostages freed in prisoner swap

Timothy Weeks and Kevin King have spent more than three years in captivity

The Taliban say they have released an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day.

Australian Timothy Weeks, 50 and American Kevin King, 63 were released in southern Zabul province, ending their more than three years in captivity.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:56am

Jordan says US settlement decision is 'entrenching occupation'

US said on Monday Israeli settlements on West Bank were no longer considered illegal

Jordan has accused the US of entrenching the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, after Washington announced it did not consider Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank to necessarily be illegal.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:56am

Moscow court rejects appeal of US man held on espionage charges

Paul Whelan, who has been held for 11 months, has called his case a ‘hostage situation’

A Moscow court has upheld the arrest of Paul Whelan, an American citizen being held in Russia on espionage charges who has called his case a “hostage situation”.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:50am

Global shares push higher on hopes of trade deal and China stimulus – business live

Pan-European share index hits four-year high as traders wait for progress on US-China trade deal

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Pierre Veyret, technical analyst at trading platform ActivTrades has looked at the rally in European shares.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:36am

Northern Territory corruption boss steps down from Yuendumu probe over comments

Ken Fleming will stand aside from his role overseeing the investigation into death in custody of Kumanjayi Walker

The commissioner of the Northern Territory’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) Ken Fleming QC will step down from his role overseeing the investigation into the police shooting death of Indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:21am

Hong Kong protests: about 100 still holed up at university

600 protesters surrendered to authorities at Polytechnic University overnight, says Carrie Lam

About 100 protesters remain holed up at a university surrounded by police in Hong Kong, on the third day of the most prolonged and tense confrontation in more than five months of conflict in the semi-autonomous city.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:16am

Burglars take £1m of jewellery from London home in 'brazen' heist

Woman and children were in house when it was ransacked by unknown number of people

Jewellery worth more than £1m has been stolen in a “brazen” heist from a mansion in north London.

An unknown number of suspects broke into the property in Hampstead Lane in Haringey at about 5pm last Thursday , while a woman in her 30s and her children were inside, police said.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:02am

Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industry

Bill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.

The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 3:58am

Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested

Maltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killing

A man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of Malta’s most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police source has told Reuters.

The man is believed to have linked the person suspected of commissioning the murder of Caruana Galizia to the men accused of carrying out the killing, as well as those who helped procure the explosive device used in the operation.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 2:57am

'Everything's made by the people': how a slum became Albania's fastest growing city

Money sent home by relatives working abroad has transformed Kamza over the past decade

Driving out of Albania’s capital, Tirana, into nearby Kamza, blocks of communist-era apartments give way to a chaotic jumble of houses of different colours, shapes and heights. Many are half-finished or being rebuilt. Some are just exposed brick, while others are painted near-fluorescent greens, oranges or yellows.

“People pay a lot of attention to the aesthetics of the houses,” says Njazi Murrja, who lives locally. “They show the culture and the wealth of the family.”

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 2:30am

Alexander Vindman: ‘heroic’ witness who Trump will struggle to dismiss

Decorated Iraq war veteran is the marquee witness scheduled for Tuesday, with Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison

When Lt Col Alexander Vindman first spoke privately to Congress last month, Donald Trump baselessly attacked him as a “Never Trumper” and questioned what business Vindman had listening in on presidential phone calls.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 2:15am

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