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Hong Kong Police Arrest More Than 200 After Pro-democracy Protests Erupt Again

Hong Kong police arrested 230 people over the weekend during a chaotic pro-democracy protest that erupted amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Spanish Police & FBI Foil Suspected Radical Islamic Terror Plot to Attack Barcelona.

FBI & Spanish police arrested a “lone wolf” radical Islamist suspect on Friday who was believed to be planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Barcelona.

China Calls Hong Kong Protesters a ‘Virus’ that ‘Must Be Eliminated’

HKMAO, CCP political office in Hong Kong, on Wednesday condemned pro-democracy demonstrators as a “political virus” that “must be eliminated”.

Killer Asian Giant Hornets Discovered in United States for First Time

Asia’s ‘murder hornets’ were spotted in the United States for the first time recently, causing scientists to worry that the insect might be colonizing.

Several Banks Set on Fire in Lebanon Amid Economic Protests

At least a dozen banks were set on fire and vandalized Tuesday evening throughout Lebanon; IMF warns of economic danger for the remainder of the year.

France Treating ‘Islamic State’ Car Ramming Attack on Officers as Terrorism

A 29-year-old Frenchman who claimed allegiance to ISIS is facing possible terrorism charges after he rammed his car into police, injuring three officers.

Bomb Blast Kills 40 People in Northern Syria

At least 40 civilians were killed, including 11 children, when a bomb detonated on an oil tanker in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Tuesday.

Deadly Tornadoes Rip through Oklahoma, Texas & Louisiana; Franklin Graham: Relief Teams Ready to Help

At least six people were killed after strong tornadoes tore through parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Barrel Prices Plunge Below Zero as Coronavirus Collapses Demand

U.S. oil prices plummeted in historic fashion Monday, crashing below zero as traders unloaded positions ahead of the May contract's Tuesday expiration.

Violence and Looting Point to Food Crisis in South Africa Lockdown

"Mr President we are in the middle of a food crisis. It's war out here," warned a community leader in Mitchells Plain township in Cape Town.

China May be Conducting Secret Nuclear Tests, State Department Warns

State Department is concerned China may be conducting small nuclear tests in secret, possibly violating an international agreement banning such tests.

Global Oil Demand Nears 25-Year Low After Dropping Again

As the battle against COVID-19 rages on worldwide, the oil market takes another dip; The IEA says we’re approaching a 25-year low in demand

German police attacked with stones, iron bars while enforcing coronavirus social distance measures

Police in Germany were attacked with stones and iron bars while attempting to disperse a large group that had gathered in violation of lockdown orders.

Reports: Coronavirus Panic-Buying Sweeps China as Locals Refuse to Believe Communist Party

Panic-buying has erupted across China amid fears of a food shortage, ignoring Communist China's statements urging people not to stockpile food

Coronavirus Riot Destroys Much of Prison in Thailand

A riot broke out at a prison in northeastern Thailand on Sunday after a rumor spread of a Chinese coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

Massive Protest Breaks Out in China’s Hubei Province, Ground Zero for the Coronavirus

A huge protest swept out of China’s Hubei province with thousands of angry residents pouring into neighboring Jiangxi province and clashing with police.

Indonesia Volcano Erupts 16,000-Foot Plume of Ash

Indonesia's most active volcano erupted a column of ash about 16,000 feet into the air on Friday, officials encouraging those who live nearby not to panic.

Border Crisis: European Union Says Greece Must Let Migrants Claim Asylum

EU calls Greece to allow migrants asylum, despite its support for efforts to prevent Turkey from facilitating wave of illegal migration into Greece

Denmark: 62 Percent of Young Somali Migrants Convicted by Age 30

Over half of all of the young migrant men from Somalia, Lebanon, and Morocco living in Denmark have been convicted of at least 1 crime before the age of 30.

Greece Claims Turkey Arms Migrants with Tear Gas, Sends Freed Prisoners to Border

Greek government releases video confirming Turkish authorities are ferrying illegal migrants to borders, arming them & using coast guard to escort by sea

Turkish UAV Strike Kills 21 Syrian Soldiers in Idlib Prior to Ceasefire

Turkish UAV strike(s) destroy Syrian Howitzers, rockets launchers, killing 21 soldiers in Idlib, Syria; The strikes came after killing of 2 Turkish soldiers

Tunisia: Suicide bombs near US Embassy kill, injure police

2 suicide bombers blew themselves up near the US Embassy in Tunisia, killing a police officer & wounding 4 Friday, the nation’s Interior Ministry said.

Pompeo: ICC War Crimes Probe, ‘Breathtaking Action’ by ‘Unaccountable Political Institution Masquerading’ as ‘Legal Body’

"This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body," Pompeo said of ICC at a news conference.

Nashville Tornado Leaves at least 25 Dead as Severe Weather Strikes Tennessee

A powerful storm system produced at least two tornadoes that struck central Tennessee early on Tuesday morning killing at least 25 people.

Erdogan Opens the Gates: Syrian Migrants Granted Unhindered Passage to Europe; after Syria Escalation

Refugees headed towards European frontiers Friday after Turkey declared that borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria.

Eight Killed in Multi-location shooting in Germany

At least 8 people shot dead in the German city of Hanau Wednesday night; perpetrators opening fire killing 3, changing location to kill additional 5

Tom Cotton: China Lying About Magnitude, Origin Of Coronavirus, ‘Worse Than Chernobyl’

Sen. Tom Cotton told Fox News that China’s communist gov. has repeatedly lied about the coronavirus, including magnitude and where the virus originated.

London Bloodbath: 15-Year-Old Boy and Two Others Stabbed Within 90 Minutes of Each Other

3 people are in life-threatening condition, including a 15-year-old boy, after a series of stabbings took place within the span of 90 minutes across London.

Number Of Confirmed Cases, Deaths From Coronavirus Explodes In China

The number of cases of the coronavirus in China exploded on Thursday as nearly 15,000 new cases and 242 new deaths from the virus were reported.

Security forces use tear gas as Lebanon protesters attempted to block confidence vote

Protesters tried to stop a confidence vote in parliament Tuesday on the new government they say fails to address demands & cannot rescue the ailing country

Hurricane-force winds pound UK & Europe, upend travel as Storm Ciara strikes

Storm Ciara battered the UK, Europe with hurricane-force winds & heavy rains Sunday, halting flights & trains, producing heaving seas that closed ports

Thai PM: 27 Dead After ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Shooting

A Thai soldier who killed 26 people and holed up in a mall overnight was shot dead by commandos on Sunday, ending a near-17-hour ordeal.

Two NYPD Officers Shot, Wounded In Two Separate ‘Assassination Attempts’ In The Bronx

Two NY Police officers were shot & wounded in a streak of “assassination attempts” that concluded Sunday when the gunman opened fire inside an NYPD station

Man Deliberately Rams Vehicle Into GOP Tent Full Of Volunteers, Trump Responds

Authorities in Florida said on Saturday that a man deliberately rammed a vehicle into a tent of Republican volunteers who were registering people to vote.

Afghanistan ‘insider attack’ leaves 2 US soldiers dead, 6 wounded

Multiple American casualties after U.S. & Afghan troops were fired on during a mission in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday.

White House Asks Scientists To Investigate Whether Coronavirus Was Bio-Engineered

White House in a letter to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, called scientific experts to "rapidly" look into the virus origins.

London Witnesses 3 Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in Under 24 Hours

Three separate antisemitic incidences were recorded in London this week, as Jews had stones and fireworks thrown at them in London.

Record high antisemitic incidents recorded in UK in 2019 – Report

The UK witnessed an annual record for antisemitic incidents in 2019, making it the fourth consecutive year that the record has been broken.

Unprecedented Number of Locusts Push Somalia to Declare National Emergency

An unprecedented number of locusts has caused Somalia to declare national emergency; UN says this is worst locust issue Eastern Africa has seen in 25 years

Only 24 People Charged over ‘Deliberately-Lit Bushfires’ in NSW, Australia – report

AP reported that of the 183 cases, only 24 people had been charged over “deliberately-lit bushfires"; Approximately 50% of Australia’s bushfires are arson.

UK: Shots Fired as London Police take out Knife Attacker

Police shoot dead terrorist feared to be wearing a suicide vest after he grabs knife from a shop, stabbing 2 during brutal high-street rampage in London

Belgian police shoot ‘knifeman’ who stabbed two – just minutes after terror attack in London

Belgium Police shoot a man who witnesses said attacked 2 people with a knife; Suspect reportedly hit in the hand by officers in Ghent during the incident.

Israeli Intelligence Officer: Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program

Israeli biological warfare analyst: Deadly coronavirus spreading globally may have originated in a lab in Wuhan linked to China’s biological weapons program

Kremlin to Consider Changing Vladimir Putin’s Title from President to ‘Supreme Ruler’

Russia looking to change the President’s title to ‘Supreme Ruler’; following Putin’s proposal earlier in January to make other changes to government power

S. Korea’s Moon urges calm amid protests over coronavirus quarantine sites

S. Korean President urged residents not to give in to fear as country prepared to evacuate the first round of citizens from the epicenter of the coronavirus

Israel & the White House Considering Suspension of all US Flights to China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Both Israel and the United States are considering an indefinite suspension of flights to China amid the Coronavirus outbreak; Israel to discuss barring entry for Chinese workers.

China leader calls coronavirus outbreak a grave situation as officials scramble to contain disease

China's leader called the accelerating spread of coronavirus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter scramble to stop the spread.

11 dead and five Missing as Flooding Worsens in Spain

The storm that has left scenes of devastation in its wake is moving north into France but not before causing havoc in Spain’s northeastern corner.

China Quarantines Wuhan Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Chinese government has quarantined the city of Wuhan and plans to shut down the airport and public transportation within hours amid an outbreak of the coronavirus, state media reported.

Leading Nigerian Pastor Executed by Boko Haram Terrorists

Reverend Lawan Andimi was beheaded by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram on Jan. 20 after being abducted during an attack on his village early January.

Health Ministry issues warning as alarm spreads over deadly Chinese virus

The Health Ministry issued a travel warning Monday on visiting the central Chinese city of Wuhan due to the outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in the city that has already killed three people.