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News Wrap: Hong Kong braces for weekend of demonstrations

News Wrap: Hong Kong braces for weekend of demonstrations


AMNA NAWAZ: Representative Rashida Tlaib now
says she won’t visit the West Bank to see her grandmother, hours after the Israeli government
granted her entry on humanitarian grounds. Israel initially barred both Tlaib and fellow
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from entry over their support of boycotts protesting
Israel’s policies and treatment of Palestinians. But Israel reversed its ban on Tlaib, on the
condition she promise not to promote the boycotts during her trip. Tlaib tweeted that she wouldn’t visit under
such — quote — “oppressive conditions.” North Korea, meanwhile, fired two projectiles
into the sea Friday, marking its sixth launch in three weeks. Those launches came after a government spokesman
for the North criticized South Korea for continuing planned joint military exercises with the
U.S. Pyongyang also rejected the South’s offer of peace talks. President Trump has shrugged off the tests
as — quote — “smaller.” In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters began
a weekend of demonstrations amid suspicion China may send in paramilitary forces. At night, thousands of demonstrators gathered
for a student-led rally against the ruling Communist Party in China. Earlier, in the Chinese border town of Shenzhen,
Chinese paramilitaries held exercises at a sports stadium. But police in Hong Kong insisted they’re in
control. YEUNG MAN-PUN, Hong Kong Police Superintendent:
We are confident that we have the capability to maintain law and order in Hong Kong. In general, from my personal contact with
my front-line troops, they are motivated, stable and maintain high morale, and we love
our place, and we want to contribute. AMNA NAWAZ: Major pro-democracy rallies are
planned for Saturday and Sunday in Hong Kong. Police in Zimbabwe today cracked down on opposition
demonstrators in the capital, as they enforced a ban on anti-government protests. Demonstrators were demanding President Emmerson
Mnangagwa address rampant inflation, water shortages and widespread power outages. Hundreds rallied in the streets of Central
Harare. Police then fired tear gas and beat some of
the protesters as crowds fled down side streets. WOMAN: We don’t have any food, no money, not
even anything. That’s why we came here. We want to solve our problem. But how can we solve our problem when they
hit us? They come and beat us. So what can I do for that? AMNA NAWAZ: Opposition leaders said seven
people were injured and 80 others were arrested. More than 500 migrants have died in the Americas
this year. That’s according to a new report out today
from the United Nations’ Migration Agency. The U.N. said those numbers mark a 33 percent
increase over last year; 259 deaths were due to drowning in shipwrecks or attempted river
crossings. The report does not include the 11 fatalities
inside U.S. migrant detention centers. Four states and the District of Columbia today
filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new rules that disqualify immigrants from
earning green cards if they use public assistance. That includes Medicaid, food stamps, and some
public housing programs. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
said the rules have led to — quote — “a chilling effect” on immigrant families. XAVIER BECERRA (D), California Attorney General:
The Trump rule wants to put the power to bar your path to become a citizen if your child
participates in something as basic as your neighborhood school lunch or nutrition program. This Trump rule weaponizes nutrition, health
care and housing. It acts like a ticking time bomb. AMNA NAWAZ: The new rules are set to go into
effect in October. Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration
Services Ken Cuccinelli announced the rule change on Monday. He said the administration welcomes immigrants
who are — quote — “self-sufficient.” The New York City medical examiner — examiner,
rather, has ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a suicide. The results of the autopsy released today
said Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan jail cell last Saturday. Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex
trafficking charges. The FBI and Justice Department are both investigating
Epstein’s death after — quote — “serious irregularities” were found at the jail. There are new revelations today about the
Air Force’s probe into sexual assault allegations made against President Trump’s pick for the
Pentagon’s second highest military post. Air Force investigators determined there was
insufficient evidence to prove Air Force General John Hyten had a — quote — “unprofessional
relationship” with his close aide Army Colonel Kathryn Spletstoser. Hyten’s polygraph test was also deemed to
be inconclusive. A separate report from the Defense Department’s
inspector general could be made public as early as next week. Hyten has denied the assault claim. He faces a full Senate confirmation vote next
month. Meanwhile, a new report from the State Department’s
inspector general has found politically motivated harassment at one of the department’s top
bureaus. Career staffers in the Bureau of International
Organization Affairs said they were mistreated and retaliated against by top Trump administration
appointees who thought they were — quote — “disloyal” to the president. The State Department vowed to provide a corrective
action plan within 60 days. In economic news, Wall Street ended this turbulent
week of trading on a positive note. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 306
points to close at 25886. The Nasdaq rose 129 points, and the S&P 500
added 41. Greenland said today it is not for sale, amid
reports that President Trump has expressed interest in the U.S. buying the semiautonomous
Danish territory. The Wall Street Journal was first to report
that a Trump ally said the president discussed the purchase, but wasn’t serious about it. One of Greenland’s two members of the Danish
Parliament insisted today her nation was off the market. AAJA CHEMNITZ LARSEN, Danish Parliament: Greenland
is not for sale. And if Greenland were for sale, it was up
to the peoples of Greenland. Greenland is an indigenous population. And in many ways, I think if Greenland was
for sale, I don’t think we would sell it to the U.S. I think what most people in Greenland
are concerned about is the fact that we’re being seen as something that you can just
trade. And it’s quite disrespectful. AMNA NAWAZ: President Trump is not the first
American president to pitch the idea. In 1946, President Harry Truman’s administration
offered to purchase Greenland from Denmark in exchange for $100 million in gold. And two lucky kayakers in Alaska survived
a close call while investigating cracks in a glacier. One of the kayakers posted this dramatic video
online showing an ice bridge collapsing and falling into the water below. A huge splash then washes over the two men
as they paddle away from the oncoming wake. Alaska has seen its lowest levels of sea ice
ever this summer, as record temperatures and wildfires have grown amid the climate crisis. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: flash point
in Kashmir — we get a view on the ground from this disputed territory; new reports
of the abuse faced by separated migrant children, this time in the u.s. foster care system;
mountain biking and cattle grazing, who gets priority on public lands; plus, much more.


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