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News Wrap: Hong Kong’s airport again crippled by protests

News Wrap: Hong Kong’s airport again crippled by protests


AMNA NAWAZ: Clashes rocked Hong Kong today,
as anti-government demonstrations crippled the busy international airport for a second
day. Scuffles broke out when riot police armed
with pepper spray and batons confronted pro-democracy protesters inside the terminal. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television
News has our report. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JONATHAN MILLER, INDEPENDENT TELEVISION NEWS
REPORTER: Midnight Hong Kong time, and the protestors who’d forced the cancellation of
all outbound flights for the second day running became suddenly agitated as a thin blue line
tentatively entered the arrivals hall, terminal one. Laser pens blinded the officers, who were
immediately forced to retreat. The black shirts thought for a moment they’d
seen the police off. Then, the riot police arrived. Initially they picked off individuals. Some were beaten, then cuffed. One riot policeman became immediately trapped
inside the doors to the terminal. You see him attempting an arrest, then he’s
set upon. He loses, then is beaten with his own baton. The intensity of the mistrust and hatred that
has built up exploding. The cop pulls a hand gun but shows restraint;
he does not fire. He’s finally rescued. Beijing’s rhetoric of “no leniency, no mercy”
still reverberating around Hong Kong, a city in the throes of chaos and escalating violence
and now gripped by fear of what China might do. At 20 to 1:00 in the morning, the protestors
surround another suspected police spy and cuff him with plastic cable ties. The editor of a Chinese communist party paper,
the English language “Global Times,” tweeted that Fu Guohao is one of his Hong Kong-based
reporters. There is an ugly symmetry to all this. It followed other violent incidents on Sunday
in which Hong Kong police fired tear gas into underground stations, chased and beat fleeing
protestors, and, across the harbor, shot a young female protestor in the eye with a baton
round. Carrie Lam, the pro-Beijing political leader
of the semi-autonomous territory, held a news conference this morning. CARRIE LAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HONG KONG (through
translator): Hong Kong has become unsafe and unstable, violence, not matter who commits
it or who lets it happen, is pushing Hong Kong onto a road of no return. JONATHAN MILLER: Just inside mainland China,
battalions of people’s armed police now stand at the ready. This is China’s counter-terrorism force and
tellingly, the protests in Hong Kong were yesterday described by Beijing as “emerging
terrorism.” Hong Kongers watch anxiously. As Carrie Lam sticks to her guns, they know
it’s Beijing who’s calling the shots. (END VIDEOTAPE) AMNA NAWAZ: That report from Jonathan Miller
of Independent Television News. Also today, the U.S. announced it’s delaying
tariffs on some Chinese goods until December 15th while removing other items from its tariff
list altogether. The tariffs have been set to go into effect
next month on products including laptops, cell phones, and video game consoles. President Trump was asked about the timing
of the delay before departing for an event in Pennsylvania. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an
impact on U.S. customers. But so far they’ve had virtually none. (END VIDEO CLIP) AMNA NAWAZ: Planned 10 percent tariffs on
about $300 billion in other Chinese goods will still be imposed. Word of the tariff delay actually sent stocks
soaring on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 372
points to close at nearly 26,280. The Nasdaq rose 153 points and the S&P 500
added 42. Scrutiny intensified today of the Manhattan
jail where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday. The Justice Department said the two guards
assigned to watch Epstein have now been placed on administrative leave. The jail’s warden was also temporarily reassigned,
pending the outcome of both the FBI and Justice Department investigations into Epstein’s death. A coalition of 29 states and cities filed
a lawsuit against the Trump administration today to stop a rule easing restrictions on
coal-burning power plants. The Trump rule rolled back an Obama-era regulation
that set limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. The outcome of the case could set a precedent
for how future administrations can fight climate change by restricting pollutants. Most of the southern U.S. and parts of the
Midwest were under heat advisories and warnings today, from Texas to South Carolina. The triple-digit heat wave was most intense
across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. But some relief is on the way. The National Weather Service said an approaching
cool front will help reduce the heat and humidity in some areas tomorrow. CBS and Viacom have agreed to reunite. They’ll merge their networks and the Paramount
movie studio in the face of growing competition from streaming services like Netflix. The combined company is estimated to have
$28 billion in revenue. The merger is expected to be completed by
year’s end. And, a new report out today finds that child
care costs in most states exceed federal subsidies for low-income parents. That’s according to the inspector general
for the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. Each state decides how to allocate funds from
an $8 billion national block grant, meant to offset child care costs for over a million
children. But many states set their payment rates much
lower than recommended. HHS has now put 33 states on watch to ensure
they comply with equal access requirements. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: what
we know and what remains hidden about the shadowy Russian nuclear program; the multiple
sexual harassment allegations against celebrated operatic tenor Placido Domingo; how online
casinos target gambling addicts and the devastation it wreaks on their lives. Plus, much more.


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