13 Jun 2019

Today's world news: What's making the headlines

8:57 pm on 13 June 2019

Hong Kong's financial district shut down

Authorities have shut some government offices in Hong Kong's financial district after the worst violence the city has seen in decades.

The crowds have largely dispersed around government headquarters, after a day of chaos in which police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray at tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting against a bill which would allow extradition to mainland China.

It is unclear when the bill will be debated again, but protesters have vowed to return.

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  • Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after days of protests, violence
  • Adani mine given green light

    After almost nine years of planning, fierce protests and political debate, the controversial Adani coal mine in Queensland has been given the green light.

    Queensland's environment department has approved the mine's groundwater management plan and construction at the Galilee Basin site could start within days.

    Water experts have long been concerned that the mine could kill off ancient springs and have dire effects on the health of nearby rivers.

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  • Adani mine gets final environmental approval for Carmichael mine
  • Two Ebola deaths in Uganda

    Two people have now died from Ebola in Uganda as the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) spills over the border.

    They are from a family which crossed from the DRC into Uganda last week, and other family members have also been confirmed with the deadly virus.

    The World Health Organisation will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to determine whether to upgrade its assessment of the situation to a "public health emergency of international concern".

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  • New Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is 'truly frightening'
  • Trump sees nothing wrong in foreign information on political opponents

    US president Donald Trump has said he would accept damaging information on his opponent during the 2020 election campaign, even if it came from a foreign government.

    Asked in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, Mr Trump said if someone called him up from another country and said they had information, he would want to hear that.

    He also said he would not necessarily tell the FBI, which goes against official FBI advice.

    - BBC

    Large scale evacuations in India ahead of severe storm

    More than 300,000 people have been evacuated along the coast of the Indian state of Gujarat in preparation for a severe storm.

    Cyclone Vayu is the worst storm to form off India's northwest in decades.

    Forecasters said strong winds and heavy rain were expected to pummel coastal areas.

    Vayu comes a month after powerful Tropical Cyclone Fani slammed into India's northeastern coast killing 80 people and causing widespread damage.

    - BBC

    Presidential plane to cover Mexican migration deal

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to use profits from the sale of his presidential plane to cover the additional costs of a new migration deal with the US.

    Mexico agreed last week to deploy thousands of national guard members in the south of the country to prevent Central American migrants from reaching the US border.

    It's part of a deal to avoid US tariffs.

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  • Mexican president sells jet to help curb illegal migration
  • Life in prison for fake hijacking letter

    An Indian businessman has been jailed for life after planting a fake hijacking letter in the toilet of a Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Mumbai.

    Birju Salla said he had hoped the airline would close its Delhi operations and his girlfriend - a Jet Airways air stewardess - would have to move to live with him in Mumbai.

    He was also fined $720,000.

    Salla is the first person to be tried under India's new anti-hijacking laws.

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  • Fake plane hijacker hoped girlfriend would move in with him