August 18, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Scores of shocked families are burying the dead after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a crowded wedding in Afghanistan’s capital. At least 63 people were killed. A government spokesman says another 182 civilians were wounded in Kabul’s deadliest attack this year. The Taliban have denied any involvement in the blast, leading many to blame the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The organizer of Saturday’s far-right protests in Portland, Oregon, says he considers the demonstration a success with President Donald Trump pointing out left-wing anti-fascist groups known as antifa. Trump tweeted “major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION of TERROR.'” Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, resulting in 13 arrests.
HONG KONG (AP) – Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied a major road in central Hong Kong and are marching onward after a large public park could not contain the droves of participants. While police had granted approval for the rally, they didn’t approve an accompanying march. Demonstrators nevertheless fanned out and filled the streets, as there was not enough space at the designated assembly area.
CHICAGO (AP) – Doctors and public health experts are warning of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use public assistance. Some advocates say they’re already seeing the fallout before the rule takes effect in October. A Detroit nonprofit that helps immigrants with social services says its usually jam-packed lobby was empty the day after the rules were unveiled.
PARIS (AP) – Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher – all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year – and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber deaths in the line of duty. Police unions are demanding more help to stop the problem. Those who choose to end their lives are from everywhere in France and of all ages, many with young children.