A public park in Hong Kong is overflowing with thousands of protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Sporting their movement's trademark black clothing and face masks, rally participants Sunday packed into Chater Garden, not far from the city's Legislative Council building. They held up signs “Free Hong Kong" and waved American and British flags. A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. Frictions between democracy-minded Hong Kongers and the Communist Party-ruled central government in Beijing came to a head last June, when proposed extradition legislation sparked mass demonstrations that have continued for eight months.
Canada's weather agency ended a blizzard warning for the St. John's, Newfoundland, area on Saturday, but a rare state of emergency and storm surge warning remained in effect following a monster storm that buried Newfoundland's capital city.
A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace.
Police in Utah say a boy opened fire inside a home, killing three children and a woman. The shooting happened Friday night in Grantsville, a town of 11,000 west of Salt Lake City. Police officials say the juvenile suspect was arrested at a nearby hospital after someone drove him and a fifth shooting victim there. They say that person is in stable condition with a gunshot wound and is expected to survive. Investigators believe the victims are all related to one another. Authorities have not released any identities and say they don't yet know the motive for the shooting.
Puerto Rico’s government is opening public schools in late January without knowing if they can withstand a big earthquake as concerns grow about weakened infrastructure that is displacing thousands of students.
Rob Gillies, Associated Press | PostedJan 17th - 10:25am
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday his government will give Canadian $25,000 ($19,122) to families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week.