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China cuts ties with Lithuania over Taiwan spat

BEIJING (AP) – China slashed official relations with Lithuania below ambassadorial level after Taiwan, the island democracy Beijing claims to be part of its own territory, was allowed to open a representative office in the Baltic nation. Beijing had previously expelled the Lithuanian ambassador and removed its own envoy to the country. The Foreign Ministry said relations would be downgraded to charge d’affaires level, according to the Embassy’s No.2 official. Taiwan has only 15 official diplomatic allies, but maintains informal ties with all major nations through trade offices that act as de facto embassies, notably to the United States and Japan.


Video of missing Chinese tennis star posted online

BEIJING (AP) – Missing tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public at a youth tournament in Beijing, photos released by the organizer show, as the ruling Communist Party tried to allay fears in Beijing. foreigner while suppressing information in China about Peng after accusing a senior official of sexual assault. The China Open management post on social media service Weibo made no mention of Peng’s disappearance or the accusation that she had been sexually assaulted by a former Chinese leader. Peng was shown standing next to a court, waving and signing oversized children’s commemorative tennis balls. The ruling party appears to be trying to defuse the alarm about Peng without acknowledging his disappearance.


Atlanta airport checkpoint chaos: man grabs gun, it explodes

ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities say a passenger awaiting a bag search at the main Atlanta airport security checkpoint reached the bag and seized a gun, which triggered, causing chaos among travelers. The Transportation Security Administration said the gun was unloaded Saturday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, but it was not an active shooting incident. Authorities said the passenger fled through an airport exit and were seeking to be arrested. They identified him as a 42 year old convicted felon. The FAA ordered a temporary ground stopover on flights before normal operations resumed less than two hours later. The incident alarmed travelers at one of the country’s busiest airports ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday season.


Fox says he didn’t pay for Rittenhouse movie and interview

NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News said on Saturday it did not pay Kyle Rittenhouse for any special access during his murder trial or after his acquittal. Hours after being found not guilty of shootings during a Wisconsin protest against racial injustice, Fox announced that Rittenhouse would be giving his first interview to Fox’s Tucker Carlson and taking part in a documentary made by Carlson’s crew . Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, said a Fox documentary team was brought into the Rittenhouse team against their will. Richards told The Associated Press on Saturday that he didn’t think the shoot was appropriate and that he had fired the team on several occasions.


Oil reflections spotted near southern California oil spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Officials are investigating an oil burst spotted on Saturday near a crude pipeline leak last month off the southern California coast. The US Coast Guard says the oil layer is about 70 feet by 30 feet and they have dispatched “pollution control officers, planes and boats” to investigate. The oil shard is located in the same area where a massive oil spill was confirmed last month off the coast of Orange County. The spill confirmed on Oct. 2 that a ruptured undersea pipeline owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy had leaked to about 25,000 gallons of crude.


Ex-girlfriend who reported bomber ID files sues for reward

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – The ex-girlfriend of the man who detonated an explosive in downtown Nashville last Christmas has filed a lawsuit saying she should receive $ 284,000 in rewards offered after the explosion. News organizations report that Pamela Perry filed a complaint Friday asking for the reward because she came forward “at great personal risk to help law enforcement identify” Anthony Warner as the suicide bomber. Warner parked an RV in the middle of a Nashville tourist district and set off the explosion that killed him, injured others and damaged buildings. A company that offered a reward told WTVF-TV it was for “capture and conviction,” which did not happen because Warner died. Another declined to comment.


UN agency: 75 migrants drown in the Mediterranean off Libya

ROME (AP) – The United Nations migration agency said 75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya earlier this week as they tried to reach Italy by boat. The International Organization for Migration reported the latest tragedy in a tweet on Saturday, attributing the information to 15 survivors who were rescued by fishermen and brought to the port of Zuwara in northwest Libya. Also on Saturday, the Italian coast guard said they had rescued more than 420 migrants, including dozens of minors, on board boats in difficulty in the Mediterranean Sea.


US Grand Admiral warns of Chinese threat at Halifax Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) – The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has said the United States and its allies must operate with a greater sense of urgency amid mounting tensions and growing military actions assertions of China. Admiral John C. Aquilino reaffirmed America’s commitment to achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific region in meetings with allies at the Halifax International Security Forum. Aquilino sys, the United States and its allies must work together more frequently in international waters to strengthen interoperability so that they can operate together quickly if necessary. Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a strong foreign policy and the expansion of the party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army.


Man shot dead by police after call from North Carolina home

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina police officer shot dead a man after responding to a caller report that someone was trying to enter a house. Greensboro Police said in a press release that Joseph Thomas Lee Lopez, 29, died in the shooting. The name of the officer who shot Lopez on Friday night was not immediately disclosed. News & Record reports that officers were responding to a “wanted person call” at a residence when they encountered Lopez in a shed behind the appellant’s home. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.


Venezuelan musicians break the world’s greatest orchestral record

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Thousands of Venezuelan musicians, mostly children and adolescents, have won the title of the largest orchestra in the world. The record was set by more than 8,500 musicians. Guinness World Records announced the feat in a video released on Saturday. The musicians, all connected to the country’s network of youth orchestras, obtained the designation with a performance a week earlier of Tchaikovsky’s “Slavic March”. They attempted the record during a patriotic concert in a military academy in the capital Caracas. The previous record belonged to a Russian group that played the national anthem of that country.

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