Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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(Hong-Kong-Protests)(Audio:50)

Dueling demonstrations on both sides of Hong Kong's famous harbour are highlighting the political divide today in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

Pro-democracy activists have marched through a district in Kowloon, while supporters of the Beijing-backed government rallied in a park on the Hong Kong Island side.

The democracy protests have raged continuously for 10 weeks, many ending in clashes with police as protesters take over streets and officers respond with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Teachers joined their protest today and back their demands for fully democratic elections, the resignation of the city's leader, and an end to excessive police force against the crowds.

The pro-government side defends the police and blames the demonstrators for the violence.(4)

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(US-Portland-Rallies)(Audio:48)

Two massive rallies are expected to take place today in Portland, Oregon and about 24 local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies are getting ready.

Agencies including the F-B-I will be helping police with a right-wing rally organized by the Proud Boys that is expected to be attended by white nationalists and other demonstrators from around the U-S.

There are concerns about violence as groups of self-described anti-fascists have vowed counter-protests against hate.(4)

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(SNC-Lavalin-Trudeau)

Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion says if the House of Commons wants him to testify about his scathing report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of the S-N-C-Lavalin affair, he is willing to do so.

Conservative and N-D-P members may force an emergency meeting of the committee next week and they intend to move a motion to invite Dion to answer questions.

But it is possible that the six Liberals on the Liberal-dominated panel might not invite him.

Dion's report found that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by pressuring ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt a criminal prosecution of S-N-C-Lavalin on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya. …

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