Month Archives: November 2019

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Victim of London Bridge Terror Attack Identified as 25-Year-Old Cambridge Graduate

One of the two victims killed in the terror attack on London Bridge has been identified as 25-year-old Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt. Merritt was working at Learning Together, a group that organized a conference at Fishmongers Hall when the now-deceased terrorist Usman Khan attacked. The other woman who was killed has not yet been identified. David Merritt, Jacks father, confirmed on Twitter that one of the victims was his son. “My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily,” wrote David, “R.I.P. Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog,” reported The Sun. Friends also started sharing tributes to Jack. One friend wrote on Twitter: “David, I knew your son through Learning Together & I loved him to pieces—he was the sweetest, most caring and selfless individual Ive ever met. “The warmest heart, always with time for anyone. Complet..

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Hong Kong Seniors Rally to Back Students as Activists Decry Police Actions

HONG KONG—Secondary school students and retirees joined forces to protest in Hong Kong on Saturday, the first of several weekend rallies planned across the city, as pro-democracy activists vowed to battle what they say are police brutality and unlawful arrests. A top Hong Kong official said the government was looking into setting up an independent committee to review the handling of the crisis, in which they say demonstrations have become increasingly violent since they began more than five months ago. Hong Kong has seen relative calm since local elections last week delivered an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates. Still, activists appear keen to maintain the momentum of their movement. “I came out for the peaceful protest in June when there was more than one million people, but the government did not listen to our demands,” said a 71-year-old woman in Hong Kongs Central district who only gave her name as Ponn. Anti-government protesters hold hands to form a human cha..

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Australian Defense Task Group Visits Fiji as Part of Australias Pacific Step-Up

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) visited Fiji for a week of activities in Suva as part of the Australian governments Pacific Step-up initiative, one of Australias highest foreign policy priorities that puts emphasis on engagement with the Pacific region. “Our latest visit continues to build upon an extensive partnering program already established between the ADF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF),” Commander of the Australian Joint Task Force 637, Major General Justin Ellwood, said in a release on Thursday. #YourADF has continued enhanced engagement in the South West Pacific region, conducting amphibious training with the Fijian Military Forces during a week-long visit in consultation with the Fijian Government. #ADFPartner @AusHCFJ Media release: https://t.co/Mqcm51nNlW pic.twitter.com/aSaRdyH4lo — Defence Australia (@DeptDefence) November 29, 2019 “This program includes a variety of engagements, from joint training exercises through to cultural and community activ..

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