Jury convicts Colorado man in fiancee’s murder

A Colorado rancher convicted of murder in the death of his fiancee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Patrick Frazee was sentenced Monday shortly after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. (Nov. 18)

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NGOs enter Polytechnic University in Hong Kong to meet with protesters | AFP

NGOs enter the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong to meet with the student protesters. While some protesters wish to leave, others say they will remain to fight, as they fear they cannot trust the government to keep their promises in striking a deal to let the underaged students leave and guarantee their future security.

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Prosecutor: Walmart shooting isolated incident

Authorities in Oklahoma say the investigation into a fatal shooting outside a Walmart is preliminary, but insist it was an β€œisolated incident.” (Nov. 18)

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Flight to China nears for giant panda in DC

In just hours, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. will say goodbye to Bei Bei, as the adorable 4-year-old panda cub departs for China. (Nov. 18)

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Dash camera shows close call on icy Illinois road

Dash camera video captured what state police in Illinois are calling a “miracle on the ice.” An out of control truck narrowly missed two troopers and a woman as they changed her tire along an icy road in southern Illinois (Nov. 18)

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Here’s the latest for Monday, November 18: Three people fatally shot at an Oklahoma Walmart; The Supreme Court orders delay in release of Trump’s financial records; Hong Kong protesters continue to clash with police; Panda fans bid farewell to Bei Bei.

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Romania’s forests under mounting threat — along with rangers | AFP

Illegal logging is taking a human toll in Romania. State rangers are being beaten, chased or threaten by timber thieves. Two were recently killed while facing alleged thieves. Two major protests, one by rangers and one organised by Greenpeace, have taken place to call upon the government to step up its measures to protect forests and their guardians.

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Havana’s 500th anniversary: Fisherman Roberto Molina | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. Fisherman Roberto Molina leaves his house every day, no matter the weather. For him, it doesn’t matter if the capital is good or bad because it’s his home.

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Havana at 500: a fisherman’s tale | AFP

At 69, Roberto Molina has spent nearly half his life fishing at Havana’s Malecon. His face weather-beaten, walking steadily down to the sea every day from his home just a few hundred meters away.

“People now fish out of necessity,” he says. Every day, hundreds of fishermen like Molina descend towards Havana’s waterfront to catch what they can with hook and line and to either eat or sell to private restaurants.

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California says vaping device maker targeted teens

California is suing the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging Juul Labs deliberately targeted teenagers with its early marketing campaigns.The lawsuit filed Monday by California’s attorney general is the latest legal action against Juul. (Nov. 18)

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Havana at 500: a doctor for the people | AFP

Doctor Alina Gonzalez, 57, looks after some of Cuba’s 2,000 centenarians. The island’s 11.2 million people have an average life expectancy of 79.5 years β€” comparable to that of rich nations. Since 1962, a US embargo has made daily life in Cuba hard, even for doctors like herself. Complications have increased in recent months after the US tightened trade restrictions further.

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Havana at 500: a silver fairy in Old Havana

Beatriz Estevez, 29, gave up her law studies and turned to the arts. The streets of Old Havana are now her everyday stage where she performs as a living statue. Her character the ‘silver fairy’ has become an almost permanent fixture there. For those like Beatriz who work in the tourism sector in Cuba, opportunities are rife. On average, self-employed Cubans can make up four times as much as state employees.

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Sudanese hope Ethiopian dam ends Blue Nile floods | AFP

The Blue Nile is a renegade river, according to Sudanese farmer Osman Idris, its unpredictable flooding swallowing crops and houses as it crashes through Sudan from Ethiopia on its way to Egypt.

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Havana’s 500th anniversary: Doctor Alina Gonzalez | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. German-born doctor Alina Gonzalez walks more than two kilometres daily to get to work. Even if she can think of “a million things to improve”, she loves the island and its capital and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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US softens position on Israeli settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. (Nov. 18)

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Hong Kong protesters fight back police tear gas | AFP

Hong Kong protesters flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus as some of the more radical demonstrators fight back police tear gas using a catapult and throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails. IMAGES

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Trump Keeps Saying β€œNo, No, No”

Here is a supercut of Donald Trump saying, β€œno, no, no”

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Havana at 500: riding in a 1959 Chevy

Yosbel Sosa, 33, drives what he calls a “time machine” β€” a black Chevrolet Impala with red and white seats, dating back to 1959, the year of late leader Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In it, he drives tourists around the city’s historic sites: the restored dome of the Capitol, the colonial mansions, Art Deco buildings, Revolution Square and the picturesque Malecon seafront promenade.

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Hong Kong Police Tear Gas And Beat Protesters Trying To Escape University

Parents gathered outside the university to beg police to let their kids go, while one protest leader called on the international community to prevent “Tiananmen 2019.”

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US: Israeli settlements not ‘inconsistent’ with int’l law (Pompeo) | AFP

The United States no longer considers Israeli settlements to be “inconsistent with international law,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces, in a shift in American foreign policy. SOUNDBITE

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Episode 10 – Fight For Survival | What Can Be Saved? | AP

The tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly is found in only one place on Earth: on an artillery range in North Carolina. It’s among more than 1,600 U.S. species that have been protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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Watch episode 9 “China’s Yellowstone” – https://youtu.be/uZQTOxiNdg0

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Georgia: Riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters | AFP

Hundreds of riot police in body armour and helmets spray water cannons to break up a crowd of several hundred protesters outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi after the ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms. The police crackdown came after more than 20,000 demonstrators rallied outside parliament on Sunday in the largest anti-government rally in years, urging the government to resign and calling for new legislative elections.

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Havana at 500: a city through the eyes of four ‘habaneros’

Half a millennium since its founding by Spanish colonists, the Cuban capital Havana has become a byword for Latin American romance and revolutionary nostalgia.

As the city celebrate its 500th anniversary, AFP interviewed four Havana residents, whose lives reflect its history and its recent changes.

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