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Students walk out of University of Chicago graduation as school withholds 4 diplomas over protests

CHICAGO — Dozens of students protesting the war in Gaza walked out of the University of Chicago’s commencement Saturday as the school withheld the diplomas of four seniors over their involvement with a pro-Palestinian encampment. The disruption to the rainy two-hour outdoor ceremony was brief, with shouts, boos and calls to “Stop Genocide.” A crowd of students walked…

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Protest song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ banned in city after court overturns ruling

HONG KONG — An appeals court on Wednesday granted the Hong Kong government’s request to ban a popular protest song, overturning an earlier ruling and deepening concerns over the erosion of freedoms in the once-freewheeling global financial hub.  “Glory to Hong Kong” was often sung by demonstrators during the huge anti-government protests in 2019. The song was…

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Trump meets with former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso

Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, a senior figure in the country’s governing party, met with Donald Trump on Tuesday, becoming the latest U.S. ally seeking to establish ties with the Republican presidential candidate. The 83-year-old Aso, who is currently vice president of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, entered Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday evening and…

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