LIU’S ASHES SCAT­TERED INTO SEA OFF CHINA

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Fam­ily mem­bers of Liu Xiaobo scat­tered the No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate’s ashes into the sea on Satur­day in fu­neral pro­ceed­ings closely or­ches­trated by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing his death from can­cer while in cus­tody.

Liu’s sup­port­ers said the move was in­tended by the au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment to per­ma­nently erase any traces of China’s best­known po­lit­i­cal pris­oner, who died Thurs­day at the age of 61.

The sea burial took place Satur­day at noon, just hours af­ter his cre­ma­tion, a spokesman for the north­east­ern city of Shenyang, where Liu died, told re­porters.

Liu’s el­der brother, also ad­dress­ing re­porters at the brief­ing, thanked the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party and the gov­ern­ment for its han­dling of his brother’s fu­neral. The brother, Liu Xiaoguang, is re­garded by Liu’s friends as hav­ing long been un­sup­port­ive of Liu’s po­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cacy.

Two Ger­man tourists fa­tally stabbed in Egypt.

The Egyp­tian univer­sity grad­u­ate who stabbed two Ger­man women to death at a pop­u­lar Red Sea re­sort first sat and spoke to them in flu­ent Ger­man be­fore pro­duc­ing a large kitchen knife and at­tack­ing them, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Leav­ing them for dead, 29-year-old Ab­del-rah­man Shaa­ban fled the scene, chased by ho­tel work­ers and se­cu­rity guards. He rushed into the ho­tel next door where he at­tacked and wounded four fe­male tourists who, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports, in­cluded two Ar­me­ni­ans, one from Ukraine and another from the Czech Repub­lic.

“Stay back, I am not af­ter Egyp­tians,” Shaa­ban shouted at his pur­suers, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials. They even­tu­ally caught up with him, dis­armed and pinned him down and later handed him over to the po­lice. Shaa­ban stabbed the women in the face, neck and feet.

In­sur­gents battle each other in Syria.

Clashes have bro­ken out in north­west­ern Syria be­tween two of the most pow­er­ful in­sur­gent groups there rais­ing fears of wide­spread vi­o­lence in the rebel-held prov­ince of Idlib, the groups and an op­po­si­tion mon­i­tor said Satur­day.

The fight­ing be­tween the ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Ahrar al-sham and the al-qaida-linked Hay’at Tahrir al Sham — Ara­bic for Le­vant Lib­er­a­tion Com­mit­tee — that is also known as HTS, are the first se­ri­ous acts of vi­o­lence since both sides reached a truce in Fe­bru­ary. Wider clashes be­tween the two for­mer al­lies could af­fect their fight against Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s forces who have been gain­ing ground over the past year un­der the cover of Rus­sian airstrikes.

U.S. jour­nal­ist miss­ing af­ter Congo at­tack.

Six Con­golese rangers were found Satur­day in a large for­est re­serve in Congo’s north­east a day af­ter a se­cu­rity sta­tion was at­tacked by mili­tia, but an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and at least three other se­cu­rity guards re­main miss­ing, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

Mam­basa ter­ri­tory ad­min­is­tra­tor Al­fred Bong­walanga Efoloko con­firmed that the six had been found. At least 10 peo­ple had gone miss­ing af­ter an at­tack Fri­day by the Mai Mai mili­tia out­side the town of Mam­basa in Congo’s Okapi Wildlife Re­serve, he said.

No de­tails about the miss­ing jour­nal­ist were im­me­di­ately avail­able and author­i­ties had no proof the at­tack was an ab­duc­tion, he said.

Blair says Brexit should be stopped. LON­DON» There’s a chance Bri­tain won’t leave the Euro­pean Union, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair said Satur­day, ar­gu­ing that stop­ping Brexit is “nec­es­sary” to avoid se­vere eco­nomic dam­age.

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by Blair’s In­sti­tute for Global Change, he wrote that EU lead­ers might be will­ing to “re­form and meet us half way” to keep the U.K. in the bloc. He said that might in­clude com­pro­mise on free­dom of move­ment — a key EU prin­ci­ple that con­flicts with Bri­tain’s goal of plac­ing lim­its on im­mi­gra­tion.

Blair also told Sky News that “ev­ery day is bring­ing us fresh ev­i­dence” of Brexit’s harm to Bri­tain.

Leader: No gays in Chech­nya. MOSCOW» In an in­ter­view, Chechen leader Ramzan Kady­rov de­nies re­ports that gay men are be­ing de­tained and tor­tured in the Rus­sian repub­lic — not be­cause such abuses would not be al­lowed, but be­cause he thinks there are no gay men in Chech­nya.

“This is non­sense,” Kady­rov said when asked about the al­le­ga­tions. “We don’t have those kinds of peo­ple here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada.”

“Praise be to God,” the Chechen leader adds. “Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To pu­rify our blood, if there are any here, take them.”

Kady­rov’s com­ments came dur­ing an in­ter­view for the show “Real Sports with Bryant Gum­bel.”

Self-fu­el­ing boat be­gins jour­ney. PARIS» A boat that fu­els it­self is set­ting off around the world from Paris on a six-year jour­ney that its de­sign­ers hope will serves as a model for emis­sions-free en­ergy net­works of the fu­ture.

En­ergy Ob­server will use its so­lar pan­els, wind tur­bines and a hy­dro­gen fuel cell sys­tem to power its trip.

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