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_1 Democ­racy ad­vo­cate barred: The Hong Kong govern­ment on Fri­day disqual­i­fied a democ­racy ad­vo­cate from run­ning for a seat on the lo­cal leg­is­la­ture in Novem­ber, the lat­est in a se­ries of moves that have un­der­mined the po­lit­i­cal power of the op­po­si­tion camp in the semi-au­ton­o­mous Chi­nese city. Lau Si­u­lai, a com­mu­nity col­lege lec­turer, had pre­vi­ously been elected to the seat in 2016. But the govern­ment disqual­i­fied her for read­ing her oath of of­fice very slowly in an act of protest. Hong Kong, a for­mer Bri­tish colony that re­turned to China in 1997, has its own lo­cal govern­ment. While half of the lo­cal leg­is­la­ture is di­rectly elected, ef­forts to ex­pand democ­racy be­yond that have met with lit­tle suc­cess.

_2 Lethal mud­slides: At least 34 peo­ple have died in mud­slides trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rains in a moun­tain­ous area of east­ern Uganda that is prone to such dis­as­ters, a Red Cross of­fi­cial said Fri­day. More vic­tims were likely to be dis­cov­ered when res­cue reams ac­cess all the af­fected ar­eas in the foothills of Mount El­gon, said Red Cross spokes­woman Irene Nakasi­ita. Peo­ple were killed by boul­ders and chunks of mud rolling down hills fol­low­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of heavy rains Thurs­day in the dis­trict of Bududa. Ef­forts by Uganda’s govern­ment over the years to re­lo­cate all res­i­dents away from steep slopes have not suc­ceeded. There also have been calls for peo­ple to plant more trees on steep hill­sides.

_3 Mall dis­as­ter: Emer­gency per­son­nel are us­ing cranes and abra­sive cut­ters to re­move slabs of con­crete at a col­lapsed shop­ping mall in north­ern Mex­ico in hopes of find­ing the last miss­ing con­struc­tion work­ers. Three lev­els of the mall col­lapsed Thurs­day, killing at least seven men. Nuevo Leon state civil de­fense of­fi­cial Miguel Perales says, “They lit­er­ally sand­wiched.” Perales said Fri­day that res­cuers us­ing sonar equip­ment, dogs and heat-im­age cam­eras had de­tected signs of a per­son or a body at three dif­fer­ent sites in the rub­ble in the in­dus­trial hub of Mon­ter­rey. Fif­teen peo­ple were in­jured, and all the vic­tims are be­lieved to be con­struc­tion work­ers. Work on the three-story struc­ture was be­ing car­ried out with­out the nec­es­sary li­censes.

_4 As­teroid land­ing: Ja­pan’s space agency is de­lay­ing a space­craft touch­down on an as­teroid be­cause sci­en­tists need more time to find a safe land­ing site on the ex­tremely rocky sur­face. The space­craft Hayabusa2 left Earth in 2014 and trav­eled 170 mil­lion miles to the area of as­teroid Ryugu, which it reached in June. The Ja­pan Aero­space Ex­plo­ration Agency plans to at­tempt three brief touch-and-go land­ings on Ryugu to col­lect sam­ples in hopes of gain­ing clues to the ori­gin of the so­lar sys­tem and life on Earth. JAXA Hayabusa2 project man­ager Yuichi Tsuda said Fri­day that the rock­ierthan-ex­pected as­teroid hardly has any flat spa­ces for land­ing. He said his team needs at least a month to re­vise the land­ing plan.

_5 Royal wed­ding: Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried tequila brand am­bas­sador Jack Brooks­bank in a star-stud­ded royal wed­ding Fri­day at St. Ge­orge’s Chapel on the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle. It was the sec­ond wed­ding ex­trav­a­ganza of the year for the royal fam­ily, which seems to be rid­ing a wave of pop­u­lar­ity as the younger gen­er­a­tion comes to the fore and the widely-re­spected Queen El­iz­a­beth II cuts back slightly on her pub­lic ap­pear­ances. The 28-year-old bride, the queen’s grand­daugh­ter, is ninth in line to the Bri­tish throne. The 92-year-old queen and her hus­band, Prince Philip, 97, at­tended the wed­ding, along with other se­nior roy­als.

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