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FAMILIES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS PROTEST IN DOWNTOWN BAKU

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The families of political prisoners demonstrated in the center of Baku today and were briefly detained by the police.

Wearing t-shirts with portraits of their imprisoned family members, the demonstrators walked around the center of Baku until they were stopped by the police.

According to Zumrud Yaghmur, wife of political prisoner Fuad Gahramanli, the protestors, along with independent journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi, were detained and taken to police station #9 before being released.

15 June is a holiday in Azerbaijan. Known as the “Day of National Salvation,” it marks the return to power in 1993 of Heydar Aliyev, the former leader of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and one-time head of the Azerbaijani KGB. After Aliyev’s death in 2003, his son Ilham Aliyev became president and remains in power today.

“If today were really a ‘day of salvation,’ our children would be free,” said Shura Amiraslanova, mother of political prisoner Giyas Ibrahimov.

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Xi Jinping says no one wins in ‘cold war,’ but Pence won’t back down

(CNN)US and Chinese leaders presented opposing visions for the world in back-to-back speeches at the 2018 APEC conference in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, amid rising tensions between the world’s two major powers.Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of the need for global cooperation and international trade, telling the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit there was no…

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(CNN)US and Chinese leaders presented opposing visions for the world in back-to-back speeches at the 2018 APEC conference in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, amid rising tensions between the world’s two major powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of the need for global cooperation and international trade, telling the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit there was no issue that countries couldn’t work out “through consultation.”
“History has shown that confrontation, whether in the form of a cold war, a hot war or a trade war, will produce no winners,” Xi said to applause.
But US Vice President Mike Pence, speaking after the Chinese leader, said while they had “great respect for President Xi” and China, there would be no backing down on the trade war with Beijing until it “changes its ways.”
“China has taken advantage of the United States for many, many years and those days are over,” he told the meeting of world leaders.
US President Donald Trump has placed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods in retaliation for what he views as unfair trades practices by Beijing.
Trade talks between the two countries have resumed with hopes for a resolution to the accelerating trade war. Beijing made an initial offer to Trump earlier this week, which the US President said was “very complete.”
But tensions between the United States and China have spread beyond economic issues and into political and military areas, including a concerted push back by the US military against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea.
In his speech Saturday, Pence announced the United States would be building a military base in Papua New Guinea, in cooperation with Australia, further entrenching Washington’s military presence in Asia and the Pacific.
“We will work with these two nations to protect sovereignty and maritime rights in the Pacific Islands,” he said in his speech.
Both Xi and Pence were pushing a strong message of solidarity with the leaders of Pacific Island nations, with whom the Chinese leader met one-on-one during his first full day in the country Friday.
In his speech, Xi said the world needed to “draw upon each other’s strengths and pursue coexistence,” rather than criticize other countries’ domestic choices.
“We should reject arrogance and prejudice, be respectful and inclusive toward others, and embrace the diversity of our world,” he said.
It comes as Beijing is facing increasingly stern criticism from countries around the world for the Chinese government’s crackdown in Xinjiang province, which has reportedly seen at least 1 million Muslim-majority Uyghur people locked up in “re-education camps.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted fiercely to reports that 15 Western diplomats in Beijing were preparing a draft letter demanding an explanation for the crackdown Thursday.
“I don’t know why they are worrying about Xinjiang’s situation. Why did they make this kind of request that puts pressure on China? I think this kind of action is very unreasonable,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

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Girlfriend of Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing family speaks out on ‘horrific’ act

FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. The Colorado man, charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, under a plea deal that will allow him…

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Girlfriend of Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing family speaks out on ‘horrific’ act
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. The Colorado man, charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP, Pool, file)

FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. The Colorado man, charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP, Pool, file)

A Colorado woman who was dating Christopher Watts – the man accused of killing his pregnant wife and daughters in August – reportedly labeled him “a liar” during an interview Thursday where she detailed how the two met and began what, unknowingly to her, was an extramarital affair.

Nichol Kessinger, 30, had been dating Watts for less than two months and said she “barely knew him” when his family members disappeared over the summer, she told The Denver Post.

Earlier this month, Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges, in the deaths of his wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, prosecutors said. Police have said Watts drove their bodies to an oil site owned by his former employer. The girls’ bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, and Shanann Watts’ body was found in a shallow grave.

“I don’t think there is a logical explanation for what he did,” Kessinger told the outlet. “It’s a senseless act, and it’s horrific.”

The woman had reportedly been employed with a contractor for Anadarko Petroleum – where Watts worked – when the pair crossed paths and eventually began talking in mid-June.

COLORADO MAN CHARGED IN MURDER OF PREGNANT WIFE AND DAUGHTERS ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

She described Watts as being “very softspoken” and told The Post that she “believed him” when he said he was the father of two girls and was nearing the close of his divorce proceedings.

Their relationship progressed and reportedly became physical by the beginning of July, at which point Kessinger said the pair spent time together multiple times throughout the week. By the end of the month, he informed her that his divorce was official, the outlet said.

The day that Watts’ family went missing in mid-August, Kessinger told The Post that he told her via text that they were “gone,” but he seemed calm.

It was only after news outlets began reporting on their disappearance that she reportedly learned the truth.

“When I read the news, I found out he was still married and his wife was 15 weeks pregnant,” Kessinger said. “I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?’”

CHRIS WATTS UNDER SUICIDE WATCH ON COLORADO JAIL, REPORTS SAY

When Kessinger later spoke to Watts, he reportedly altered his explanation about his divorce and attempted to veer their conversation to a new subject.

“It got to a point that he was telling me so many lies that I eventually told him that I did not want to speak to him again until his family was found,” she told The Post.

She eventually contacted the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and divulged the details of their relationship, the outlet reported.

“I just wanted to help,” she said. “With a pregnant woman and two children missing, I was going to do anything that I could.”

Watts, who was charged in August with his pregnant wife and daughters’ deaths, will face three consecutive life sentences for the murder charges; the rest will be “left to the discretion of the court” when Watts is officially sentenced on Nov. 19, the Weld district attorney previously said.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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List of missing people after Camp Fire swells to more than 1000

(CNN)The list of people who are unaccounted for as a result of the Camp Fire in Northern California has 1,011 entries, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Friday evening.The sheriff said the list is imperfect and will fluctuate in number because it is raw data that needs to be refined. The death toll…

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(CNN)The list of people who are unaccounted for as a result of the Camp Fire in Northern California has 1,011 entries, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Friday evening.

The sheriff said the list is imperfect and will fluctuate in number because it is raw data that needs to be refined.
The death toll from the fire is now 71 after eight sets of remains were found Friday, Honea said. Three other deaths occurred in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, making the statewide death toll from wildfires 74.
With more personnel able to take reports from phone calls and emails and add names from 911 calls on the day the fire broke out, the number of names on the missing list swelled for the second consecutive day.
The Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history — has destroyed about 9,700 homes and scorched 146,000 acres (an increase of 5,000 acres Friday). It is 50% contained.
A report from the state firefighting agency said: “Today firefighters continued to make progress.”
Hundreds of deputies, National Guard troops, anthropologists and coroners are sifting through leveled homes and mangled cars for remains.
President Donald Trump is expected to visit the region Saturday. Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom plan to accompany him.
Smoke from the large wildfire has prompted several universities to cancel or postpone sporting events. That includes the University of California, Berkeley men’s basketball game Thursday night, which was called off, and its football game, which was rescheduled for December 1.

Scores reported missing

The number of names on the Camp Fire’s missing list soared Thursday and Friday, but authorities said they are struggling to confirm whether all of them are still unaccounted for.
Honea has said investigators combined all the information they have received from callers since the fire erupted more than a week ago. Some names on the list appear more than once, and it’s unclear whether others are duplicates, too, Honea said.
Officials have said it’s hard to determine the number of missing. Some people who may have evacuated can’t be reached because cell phone service is unreliable. Others haven’t reached out to relatives, and they may not know someone is looking for them, he said.
“I want you to understand,” Honea said Thursday, “that there are a lot of people displaced, and we’re finding that a lot of people don’t know that we’re looking for them.”
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office published the list on its website. If people find their names on the list, Honea said, or names of loved ones they know are safe, they’re asked to call the sheriff’s office.
For two days, Paradise police Officer Matthew Gates searched through ash and collapsed buildings for the remains of a woman.
When the Camp Fire broke out, a man told Gates his mother was likely driving on a jammed roadway that hundreds used to flee the flames. But Gates couldn’t find her.
Then Gates finally came across her at an evacuee shelter.
“She had burns up her arms and I knew it was her,” the officer told CNN affiliate KRCR. “I went and gave her a hug because I’ve been looking for her body.”
Authorities are trying to reach those who called 911 to verify they’ve made contact with their loved ones, said Collins of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’re asking people to call us if they do come in contact with their loved one so that we don’t spend time looking for somebody that’s already found.”

‘I see flashbacks of the fire’

A week after her family narrowly escaped as the Camp Fire closed in on the town of Paradise, Whitney Vaughan said she feels like giving up.
Everything she and her husband, Grady, own is gone, along with a home they were renting, “a quirky older house with lots of character and lots of room” for their six kids, she said.
Thankfully, her two kids and his children are able to stay with the other parents, but Vaughan said she and her husband are essentially homeless. One night they just began driving from town to town in search of a motel.
“So now we are homeless, have no money, are trying to find a place,” Vaughan said. “And if that isn’t bad enough, when I do close my eyes, I see flashbacks of the fire and the people trapped on our streets. The explosions and the screams will never be a sound that I can forget.”
Vaughan said she’s worried about how she’s going to explain to her 7-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son that she’ll likely have to move away while they find some level of stability.
“There are just too many people in the same situation,” she said. “I don’t know what to do anymore. We have nowhere to turn.
“This fire has changed us in ways I can never explain.”

3 deaths in Southern California

Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California has claimed three lives and destroyed 548 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, said Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency.
More than 98,000 acres have been burned since the blaze began November 8, while evacuees remain in shelters and portions of Malibu and nearby areas must be rebuilt, officials said.
More than 3,300 firefighters are making progress against the massive wildfire, which was 67% contained as of Friday.
More than 230,000 acres burned in California in the past week — larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined. And in 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, Cal Fire said.

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