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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am


Ex-Brazilian leader freed from prison

Associated Press

CURITIBA, Brazil – Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of prison Friday, injecting new energy into a weakened opposition. His exit drew cheers from supporters who gathered to celebrate the release of the man who rose from poverty to lead an economic boom.

Hundreds of red-shirted Brazilians applauded the popular, 74-year-old politician as he walked out of the federal police building less than a day after the Supreme Court ruled that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals have been exhausted. Da Silva, who is appealing his conviction for corruption and money laundering, has been imprisoned since April 2018. Right-leaning Brazilians had viewed his jailing as proof Brazil was finally serious about putting an end to impunity, and it split the already-polarized society further.

Hong Kong protester dies in fall

A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality in five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The government expressed “great sorrow and regret” over Chow Tsz-Lok's death and police said they will propose a public inquest. Chants of “Hong Kong people, revenge” and “A blood debt must be paid in blood” rang out during memorial events across the city. Some called for a citywide strike.

Deadly wildfires ravage Australia

Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and over 100 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday.

Around 1,500 firefighters were battling 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, with the most intense in the northeast where flames were fanned by strong winds, the Rural Fire Service said.