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Hong Kong workers, students launch strike

India mob lynching: Vigilante victims seek justice

Analyst says mob feels police will not intervene and that there will be no prosecution.

    A doctor has been killed in the latest case of mob lynching in India.

    Human Rights Watch says at least 44 Indians have died in vigilante attacks between 2015 and 2018.

    Most were Muslims accused of slaughtering cows which are considered sacred by Hindus.

    Al Jazeera’s Anchal Vohra reports.

    Founding father's hair up for auction

    Famous James Bond car on the auction block

    The James Bond 1965 Aston Martin DB5 from ‘Goldfinger’ may fetch $46 million.

    A lock of George Washington’s hair will go up for bid on September 21st at the online auction house RR Auction. The four-inch lock of the founding father’s hair is, according to TMZ, expected to sell for upwards of $50,000.

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    The “copious lock of George Washington’s stark white hair” comes with a letter of provenance signed by a man named George M. Elliott, purportedly verifying its authenticity. This document, dated 1889, claims that the hair was cut from President Washington’s head by a relative in 1790—when the founder was about 58—and was then presented to a Captain Samuel Butman of Newburyport Massachusetts. Captain Butman’s widow later gave the hair to Mr. Elliott of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Washington, unlike many of his contemporaries, never wore a wig. His hair, as seen in portraits and on the dollar bill, may have been powdered at times, but was his own. Smithsonian.com notes that Washington’s hair was naturally a light brown and was worn in “a military style called a queue.”

    The lock of hair will go to auction mounted in “an ornate shadowbox display, with the text of Elliott’s letter engraved on a plaque below.”

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    Gold Futures Modestly Higher On Safe-haven Appeal

    Gold prices edged higher Monday morning on safe-haven appeal after the new tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China on each other’s goods took effect over the weekend.

    However, the positive trend in European stock markets and a steady dollar limited gold’s uptick.

    Volume of business in is somewhat thin on Monday as U.S. financial markets are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

    The dollar index rose to 99.10 earlier in the day and was last seen hovering around 99.05, up 0.13% from previous close.

    Gold futures for December were gaining $3.70, or 0.25%, at $1,533.10 an ounce. Gold prices had drifted lower in the previous three sessions, although they gained over 6% for the month.

    Silver futures for December were rising $0.103, or 0.57%, at $18.445 an ounce, while Copper futures for December were declining $0.0110, or 0.41%, at $2.5405 per pound.

    Although stock markets in Europe moved higher this morning, worries about global slowdown continue to linger following a new round of tariffs by the U.S. and China taking effect over the weekend.

    U.S. tariffs on $112 billion worth of Chinese imports went into effect on Sunday, while China started to impose retaliatory tariffs on some of the U.S. goods on its $75 billion target list.

    Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted that both sides would still meet for talks later this month.

    Texas shooter had lost job before murder spree

    The Texas madman who went on a mobile shooting spree had been fired from his job just hours before his rampage — and had previously failed a background check, according to new reports.

    Seth Ator, 36, had been axed from his trucking job a few hours before he killed seven and injured 22 in a spree in Odessa that started with a routine traffic stop on Saturday, authorities told the New York Times.

    Odessa police chief Michael Gerke did not mention the firing at a press briefing Sunday, instead insisting there were “no definitive answers as to motive or reasons at this point.”

    Ator used an “AR-type weapon” in his attack, and police say they are still investigating how he got it — especially in light of a revelation by state Rep. Tom Craddick who said Ator had previously failed a background check, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

    No details were given as to what caused him to fail.

    Ator first opened fire at state troopers who pulled him over in his gold Toyota pick-up truck for a minor signaling infraction along a stretch of I-20 near Midland, Texas, on Saturday.

    He then peeled off, firing indiscriminately out of the truck as he floored it towards Odessa, authorities said.

    Along the way, he killed a USPS worker and hijacked her mail truck, continuing the spree, officials said.

    He made his last stand in the parking lot of an Odessa movie theater, where he was killed in a shootout with cops.

    This story originally appeared at NYPost.com

    Russia, Iran to hold joint naval drills in Indian ocean: TASS

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and Iran are planning to hold joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean, the TASS news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday.

    Earlier on Monday, Zarif said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Tehran welcomed a Russian proposal for ensuring security in the Gulf.

    Hong Kong workers, students launch strike

    Thousands gather in the city centre and on a university campus as mainland China issues more warnings.

      Workers and students have begun a strike in Hong Kong as part of ongoing anti-government protests.

      Thousands have gathered in the city centre and on a university campus.

      The strike coincides with more warnings from mainland China.

      Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Hong Kong.

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