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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off coast of Indonesian Island, tsunami warning issued

By Staff The Associated Press

The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, which the USGS said had hit at a depth of 59 km (37 miles), about 227 km (141 miles) from the city of Teluk Betung on the island.
The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, which the USGS said had hit at a depth of 59 km (37 miles), about 227 km (141 miles) from the city of Teluk Betung on the island.Google Maps

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island on Friday, swaying buildings as far away as the capital and prompting national authorities to urge those in coastal areas to head to higher ground in case of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude 6.8 quake was centred 151 kilometres (94 miles) from Banten province off the island’s southwest coast. It said it hit at a depth of 42.8 kilometres (26.5 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning, watch or advisory after the quake. Indonesian authorities, however, issued their own.

READ MORE: Indonesian earthquake measuring 7.3 damages homes, causes mass exodus

Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said the local tsunami alert will remain in place. She called on people living in coastal areas to move to higher ground but she also urged people not to panic.

Buildings in Jakarta swayed for nearly a minute during the evening quake. Television footage showed workers and residents running out of high-rise buildings.

Radio and television reports said

Ontario police assign investigative team to look into B.C. murder suspect tips

By Rachael D’Amore National Online Journalist  Global News

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The Ontario Provincial Police have assigned a dedicated team of investigators to follow up on “numerous” tips related to the manhunt for two B.C. murder suspects.

OPP said Friday that they are investigating reports of “suspicious vehicles and/or young males believed to the British Columbia homicide suspects.”

READ MORE: Manhunt for B.C. murder suspects enters new chapter as Ontario police probe ‘suspicious’ car

“At this time, the OPP cannot confirm that any of these sightings are of the suspects, Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, nor has there been any confirmed sighting in Ontario,” police said in a news release.

“Members of the public should be vigilant of their personal safety at all times. These two suspects are considered dangerous.”

The latest possible clue as to the possible whereabouts of the two men came out of northern Ontario on Wednesday, the same day RCMP wound down search efforts in Manitoba.

The New York Times
August 2, 2019 |  Morning Edition
Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York

There is a new wedge issue in the Democratic presidential primary: Whether or not it is fair game to question the legacy of President Barack Obama, who is perhaps the most respected and unifying figure in the party. That issue emerged in Wednesday’s debate when several candidates used elements of the Obama record to attack former Vice President Joe Biden.

 Five hours of debating over two nights. A widening rift between the party’s populist and centrist wings. Strong messages from the race’s leading progressives. A shaky front-runner. Here is what we learned about the 2020 Democratic primary from the debates on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

 There’s little incentive in dropping out of the race now, but it’s inevitable that the 24-candidate field will eventually get smaller. The question is, when will it happen?

 The next Democratic debate (or debates) in September could be much smaller than the ones held this week. Our analysis shows only 10 to 12 candidates are now likely to make the third round.

 President Trump’s allies watched the debates, and they said they were pleased with what they saw: a nationally televised clash where Democrats themselves questioned the practicality of prominent liberal wish-list items.

 Oldenburg, Ind., is a community where many people celebrate the past, but often separate it from the present: They revere their immigrant grandparents, but do not always see similarities between those stories and the people crossing the border now.

 Mr. Trump, apparently feeling left out by all the news coverage Democrats have gotten over the past few days, flew to Ohio on Thursday night to try to wrest back attention to his own re-election effort at a typically boisterous campaign rally.

 Frustrated by increasingly fruitless negotiations with China, Mr. Trump said the United States would impose a 10 percent tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports next month, a significant escalation in a trade war that has dragged on for more than a year.

 The trickle of Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry is threatening to turn into a flood, but there are few signs the rising tide will sway House Democratic leaders.

 Pedro R. Pierluisi’s nomination as Puerto Rico’s secretary of state would put him in line to succeed the island’s outgoing governor. He faces serious opposition from some lawmakers, especially in Puerto Rico’s Senate. Read more about him here.

 The Senate gave final approval to a two-year budget deal that would lift the federal debt limit and raise spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, shrugging off concerns over a rising deficit.

Email at onpolitics@nytimes.com.

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