News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Sep 01, 2019, 06:44 PM(IST)

Students attend a rally to call for political reforms outside City Hall in Hong Kong, China. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Top developments of the day.

Dorian strengthens to powerful category 5 hurricane as it nears Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian intensified into a dangerous category 5 storm as it approached the Bahamas on Sunday, expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves and damaging winds before taking aim at the US mainland.

Hong Kong protesters target airport but planes are running

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in a bid to draw global attention to their fight for greater democracy for the Chinese-ruled city which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades.

Maldives meet on development goals descends into chaos as Pakistan raises Kashmir, India hits back

A major argument broke between India and Pakistan delegates inside the Maldives Parliament on Sunday after Pakistani delegates raised Kashmir on a forum meant for sustainable development goal even as hapless speaker of Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed tried to control the situation in vain. 

Saudi-led coalition says it bombed Houthi arms site in Yemen, group says prison hit

A Saudi-led military coalition said on Sunday it had launched airstrikes on Houthi military targets in southwest Yemen that Houthi-run media said had hit a prison, killing dozens of people.

Pope stuck in elevator for 25 minutes, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis arrived late for his weekly address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he had been stuck in an elevator in the Vatican for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.

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