Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have braved torrential rain to come out for an 11th consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations. Police only gave permission for people to gather in Victoria Park, but protesters ended up blocking several of the city’s main thoroughfares. Hong Kong’s summer of unrest began in June over a now-shelved extradition bill, but demonstrations soon expanded to include calls for greater democracy and government accountability, and condemnation of alleged police brutality. Protest organizers estimate that 1.7 million people turned out for today's demonstration; police have told CNN they do not yet have their own estimate for crowd size and CNN cannot independently confirm the organizers’ figures.
High-level executives with children have a few advantages over other working parents: They make more money, which makes childcare easier to afford. They may have more say in where and when they work. And they can influence what "family friendly" means at their companies. But like any other working parent, top executives don't get more than 24 hours in a day. And they can never control the constant demands that come with having kids. @cnnbusiness asked executives to share their experiences of how they balance family and work.
US Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz is the first female Marine to pilot an F-35B aircraft, according to the Marine Corp. She trained all over the country for the past four years and finished the course on June 27. "At each of my training schools I did my best," said Satz. "I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success." She now has over 300 flight hours and is assigned to her first operational unit, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, in Iwakuni, Japan. (📸: Sgt. Ashley Phillips, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort)
Jackson Hepner was playing around an Ohio creek bed last month when he stumbled across an odd, ridged object jutting out of the mud. To his surprise, it turned out to be a very large and very old tooth from a long-dead woolly mammoth. Mastadons and woolly mammoths went extinct about 10,000 years ago, and, according to Ohio History Central, their fossils have been found around the state before. Jackson, 12, drew a map to explain to several experts where he found the tooth, but he had one request: “I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible,” he wrote. “I want to show my friends.” (📸: Courtesy the Inn at Honey Run)
Liu Yifei, the Chinese-born actress starring in Disney's upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest. "I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," she posted on Weibo. Immediately, people began posting #BoycottMulan on Twitter, which is banned in China. The actress also received plenty of praise on Weibo, the dominant platform in China. Demonstrations in Hong Kong started in June over a now-suspended extradition bill. But since then, protester demands have expanded to include calls for greater democracy and an independent investigation into police brutality. Earlier this week, chaos that erupted at the Hong Kong airport when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with riot police. (📸: Stephen Tilley/Walt Disney Studios)
"I think the Statue of Liberty is weeping." Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said a Trump administration official's suggestion that only immigrants who can "stand on their own two feet" are welcome in the US is "completely un-American." ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I've been a refugee twice, once from the Nazis and we were in England, and then we came to the United States when the communists took over in Czechoslovakia. And I think that it is one of the most un-American things I've ever heard," Albright said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."
Oh baby! That's a lot of babies 🍼 Nine nurses who work together and were pregnant together have now become mothers together. The women, who work in the labor unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland, all had due dates between April and July. They went viral in March when the hospital posted a photo of the expecting mothers. New mom Lonnie Soucie said that the moms were all friends before this experience and this has brought them even closer. "We check in with each other daily, even if it's at 3 a.m.," Soucie said. The babies range in age from 3 weeks to 3½ months. ➡️ Swipe to see their pregnancy photo (📸: Carly Murray Photography and Maine Medical Center/Facebook)
The emaciated elephant in this photo is a 70-year-old female named Tikiri, according to the Save Elephant Foundation. The group says she works in the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and an elaborate costume hides her condition. "At this stage we are asking people to lobby the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action," Save Elephant Foundation told CNN. Following the outcry over Tikiri, the elephant has been withdrawn from the closing parade, organizers said. But activists say authorities must act more broadly against such attractions. (📸: Save Elephant Foundation)
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert discussed President Trump in an interview with Anderson Cooper. "Our president wants to live in a fantasy world where only the way he perceives the world is the way it is, only the things that sort of serve his vision, and he's also trying to convince us that that is the only world that exists..."
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Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
▫️July's temperature across land and ocean surfaces worldwide was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 60.4.
▫️ It was the highest for July since records began in 1880, besting the record set in 2016 by 0.05 degrees.
▫️Sea ice set a record low for July, appearing 19.8% below average, beating the record of July 2012, according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center using data from NOAA and NASA.
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UPDATE: Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit Israel after the country granted permission for her to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the West Bank a day after blocking her and fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting the country.
Israel decided to ban US Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. The announcement came shortly after President Donald Trump said Israel would be showing "great weakness" by allowing them to enter the country. The intervention by Trump into Israel's decision-making was extraordinary enough. But the move by Netanyahu's government lent the longstanding US-Israel alliance with a new partisan tinge and opened the door for fresh criticism. In considering the ban, Israel had cited the congresswomen's support for a boycott against Israel, Netanyahu said. Tlaib and Omar, who are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, planned to visit one of the holiest and most sensitive sites in Jerusalem, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount. They also planned to meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and representatives of human rights organizations.
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