5 things to know for September 9: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Hong Kong, British Airways

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Posted: Sep 9, 2019 10:10 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 10:10 AM

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1. Afghanistan war

Peace talks to end the longest war in US history are in doubt now, after President Trump said he called off a secret meeting with Taliban leaders. The meeting was supposed to have been over the weekend at Camp David, but the President tweeted that he canceled it after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul that killed a dozen people, including a US soldier. Inviting Taliban leaders onto US soil is an unprecedented move -- especially coming just days before the 9/11 anniversary -- and the invite drew criticism from lawmakers, including some Republicans. But CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen said the proposed deal the peace talks had produced is a bad one and that Trump was right to call off the meeting.

2. Bahamas

A week after Hurricane Dorian, people in the northern Bahamas face an uncertain future. About 70,000 people on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands were left homeless by the storm. The death toll is 45 right now, but the government says that number will definitely rise. Search and recovery efforts have been slowed down by ravaged infrastructure as well as all of the piles of rubble and splintered homes that Dorian left behind. Many people are evacuating to the US, including some via cruise ships.

But there was controversy over the weekend after a video emerged on social media that appeared to show Bahamians on a ferry bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, being told to get off the vessel if they were traveling to the US without a visa. More than 100 people got off the ferry at that point. Dorian, which is no longer a hurricane, has finally moved out to sea, after it tore across Canada's Atlantic coast over the weekend. About 215,968 customers are without power this morning in Nova Scotia. Click here to see photos and to find out how to help the victims.

3. Hong Kong protests

Anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong focused their attention on the US in this weekend's protests. Tens of thousands of protesters waved US flags and marched on the US Consulate in Hong Kong in a bid to get help from the Trump administration. Some marchers sang the US national anthem, while others carried banners, including one that read "President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong." The peaceful protests later deteriorated into violence and vandalism, with some marchers setting fire to a barricade outside a subway station entrance, smashing windows and spraying graffiti. Demonstrators have been holding protests in Hong Kong since June, calling for greater democracy and civil rights.

4. British Airways

If you have a British Airways flight booked, you might need to make some alternate arrangements. The airline canceled almost all of its flights for today and tomorrow after the British pilots union went on strike. British Airways said it was forced to scrub so many flights because the union hadn't informed it of which pilots would be striking. The airline and union have been locked in a bitter dispute over pay.

5. Cargo ship overturns

Four crew members from a cargo ship are missing after it overturned off the coast of Georgia. The ship, called the Golden Ray, began "listing heavily" about 80 degrees early Sunday morning before overturning in St. Simons Sound. Twenty members of the crew were rescued by the US Coast Guard, but a fire on the ship prevented the rescue of four crew members. The missing crew members -- all South Korean nationals -- are all in the ship's engine room. Officials are waiting for the ship to stabilize before resuming the rescue effort.


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