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In today’s briefing update, as the Hong Kong protests enter its sixth month, a protester has been shot by police during a clash over the weekend. In Iraq, three protesters have been killed during a clash with security forces. It brings the death toll to 15 protesters killed since Saturday. Over in Australia, thousands of people are in the path of the deadly bushfires – and smoke from them can be seen from as far away as New Zealand.

In UK news, the Lib Dems have proposed a £10K ‘skills wallet’ for every adult in England. The money will be given over thirty years and go towards approved courses. British Steel is set to announce it has been saved as part of a £70 million rescue deal with a Chinese firm. And lastly, more rainfall and flooding is expected to hit the UK this week as those already affected are struggling to cope. 

ALL in today’s news briefing – A daily roundup of all the news headlines that you need to know, summarised as part of WTX News Briefing.

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Hong Kong police shoot protester during clash

Arab News reports a protester was shot during a clash with police on Monday as chaos erupted across the city. The shooting comes a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are entering their sixth month in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Protests - 1 shot

Police fired live rounds at protesters on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. According to Cable TV, one protester was wounded when police opened fire. 

Video footage showed a protester lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open. Police also pepper-sprayed and subdued a woman nearby as plastic crates were thrown at officers, the video shows.

Read the full story on Arab News

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Deadly protests in Iraq amid fears of ‘bloodbath’

France24 says Sunday saw a clash between Iraqi anti-government protesters and security forces. The clash has killed three and wounded dozens more, as a rights group warned a deadly crackdown could spiral into a “bloodbath.”Iraqi protests - 3 killed

Baghdad and the Shiite-majority south have been rocked since the protests began. There have been mass rallies calling for an overhaul of the ruling system since October 1. But political forces closed ranks this week to defend the government. The consensus among the elite seems to have paved the way for a crackdown. 

The three deaths bring the toll to 15 protesters killed since Saturday. 

Read the full story on France24

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Australian bushfires: Smoke seen in New Zealand as the Sydney region faces ‘catastrophic’ threat

CNN says thousands of people are in the path of deadly Australian bushfires that have produced clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand. Australian bushfires

In New South Wales a seven-day state of emergency has been declared due to strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity. The Rural Fire Service has issued a “catastrophic” fire warning for the greater Sydney region. It’s the worst threat level ever issued for Sydney under the current system. 

“The risk is real. We’ve seen the devastation already. And we’re shaping up to face conditions that are worse than what we’ve seen already in New South Wales this season,” New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told CNN. 

Read the full story on CNN

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British steel saved as it agrees £70 million rescue deal with Chinese firm Jingye

The Mirror says British steel is set to announce a rescue deal costing £70 million with a Chinese firm. The deal with the Jingye Group is expected to save around 4,000 jobs in the UK. Staff are expecting an update soon after they were British steel £70m rescue with Chinese firmemailed saying talks were progressing well and they would be updated on Monday.

The Chinese firm agreed to absorb the company and staff into its huge existing steel and manufacturing division. British steel employs around 3,000 in Scunthorpe and another 800 on Teesside. And a further 20,000 jobs in the supply chain.

Read the full story on The Mirror

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Lib Dems propose £10K ‘skills wallet’

BBC News reports the Lib Dems have proposed a £10,000 grant for every adult in England to put towards education and training. The grant would go into a “skills wallet” over a period of 30 years, to help with the cost of approved courses. Lib Dems to give UK adults £10k skills wallet

To pay for the policy, the Lib Dems say they would reverse government cuts to corporation tax – retuning the business levy to its 2016 rate of 20%.

It’s now the second week of campaigning in the run-up to the general election on 12 December. Labour and the Conservatives are also expected to announce policies to boost lifelong learning.

Read the full story on BBC News

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UK: Heavy rainfall and more flooding forecast for the week ahead

The Guardian says the UK is set for more heavy rainfall and flooding this week as communities already affected are struggling to cope.more heavy rainfall and flooding for UK

Seven severe “danger to life” flood warnings remain in place in South Yorkshire in areas along the River Don. The Met Office also issued 41 active flood warnings and 94 flood alerts. And said a weather system moving across Europe would bring a “fair amount” of rainfall to England and Wales. 

Towns across the Midlands and northern England have been affected by widespread flooding already. The body of Annie Hall, the former high sheriff of Derbyshire, was found in the River Derwent on Friday after she was swept away by floodwater.

Read the full story on The Guardian

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