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October 22, 2014
China's Xi to tighten control at key Communist conclave: experts
Beijing (AFP) Oct 17, 2014
China's Communist rulers gather next week for a key meeting devoted to the "rule of law", but observers say the conclave will in fact mark another tightening of control by party leader Xi Jinping after crackdowns on internal dissent and graft. The Fourth Plenum brings together the party's 205-strong Central Committee and around 170 reserve members, along with officials from bodies including its much-feared internal watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The gathering, typica ... read more

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Hong Kong protest clashes revive city's 'triad' reputation
Attacks by masked men on Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have shone an uncomfortable spotlight on the city's pervasive and shadowy "triad" crime gangs, renewing accusations they are working in cahoots with the government. ... more
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Police and protesters in violent clashes in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police and protesters clashed early Wednesday in some of the most violent scenes since pro-democracy demonstrations began more than a fortnight ago, leading to several arrests. ... more
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HK justice minister vows impartiality on police brutality
Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said Wednesday that any prosecution arising from police brutality would be handled impartially and said electoral rights in the city should be subject to "reasonable restraint". ... more
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Pro-government group threaten to surround H.K. protest sites
A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city's administration failed to clear the barricades. ... more
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Morales landslide expected in Bolivia vote
Bolivians began counting votes Sunday in elections widely expected to give indigenous President Evo Morales a third term, along with a legislative majority needed to push through his leftist reforms. ... more
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Mainlanders risk backlash to support Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong's democracy demonstrators are winning unexpected support from pockets of the city's much-vilified mainland Chinese community, who are defying Beijing's hard line on the protests and a social media backlash from their peers. ... more
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Morales claims landslide victory in Bolivia vote
Bolivian President Evo Morales declared victory Sunday and exit polls showed him romping to a third term with more than 60 percent of the vote, giving him a strong mandate to expand his leftist reforms. ... more
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Hong Kong authorities accused of hiring thugs after clashes
Dozens of masked men rushed barricades at Hong Kong's main pro-democracy site on Monday, sparking renewed accusations that authorities are using hired thugs to disperse demonstrators. ... more
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China police hold activists 'over Hong Kong interview'
Chinese police have detained two Beijing activists who took part in a Hong Kong pro-democracy march, a friend said Monday, the latest confirmation of dozens of arrests over the protests. ... more
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Hong Kong leader says protests have 'almost zero chance'
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have an "almost zero chance" of changing Beijing's stance and securing free elections despite more than two weeks of rallies, the city's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying said Sunday. ... more
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Burundi opposition under threat as elections approach
Arrests, harassment, a clampdown on free speech: with less than a year before elections in Burundi, critics say the government is doing all it can clamp down on political challengers. ... more
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Hong Kong democracy protesters digging in for long haul
Thousands of pro-democracy supporters took to Hong Kong's streets Friday night after protest leaders implored them to dig in for the long haul following the collapse of talks with the government. ... more
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HK demonstrators vow no retreat as pressure mounts on city's leader
Protesters calling for full democracy in Hong Kong vowed Thursday to ratchet up their occupation of key parts of the city if they fail to win concessions from the government ahead of crunch talks tomorrow. ... more
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Hong Kong protesters vow to fight on as talks collapse
Crunch talks between Hong Kong's democracy protesters and the government have been called off, just hours after demonstrators vowed to ratchet up their occupation of key parts of the city if their demands were not met. ... more
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Hong Kong protest leaders vow to 'stay on the streets'
Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders pledged to stay on the streets Wednesday in a bid to keep pressure on the government ahead of already fraught talks on political reform. ... more
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Online voting not ready for worldwide roll-out: study
Online voting has the potential to boost election participation around the world, but is not yet ready to be widely rolled out due to security risks, a study released Wednesday said. ... more
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Hong Kong protest numbers dwindle as talks make slow progress
Small groups of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong's streets Tuesday after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and students returned to school for exams. ... more
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Umbrella Generation: Hong Kong's despairing youth split with old guard
Hong Kong's unprecedented student-led democracy rallies have highlighted a stark divide between a disenfranchised younger generation who say they have little to lose, and an older guard who favour pragmatism over protest. ... more
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Hong Kong police arrest triads over protest clashes
Hong Kong police have arrested eight suspected members of triad criminal gangs over clashes at ongoing pro-democracy protests, after attacks by groups including Beijing supporters left demonstrators injured and bloodied. ... more
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Hong Kong protests subside as exhaustion sets in
Exhausted Hong Kong demonstrators were debating the next step in their pro-democracy campaign Monday as their numbers dwindled and the city returned to work after a chaotic week of mass protests. ... more
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Hong Kong democracy protests 'undemocratic': China party paper
The official mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party on Monday slammed pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as "driving democracy backwards", while state media continued to emphasise disruption caused by the protests. ... more
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Hong Kong activists agree to talks as protests shrink
Hong Kong protest leaders said late Monday they had agreed to hold talks with the government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their pro-democracy sit-in. ... more
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Brazil's elections Sunday inspired 346 million comments, conversations and other exchanges on Facebook, going on record as the most talked about in the social network's history. ... more
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What next for HK? Promised talks bring scepticism over change
Last-ditch talks agreed between the Hong Kong government and student protesters may have temporarily relieved tensions - but what can the authorities really offer pro-democracy campaigners? And would Beijing ever agree to significant concessions? ... more
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