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July 25, 2014
Iraq MPs stall presidential vote as violence rages
Baghdad (AFP) July 23, 2014
Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies. Parliament adjourned without even broaching the issue and agreed to meet again on Thursday, their last chance to pick a new leader before the week-long Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday. A government air raid on the jihadist-held town of Sharqat nearly 300 kilometres (180 miles) northwest of Baghdad killed at least ... read more

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Spain drafts controversial new law for policing demos
Spain's government Friday approved controversial new fines for holding unauthorised demonstrations, sparking protests from civil rights groups. ... more
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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report
Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no "commitment" to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing. ... more
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Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote
Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. ... more
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Chinese ambassador warns against 'chaos' in Hong Kong
China's ambassador to Britain warned Wednesday of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections. ... more
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Macau announces democracy vote after massive Hong Kong poll
Activists in the gambling hub of Macau have announced an unofficial referendum on electoral reform in the latest challenge to Beijing, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. ... more
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Hong Kong press freedom faced 'darkest days' in past year: group
Hong Kong journalists said Sunday the past year had been the "darkest" for press freedom for decades, with growing political tensions expected to worsen the situation in the future. ... more
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Organisers of huge Hong Kong rally arrested
Police on Friday arrested the organisers of Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the "political suppression". ... more
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Police arrest 500 after huge Hong Kong protest
Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 protesters at a sit-in early Wednesday following a huge march that organisers said mobilised half a million people demanding democratic reforms. ... more
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Police swoop on protesters at Hong Kong sit-in
Scores of protesters at a Hong Kong sit-in were forcibly removed by police in the early hours of Wednesday following a massive pro-democracy rally which organisers said saw a turnout of over half a million. ... more
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Tens of thousands stage Hong Kong pro-democracy march
Clutching banners and chanting slogans, tens of thousands of protesters Tuesday began a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong that organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China. ... more
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China slams 'illegal' Hong Kong democracy poll
China on Monday condemned an unofficial Hong Kong referendum on democratic reform in which almost 800,000 people voted, calling it "illegal and invalid" on the eve of huge pro-democracy protests in the city. ... more
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Mideast crisis exposes failure to build democracy: official
The surging crisis in Iraq and battles over democracy in Arab Spring nations have exposed the failure of the international community to help lay political foundations, a top official says. ... more
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US ambassador raps China for arrests of 'moderate voices'
The new US ambassador to China Max Baucus chided Beijing on Wednesday for a wave of arrests of "moderate voices", in his first public address since arriving in March. ... more
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Hong Kong activists predict biggest protest since China handover
Activists said Wednesday they expect more than half a million people to take to the streets on Hong Kong's annual protest day in what would be the biggest march since Britain handed the city back to China. ... more
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US cuts more Thailand aid, considers moving exercises
The United States said Tuesday it has suspended more assistance to Thailand in response to a military coup and was considering moving a major regional exercise out of the kingdom. ... more
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Hong Kong hits back at Chinese media over democracy poll
Hong Kong's leader hit back Tuesday at Chinese media criticism of an unofficial democracy poll in the city, softening his previous stance on the ballot after turnout far exceeded organisers' expectations. ... more
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Almost 300,000 people vote in Hong Kong democracy poll
Almost 300,000 people took part in an unofficial Hong Kong vote on electoral reform Friday, a poll which China has condemned as fears grow that Beijing will backtrack on its promise of universal suffrage. ... more
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China paper slams Hong Kong democracy poll as 'farce'
A state-run Chinese newspaper on Monday slammed Hong Kong's unofficial referendum on democratic reform - which has drawn more than 700,000 votes - as an "illegal farce" that was "tinged with mincing ludicrousness". ... more
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US unlocks aid as Kerry presses Egypt on democracy
US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt's leaders to allow greater political freedoms Sunday, as Washington unlocked some $572 million in military aid for Cairo and hurried the dispatch of 10 Apache helicopters. ... more
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Turkey court orders release of 230 military 'plotters'
Magistrates in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release of 230 military officers sentenced for plotting to overthrow the government, a day after Turkey's top court said the original trial was flawed. ... more
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Media watchdog urges Jordan king to reform anti-terror law
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday urged Jordan's King Abdullah II to reform the country's "repressive" anti-terrorism law, saying recent amendments to the legislation are "disturbing." ... more
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Virginia political quake may doom Obama immigration hopes
A grassroots revolution in Virginia did not just topple Republican Party chieftain Eric Cantor. ... more
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China must avoid 'trap' of Western-style democracy: media
China must beware the "trap" of Western-style democracy, the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper said Monday, days after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. ... more
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Thai coup dims allure of 'Land of Smiles'
Thailand's once-booming tourism industry is scrambling to arrest a slump in foreign visitor numbers after a military coup and a night-time curfew tarnished its reputation as the "Land of Smiles". ... more
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