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September 29, 2016
Hong Kong pro-independence students protest over ban
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2016
Secondary school students pushing for Hong Kong's breakaway from China have threatened protests after staff stopped them from handing out political pamphlets, as the government puts pressure on independence activists. Since the beginning of term last week, teenage students have been distributing leaflets outside their schools advocating Hong Kong's independence from China as concerns grow Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city. The city was returned from Britain to China in ... read more

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Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'
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New Philippine president Duterte warns of rough ride
Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte warned of a "rough ride" after being sworn in as the Philippines' president on Thursday, promising a relentless war on crime and corruption but also to be a unifying leader. ... more
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Maldives court upholds jail sentence on ex-leader Nasheed
The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 13-year prison sentence passed last year on the country's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed, who is living in exile in Britain. ... more
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A group of Hong Kong activists are demanding a return to British rule as a stepping stone towards independence, as fears grow that Beijing is tightening its grip on the southern Chinese city. ... more
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India blocks foreign funding of Modi critic's trust
The Indian government has cancelled the foreign funding licence of a non-profit trust run by a high-profile activist known for her vocal criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it misused overseas funds. ... more
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'La China' vs 'El Gringo': Peru's exotic vote rivals
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Missing Thai activist's wife urges police to step up probe
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