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February 26, 2015
Kerry to address UN rights council in Geneva Monday: UN
Geneva (AFP) Feb 25, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry will address the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next week, the UN said Wednesday, confirming he will be in Switzerland as new Iran nuclear talks kick off. "We have just heard now ... that Secretary of State Kerry will also be here to address the council on Monday," council president Joachim Ruecker told reporters. Kerry will participate in the opening of the council's main annual session in Geneva, which will coincide with a new round of negotiations in Switze ... read more

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New Sri Lanka president renews troop deployment orders
Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena has renewed orders allowing for troops to be deployed across the island, dampening hopes Thursday of a lower-profile military presence under his rule. ... more
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'Protest fatigue' in Hong Kong as activists struggle over strategy
A disappointing turnout at Hong Kong's first democracy rally since the end of mass street demonstrations shows the city is suffering from "protest fatigue" and new longer-term strategies are needed to drive reform, analysts say. ... more
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Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. ... more
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China vows no 'Western values' in universities
China's education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote "Western values", state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping. ... more
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Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders arrested
The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement were arrested and released Saturday as the city's police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not "a show". ... more
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Hong Kong financiers challenge China in newspaper advert
A group of pro-democracy financiers in Hong Kong took out an advert in the Wall Street Journal Thursday challenging China to respect the city's autonomy and introduce free elections. ... more
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Hong Kong media tycoon arrested over protests
Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested and released by police Wednesday after turning himself in, the latest figure targeted in a broadening investigation which protest leaders describe as harassment. ... more
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Nigeria row over opposition candidate's school reports
Nigeria's military on Tuesday stepped into a political row about the legitimacy of the main opposition candidate's run for the presidency, in a fresh twist to an issue gripping the campaign. ... more
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Disillusioned Hong Kongers press UK for escape route
With Hong Kong increasingly polarised on political reforms and fears growing over the influence of Beijing, frustrated residents are pressing former colonial power Britain to offer them an escape route. ... more
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HK protest leader accuses government of harassment with arrests
Hong Kong student leader Alex Chow on Sunday accused police of mounting a campaign of harassment against pro-democracy campaigners after he became the latest figure to be arrested and released by police. ... more
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Tunisian blogger jailed for defaming army
A Tunisian military court sentenced blogger Yassine Ayari to a year in prison Tuesday for defaming the military, in a case that has been criticised by human rights groups. ... more
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Hong Kong demo 'graffiti teen' allowed to stay with family
A 14-year-old girl who was arrested for chalking flowers on the wall of a Hong Kong democracy protest site and faced being taken into care will be allowed to stay with her family, a court ruled Monday. ... more
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Obama to answer queries on YouTube after annual speech
President Barack Obama will answer questions from YouTube creators in a live interview two days after his State of the Union address, the Google-owned video service said Thursday. ... more
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Nepal risks return to conflict without constitution: UN
Nepal risks a return to "confrontation and conflict" if its leaders fail to agree on a post-war constitution due next week, a senior UN official said Wednesday. ... more
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Hong Kong leader warns of 'anarchy' in key speech
Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying warned Wednesday that demands for fully free elections risked "anarchy" as he pledged allegiance to Beijing and pro-democracy lawmakers staged a dramatic walk-out. ... more
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Hong Kong campaigners announce major democracy rally
A pro-democracy group on Monday announced plans for the first major street rally in Hong Kong since more than two months of mass protests ended, with organisers expecting 50,000 to turn out. ... more
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Sirisena to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president
Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in as Sri Lankan president Friday after a shock victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse in an election dominated by charges of corruption and growing authoritarianism. ... more
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Hong Kong student leader Wong slams authorities in court
The teenage face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, 18-year-old Joshua Wong, slammed the authorities Thursday in a court appearance linked to mass protests which brought parts of the city to a standstill for months. ... more
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Hong Kong takes next step on political reform
Hong Kong Wednesday announced new proposals for how the city should choose its next leader but made clear that candidates would still be screened - the key issue behind more than two months of mass protests. ... more
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Hong Kong leader warns against protests ahead of reform talks
Hong Kong's leader warned Tuesday against fresh pro-democracy protests before the next step in the city's contentious political reform process, as a new official report on the mass rallies sparked widespread anger. ... more
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Hong Kong protest teen will not be taken from parents: lawyer
A 14-year-old pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong who faced being removed from his parents will be allowed to remain with his family, his lawyer said Monday, after an outcry over the treatment of minors who look part in the demonstrations. ... more
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Media watchdog concern after Tunisian army jails blogger
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed "deep concern" on Friday after a military court sentenced a Tunisian blogger to three years in jail for defaming army officers. ... more
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Sri Lanka opposition says army scaring off Tamil voters
Sri Lanka's opposition Thursday accused the government of deploying thousands of troops to deter ethnic minority Tamils from voting against President Mahinda Rajapakse in next week's election. ... more
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Hong Kong 'graffiti' teenager released on bail
A Hong Kong teenager who was arrested and sent to a children's home after she drew a flower on a wall famous for pro-democracy messages has been released on bail, authorities said Thursday. ... more
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