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October 24, 2014
Hong Kong protests: saving the movement's art
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 23, 2014
A band of Hong Kong art guardians are on constant standby at the city's sprawling protest site. Their mission: to swoop in and save a vast array of creative works - including the towering "Umbrella Man" statue - if the police move in. Over nearly a month of protests calling for greater democracy in the southern Chinese city, a kilometre-long stretch of highway opposite the government headquarters usually choked with traffic has been transformed into a riotous open air exhibition. At the centre ... read more

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No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks
Hong Kong student leaders said Wednesday they may shun further talks with the government, accusing it of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass pro-democracy protests and roadblocks. ... more
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Hong Kong netizens lampoon government negotiators
Hong Kong government negotiators who sat down to crunch talks with student leaders have become figures of online derision with netizens mocking them as empty vases, garbage bins and Teletubbies. ... more
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China's Xi to tighten control at key Communist conclave: experts
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. ... more
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US calls for 'complete' probe into Hong Kong police brutality
The United States has called for a "swift, transparent and complete" investigation into the beating of a handcuffed Hong Kong democracy protester by plainclothes police, as fresh street clashes broke out early Thursday. ... more
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Despite Nobel win, Pakistan's Malala hated by many at home
Malala Yousafzai may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but she remains an object of hate for many Pakistanis who view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. ... more
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Hong Kong police in fresh assault on protest barricades
Hundreds of police armed with chainsaws and boltcutters made a fresh assault on protest barricades in Hong Kong Tuesday, a day after a similar attempt backfired as demonstrators reinforced their defences. ... 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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