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Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Marcos critics strip, parade coffins in Philippines

Manila - Critics of the Ferdinand Marcos regime staged a naked protest Friday, while others marched through the streets with a mock coffin to denounce the late dictator's burial at the Philippines' cemetery for heroes.

Mortician to Philippines' Marcos reveals trade secrets

Manila - A wax mask covered the face of Ferdinand Marcos for the 23 years his corpse was on show, but the body on display was no fake, the Philippine dictator's mortician told AFP in an interview.

Exhume Marcos, Philippine court asked after hero burial

Manila - Campaigners launched legal action Monday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes' cemetery triggered street protests.

Exhume Marcos, Philippine court asked after hero burial

Manila - Campaigners launched legal action Monday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes' cemetery triggered street protests.

Exhume Marcos, Philippine court asked after hero burial

Manila - Campaigners launched legal action Monday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes' cemetery triggered street protests.

Protests as Philippine dictator Marcos given hero's burial

Manila - Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secretive ceremony at the national heroes' cemetery Friday, triggering street protests as opponents denounced what they said was the whitewashing of his brutal and corrupt rule.

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero's burial

Manila - Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be given a hero's burial, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a hugely controversial ruling which critics said would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation.

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero's burial

Manila - Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be given a hero's burial, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a hugely controversial ruling which critics said would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation.

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero's burial

Manila - Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be given a hero's burial, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a hugely controversial ruling which critics said would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation.

Pro-independence lawmakers brawl in Hong Kong parliament

Hong Kong - Two lawmakers who want Hong Kong to split from China wrestled with security in parliament Wednesday, with one of them dragged from the chamber and security staff left injured, as fears grow Beijing will step in over the saga.

Rebel Hong Kong lawmakers challenge China in parliament

Hong Kong - Hong Kong rebel lawmakers swore, shouted, banged drums and railed against "tyranny" Wednesday when they took their oaths of office in the city's parliament, as calls grow for a split from Beijing.

Hong Kong activist deported from Thailand 'at China's request'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong returned home Wednesday after being deported from junta-run Thailand, where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists, as supporters blamed China for his detention.

Hong Kong marks 2nd anniversary of 'Umbrella Revolution'

Hong Kong - Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters holding yellow umbrellas held three minutes' silence outside the city's government offices Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of mass protests challenging Beijing.

Post-Umbrella Hong Kong opens explosive political chapter

Hong Kong - Two years after the pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" began, Hong Kong is entering uncharted political territory as former protesters prepare to take office, advocating a possible split from China.

Politics no longer a betting sideshow

London - Brexit and the Scottish Referendum have transformed politics from being of little importance to British bookmakers to becoming an increasingly vibrant market.

Newly elected Hong Kong lawmaker reports 'death threats'

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong lawmaker advocating more autonomy from China who won a seat in landmark elections last weekend said Thursday he had received "death threats" before and since the polls as he reported them to police.

Hong Kong pro-independence students protest over pamphlet ban

Hong Kong - 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.

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders escape jail on protest charges

Hong Kong - Three leaders of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" avoided jail Monday over 2014 pro-democracy protests as a court said political tension would not sway its judgement, in a city divided by Beijing's tightening grip.

Hong Kong student leader blasted in China govt video

Hong Kong - A key figure in Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" has been blasted as a US-backed agent intent on sowing dissent and discord in a new propaganda video from the Chinese government.

Anger as Hong Kong pro-independence leader barred from polls

Hong Kong - A high-profile Hong Kong pro-independence leader said Tuesday he had been barred from standing in upcoming parliamentary elections -- the latest candidate backing separation from mainland China to be disqualified.

Pro-independence activist banned from Hong Kong elections

Hong Kong - A leading pro-independence politician was Saturday disqualified from standing in Hong Kong's upcoming legislative election, his party said.

Hong Kong activists in court over new election rules

Hong Kong - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists challenged controversial new election rules in court Wednesday after candidates for an upcoming vote were asked to sign a form saying the city is an "inalienable" part of China.

Despite advances, democracy in Africa hobbled by 'rigging'

Paris - Across Africa, military coups and election violence are becoming rarer but poll rigging and manipulation remain rife, hobbling the continent's democratic progress, experts say.

Hong Kong student leader pleads not guilty

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong student protester pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple criminal charges over a demonstration against a pro-Beijing figure, a day after the conviction of an "Umbrella Revolution" leader was blasted by rights activists.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella Revolution' leader convicted for protests

Hong Kong - A key figure in Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Revolution' was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a "chilling warning" by rights campaigners.

China warns independence candidates in Hong Kong election

Hong Kong - China warned Wednesday against Hong Kong pro-independence parties running in the city's upcoming elections as the movement gains traction among some young campaigners.

Democracy key to Turkish economy, says IMF

Washington - Following Turkey's bloody coup attempt at the weekend, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said the country's democratic institutions were crucial to its economic stability.
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