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Hong Kong pro-democracy protester stands trial

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester who was allegedly beaten by police in an attack captured by television cameras and beamed around the world stood trial on Monday over allegations he assaulted officers.

Hong Kong student leader Wong says HSBC blocked new accounts

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong accused HSBC of "political censorship" on Wednesday after the bank rejected his application for a joint account for his new party as well as a personal account for himself.

Turkey's Erdogan rejects 'lessons in democracy' from West

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the West for giving Turkey "lessons in democracy", rejecting mounting US and EU criticism over an alleged clampdown on press freedoms under his rule.

Hong Kong activists say pro-democracy protests 'peaceful'

Hong Kong - Two activists took the stand in Hong Kong Thursday over charges relating to mass pro-democracy rallies in 2014, defending the movement as "peaceful".

Hong Kong activists on trial over 'Occupy' protests

Hong Kong - Three pro-democracy activists went on trial in Hong Kong Monday over charges relating to mass rallies in 2014, with the movement's student leader accusing the government of "unreasonable" prosecution.

Hong Kong press freedoms decline in 2015: Report

Hong Kong - Press freedom further declined in Hong Kong in 2015, driven by growing self-censorship and government interference as Beijing expands its influence over the city's boisterous media, a new report said Saturday.

Hong Kong students skip classes to protest at 'pro-Beijing' appointment

Hong Kong - Students protested on the campus of Hong Kong's leading university Wednesday after a pro-Beijing official was appointed to a senior role, as fears grow of increasing political interference in education.

Pakistan PM to visit Saudi and Iran 'to ease tension'

Islamabad - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead a high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia and Iran this week to try to ease tension between the Muslim countries, a minister said Sunday.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' leaders seek closer ties with Taiwan

Taipei - Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement said Sunday they would seek closer ties with Taiwan after the island elected a new president who pledged to stand up to China.

Hong Kong student leader Wong 'expects jail'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong said Tuesday he is preparing for a possible prison sentence next year, as another trial date was set in a string of cases he faces relating to pro-democracy protests.

Tajikistan parliament votes to name president 'leader of nation'

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted to grant President Emomali Rakhmon the title 'Leader of the Nation' for life, reinforcing his blossoming personality cult in the ex-Soviet state.

Hong Kong copyright debate delayed as protests threatened

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy legislators succeeded Wednesday in delaying a highly anticipated parliamentary debate over a new copyright bill in Hong Kong, which has been criticised as curbing freedom of speech.

Myanmar's ex-dictator tips Suu Kyi as 'future leader'

Yangon - Myanmar's feared former junta leader Than Shwe has endorsed his one-time nemesis Aung San Suu Kyi as a "future leader" of the country, according to his grandson.

Aung San Suu Kyi gears up for landslide victory in Myanmar polls

Democracy activist and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) are headed for a landslide victory in the ongoing national elections in Myanmar as the country's ruling party conceded defeat as early as Monday.

Georgia TV channel vows to fight back amid government pressure

Tbili - Staff at Georgia's most popular TV station on Friday promised to resist government pressure after a court ordered a change of management at the opposition channel.The ruling ratcheted up tensions in the ex-Soviet country of 4.

Hong Kong student leader Wong faces trial over democracy rally

Hong Kong - Prominent Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong vowed to continue his fight for democracy Friday as a trial date was set over a protest that sparked mass rallies in the city.

Georgia TV head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

Tbili - The head of Georgia's main independent television station on Wednesday accused the government of trying to blackmail him as part of a struggle for control that critics say is aimed at stifling free media in the ex-Soviet state.

HK student leader says China cash blinds UK to rights abuse

London - The promise of billions of dollars of trade deals with China has blinded Britain to rights abuses, leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits.

Hong Kong police, 'beaten' protester, all face charges

Hong Kong - Seven Hong Kong police officers were charged Thursday with assaulting a pro-democracy protester in a beating captured on video -- but the victim was also charged in the heavily criticised case.

Protesters gather in Hong Kong a year since mass rallies

Hong Kong - Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central Hong Kong Monday as protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.

Protesters gather in Hong Kong a year since mass rallies

Hong Kong - Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central Hong Kong on Monday as protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.

Hong Kong 'bomb' suspects denied bail

Hong Kong - Four suspects charged over an alleged bomb plot in Hong Kong were denied bail Wednesday in a case which has been met with scepticism by pro-democracy campaigners.

Democracy camp seeks new direction at Hong Kong protest march

Hong Kong - Tens of thousands joined a pro-democracy march Wednesday on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, in what organisers described as an opportunity to work out the movement's next step as momentum wanes.

Hong Kong student leader Wong in 'chilling' assault

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, the teenage face of the city's pro-democracy protests, was assaulted in the street with his girlfriend in an attack he said Monday sent a "chill to my heart".

Last remnants of Hong Kong pro-democracy camp cleared

Hong Kong - The last remnants of the tent city that once blocked a major highway through Hong Kong during mass pro-democracy protests was cleared away by city authorities Wednesday.

Faith, freedom and firebombs: Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong - As one of Hong Kong's most outspoken democracy advocates, media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been on the receiving end of everything from rotten animal entrails to Molotov cocktails in the past 12 months.

Young Hong Kongers seek new path in democracy battle

Hong Kong - With the defeat this week of the Beijing-backed political reform plan they slammed as "fake democracy", Hong Kong's young protesters are questioning how to take their fight forward as the gulf between them and mainland China widens.

Hong Kong lawmakers reject 'fake democracy' package

Hong Kong - Hong Kong lawmakers on Thursday rejected a Beijing-backed electoral reform package derided as "fake democracy" during mass protests last year, leaving the city in deadlock over how its leader should be chosen.

Hong Kong lawmakers head towards key reform vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong lawmakers made impassioned speeches as they went into day two of a marathon debate on Thursday ahead of a key vote that pits democracy campaigners against the government.

Political showdown in Hong Kong ahead of key reform vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong entered a political showdown Wednesday as lawmakers debated a divisive reform package ahead of a key vote, with tensions high over an alleged explosives plot that police said was linked to a "radical" group.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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A view of the people who turned up to "Shine a Light on Democracy."
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.