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Defiant protesters gather in Hong Kong on China's national day

Hong Kong - Huge crowds of pro-democracy protesters from all walks of life gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday in defiant mood on China's National Day as support for the movement spread around the world.

Hong Kong protesters renew fight on China's National Day

Hong Kong - Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing Wednesday at the city's Golden Bauhinia Square as China's National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.

Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app

Hong Kong - A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.

Hong Kong democracy protesters ignore leader's call to end demo

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy.

Hong Kong protests turn festive after tear gas chaos

Hong Kong - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters turned parts of Hong Kong into a massive street party on Sunday night, with the mood turning festive a day after riot police fired tear gas in ugly clashes.

Hong Kong protesters defiant after tear gas chaos

Hong Kong - Police repeatedly fired tear gas in clashes with protesters fighting for democracy as parts of Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday with tens of thousands on the streets to demand Beijing grant the city full universal suffrage.

Hong Kong protest spreads to new site across harbour

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong blocked a second major thoroughfare, this time across the harbour, after police had earlier used tear gas to disperse huge crowds in the city's centre.

Police use tear gas on Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police on Sunday fired tear gas at pro-democracy campaigners who massed on major city centre highways in their tens of thousands, an AFP reporter said.

Hong Kong democracy protesters dig in at government HQ

Hong Kong - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on Saturday night, vowing to keep up an increasingly tense civil disobedience campaign unless Beijing grants more political freedoms.

Protesting Hong Kong students storm government complex

Hong Kong - Dozens of protesters broke through the gates of Hong Kong's government headquarters late Friday in an ongoing student demonstration against Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.

Hong Kong students are spearheading a civil disobedience campaign

Hong Kong - More than 2,000 people marched on the residence of Hong Kong's leader Thursday night as students escalated their protest action against China's refusal to grant the city full democracy.

Hong Kong students take democracy protest to leader's home

Hong Kong - More than 2,000 people marched on the residence of Hong Kong's leader Thursday night as students escalated their protest action against China's refusal to grant the city full democracy.

Scuffles as Hong Kong students escalate democracy strike

Hong Kong - Hong Kong students mobbed the city's leader Tuesday in angry scenes as they took their anti-Beijing strike to government headquarters, where more than 1,000 protested against China's refusal to grant full democracy.

Thousands of Hong Kong students on strike for democracy

Hong Kong - Hong Kong students on Monday began a week-long boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.

Op-Ed: In the Islamic State there is no 3-R's

Nothing is more valuable than the education of young minds to any nation's longevity. In what was called the Syrian Arab Republic, now the Islamic State, the education of the country's youth is firmly in the hands of radical Islamists.

HK pro-democracy leaders shave heads in protest

Hong Kong - To the sound of whirring clippers, Hong Kong democracy activists shaved their heads Tuesday in a symbolic act of protest against China's increased political control over the city.

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no "commitment" to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing.

Macau announces democracy vote after massive Hong Kong poll

Hong Kong - Activists in the gambling hub of Macau have announced an unofficial referendum on electoral reform in the latest challenge to Beijing, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong.

Police arrest 500 after huge Hong Kong democracy march

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 protesters at a sit-in early Wednesday following a huge march that organisers said mobilised half a million people demanding democratic reforms.

Hundreds of thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Waving colonial-era flags and chanting anti-Beijing slogans, more than half a million protesters staged a pro-democracy march in rain-soaked Hong Kong Tuesday, organisers said claiming the largest turnout since the city was handed back to China.

Hong Kong braces for huge democracy protest

Hong Kong - Hundreds of thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Tuesday in a pro-democracy rally which organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China.

China media slams Hong Kong democracy poll despite 800,000 votes

Hong Kong - Organisers Monday urged Hong Kong's government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on democratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic.

Hong Kong democracy poll closes with nearly 800,000 votes: organisers

Hong Kong - Polls in an unofficial vote on electoral reform in Hong Kong closed Sunday with almost 800,000 taking part, organisers said, days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for the southern Chinese city.

Hong Kong hits back at Chinese media over democracy poll

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday hit back at Chinese media criticism of an unofficial democracy poll in the city, softening his previous stance on the ballot after more than 700,000 people voted.

Hong Kongers defy Beijing to vote in democracy referendum

Hong Kong - Hong Kong citizens cast their ballots in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform Sunday, as booths opened across the territory in a poll that has enraged Beijing and drawn nearly 650,000 votes since it opened online.

More than half-a-million vote in Hong Kong democracy poll

Hong Kong - More than half-a-million people have voted in an unofficial Hong Kong electoral reform poll, organisers said Saturday, in a ballot hit by a massive cyberattack and labelled by Beijing as "illegal".

Venezuela's judiciary targeting protestors

Geneva - Venezuela's judiciary is cracking down on students and dissidents while allowing nine out of ten other crimes, including thousands of murders, to go unpunished, an international watchdog said Thursday.

Op-Ed: The circular, peculiar state of CSEC oversight Special

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is insulated from meaningful oversight. This article explains how the agency avoids scrutiny, and what you can do to encourage change.

Tutu 'glad' Mandela not alive to see today's S.Africa

Cape Town - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said in an interview published Sunday that he was glad Nelson Mandela was not alive to witness the current state of South Africa."I'm glad that Madiba is dead.

South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma led celebrations Sunday on the 20th anniversary of post-apartheid democracy in South Africa, insisting it is closer to its dream of a multi-racial nation despite stubborn inequality, poverty and corruption.
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