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Hong Kong independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

Fpo - Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to "annex" and "destroy" the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city's press club which Beijing wanted cancelled.

Hong Kong press club pressured by Beijing to cancel talk

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader joined mainland China Sunday in urging the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club to cancel a planned speech by a Hong Kong independence advocate whose party is threatened with a ban.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos

Fpo - Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison Monday for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city's parliament.

Out for the count? Hong Kong's battered independence movement

Fpo - It was only two years ago that thousands gathered near government headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong for an energetic rally in support of independence from China.

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Tallinn - Estonia on Saturday celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbour Russia.

Albanian PM moots co-presidency with Kosovo

Pristina - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Sunday his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president as a "symbol of national unity" between Tirana and Pristina.

'Towels' and telephone codes: five things to know about Kosovo

Pristina - Kosovo, which celebrates 10 years of independence on Saturday, has a flag that few people care about, four international telephone codes and a judoka hero.Here are five things to know about the youngest European country.

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Pristina - Security forces will march Sunday through the capital of Kosovo as it celebrates a decade since declaring independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.

Ten-year rejection of Kosovo stalls Serbia's EU hopes

Belgrade - A decade after its southern province formally broke away, Serbia bluntly refuses to recognise Kosovo's independence, but President Aleksandar Vucic has warned something must change for his country to join the European Union.

Kosovo's guerrilla 'heroes' fear war crimes court

Pristina - In Kosovo, the guerrillas who fought for independence from Serbia a decade ago are revered as heroes.

Fear stalks Kosovo's divided Mitrovica city

Kosovska Mitrovica - Ten years after independence, Albanians and Serbs from Kosovo's divided city of Mitrovica have one thing in common -- fear, heightened by the recent assassination of a moderate Serb politician.

Girl named Independence turns 10 with divided Kosovo

Pristina - On February 17, 2008, Kosovo's parliament unanimously endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia. The same day a baby girl was born: Her family named her Pavaresia, the Albanian word for "independence".

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of sovereignty-in-progress

Pristina - Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since its unilateral declaration of independence -- a sovereignty still under construction and stubbornly rejected by its Serb minority and Belgrade.

Greenland, Faroe Islands tricky models for Catalonia

Copenhagen - Sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, in Copenhagen to muster international support for an independent Catalonia, has cited Denmark's autonomous territories Greenland and the Faroe Islands as models for a peaceful bid for independence.

Dark clouds loom over Kosovo 10 years after independence

Pristina - The assassination of a prominent Serb politician has cast another dark cloud above Kosovo as it is prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its independence.

Catalan separatists divided ahead of knife-edge vote

Madrid - After their failed independence bid, which saw leaders being detained or fleeing abroad, Catalan separatists head into a new election this month divided over the future of their region but united against what they say is "repression" from Madrid.

Rifts, recriminations among Catalonia's separatists

Barcelona - Catalonia's secessionist politicians have admitted that the region's independence declaration failed and recriminations have started to fly.

Spanish minister says EU backs Madrid in Catalonia crisis

Barcelona - Spain's economy minister Luis de Guindos said Tuesday that Madrid has the full support of the European Union in its response to the independence crisis in Catalonia.

Crux day for Spain as Catalan leader decides on independence

Barcelona - Spain's separatism crisis faced a decisive moment Tuesday with Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont to address regional lawmakers in a speech his supporters hope will be a unilateral declaration of independence.

Barcelona mayor calls for EU mediation in Catalonia

London - Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau on Thursday called for European Union mediation in the standoff over Catalonia's planned independence referendum in an opinion piece in Britain's Guardian daily."It is my obligation as mayor...

Anti-independence Catalans keep quiet before vote

La Canonja - A Catalan flag marked with a "No" flies from the balcony of Luis Filgueras, stating his rejection of independence in a region where leaders are bent on holding a referendum on October 1.

Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row

Hong Kong - Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses.

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

New Delhi - India is strong enough to defend its borders against any threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech as the nation faces a frontier showdown with China and aggravated tensions with Pakistan.

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of airpower, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast.

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, air show

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with fireworks and plans for the country's largest air display, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast.

Scottish leader set to rally troops for referendum

Aberdeen - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will ramp up pressure on the British government to grant a new secession referendum as she rallies her independence-hungry footsoldiers on Saturday.

Scottish leader set to rally troops for referendum

Aberdeen - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will ramp up pressure on the British government to grant a new secession referendum as she rallies her independence-hungry footsoldiers on Saturday.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.
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