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Hong Kong protesters to hold street vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader on Friday called on them to clear the streets.

Grace shakes up Mugabe succession battle

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling party could be heading for a devastating split as bickering between rival factions jostling to succeed ageing ruler Robert Mugabe escalates ahead of a key congress.

Canada attacks follow Al-Qaeda, IS instructions to a tee

Paris - While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group to the letter.

White House fence climber charged

Washington - An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs.

Beijing embraces 'rule of law with Chinese characteristics'

Beijing - China's Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the "rule of law with Chinese characteristics", official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.

UN watchdog faults Hong Kong on reforms

Geneva - A United Nations rights watchdog on Thursday pressed Hong Kong to enact democratic reforms, saying moves so far fell short of what was needed.

Legal woes of former Catalan leader's family deepen

Madrid - The legal woes of the family of a former longtime leader of Spain's independence-minded region of Catalonia deepened Thursday after police arrested his son on fraud charges.

New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

Tokyo - Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

Canada 'will not be intimidated' by parliament attack

Ottawa - Canada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert killed a soldier and stormed parliament, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days.

Hong Kong civil servants show support for democracy protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page that points to unease among some of those working at the heart of the city's government.

Lone gunman kills Canadian soldier in Ottawa attack

Ottawa - A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead.

New 'progressive' party? PM's bold suggestion to 'save' French left

Paris - France's prime minister called Wednesday for the creation of a new "progressive" party or alliance of parties, a bold move that would seek to plug divisions tearing the ruling Socialists apart.

EU's Juncker wins green light for 'last chance' team

Strasbourg - The EU's incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker vowed Wednesday to seize the "last chance" for the bloc as his team of commissioners won parliamentary approval to start work on a stalling economy and foreign policy challenges.

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

West Los Angeles - A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country.

No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks

Hong Kong - 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.

No breakthrough during Hong Kong protest talks

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's government held its first talks Tuesday with pro-democracy protest leaders but made no breakthrough in their bid to end three weeks of disruptive mass rallies which have posed a major challenge to Beijing.

Veteran Sudan leader Bashir to run for re-election: adviser

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir -- in power since a 1989 coup -- will stand for re-election in 2015 after being retained as leader of the ruling party on Tuesday, an adviser said.

Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

Hong Kong - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.

Hong Kong officials, democracy protesters hold first talks 

Hong Kong - Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters Tuesday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the city, after its leader ruled out major reforms.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Sri Lanka heads for snap presidential poll in January

Colombo - Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January -- almost two years ahead of schedule -- with Mahinda Rajapakse seeking a third term, the information minister said Monday.An early election had been widely expected.

Qaeda kills 20 Shiite rebels in fresh Yemen clashes

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda militants have killed at least 20 Shiite rebels in fresh clashes for control of parts of central Yemen, tribal sources said on Monday.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

Sydney - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.

Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Jakarta - Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda...

Hungarians march to celebrate 'Roma Pride'

Budapest - Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a "Roma Pride" march in Budapest on Sunday to celebrate the country's largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice.Around 500 people walked through the city centre chanting "Opre Roma!

India PM's party tightens grip on power with thumping poll wins

Mumbai - India's right-wing ruling party secured strong victories on Sunday in two important state elections, tightening its grip on power after storming to power nationally five months ago.

Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator

Jakarta - Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.

'Foreign forces' at work in Hong Kong protests, says leader

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Sunday said "foreign forces" were at work in the pro-democracy movement that has paralysed parts of the city, as demonstrators accused police of using excessive violence during ugly clashes.
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