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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.

Taiwan 'Sunflower' activists turn lawmakers in vote victory

Taipei - Beijing not only has to contend with a new president in Taiwan who is wary of relations with China, but also a fresh batch of activists-turned-lawmakers from the island's boisterous Sunflower Movement.

Dutch protesters riot against refugee centre

Den Haag - Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 14 demonstrators when a protest by hundreds of people against the opening of a refugee centre turned violent, leaving several injured, officials said Thursday.

Biafra idea cannot be destroyed: Nigeria's Soyinka

Lagos - Nigeria's Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka warned the government against any harsh crackdown on pro-Biafran activists in an interview broadcast Wednesday after an upsurge in separatist protests.

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.

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 student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies.

Honduras: Journalist given refuge in human rights commission

Tegucigalpa - A journalist in Honduras has been given refuge in the country's human rights commission because he claims the government is plotting his assassination for exposing a corruption scandal.

Russia checks combat readiness of troops in Armenia

Moscow - The Russian military ordered Tuesday a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia as the Caucasus country grapples with anti-government protests.

School children jailed for making fun of Islamic State

Four school children in Egypt are facing up to five years in jail, while a fifth child is on the run. A school teacher is also facing seven years in jail. The crime? Making fun of the Islamic State.

More than 100 arrested at New York police protests

New York - More than 100 people were arrested in New York at protests over alleged police brutality against African Americans, officials said Thursday.

Italian police fear trouble at opening of Milan Expo

Milan - Italian police are bracing for potential trouble at the opening of Expo 2015 after carrying out pre-emptive raids Wednesday on radical groups suspected of planning to disrupt its launch.

Protester lands drone on Japanese prime minister's office

Tokyo - A Japanese man was arrested after landing a drone on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself into the Fukai Police late Friday night, and has admitted to committing the act.

Hong Kong protester 'beaten by police' slams case delay

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester apparently assaulted by police -- in a beating captured on video -- slammed the authorities Friday for failing to charge his attackers and demanded they are officially identified.

Quebec student protest boils over

Montr - An ongoing student protest in Quebec is boiling over following clashes with riot police, arrests and significant damage to a university campus, reminiscent of 2012 demonstrations that gripped the Canadian province.

Actions in Edmonton concerning government, equality of women Special

Edmonton - Several politically-motivated actions in Edmonton on March 7 and 8 brought out hundreds of concerned citizens on a range of current events.

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over democracy protests

Hong Kong - Three Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested and then released Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest targets of a police probe campaigners say is tantamount to intimidation.

40 Algerian police wounded in anti-shale gas protest

Alger - Forty police officers were wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara, the Interior Ministry announced.

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders arrested

Hong Kong - The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement were arrested and released Saturday as the city's police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not "a show".

Hong Kong media tycoon arrested over pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested and released by police Wednesday after turning himself in, the latest figure targeted in a broadening investigation which protest leaders describe as harassment.

Pakistanis protesting at Charlie Hebdo burn French flags

Islamabad - Protests against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were held across Pakistan on Sunday as thousands of people in almost all major cities chanted slogans against its printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Hong Kong student leaders arrested, released without charge

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leaders including the teenage face of the pro-democracy movement, Joshua Wong, were arrested Friday on charges relating to mass protests as authorities target prominent figures who spearheaded the rallies.

Hong Kong student leader Wong slams authorities in court

Hong Kong - The teenage face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, 18-year-old Joshua Wong, slammed the authorities Thursday in a court appearance linked to mass protests which brought parts of the city to a standstill for months.

Femen activist who grabbed Vatican Nativity Jesus released

- Vatican authorities on Saturday ordered the release of a Femen activist detained after snatching a baby Jesus figurine from the St Peter's Square Nativity scene on Christmas Day while baring her breasts.

Hong Kong left deeply polarised by protests: Analysts

Hong Kong - The demolition of the main protest camp ended a pro-democracy occupation that paralysed Hong Kong for two months, but the campaign has left the city deeply divided both politically and socially, analysts say.

No regrets for protesters who sparked Ukraine revolution

Kiev - When Igor Romanenko's friend suggested heading to a gathering on Kiev's Independence Square a year ago Friday, he had no idea he was about to witness the birth of a movement that would change his country forever.

Gun sales soar as Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision

Ferguson - While America awaits the decision of whether Officer Darrin Wilson gets charged in the death of Michael Brown, citizens of Ferguson, Mo. have prepared for a Wild West showdown.
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