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Hong Kong police, protesters clash in 16th weekend of rallies

Fpo - Riot police and protesters in Hong Kong fought brief skirmishes near the Chinese border on Saturday, the latest clashes during huge pro-democracy protests that have battered the financial hub for more than three months.

Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Fpo - Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, allegations that were rejected by a commanding officer.

Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Fpo - Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, criticising a "disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics".

Yemen rebels threaten strikes against Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Sanaa - Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels on Wednesday threatened to attack dozens of targets in the United Arab Emirates, including in the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi."We announce...

Algeria army toughens line with ban on protesters entering capital

Alger - Algeria's military has ordered police to block protesters from outside the capital entering Algiers, the army chief said Wednesday, taking a tougher line after months of mass anti-regime rallies and ahead of December elections to fill a presidential va...

Algeria army orders police to bar protesters from capital

Alger - Algeria's military has ordered police to block protesters from outside the capital from entering Algiers, the army chief said Wednesday, after months of mass rallies.

Hong Kong race meeting cancelled over protest fears

Fpo - Gambling-mad Hong Kong has cancelled a horse racing event just hours before its start over fears anti-government protesters might disrupt a race featuring a mount part-owned by a controversial pro-Beijing lawmaker.

Hong Kong's summer of protests leaves economy bruised and battered

Fpo - As pro-democracy protests grind on for a fourth month, Hong Kong has been left counting the cost, with the city’s tourist industry battered and businesses forced to lay off staff as they struggle to stay afloat.

Suu Kyi 'culpability' in Rohingya abuses an 'open-ended question': UN investigator

Geneva - UN investigators called Tuesday for an expert evaluation of whether Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be legally implicated in the abuses committed against the country's Rohingya minority.

UN experts urge probe of Rohingya killings in Bangladesh

Dhaka - UN human rights experts have raised new concerns about the treatment of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh following a deadly backlash over the killing of a ruling party official.

India arrests former Kashmir chief minister

New Delhi - A former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, seen as being pro-India, has been formally arrested under a law allowing him to be held for up to two years without charge, authorities said Tuesday.

Hong Kong lawmaker urges UN to probe growing 'police brutality'

Geneva - A Hong Kong lawmaker called Monday on the UN to launch an international investigation into a police crackdown on pro-democracy protests, voicing alarm at escalating "brutality".

Hong Kong police deny street brawl 'double standards'

Fpo - Hong Kong police on Monday denied accusations their officers showed comparative lenience towards gangs of pro-Beijing men who attacked pro-democracy supporters during a weekend marked by multiple bloody street brawls.

War at the dinner table: Hong Kong families divided over protests

Fpo - For weeks, Jane lied to her mother about joining Hong Kong's protests -- pretending her rucksack was bulging with books, not supplies -- until the ideological rift between them grew so great she had to move out.

100 days in: How Hong Kongers sustain protests with creativity

Fpo - With Hong Kong shaken by 100 days of huge pro-democracy protests, activists have adopted a host of creative ways to fuel their movement away from the barricades.

Tear gas, Molotovs and brawls mark 99th day of Hong Kong protests

Fpo - Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs on Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes.

Protests mount in Indian Kashmir clampdown

Srinagar - Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests per day against Indian rule over the last six weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior government source told AFP.

Protesters call on UK to protect Hong Kongers from China

Fpo - Pro-democracy protesters rallied outside Britain's consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding London do more to protect its former colonial subjects and ramp up pressure on Beijing over sliding freedoms.

Anti-establishment demo in Athens against squat evacuations

Athens - Thousands of anti-establishment protesters marched in Athens on Saturday in a demonstration against a recent police crackdown on squats.The police put the participants at around 2,000. Organisers said the turnout was closer to 5,000.

Mall brawls and street fights as Hong Kong polarisation deepens

Fpo - Fights erupted in Hong Kong on Saturday with political rivals trading blows in a mall and Beijing supporters using Chinese flags to assault opponents on a street, deepening the city's polarisation after months of pro-democracy protests.

Row over Greek police raids in bohemian Athens district

Athens - Greece's new conservative government has stirred controversy by mounting police operations in the bohemian Athens district of Exarchia, considered by officials a "lawless" haven for drug smugglers.

Hong Kong hills shine with protest lights in festival-themed rally

Fpo - Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists used torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up some of the city's best-known hillsides on Friday night in an eye-catching protest alongside an annual festival.

Event cancellations mount in protest-wracked Hong Kong

Fpo - One of Hong Kong's most prestigious sporting tournaments on Friday became the latest victim of the huge protests convulsing the city as a growing roster of events and entertainment acts pull out of the financial hub.

Cameroon separatist leader says Biya's dialogue call a 'non-event'

Yaound - The separatist leader of Cameroon's English-speaking community on Thursday dismissed President Paul Biya's call for national dialogue to end the country's anglophone crisis as a "non-starter".

Sudan PM Hamdok arrives in Juba on first official trip

Juba - Sudan's new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, arrived in South Sudan on Thursday on his first official visit since becoming premier, declaring "the sky is the limit" for ties between the former foes.

Argentinian protesters occupy Buenos Aires over food crisis

Buenos Aires - Several thousand protesters camped Wednesday in downtown Buenos Aires to demand Argentina declare a food emergency as the economic crisis deepened just weeks ahead of the presidential election.

'Glory to Hong Kong': The new anthem embraced by protesters

Fpo - A defiant protest anthem penned by an anonymous composer has become the unofficial new soundtrack to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, belted out by crowds at flashmobs in malls, on the streets and in the football stands.

Beijing summons German ambassador over HK activist Wong's visit

Berlin - Beijing summoned the German ambassador after a meeting between Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and Germany's foreign minister, China's envoy said Wednesday, as a row between the trading giants escalated over the widening pro-democracy protests in the As...

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong denies he's a separatist

Berlin - Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong denied Wednesday that he is a separatist, saying he simply wants free elections for the former British colony -- a promise enshrined in the 1997 handover agreement between Britain and China.

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong's pro-democracy poster child

Fpo - Joshua Wong, the Hong Kong activist soon to visit the United States, was the unlikely hero of the Umbrella Movement that inspired hundreds of thousands to take over Hong Kong's streets for two months in 2014 calling for free elections.
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