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India deploys troops as protestors defy curfew over citizen bill

Guwahati - Authorities deployed thousands of paramilitaries and blocked mobile internet in northeast India Thursday, while police fired blank rounds at protesters who defied a curfew to demonstrate against contentious new citizenship legislation.

Hong Kongers attend service for student who died during clashes

Fpo - Hundreds of mourners attended a memorial service on Thursday for a Hong Kong student whose death led to some of the most violent clashes in six months of democracy protests.

India passes contentious citizenship bill amid violent protests

Guwahati - India's parliament Wednesday passed a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops were deployed in the northeast which has been hit by violent protests.

Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to government

Fpo - An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose "in a society that values freedoms and rights".

Al-Shabaab jihadists attack hotel in Somali capital

Mugadishu - Somali security forces on Tuesday killed two jihadist fighters who were part of a group that stormed a hotel in the capital Mogadishu popular with politicians and army officers.

Protests rage in northeast India over citizenship bill

Guwahati - Protestors in northeast India set fire to tyres and cut down trees to block roads on Tuesday in a shutdown across the region hours after lawmakers approved the government's new citizenship bill.

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: aide

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte will lift martial law in the southern Philippines by year's end, his spokesman said Tuesday, more than two years after it was imposed in an attempt to stop the Islamic State group gaining a foothold there.

Hong Kong leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit

Fpo - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday ruled out further concessions to the city's pro-democracy movement ahead of her weekend visit to Beijing, despite a landslide election defeat for the government and a peaceful mass march.

Abiy Ahmed: Meteoric rise of the man trying to remould Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Abiy Ahmed, the son of poor villagers who became a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, has seen an unpredictable and perilous rise to fame.

Female frontliners upend Hong Kong gender stereotypes

Fpo - Chris Wong has transformed from a quiet student who used to blush when friends swore into one of the thousands of female frontliners battling police in Hong Kong's democracy protests.

Hong Kong police say bombs left in school grounds defused

Fpo - Hong Kong police said they defused two homemade nail bombs discovered in the grounds of a school, and are investigating whether the devices were linked to political unrest in the city.

Hong Kongers await Beijing olive branch after rare calm

Fpo - Hong Kongers have delivered a clarion call for change over the last fortnight with a landslide local election defeat for the government and more than one in ten hitting the streets peacefully on Sunday -- but will Beijing listen?

Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally

Fpo - Democracy protesters took part in the largest mass rally through Hong Kong's streets in months on Sunday in a forceful display of support for the movement, with a leading activist warning the city's pro-Beijing leaders they had a "last chance" to end t...

Five questions on change and challenges in Abiy's Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize next week just as his country heads into what could be the most consequential year of its fraught political transition.

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Den Haag - Former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make legal history when she defends Myanmar in The Hague this week against charges of genocide targeting the Buddhist state's minority Rohingya Muslims.

Hong Kong protesters vow weekend rally and 'last chance' for leader

Fpo - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists on Friday vowed to hold another massive rally over the weekend and warned the city's pro-Beijing leader not to think a recent lull in violence means public anger is weakening.

Six months of sacrifice: Hong Kong's protesters take stock

Fpo - Some of them have lost their jobs, suffered life-changing injuries and even fled overseas. But six months into Hong Kong's demonstrations, pro-democracy protesters say they aren't backing down.

Two killed in shooting at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor base

Los Angeles - A US sailor fatally shot two people and wounded a third at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday before taking his own life, a senior Navy officer said.

Russia link to Berlin murder hardens: reports

Berlin - German prosecutors in charge of intelligence cases are due to take over an investigation into the killing of a former Chechen rebel, suspecting that Russia could be behind the murder, German media reported on Tuesday.

Red Cross slams 'unacceptable' politicisation of Venezuela aid

Geneva - A top Red Cross official decried Monday a dire lack of international funding for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, warning that assistance was being politicised and desperate civilians were paying the price.

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong unrest

Bejing - China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Expat Hong Kongers rally on 'keyboard frontline'

Berlin - Video messages featuring young Hong Kongers reciting what could be their last words before joining a protest are filling up the inbox of Glacier Kwong, a digital rights activist based in Germany.

'Still angry': Hong Kong protesters return to the streets

Fpo - Police fired tear gas and pepper spray in Hong Kong on Sunday as tens of thousands of black-clad protesters flooded into the streets, a week after pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide local election victory.

'I choose to stay': the holdout at Hong Kong campus siege

Fpo - In the final days of a police siege at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, a lone protester stalked the darkened corridors, determined to outlast the authorities waiting to arrest him.

Hong Kong protesters back on streets after election lull

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets on Sunday for a series of marches and rallies after a rare period of calm in nearly six months of unrest.

Crowd in DR Congo lynches two people as UN envoy visits

Beni - A crowd in eastern DR Congo on Saturday lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month, an AFP journalist said.

DR Congo buries 27 massacre victims as anger mounts

Beni - The Democratic Republic of Congo town of Oicha on Friday buried 27 victims of the latest massacre in the country's volatile east, with hundreds paying homage while lashing out at security forces for failing to stop attacks.

Hotpot vs bread: the culinary symbols of Hong Kong's political divide

Fpo - A humble loaf of bread has become a new symbol for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters who have embraced a slew of colourful and sometimes surreal memes as they push the Beijing-backed government for reforms.

Hong Kong set for fresh weekend protests as police end university siege

Fpo - Hong Kong police on Friday ended their two-week siege of a university campus that became a battleground with pro-democracy protesters, as activists vowed to hold fresh rallies and strikes in the coming days.

Hong Kong set for fresh protests as police end university siege

Fpo - Hong Kong police on Friday said they were ending their siege of a university campus that became a battleground with pro-democracy protesters as activists vowed to hold fresh rallies and strikes in the coming days.
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