Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

By KEN MORITSUGU, HONG KONG (AP): As night fell on Hong Kong, police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The Asian financial..

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Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters Sunday, November 17th, 2019

By KEN MORITSUGU, HONG KONG (AP): Police breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic..

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Rajapaksa clan set for Sri Lanka comeback Saturday, November 16th, 2019

COLOMBO, (AFP): Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa headed closer to clinching the presidency Sunday in a fiercely fought election held seven months after Islamist attacks killed 269 people. The 70-year-old retired lieutenant colonel secured massive support in majority..

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Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at..

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Bolivia: 5 dead in clashes challenging interim government Friday, November 15th, 2019

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and JUAN KARITA, SACABA, Bolivia (AP): Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore..

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Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

By COLLEEN BARRY, VENICE, Italy (AP): The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent..

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Bolivia interim president rules out Morales election bid Thursday, November 14th, 2019

LA PAA, (AFP): Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections as thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz in support of the socialist icon and against the new, acting leader. Columns of people streamed into the seat..

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Clashes rock Bolivia as new interim leader challenged Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and PAOLA FLORES, LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP): Renewed clashes rocked Bolivia’s capital Wednesday as the woman who claimed the presidency, a second-tier lawmaker thrust into the post because of a power vacuum, faced challenges to her leadership from supporters of the ousted Evo..

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Israel hits Gaza amid rocket fire, Palestinian deaths rise

By FARES AKRAM and ARON HELLER, GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP): Israeli airstrikes pounded Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza on Wednesday and militants resumed rocket fire toward Israel after a brief overnight lull, as the death toll rose to 23 Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy and two other minors,..

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Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes as president Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and CARLOS VALDEZ, LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP): Clashes broke out in the streets of the Bolivian capital Tuesday evening after an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country’s interim president following the resignation of Evo Morales. Jeanine Añez assumed..

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Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

By ALICE FUNG, HONG KONG (AP): Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong’s leader pledged Monday to “spare no effort” to halt anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months. The comments by Carrie Lam..

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Hong Kong police watchdog unequipped to probe own force: experts Sunday, November 10th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's police watchdog is unequipped to investigate the force's handling of months of pro-democracy protests, a panel of international experts appointed by the city's own government has found. The embarrassing verdict came as fresh unrest broke out on Sunday with activists..

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Is Nepal’s tourism hub Thamel integrating into China Town? Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Phurpa Sherpa, KATHMANDU: In the Capital city of Kathmandu over Thamel area constantly Chinese business has been rising up according to the demands of the market, has..