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Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air

Policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend. News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television's headquarters in central Islamabad after a crowd broke through its gate and into the building. "PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up." Police fired tear gas at protesters outside the prime minister's house, but were seen retreating as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence. Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:56:53 -0400
Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy protesters

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold up a banner and signs during a protest as Li Fei (seen on screen), deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee, speaks during a briefing session in Hong KongBy Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy. Scuffles had broken out at the entrance to the center where Li Fei, deputy secretary general of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, was speaking. Pro-democracy activists inside the building heckled Li, shouting slogans and interrupting his speech explaining Beijing's decision, announced on Sunday, to rule out a fully democratic election for the city's next leader in 2017. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland - a policy called "one country, two systems".


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:47:44 -0400
Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship

Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Katya Golubkova and Aleksandar Vasovic MOSCOW/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized. The Kremlin leader's remarks, two days after a public appearance in which he compared the Kiev government with Nazis and warned the West not to "mess with us", came as Europe and the United States prepared possible further sanctions to halt what they say is direct Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine. Germany aired suspicions that Moscow might be trying to create a land corridor to supply Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in March, while the four-month conflict moved onto the sea for the first time on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:12:53 -0400
Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

A rebel fighter rides a motorcycle inside a rebel-made tunnel connecting to Zamalka in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, which activists claim has been undergoing violent clashes between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fightersHeavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing. Rebels of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have been battling the Syrian army in the area and have wrested control of the crossing at Quneitra, which is operated by the United Nations. At least one tank belonging to the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad was also involved and rebels could be seen a few meters (yards) away from the frontier fence.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:22:59 -0400
Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot': media

Turkey's President Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 92nd anniversary of Victory Day at the Anitkabir mausoleum in AnkaraDozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said. Dozens of police have been remanded in custody since July on charges that they formed a criminal organization and bugged phones, part of what new President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a plot against him. The latest detentions came after Ahmet Davutoglu took over from Erdogan as prime minister last week following Erdogan's victory in the country's first direct presidential election on Aug. 10. Erdogan accuses U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of using a network of followers, who have influence in the police, judiciary and other institutions, to try to oust him.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:14:44 -0400
Jubilant Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli: officials

Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on AmerliBy Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State (IS) to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli in several villages. "Security forces and militia fighters are inside Amerli now after breaking the siege and that will definitely relieve the suffering of residents," said Adel al-Bayati, mayor of Amerli.


Date Posted : Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:51:52 -0400
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:11:58 -0400
Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw residents pay tribute in front of a monument to the Poles who fought Nazi occupation troops in 1944, on August 1, 2014Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early hours of September 1, 1939, to the final days in 1945, Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of the war, chief among them the extermination of most of its Jewish population by the Nazis. Memories of the era have been bubbling to the surface since Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March, and a fierce conflict began in the country's east. "To use military force against one's neighbours, to annex their territory, to prevent them from freely choosing their place in the world -- this provides a worrying reminder of the dark chapters of Europe's 20th-century history," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said in a newspaper opinion piece ahead of the anniversary.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:04:33 -0400
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Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:03:17 -0400
Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of "breaking its promise" to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:03:08 -0400
Ukraine soldiers in battle with Russian tanks in Lugansk: Kiev

Pro-Russian fighters stand by a T-64 tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk, on August 31, 2014Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, in its latest allegation of Moscow's direct involvement in the conflict. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing with the goal of controlling the Lugansk airport," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin wrote on his Facebook page. Also on Monday Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Minsk should discuss an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. "I am very much counting upon the negotiations set for today, to above all focus on agreeing an immediate and unconditional ceasefire," he said a meeting with university students according to Russian news agencies.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:02:38 -0400
Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

A worker sprays insecticide at Yoyogi Park, believed to be the source of a dengue fever outbreak, on August 28, 2014An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All are believed to have visited Tokyo's Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green lungs of the metropolis, popular with residents and tourists alike. The park, one of the largest open spaces in central Tokyo, is believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne disease.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:56:22 -0400
Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed as he visits Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government and business leaders pledged support Monday for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:55:07 -0400
Australia ratchets up sanctions against Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and European Union in response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine sovereignty.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:49:31 -0400
Lavrov says Russia will defend economy against sanctions
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday any new sanctions from the European Union or the United States would force Russia to protect its economy, citizens and businesses. In the case of new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, he said, "we will first of all start from our own interests - protect our economy, protect our social sphere, protect our businesses and at the same time draw conclusions from the actions of our partners". Lavrov played down Russia's exclusion from the Group of Eight over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, saying the forum had lost much of its significance since the formation of the wider G20.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:47:37 -0400
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 photo, a North Korean boy arm wrestles with former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp in Pyongyang, North Korea. In an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy with North Korea, a group of about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world, including former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp, traveled to Pyongyang last week to engage in arm-wrestling and tug-of-war competitions with local children. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)In an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy with North Korea, a group of about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world, including former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, traveled to Pyongyang last week to engage in arm-wrestling and tug-of-war competitions with local children.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:47:02 -0400
Pakistan's national channel taken off air after protesters storm building
(Reuters) - Pakistan's national PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in central Islamabad. "They have stormed the PTV office," a news anchor said just before the screen went blank. "PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up." Another TV channel, Express, showed images from inside the building, with protesters, some wearing gas masks, massing inside the channel's newsroom but there were no signs of violence. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina and Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:46:21 -0400
Pakistani police, protesters clash anew in capital

Pakistani protesters help carry their injured colleague to an ambulance during a clashes near prime minister's home in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sparking clashes with police that killed a few people and wounded hundreds amid cries for the premier to step down, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime minister's official residence.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:40:50 -0400
New Zealand gunman kills 2; suspect in custody

In this undated photo provided by New Zealand Police, John Henry Tully, 48, poses for a photo. A manhunt for Tully is underway Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, after police said a gunman killed two people and injured a third at an unemployment office before escaping on a bicycle in Ashburton, New Zealand. According to police, a man entered a Work and Income New Zealand office and started shooting. (AP Photo/New Zealand Police)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and critically injuring a third was taken into custody Monday following a manhunt that lasted seven hours and kept a town on edge.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:39:35 -0400
Merkel aide downplays anti-euro party's success

The head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland , AfD, party, Bernd Lucke, celebrates after the first exit polls for the Saxony State election , in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Exit polls say the party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency will be elected to a state assembly for the first time. The polls indicate that the party, Alternative for Germany, won 10 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections for the Saxony state parliament. (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold)BERLIN (AP) — A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:39:17 -0400
Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Pro-democracy activist Albert Chan (2nd R) prepares to take part in a 'slow drive' through the city, next to the Hong Kong government complex, on September 1, 2014Hong Kong activists launched their fightback Monday against Beijing's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed. Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China's rubber stamp parliament, was forced to speak over the cries of pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters during a meeting with local officials in the southern Chinese city. Brief scuffles erupted outside the venue as police deployed pepper spray to stop protesters from storming the hall where Li told delegates that China will not tolerate a local leader who is disloyal to the mainland. "Anyone who does not love the country, love Hong Kong or is confrontational towards the central government shall not be the chief executive," he said.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:39:07 -0400
Six arrested as Malaysian football fans riot

Six people are arrested after football fans rioted and torched a police car in Malaysia, official saysSix people were arrested after football fans rioted and torched a police car in Malaysia before being dispersed by tear gas and baton-charges, an official said on Monday. Local media said about 2,000 people were involved in disturbances after Sarawak's team were knocked out of the Malaysia Cup when they drew 1-1 with rival state Perak. Sarawak FA president Sudarsono Osman told AFP that the incident, which lasted for about two hours late on Saturday, took place despite the presence of 400 police. "But their action to set fire a police car is way overboard... I feel disappointed with the supporters behaviour," added Sudarsono.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:38:29 -0400
CaixaBank to buy Barclays Spain operations

Spain's third-biggest bank by capitalisation CaixaBank is to buy Barclays' Spanish operations for £800 million ($1.1 billion) as the British bank undergoes major restructuring, Barclays saysSpain's third-biggest bank by capitalisation CaixaBank is to buy Barclays' Spanish operations for 800 million euros ($1.1 billion) as the British bank undergoes major restructuring, Barclays said. The sale includes Barclay's retail banking, wealth and investment management and corporate banking businesses in Spain. In a statement, Barclays said 2,400 staff and 262 branches would transfer to CaixaBank once the deal is completed, likely around the end of the year.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:35:32 -0400
NYC's huge West Indian Day Parade set to step off

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2013, file photo, dressed in costume, Kelva Joseph makes her way along Eastern Parkway in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the West Indian Day Parade. The annual parade is set for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Caribbean culture will get its annual spotlight in New York City, where the West Indian Day Parade is one of the year's biggest outdoor events — and political see-and-be-seen spots.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:34:44 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of "breaking its promise" to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:33:08 -0400
Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure
BEIJING (AP) — Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:30:11 -0400
Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

A placard reading 'Stop! Dolphin hunt' is seen during a protest in central Tokyo against the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, on August 31, 2014The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP. "The dolphin hunting season started today and will last until the end of February," said an official of the Taiji fisheries association, adding the season for hunting pilot whales, which also begins today, will last until April.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:27:11 -0400
Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

A man sits on a hill overlooking the capital Maseru, Lesotho on August 31, 2014A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting. Maseru district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo told AFP a mass rally planned by forces opposing Prime Minister Tom Thabane had been scrapped. Thabane fled to South Africa in the early hours of Saturday morning, after being tipped off that the military was about to move against him. Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing -- a rival of Thabane whose party was behind the planned demonstration and who is accused by opponents of being implicated in the coup -- on Sunday left the country for talks in South Africa.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:26:09 -0400
Pakistani protesters break into national TV headquarters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters broke into the PTV national television station's headquarters in central Islamabad on Monday, the channel reported. It showed live footage of a crowd of men streaming into the building after breaking through its gate. The army has been called in to restore order, other channels reported. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina)
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:22:19 -0400
Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

In this image made from an undated cartoon broadcast on state-run al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, a cartoon character portrayed as a member or a supporter of the Islamic State group sings a song. Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claim of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting their battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic group and chips away at the fear some have that they are unstoppable. The Arabic writing on the flag reads, "One Arab nation," top, and "Having an eternal message." "ISIS" on the cartoon character's head cover is the outdated acronym of the group. (AP Photo/al-Iraqiya)BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:16:52 -0400
Kenyan commandos on frontline of poaching war

A family of white rhinos is pictured at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary in Nairobi on August 7, 2014With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the "war" against poaching. As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi's armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol. "It sounds crazy, but it's actually a war," said Jamie Gaymer, head of security for the vast reserve. Trained by the Kenya Wildlife Service and police, the 32 men in the security force are also reserve police officers, allowed to carry weapons.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:10:45 -0400
Two missing, eight rescued, after artillery attack on Ukrainian patrol boat: border guard official
KIEV (Reuters) - Two seamen are missing after Sunday's separatist rebel artillery attack on a Ukrainian patrol boat in the Sea of Azov, and eight seamen were rescued, a Ukrainian border guard official said on Monday. "The cutter has sunk. We managed to save eight sailors, thanks to other cutters coming to their rescue. Seven of them are injured or burned. Two sailors have gone missing. We are continuing rescue operations," the official, Serhiy Astakhov, told Reuters. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:10:16 -0400
Thailand totters towards waste crisis

Locals cover their noses as they ride past a vast rubbish dump in the Praeksa district on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 29, 2014A blaze at a vast rubbish dump home to six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis. Locals had long pressed for the closure of the foul-smelling Praeksa landfill site, which is wedged between a cluster of industrial estates on the fringes of Bangkok. Bangkok -- a sprawling city of 12 million and counting -- produces around 10,000 tonnes of waste a day, a substantial portion of the 27 million tonnes generated each year across the kingdom. The ruling junta has put waste disposal high on its to-do list, recognising that poorly regulated pits are fast filling up and prone to disaster.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:08:09 -0400
Man in China kills 2 in knife attack at school
BEIJING (AP) — Officials say a 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a knife at a school in central China, killing two people and injuring four before jumping to his death.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:01:14 -0400
Federer to play Brisbane International in January
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has confirmed he will return to the Brisbane International in January to kick off his preparation for the Australian Open.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:47:36 -0400
Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A large crowd of Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday, fighting running battles with police after breaking into the Pakistan Secretariat area which houses government ministries. Although they fired occasional teargas canisters, police were seen retreating and showing restraint as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence. It was not clear if he was at the residence. (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina)
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:45:58 -0400
Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of "breaking its promise" to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:33:08 -0400
S. Korea says N. Korea fires projectile into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired another short-range projectile into the sea Monday, a Seoul official said, in the country's latest weapons test made three days after it cancelled a plan to send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in the South.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:25:37 -0400
Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:10:57 -0400
 

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