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Chile protests: At least eight people killed during riots in Santiago

Chile protests: At least eight people killed during riots in SantiagoAt least eight people have been killed in Chile during a second day of protests and rioting in the South American nation.Three people were left dead after a looted building was set ablaze, the governor of Santiago, the country’s capital, said.



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Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan: pastor

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan: pastorA man who inadvertently triggered Hong Kong’s huge protests after he murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan has agreed to return to the island to face justice, a clergyman who has visited him in prison said on Friday. Chan Tong-kai, 20, is wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday the two Hong Kongers took there in February last year. The case triggered an ill-fated proposal by Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government to ram through a sweeping extradition bill which would have allowed the city to extradite suspects to any territory, including the authoritarian mainland.



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Silver-haired sit-in, face mask party protests planned for Hong Kong

Silver-haired sit-in, face mask party protests planned for Hong KongSeveral pro-democracy protests are planned for Hong Kong on Saturday reflecting the widespread anger at the government, ranging from an elderly sit-in, a face mask party, a shopping mall demonstration and an anti-emergency law street march. Hong Kong’s protests started in opposition to a now-abandoned extradition bill but have mushroomed in four months into a pro-democracy movement and an outlet for anger at social inequality in the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong has experienced relative calm since last weekend, when a peaceful march by tens of thousands spiralled into a night of running battles between protesters and police.



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Protests over Bangladesh student death as PM vows to punish killers

Protests over Bangladesh student death as PM vows to punish killersBangladesh’s prime minister on Wednesday vowed to mete out the “highest punishment to the killers” of a university student who died after he criticised a deal the leader made with India. The killing of 21-year-old Abrar Fahad on Monday, allegedly by members of a student branch of the country’s ruling Awami League party, has sparked two days of protests in Dhaka and other cities. Some 13 students, including 10 from the Awami League branch, have been detained by police over his death.



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Climate activists block roads, camp out in global protests

Climate activists block roads, camp out in global protestsHundreds of climate change activists camped out in central London on Tuesday during a second day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. Determined activists glued themselves to the British government’s Department of Transport building as police working to keep streets clear appealed to protesters to move to Trafalgar Square. Cities in Australia, elsewhere in Europe and other parts of the world also had climate change protests for a second day.



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Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leader

Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leaderHong Kong’s under-fire leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a particularly violent week of unrest that paralysed the city. Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed. It is also the position of the central government (in Beijing) that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own.



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Protests squeezing Hong Kong economy, tourism, leader says

Protests squeezing Hong Kong economy, tourism, leader saysHong Kong’s economy is languishing after months of increasingly violent protests, the city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. Lam, addressing reporters after a long weekend of more turmoil, said tourism arrivals were down by half and that hotels and retailers were suffering. Hong Kong’s third quarter economic data will definitely be “very bad”, said Lam, the semi-autonomous territory’s Beijing-backed chief executive said.



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China criticises EU, French 'hypocritical' reaction to Hong Kong protests

China criticises EU, French 'hypocritical' reaction to Hong Kong protestsChina’s embassy in Paris on Monday strongly criticised French and European reaction to protests in Hong Kong calling it hypocritical and telling France to show empathy after it experienced its own violent demonstrations. “We express our deep dissatisfaction and our profound contempt for the hypocrisy of the European statement and the darkness of the intentions of some vis-à-vis China,” the embassy said in a statement on its website. The former British colony of Hong Kong has been rocked by months of anti-government protests.



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Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests

Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protestsHong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long weekend, with its metro rail system only partially functioning and authorities warning residents they may have trouble commuting due to widespread vandalism of infrastructure. The Chinese-ruled city braced for more demonstrations through the week and embattled leader Carrie Lam was due to address the media at a weekly news conference on Tuesday morning after the most violent clashes in around four months of anti-government unrest. The protests, which show no sign of abating, pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.



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India's top court halts tree felling after protests

India's top court halts tree felling after protestsA mass felling of trees in one of the world’s most-polluted megacities was halted by India’s top court Monday, amid protests their removal would strip the city of a precious “green lung”. Some 2,700 trees were being cut down in the financial capital Mumbai to make way for a depot for subway carriages in the city of nearly 20 million people. More than two dozen activists were arrested during weekend protests were all later released on bail, police said.



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