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Hong Kong protests on National Day

Hong Kong protests on National Day

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a mass campaign to occupy sections of the...

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged pro-democracy protesters to "immediately" stop their campaign, as huge crowds continue to bring parts of the territory to a standstill. On Monday night, tens of thousands blocked streets, singing and chanting. The protesters want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing...

Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a...

HK protesters clash with riot police

HK protesters clash with riot police

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the main government building, after a week of escalating tensions. Earlier, demonstrators trying to push through police barricades were repelled by pepper spray. The protesters want China to end restrictions on the election of the territory's next leader. Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung...

HK protesters enter government HQ

HK protesters enter government HQ

At least 100 pro-democracy protesters have pushed through a police cordon to break into the main government compound in Hong Kong. The break-in occurred just before 22:30 local time (15:30 BST), as protesters scaled security fences to get inside. Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd and six people were detained. Students and activists have...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

'We should have won'

'We should have won'

Syrian referee Hasoud Tufayelieh's long whistle at the end of 90 minutes at the Hwaseong Main Stadium brought most of the Bangladesh players down on the greenish pitch. Along with the match, the shrill sound brought an end to their dream playing the round of 16 in the Asian Games for the first...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Shattered dreams

Bangladesh's dream of qualifying for the second round of the Asian Games were shattered as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Hong Kong in their last group match at the Hwaseong Stadium in Incheon yesterday. The charges of Lodewijk de Kruif dominated proceedings from the beginning with crisp passing and ball control against a higher-ranked Hong Kong, who were happy to sit back and hit on the counter as they needed just a draw to advance into the knockout stage....

Students to protest in HK centre

Students to protest in HK centre

Thousands of Hong Kong students are set to hold demonstrations in a city centre park in front of government offices, on the second day of a week-long protest. Students have been boycotting classes to protest against China's recent decision to disallow open nominations for the city's leadership elections. On Monday demonstrators wearing white shirts and...

17th Asian Games

Looking for a miracle

Looking for a miracle

Bangladesh will be looking forward to creating a small piece of history when they face Hong Kong in their last Group B match of the Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex in Incheon today. The match will start at 2pm Bangladesh time. Having never qualified for the second round in the Asian Games,...

Hong Kong students begin pro-democracy boycott

Hong Kong students begin pro-democracy boycott

Hong Kong students have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. Thousands of students from more than two dozen universities and tertiary institutions have vowed to take part. It is a prelude to a larger protest on 1 October planned by pro-democracy group Occupy Central. ...

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