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Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

Scuffles broke out on Monday during a tense stand-off at the entrance to a centre where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision, prompting police to use pepper spray amid chaotic scenes inside and outside the venue.
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

Ukraine's military said its troops had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion.
Libyan government says has lost control of most Tripoli ministries

Libyan government says has lost control of most Tripoli ministries

Libya is descending into anarchy as former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 have turned their guns on each other as they seek to set the country's political agenda and control its vast oil reserves.
South Africa's Zuma leads talks on Lesotho political crisis

South Africa's Zuma leads talks on Lesotho political crisis

Thabane fled Lesotho for South Africa early on Saturday, hours before the army surrounded his residence and overran police stations in the capital Maseru, in what the prime minister called a coup by the military.
Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship

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.