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Umbrella Movement leader joins Hong Kong protests after jail time

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A leading member of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement has said he will “join the fight” against the city’s leader over her handling of a controversial extradition bill after being released from prison. Joshua Wong was freed as demonstrators continued to call for the former British territory’s chief executive Carrie Lam to step down, with Read More

Tear gas in Toulouse as Yellow Vests protests continue for 31st straight weekend

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Police in Toulouse, France, deployed tear gas and charged demonstrators, as Yellow Vests protesters took to the streets for the 31st consecutive weekend. It comes as the Elysee Palace pushes for a controversial reform package. Saturday saw crowds of protesters turn out all over France. The demonstrations in Toulouse were among the largest, with more Read More

Tear gas and blast bombs as violence flares in Brazil

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By Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent, in Rio de Janeiro Riot police in Brazil have clashed with demonstrators exchanging volleys of tear gas and fireworks during a day of protest venting frustration at the country’s leadership. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay sent this despatch from the frontline of the unrest. It was ostensibly a day Read More

Brutal crackdown has not crushed dream of democracy in Sudan

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By John Sparks, Africa correspondent The symbol of resistance in Khartoum is delivered by hand. On countless occasions during our visit, I have seen people look each in the eye and offer their “V for victory” sign. Image: One person displays the ‘V for victory’ sign It is usually done quickly and accompanied with a Read More

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is “essential” to stem global warming – his clearest statement yet in support of penalizing polluters – and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leaves the weekly general audience at the Vatican, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Read More

Carbon pricing “essential” to stem global warming, pope tells energy leaders

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FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leaves the weekly general audience at the Vatican, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing was “essential” to stem global warming, his clearest statement to date in support of the practice. In an address to energy executives at the end Read More

Hong Kong leader warns more protests will ‘make things worse’

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By Siobhan Robbins, SE Asia correspondent There is no peace in Hong Kong where the youth, angry and afraid, have mobilised. In the city’s streets thousands of people, including some with umbrellas and bottles, clashed with police who had shields and batons. Through clouds of tear gas, they pushed forward. Police clash with protesters in Read More

China surveillance fears drive protesters analogue

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The Chinese government’s surveillance apparatus is driving protesters away from digital technologies while police activity ramps up in Hong Kong. An estimated million demonstrators have gathered in recent days to peacefully protest against an extradition bill which they fear Beijing would use to attack political opponents. Panic spreads as riot officers fire tear gas Officers Read More

Britain calls on Hong Kong to pause extradition bill, maintain rights

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain urged the Hong Kong government to “pause and reflect” on an extradition bill that has sparked widespread protests, and said the former British colony must take steps to protect its rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy. Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic Read More

Panic spreads through Hong Kong protest as riot officers fire tear gas

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By Tania Snuggs, news reporter Hong Kong police have fired pepper spray at protesters angry about an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, most of them young people dressed in black, had gathered peacefully outside government buildings in the Chinese-ruled city before Read More