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Newspaper column scrapped amid democracy row

A well-respected Hong Kong newspaper has axed a weekly column by a political activist and hedge fund manager as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy.

Separatists hit Ukrainian vessel in first naval attack

Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Azov Sea by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way.

Pakistan protesters still surround PM

Pakistan protesters still surround PM

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on more of his supporters to take to the streets and stand up to security forces, after weeks of protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation turned violent.

At least 2 killed as explosion fells building near Paris

At least 2 killed as explosion fells building near Paris

A four-storey building in a Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion, killing a child and an elderly woman, and emergency teams were searching the rubble for others still missing.

Scottish nationalists deny sinister campaign tactics

Scottish nationalists deny sinister campaign tactics

The leader of Scotland's pro-independence campaign, Alex Salmond. has dismissed an accusation that grassroots supporters had used "organised street mobbery" to try to silence a series of street debates hosted by an opposition lawmaker.

HK braces for protests as China rules out democracy

HK braces for protests as China rules out democracy

Pro-democracy activists have vowed to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.

Ukraine 'close to point of no return'

Ukraine 'close to point of no return'

Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit

Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.

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