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China's electoral reform 'earthquake' set to upend Hong Kong politics

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong's electoral system, expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory's political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum. Learn More


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Myanmar police fire stun grenades as Southeast Asian ministers aim for talks

(Reuters) - Myanmar police opened fire to disperse protesters on Tuesday, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due to hold talks with the military in a bid to quell violence and find a way out of the crisis. More »


Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls released by kidnappers: Zamfara state governor

GUSAU, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen have released girls kidnapped from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, the governor of Zamfara state said in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. More »


Hearing for Hong Kong democracy activists resumes after marathon session

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The proceedings for 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion resume on Tuesday, following a marathon hearing that extended well past midnight before it was adjourned after one of the defendants fainted. More »


Exclusive: U.S. sanctions for Navalny poisoning may come on Tuesday - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to impose sanctions to punish Russia for the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as early as Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter said. More »


Australian police close investigation into alleged rape by cabinet minister

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian police said on Tuesday an investigation into a rape allegation against an unidentified cabinet minister was closed after authorities concluded there was insufficient evidence. More »


As economy rebounds, China parliament to address long-term pitfalls

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's annual session of parliament will chart a course for economic recovery and unveil a five-year plan to fend off stagnation, as strategic rivalry with the United States spurs a shift to reliance on consumption and home-grown technology. More »


U.S. focused on 'future conduct' of Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi sanctions, spokesman says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is focused on "future conduct" of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a U.S. spokesman said on Monday, after Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. More »


U.S. says detentions in Hong Kong show national security law is being used to stifle dissent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Monday that recent detentions of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong show how the national security law imposed by Beijing is being used to stifle dissent. More »


Australian music promoter Gudinski dies at 68

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Prominent Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski, best known for helping globalise some of the country's biggest stars, including Kylie Minogue, died in his sleep on Tuesday, his music label said in a statement. More »


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