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HONG KONG PROTESTS: Groups facing struggle with identity

Most mornings for weeks, in one of the pro-democracy protest camps in Hong Kong, Wong Yeung-tat (黃洋達) has berated, mocked and goaded the government and, increasingly, the student protest leaders and democratic politicians he deems too timid. “The occupy campaign needs to be taken to aFULL STORY

HONG KONG PROTESTS: Police begin to clear Mong Kok with backing of court

Hong Kong police began removing protesters from a key road at a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok yesterday as hundreds continued to block Argyle Street hours after authorities began enforcing a court injunction to open the road. Police dragged off some people who resisted theirFULL STORY

Portuguese judge detains ex-PM

A judge on Monday ordered former Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates to be remanded in custody on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. Socrates, 57, has been held in detention since his shock arrest on Friday last week at Lisbon airport after arriving on aFULL STORY

Air raid targets Tripoli’s sole functioning airport

An air raid claimed by a renegade general’s forces targeted the Libyan capital’s sole operational airport on Monday, a day after militants were driven out of a key western town. A low-flying fighter fired two missiles at Mitiga airport, which is in an eastern suburb ofFULL STORY

Estranged wife of Indian PM Narendra Modi irked by gun-toting bodyguards

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned the government’s decision to provide her with gun-toting bodyguards around the clock, even when she travels in rickety three-wheeler taxis. Jashodaben Modi, 62, who lives in the western state of Gujarat, said she had filed a petitionFULL STORY

FEATURE: Poor family planning advice sees abortion rate soar in Vietnam

At a small Hanoi cemetery, Nguyen Van Thao opens a fridge and pulls out a bag of bloody fetuses to prepare for burial — a grim reminder that Vietnam has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. About 40 percent of pregnancies in theFULL STORY

France awards its highest honor to modest WWII spy

A World War II heroine who parachuted behind German lines on “perilous” spy missions, but was so modest she only told her children about it 15 years ago, was yesterday presented with France’s highest honor. British-born Pippa Doyle, now 93 and living in New Zealand, wasFULL STORY

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended

Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to clinch a landmark nuclear agreement, and defuse a 12-year standoff, after missing a Monday midnight deadline for a deal. The failure came despite an intensive five-day diplomatic push in the Austrian capital Vienna involving theFULL STORY

Women are not equal to men: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said thatFULL STORY

Chile brings back abortion for extreme circumstances

Raped by a member of her family and pregnant with a fetus that doctors said would not survive, a 13-year-old Chilean girl had no choice but to carry the fetus to term. Since her baby died of congenital heart defects on Nov. 5, hours after birth,FULL STORY

Italian companies make espresso machine for ISS

Perhaps one of the last barriers to the human conquest of space has been removed; a space-rated espresso machine has been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). The device was made by two Turin-based companies, Lavazza Coffee and engineering firm Argotec. It is called theFULL STORY

Bob Dylan performs gig for audience of one in Philadelphia

Among the world’s most exclusive concert tickets, this might be the ultimate: A show by rock legend Bob Dylan, with an audience of just one person. Dylan and his band on Sunday afternoon performed at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music to just one lucky fan — SwedishFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

CHINA People-traffickers arrested Authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday. Five of the non-Chinese victims were younger than 18 and were handedFULL STORY

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