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Oct 24, 2014

Hong Kong protesters set for the long haul at self-sustaining village

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters have created a self-sustaining village within a month of taking their call for democracy to the streets, setting up changing rooms, tents for hire, a study area, first-aid stations and even their own security patrols as they ready for the long haul.

What started out as hastily built barricades against police pepper spray and tear gas, relying mainly on cling film and umbrellas, has evolved into a fully fledged campus with carpeted stairs, water coolers, WiFi and gas-fueled generators supporting mobile phones, desk lamps and amplifiers.

Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong students, officials set for first talks on political crisis

HONG KONG, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Senior Hong Kong government
officials will meet student leaders for the first time on
Tuesday in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of
pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian
financial centre to a standstill.

Hopes are low for any breakthrough during the evening talks
- which will be broadcast live – with both sides refusing to
give ground in resolving the worst political crisis in the
former British colony since it was handed back to China in 1997.

Oct 19, 2014

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes, talks set for Tuesday

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police.

Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that began late on Friday in the densely populated Mong Kok district of the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police. Four people were arrested early on Sunday, police said.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters, arrest 45

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a major road in the Asian financial center that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

The police operation was the toughest against largely student protesters in more than a week, and came after demonstrators swarmed into a tunnel on a key four-lane thoroughfare late on Tuesday, halting traffic and chanting for universal suffrage in the Chinese-controlled city.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong tensions rise as police use pepper spray on protesters, arrest 45

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a major road in the Asian financial centre that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

The police operation was the toughest against largely student protesters in more than a week, and came after demonstrators swarmed into a tunnel on a key four-lane thoroughfare late on Tuesday, halting traffic and chanting for universal suffrage in the Chinese-controlled city.

Oct 14, 2014

HK police use sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle protest barriers, reopen major road

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial center on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.

In a setback to protesters, traffic flowed freely along Queensway Road after their sit-in and barricades were cleared from the road. But other major protest sites remained in tact in the Admiralty and Mong Kok districts and pro-democracy demonstrators were defiant.

Oct 14, 2014

Hong Kong police dismantle protest barriers, reopen major road

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial centre on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.

In a setback to protesters, traffic flowed freely along Queensway Road after their sit-in and barricades were cleared from the road. But other major protest sites remained in tact in the Admiralty and Mong Kok districts and pro-democracy demonstrators were defiant.

Oct 13, 2014

Hong Kong police remove some barricades, say protesters can stay

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police on Monday removed some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the Chinese-controlled city, but said protesters could remain on the streets they have occupied for the past two weeks.

At the main protest site, near government offices in the downtown district of Admiralty, scores of student protesters faced off with police who were massing in the area, a Reuters witness said.

Oct 6, 2014

Macau Sept gambling revenues fall by most in 5 yrs on China anti-graft drive

MACAU, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Gambling revenue in the world’s
biggest gaming hub Macau recorded their steepest drop in more
than five years in September as China’s campaign against
corruption and a slowing economy kept big-spending customers
away.

Revenues of Macau’s 35 casinos fell 11.7 percent to 25.6
billion patacas ($3.21 billion) in September from 29 billion
patacas in the same month a year ago, government data released
on Monday showed.

Oct 3, 2014

Macau dealers walk off job on Friday as labor unrest increases

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of casino workers in gambling hub Macau walked off the job on Friday to demand higher wages and better benefits, a union leader said, the latest in a wave of labor unrest to hit casino operators also facing shrinking revenues.

Up to 300 dealers at the flagship casino of MGM China Holdings LtdĀ , a unit of U.S.-based MGM Resorts International, took collective sick leave at noon on Friday, said Ieong Man Teng, head of the Forefront of Macau Gaming, the labor union behind recent protests.