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Oct 3, 2014

Hong Kong clashes break out, protesters threaten to boycott talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violent scuffles broke out in one of Hong Kong’s most famous and congested shopping districts on Friday, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters, forcing many to retreat.

As news of the confrontation spread, more protesters headed for the gritty, bustling district of Mong Kok, considered one of the most crowded places on Earth, to reinforce.

Oct 2, 2014

Hong Kong leader refuses to resign, offers talks with protesters

HONG KONG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung
Chun-ying defied pro-democracy protesters’ demands to step down
by Friday, and repeated police warnings that the consequences
would be serious if they sought to surround or occupy government
buildings.

Leung, speaking to reporters just minutes before an
ultimatum for him to resign expired, also said that Chief
Secretary Carrie Lam would hold a meeting with students soon to
discuss political reforms. He gave no time frame.

Oct 2, 2014

Prolonged Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy

HONG KONG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A top Chinese envoy warned that
drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the
city’s reputation as one of the world’s leading financial hubs,
as defiant protesters vowed on Thursday they would not budge.

Both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged
stand-off, although the number of protesters blocking the
streets in the financial and administrative districts for the
past six days tapered off on Thursday.

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

HONG KONG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader is willing
to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the
city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said,
while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge.

The city’s streets were calm early on Thursday while police
largely kept their distance from the tens of thousands of mostly
young people keeping up protests in the heart of the Asian
financial hub that are now nearly a week old.

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.

There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election.

Sep 30, 2014

Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.

On the sixth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election, there was little sign of momentum flagging.

Sep 22, 2014

Ultrasonic CEO resurfaces in China, says to return funds

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The missing chief executive of embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG has resurfaced in China to deny absconding with millions of dollars of company money, telling local media he had been travelling and lost his phone.

CEO Wu Qingyong, who was dismissed last week after his abrupt disappearance, separately told an Ultrasonic executive he would return to the company and give back any funds, the firm said in a statement on Monday. It added, however, that its supervisory board had been unable to contact Wu directly.

Sep 22, 2014

Ultrasonic CEO resurfaces in China, denies taking money

SHANGHAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The missing chief executive of
embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG
has resurfaced in China to deny absconding with
millions of dollars of company money, telling local media he had
been travelling and lost his phone.

An official in the company’s human resources department told
Reuters by telephone on Monday that CEO Wu Qingyong, who was
dismissed last week after his abrupt disappearance, was in China
and planning to visit the company’s facilities.

Sep 22, 2014

Blasts in China’s Xinjiang kill two; government censures officials

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China’s troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

The blasts came as China punished 17 regional officials and police “for being accountable” for a July 28 attack by masked militants that led to almost 100 deaths of police, officials and civilians, and for the subsequent killing of a pro-Beijing imam.

Sep 22, 2014

Blasts in China’s Xinjiang kill two; govt censures officials

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China’s troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

The blasts came as China punished 17 regional officials and police “for being accountable” for a July 28 attack by masked militants that led to almost 100 deaths of police, officials and civilians, and for the subsequent killing of a pro-Beijing imam.