Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.



Niger opposition chief, wanted in baby-trafficking case, in Europe

By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Niger's parliament speaker and leading opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is wanted for questioning in his home country on suspicion of involvement in baby-trafficking, has flown to Europe, officials in Burkina Faso said on Sunday. Hama, a former ally turned political rival of President Mahamadou Issoufou, had fled to the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou on Thursday after parliamentary leaders in Niger authorised his arrest. "He left Ouagadougou on Friday night on a Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels," a senior security source told Reuters.
Placido Domingo closing act at London festival

LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.
Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday. A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm suffering from a fever and is being treated in an isolation unit, the reports said. More than 1,500 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March. ...
Rebels in Central African Republic expel government ministers

Seleka fighters take a break as they sit on a pick-up truck in the town of GoyaBy Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - A grouping of former Seleka rebels in Central African Republic said on Sunday it had expelled from its ranks several members serving in a new government seeking to stop a cycle of deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians. "As a result, all members of the ex-Seleka coalition having participated in the present government are definitively excluded," he wrote. The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Michel Djotodia led Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighbouring Chad and Sudan, in an assault on the capital Bangui and seized power in March 2013. He named three Seleka members to his 30-member cabinet, but the armed group rejected the government's composition, claiming it had not been consulted.





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