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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)Pro-democracy lawmakers disrupt a Beijing official's speech on tightly limited voting reforms.


2014-09-01 01:14:32 -0600

Firefighters carry a body found in the rubble of a four-storey residential building that collapsed following a blast in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris on August 31, 2014Rescue workers searched throughout the night for two people missing after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, killing six and reducing half a residential block to rubble. Firefighters were combing the wreckage for two other missing people, Mayor Claude Capillon said. The building was practically scythed in two.


2014-08-31 22:54:02 -0600

Pro-Russian fighters stand by a T-64 tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk, on August 31, 2014Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, in its latest allegation of Moscow's direct involvement in the conflict. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing with the goal of controlling the Lugansk airport," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin wrote on his Facebook page. Also on Monday Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Minsk should discuss an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. "I am very much counting upon the negotiations set for today, to above all focus on agreeing an immediate and unconditional ceasefire," he said a meeting with university students according to Russian news agencies.


2014-09-01 01:02:38 -0600