Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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HONG KONG - Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps today, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony.

On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal barricades, tents, canopies and other obstructions in Mong Kok, a crowded, blue-collar neighborhood that has been the flash point of earlier clashes. Two other protest zones remain in place: a sprawling main camp next to government headquarters on the edge of the financial district and a smaller site in the Causeway Bay shopping district.

Protesters scattered and traffic started flowing on Nathan Road after the clearance operation finished up by mid-afternoon. But large crowds returned to the area hours later, met by police preventing them from trying to retake the street.

Among those arrested were protest leaders Joshua Wong, the 18- year-old head of the Scholarism group, and 21-year-old Lester Shum, deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students. The two groups have played important roles in organizing the protest movement.

Also today, Hong Kong police said seven officers have been arrested for assault in connection with the Oct. 15 beating of protester Ken Tsang, who was caught on camera being kicked and punched in a dark corner while handcuffed during a violent nighttime clash.


QUETTA, Pakistan - Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team today, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.

The attack on the health workers took place in the southwestern city of Quetta, while the drone strike targeted a militant hideout in the North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan.

Those killed in the attack on the outskirts of Quetta included three women, said a police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. …

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