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#HongKong police stormed a shopping mall where a pro-democracy protest turned violent on Sunday, and activists trashed fittings at the rail station next door.

Security forces maintained tight control in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of #Egypt  2011 revolution, after protests in several cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al- #Sisi 

“Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor...We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.” the head of #Iran  Guards, said in remarks broadcast on state TV.

A drone was shot down in Quneitra province in southern #Syria , the second such incident in 48 hours, state media. The drone was loaded with bombs and C4 explosive, it said.

Organisers of the #Eurovision  Song Contest said they had fined #Iceland  after the band it entered displayed scarves with #Palestinian  flags during the contest's final in Israel

Prominent #HongKong  protesters expressed optimism that #US  legislators will pass by year's end a bill aimed at defending civil rights in the global financial hub roiled by pro-democracy demonstrations and accusations of police abuse

#Iran President Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the #Gulf  in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.


Hollywood actor Benicio del Toro joined Palestinians at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday in a demonstration against the Israeli army's killing of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border. #Palestinians  #Gaza  #Israel  #Cannes2018 

#Trump pardoned former U.S. Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna, who was imprisoned for five years for killing an Iraqi prisoner in 2008. Behenna, who stripped Ali Mansur naked for questioning and then shot him twice, claimed he was acting in self-defense.

The two municipal swimming pools in the southeast French city of #Grenoble  have been shut down, despite the current heatwave, after a row over the use of full-body Islamic#burkini  swimsuit, the local mayor said

Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country #Libya  #SlaveAuction 

Death toll soars to 20, stores ransacked for food in deadly night of anti-government protests in Caracas#Venezuela 

#JeSuisCharlie A minute of silence #AFP  staff

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More than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home "the most dangerous place for a woman," a new UN study said

#Iran says meeting with parties to 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna Sunday was 'constructive' The emergency talks were in response to an escalation in tensions between Iran and the West that included confrontations at sea and Tehran’s breaches of the accord.