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HK Leader Says China Adamant; Students Seek Talks
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HONG KONG, Sept 30:  Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong´s top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a speech ahead of Wednesday´s National Day holiday, vowed to "steadfastly safeguard" Hong Kong´s prosperity and stability. He said Beijing believes Hong Kong will "create an even better future in the big family of the motherland."
Hong Kong Protesters Set Deadline For Government
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HONG KONG, Sept 30: Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

A brief statement from the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement said it had set an Oct. 1 deadline for the city´s unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to meet their demands for genuine democracy and for him to step down as leader of Hong Kong.
US-led Airstrikes Hit 4 Syrian Provinces
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BEIRUT, Sept 29: Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has carried out several airstrikes targeting Islamic State group positions in northern and eastern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the air raids overnight took place in four provinces: Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour. The entrance to Syria´s largest gas plant, Conoco in Deir el-Zour, was among the targets.
New Afghan President Sworn In After Disputed Vote
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KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 29 : Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan´s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country´s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition after a six-month election season that ended with marathon negotiations that gave the newly created position of chief executive to his challenger Abdullah Abdullah.
Pro-democracy Protests Expand In Hong Kong
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HONG KONG, Sept 29:  Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing´s decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters that was the scene of tear gas-fueled clashes that erupted the evening before.
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