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Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control.

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Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

BERLIN - A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel's grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

Germany 9:40am EST

Iran parliament ends standoff with Rouhani, approves higher education minister

DUBAI - Iran's parliament voted on Wednesday to approve President Hassan Rouhani's fifth candidate to head the higher education ministry, ending an ideological tussle over a cabinet post important to his pledge to liberalize life in the Islamic Republic.

Davos 9:53am EST

Algeria says killed militant involved in French tourist beheading

ALGIERS - Algeria's military has killed a militant involved in the abduction and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel in September, Justice Minister Tayeb Louh said on Wednesday.

9:29am EST

Exclusive: Libya's rival oil minister wants to attend OPEC meeting

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival government wants to send its appointed oil minister to the OPEC summit in Vienna this week and will refuse to comply with any production decisions if it is denied access, the minister said.

United Nations, Libya 9:02am EST

UK terrorism watchdog criticizes new security proposals

LONDON - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticized the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy".

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