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Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.

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Turkey condemns Tripoli air strikes claimed by Libyan government

ISTANBUL - Turkey on Wednesday condemned air strikes claimed by the Libyan government on an airport in Tripoli controlled by a rival administration, setting it at odds with the country's internationally-recognized authorities.

Libya, Turkey 5:00am EST

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

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival government wants to send its 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 4:57am EST

Five killed in clashes between Houthis, Sunnis in Yemen capital

SANAA - Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen's capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.

Yemen 5:54am EST

Thai junta chief says has not 'damaged' country, rights group disagrees

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha vigorously defended his position as leader on Wednesday, more than six months after he seized power in a bloodless coup, as a U.S.-based rights group said the country had fallen into an "apparently bottomless pit".

Thailand 2:44am EST

Sao Tome ex-president's son returns to prime minister's job

SAO TOME - Patrice Trovoada, the son of Sao Tome and Principe's former President Miguel Trovoada, has been reappointed prime minister of the tiny island nation following his party's sweeping victory in parliamentary polls last month, a presidential decree stated.

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