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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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Romania's next president eyes power shift within weeks

BUCHAREST - Romania's new president-elect Klaus Iohannis predicted on Tuesday that enough lawmakers could start abandoning Prime Minister Victor Ponta's ruling coalition in the coming weeks to bring down the government next year.

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Russia's new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful

MOSCOW/BEIRUT - Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia, Syria 1:46am EST

Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: monitoring group

BEIRUT - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria.

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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 1:23am EST

China considers suing 'economic fugitives' in the U.S., official says

BEIJING - China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday.

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