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    • Hong Kong extradition bill 'is dead', Lam claims

      Hong Kong extradition bill 'is dead', Lam claims

      After weeks of huge Hong Kong demonstrations, that plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis in decades, nation’s embattled leader declared the controversial extradition bill that sparked the unrest 'dead'. In a press conference on Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam also admitted the government's work on the bill had been a "total failure", making her latest attempt to reduce the political temperature in the semi-autonomous territory.

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    • Czech PM fires back after EU audit, as protests swell

      Czech PM fires back after EU audit, as protests swell

      Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Wednesday stepped up criticism of a European Commission audit into his possible conflicts of interest, calling the auditors incompetent and demanding a meeting with the head of the commission executive. His response came after an estimated 120,000 protesters took to Prague’s streets on Tuesday evening to demand Babis’s resignation, one of the biggest protests since the end of communism in 1989.

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    • Serbia opposition supporters storm state-run TV

      Serbia opposition supporters storm state-run TV

      Opponents of Serb President Aleksandar Vucic broke into the state-run RTS television building on Saturday, demanding to address the population, in images aired live. Among the dozens who invaded RTS on Saturday were opposition figures including former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas and Bosko Obradovic, leader of the right-wing Dveri party.

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    • Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      French police fired tear gas and arrested dozens on Saturday in clashes with yellow vest movement protesters as they threw cobblestones at riot police in front of Paris’ Arc de Triumph monument, news wires reported. Bonfires were started in nearby streets, with at least one car put in flames. The yellow vests seek to inject new impetus into the four-month old revolt against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms.

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    • Albania's opposition protests demanding snap elections

      Albania's opposition protests demanding snap elections

      Albania's main opposition leader last Tuesday urged Prime Minister Edi Rama to call a snap election over allegations of corruption and vote fraud, as anti-government protesters rallied outside parliament, news wires reported. Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition have surrounded the parliament, burned portraits of Rama and threw firecrackers at the building.

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    • Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is reportedly considering calling an early national election for 14 April, state-owned news agency EFE reported on Monday citing unnamed government sources. The move comes as Sanchez's Socialists party, which holds less than a quarter of the seats in the lower parliamentary house, has been struggling to gather enough support to pass a 2019 budget bill.

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