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Hong Kong leader blames mass protests on ‘external forces’

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Hong Kong’s leader has said that the “external forces” have been involved in pro-democracy protests which have been going on in the country for more than three weeks.

In the past week, Hong Kong police have repeatedly clashed with protesters, who are demanding fully democratic elections for the city.

“There is obviously participation by people, organisations from outside of Hong Kong, in politics in Hong Kong, over a long time,” Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said during a TV interview on Sunday.

Leung refused to reveal which countries were behind the alleged interference.

He also said that the movement is now “out of control even for people who started it, for people who planned it, for people who scripted it”.

Dozens of people, including 22 police officers, were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that began late on Friday in the densely populated Mong Kok district. Four people were arrested early on Sunday, police said.

The area was calm early on Monday, although scores of protesters remained on the streets.

Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since the UK handed the colony back to China in 1997 rest on talks scheduled for Tuesday between the government and student protest leaders that will be broadcast live.

The demonstrators first took to the streets in late September in opposition to the Chinese central government’s decision to screen candidates running in the territory’s first direct elections, due to be held in 2017.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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