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Two ousted pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers on Wednesday announced they were making a final bid to overturn a controversial Beijing-linked ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament.
 
Nine residents of the Chinese "rebel" village of Wukan have been jailed for "disrupting social order" after September protests against officials turned violent, leading police to shut down the settlement and impose a media blackout.
 
Protectionism to be severe next year, senior trade officials warn
Trade protectionism measures targeting Chinese goods will continue to be "severe" in 2017 as anti-globalization forces are likely to keep growing in the United States. Also, many European politicians may play the "China Card" in their elections, senior trade officials said on Thursday.
 
Last king of remote Buddhist kingdom dies in Nepal
The last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang died Friday in Kathmandu, eight years after he lost his royal title when the centuries-old Buddhist monarchy was abolished.
 
Hong Kong financial chief submits resignation
Hong Kong's financial chief quit Monday, in what is widely seen as a prelude to a leadership bid for the southern Chinese city's top job.
 
Hong Kong's finance chief resigned Monday ahead of what is widely expected to be a tilt at the city leadership.
 
Anti-China protests in HK as vote looms
Around a thousand protesters rallied in Hong Kong Saturday against a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and an electoral system skewed toward Beijing ahead of elections for a new city leader.
 
Two runners died after collapsing during a half-marathon in southern China on Saturday, event organizers said.
 
Hong Kong leader says he won't run again
Hong Kong's unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said Friday he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions.
 
A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said.
 
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