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Police officers disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday in Hong Kong. Yesterday Baliffs oversaw the removal of some barricades blocking access to Citic Tower after an injunction was requested by the owners. Hong Kong's high court has authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.The court order comes as democracy protests enter their eighth week.

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Police disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday

A volunteer marshall sits at a first aid encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters at a protest site in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on November 14, 2014. More than a month after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, weary demonstrators remain encamped across several major roads.

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A volunteer marshall at a first-aid post at an encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Friday.

Women walk past demolished huts set on fire at Taghyeer (Change) Square in Sanaa November 10, 2014. Authorities had deployed riot police and used bulldozers to demolish the huts set up by pro-democracy protesters when they had camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011. These temporary shelters had not been removed from the square after protesters vacated it last year. It was not immediately apparent who had set the demolished huts on fire.

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Women walk past huts that have been destroyed by fire on Taghyeer Square in Sana’a, Yemen. Authorities deployed riot police and used bulldozers on Monday to demolish the huts which had been set up by pro-democracy protesters when they camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011.

A boy from Burkina Faso cycles past burned vehicles damaged during violent demonstrations by pro democracy protesters that led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 03 November 2014. President Blaise Compaore resigned on 31 October 2014 following the violent protests against his bid to change the constitution to extend his rule of 27 years. After a brief claim to power by army General Honore Traore a power struggle ensued with Presidential guard commander Lieutenat-Colonel Isaac Zide being appointed as transitional leader. Thousands of protesters took to the Place de la Nation on 02 November in protest against the military rule.

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The remnants of cars burned during violent demonstrations by pro-democracy protesters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The protests led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

One year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan  ...epa04474251 A Filipino girl runs past mannequins for sale in Anibong village, Tacloban City, which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines, 03 November 2014. Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in 2015 is scheduled from 15 to 19 January, he will visit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. One year after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in the eastern Philippines, many survivors are still suffering from emotional distress despite being busy with physically rebuilding their lives. Over four million people were displaced when Haiyan destroyed or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept through the eastern and central Philippines on 08 November 2013. At least one million of these survivors were residents of coastal communities devastated by tidal surges as high as 10 meters, and are being prioritized for relocation.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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No photo signs at pro-democracy encampments in Hong Kong. While some protesters are happy to be interviewed and photographed, others do not want their faces shown for fear of possible reprisals from the authorities who have declared the rallies illegal. 

Anti-occupied protesters holding Chinese national flag, demand to remove the barricade in the occupied area in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

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Anti-occupy protesters hold a Chinese national flag and demand barricades be removed from the occupied area in Hong Kong‘s Mong Kok district on Friday

Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Major intersections in the southern Chinese city have been paralysed by mass rallies demanding free elections for more than three weeks, in one of the biggest challenges to Beijing's authority since the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989.

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Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Thursday

A protester bleeds from his face as he tries to stop a group of anti-occupied taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades which block off main roads, near the line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits.

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A protester bleeds as he attempts to stop taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades across main roads. The incident took place near a line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

A man walks past a barricade set up by pro-demoracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 16, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies.

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Barricade debris set up by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday litters a street. Hong Kong is suffering its worst crisis since the handover to China in 1997, as opposition mounts against Beijing’s plan for electoral reform in the Chinese territory

A protester leans over barricades after scuffling with police as they were trying to remove barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in Central district in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong police removed some barricades on Tuesday from the edge of pro-democracy protest zones that have choked off roads for weeks, the second straight day they have taken such action and signaling their growing impatience with the student-led demonstrators.

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A protester takes a break after scuffling with police as they attempted trying to remove barricades set up by demonstrators to block off the main roads in Hong Kong’s Central district