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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

Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 13, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.

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Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the central district of Hong Kong on Monday.

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on October 9, 2014.  While numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred after days of mass rallies to demand fully free elections, those who remain at the barricades say they will not give ground.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on Thursday

A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)...A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA's Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong on August 29, 2014.  Hong Kong residents expressed alarm on August 29 after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what democracy activists condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of residents gather to march in downtown streets during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Hong Kong residents began marching through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger over Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center. The protest comes days after nearly 800,000 residents voted in a mock referendum aimed at bolstering support for full democracy. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Tens of thousands gather during an annual protest in Hong Kong. Residents began marching through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger after China published a white paper reminding Hong Kong that its independence was subject to Beijing’s authority.

An pro-democracy activist scuffles with police officers while Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office meets with Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council minister Wang Yu-chi, in Taoyuan June 25, 2014. Zhang, China's top official in charge of Taiwan ties will make a landmark visit to the island this week to try to woo Taiwanese who remain suspicious about a pending trade pact as well as meet a senior figure from the pro-independence opposition.

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A pro-democracy activist scuffles with police officers while Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, meets with Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council minister Wang Yu-chi, in Taoyuan on Wednesday. Mr Zhang is trying to woo Taiwanese who remain suspicious about a pending trade pact.

A Bahraini anti-government protester gestures as she sits along a street during a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Opposition groups launched a fresh push against the Gulf monarchy on Wednesday, an effort to revitalize their two-and-a half-year-old pro-democracy uprising.

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An anti-government protester , taking part in a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, makes a gesture of peace. Opposition groups launched a fresh push against the Gulf state monarchy on Wednesday in an effort to revitalise the two-and-a half-year-old pro-democracy uprising

Protesters scuffle with police officers on a downtown street during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong Monday, July 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of the protesters demanded their widely disliked Beijing-backed leader resign and pressing for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative. The march is an annual event that underscores the growing gulf between Hong Kong and the mainland 16 years after the city ceased to be a British colony and came back under Beijing's control.

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Protesters scuffle with police officers during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of protesters demanded that their Beijing-backed leader resign and pressed for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative.

Tourists jump as their friends take photos on Tiananmen square in Beijing on June 4, 2013. Authorities launch a major push every June 4 to prevent discussion of the violently crushed 1989 pro-democracy protests, in which at least hundreds of people died.

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Tourists jump as their friends take photos on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Tuesday. Authorities in China launch a major push every year on June 4 to prevent discussion of the 1989 pro-democracy protests that were violently crushed and in which hundreds of people died