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Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on December 1, raising the stakes after one of the worst nights of violence to hit the demonstrations.

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Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement’s main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Tuesday. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong, and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on Monday.

A police officer blows the whistle to the protesters as they remove the barricades at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people.

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A police officer blows his whistle at pro-democracy protesters as barricades are removed from an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Wednesday

Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff's removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on November 25, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong's high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.

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Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff’s removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on Tuesday in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong’s high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders

Bailiffs walk past people at a make-shift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong, November 24, 2014. An injunction has been issued by the court, but not yet enforced, for two main streets in the gritty district of Mong Kok, which has seen some of the most violent clashes of the past seven weeks.

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Bailiffs walk past people at a makeshift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at the Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong on Monday. An injunction to clear the road has been issued but not yet enforced.

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

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