Asia Pacific Hong Kong averts showdown as leader dangles dialogue with protesters

Ahead of a midnight deadline, Leung Chun-ying told students he would send a deputy to meet with them, but ruled out his resignation. Protesters have threatened to occupy government buildings in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous region of China.

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Hong Kong’s top official, Leung Chun-ying, has refused to bow to protesters’ demands that he resign, but a midnight deadline they had set for his departure passed without incident as both sides steered away from confrontation.