Hong Kong police clad in riot gear attempted to disperse protesters with multiple volleys of tear gas and pepper spray Sunday. Crowds retreated briefly but tens of thousands of protesters returned in full force Sunday evening.
On Saturday, US-led coalition warplanes struck the Syrian Kurdish town Kobani, which has been under assault from the Islamic State group. A Turkish news agency report Kurdish forces were able to retake some positions they had lost to the militants.
Jayaram Jayalalitha will have to step down as chief minister of Tamil Nadu after a court found her guilty of corruption. Indian politicians are rarely convicted for corruption, giving Jayalalitha's supporters reason to believe the ruling was politically motivated.
The president of Spain's Catalonia region formally called for an independence referendum Saturday. The Spanish government will hold an emergency cabinet meeting to challenge the referendum, which they say is unconstitutional.
An Egyptian judge said the court is still working on its 'justifications' in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, charged with complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that led to his ouster.
Britain, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands signed on Friday to assist in the US-led operation to crush the Islamic State group in Iraq. While the Europeans will not assist with Syria, the support is a welcome boost for President Obama's efforts.
Speaking shortly before the latest round of negotiations between Iran and the world powers ended Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said faster progress needed to be made in order to seal a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline.
China's state media reported that bombs killed two police officers, two police assistants, and six bystanders, and that 54 others were injured. It said police took swift action and 40 assailants were either shot dead or died in explosions.
On Thursday Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko outlined a six-year plan, which includes reforming all major government agencies in the country. The president said he hoped those reforms would make the country ready for membership in the European Union by 2020.
A Central American plan presented to the US and Mexico on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly aims to boost their economies and cut down on illegal immigration to the US through new airports in Nicaragua and Belize and regional energy expansion.
In remarks at the New American think tank, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani urged the US to move beyond fears that his country is developing nuclear arms. He said the two countries should focus on the fight against the Islamic State.
The ruling capped a lengthy legal odyssey for the 53-year-old cleric who has been described as a onetime lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, but in recent months emerged as a harsh critic of the Islamic State militant group.