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Police in Hong Kong have again fired teargas at pro-democracy demonstrations to try to disperse the crowds. The protesters have brought the main business district to a standstill over the weekend. Demonstrations are still under way in some parts of the city center. The protesters are calling for fully democratic elections in 2017.
There are reports of fierce fighting between government forces and the Islamist militants outside the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Coalition airstrikes have held off the insurgents who are now said to be less than ten kilometers from the city. At least 400 Iraqi soldiers have been killed by Islamist militants in the past week.
More than thirty people were killed when Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano erupted on Saturday. Several more are still unaccounted for. Hundreds of hikers were on the volcano at the time of the eruptions. High levels of toxic gas have forced rescue workers to suspend their search for any survivors.