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World news briefs - August 18



Pro-China activists  protest Honk Kong democracy agenda

Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms.

The rally in searing summer heat came around seven weeks after rival pro-democracy protesters staged a mass march demanding a greater say over how Hong Kong's next leader is chosen.

Organisers of Sunday's rally, the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, said the silent majority in the city of seven million did not support Occupy.

"We want to let the world know that we want peace, we want democracy, but please do not threaten us — do not try to turn this place into a place of violence," alliance co-founder Robert Chow told AFP.

Migrants rescued in UK identified as Afghan Sikhs 

London: Police said on Sunday that 35 people discovered in a shipping container at a British port were
Afghan Sikhs and that survivors would be questioned about how they came to be there.

On Sunday, the police said 30 of the 34 survivors had been released from hospital after treatment and were in the care of the authorities.

"Now they are well enough, our officers and colleagues from the Border Force will be speaking to them via interpreters so we can piece together what happened and how they came to be in the container," Superintendent Trevor Roe of Essex Police said in a statement.

"We now understand that they are from Afghanistan and are of the Sikh faith."

Nine killed in Yemen clashes

Sanaa: Six suspected Al Qaeda militants and three Yemeni troops died in clashes on Sunday in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of frequent attacks on the army, a local official said.

"At dawn, armed forces bombarded a house where Al Qaeda fighters had barricaded themselves in, killing three of them and wounding others," the official told AFP.

The body of a fourth militant was later found in the house in the Hadramawt town of Qatan, along with four people who were arrested, a military source said.


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