Beijing set for Hong Kong demo
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to take their struggle to China’s capital Beijing next week.
They will target a summit of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Protesters are demanding free elections in Hong Kong. Currently China vets all candidates for Hong Kong’s leader, the chief executive.
Protests demanding democracy have spread through Hong Kong for over a month.
Putin calls for talks after election
Elections were held in Ukraine’s south eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions last Sunday.
The self-proclaimed “people’s republics” have been under the control of Russian nationalist separatists since March.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has called for more talks with Ukraine since the elections.
Russia does not want to annex the regions, but is using them as a bargaining chip with the West. Its aim is for Ukraine not to be in US and European Union’s sphere of influence.
Podemos tops poll in Spain
Support has surged for new radical left party Podemos in the Spanish state.
It topped one poll last week on 27 percent, ahead of the Labour-type PSOE and the ruling Tory PP just eight months after it was founded.
Podemos grew out of mass protests, beginning with the “Indignados” movement of 2011 and more recently the “Marches for Dignity.” These are set to put millions on the streets for the second time later this month.
Corruption scandals and attacks on abortion rights have added to anger at the PP in particular and the devastating austerity it has imposed.