Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, today. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Protests over China’s plan to limit candidates, writes Clifford Coonan in Hong Kong

 Student protesters chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets on Tuesday in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s financial district. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Emergence of ‘colour revolution’ feared by Beijing authorities

Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Number on streets increases before Chinese national holiday today

Jack Ma is China’s richest person with a net worth of $25 billion. Photograph:  Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

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A man who has just bought an iPhone 6 from an Apple store, resells the newly-released smartphone to another man outside the store in Hong Kong recently. According to the people buying the phones outside the store, they are planning to sell their newly-purchased phones in mainland China. Photograph: Tyrone siu/Reuters

It came as quite a surprise when Apple unveiled its latest model without revealing a Chinese launch date

 Liu Tienan during his trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Langfang, Hebei province. Photograph: CCTV via Reuters TV

Liu Tienan charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes

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Hong Kong police use tear gas for the first time  to disperse pro-democracy protests and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Thousands protest against Beijing move to restrict electoral reform

The weekend violence came amid growing anger after a court in the regional capital sentenced Uighur academic Ilham Tohti  to life in prison for separatism. Photograph: Reuters

At least dozen killed and scores injured in weekend violence in troubled province

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