Protesters from the group Civic Action marching in the streets of Yuen Long district in Hong Kong this month. Photograph: EPA/Jerome Favre

The Hong Kong government is seeking to increase security after the Occupy Central pro-democracy protests in late 2014, which led to widespread unrest (...)

A police officer sprays pepper spray at demonstrators during a protest outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

The Occupy Central democracy protests in Hong Kong have certainly been disruptive, but perhaps not as badly so as people thought. In fact, the protest(...)

Manni Ng, a student with Hong Kong’s protest movement, at the camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner/The New York Times

The founders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central civil disobedience movement called on pro-democracy activists to retreat from the city centre over fears o(...)

A demonstrator attaches an umbrella to a statue outside the government offices in Hong Kong yesteray.  Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Protest leaders in Hong Kong said they would create access lanes to government buildings to allow civil servants to go back to work this week, but def(...)

People rest with their heads under umbrellas on a road during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on Thursday. The Hong Kong government has called for thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators to end their protests and free up the city centre. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Hong Kong‘s leader, Leung Chun-ying, has told pro-democracy protesters that he has no intention of stepping down, and warned that the consequences of (...)

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep at a street outside Hong Kong’s government offices this morning. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory’s top official resigns by the end of the (...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators defied tear gas and pepper spray to occupy the city centre, as police undertook the biggest crackdown since the city returned to Chinese rule. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests today and baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government di(...)

 Protesters attend a rally organised by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Pro-democracy activists vowed today to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right(...)

A TV screen in a St Petersburg pool hall shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/The Irish Times

The White House has called on Russia to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden without delay, saying Moscow has a “clear legal basis” for h(...)