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Hong Kong Protesters Focused on Holding Ground in Volatile Mong Koki
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October 24, 2014 1:47 PM
In Hong Kong two of the protest sites occupied by pro-democracy activists, in the financial district and in a high-end retail area, have been relatively calm recently, but the third site, in the working class neighborhood Mong Kok, continues to be contentious. VOA's Brian Padden reports why activists say holding Mong Kok is key to the success of their movement, despite confrontations with angry residents, anti-protest groups and police.
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Video Hong Kong Protesters Focused on Holding Ground in Volatile Mong Kok

In Hong Kong two of the protest sites occupied by pro-democracy activists, in the financial district and in a high-end retail area, have been relatively calm recently, but the third site, in the working class neighborhood Mong Kok, continues to be contentious. VOA's Brian Padden reports why activists say holding Mong Kok is key to the success of their movement, despite confrontations with angry residents, anti-protest groups and police.
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Video Economic Anxiety Also Plays a Part in Hong Kong Democracy Protests

While the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are primarily about the right to vote without China first vetting the candidates, anxiety about the rising cost of living and the growing wealth gap in the city are also contributing factors. VOA's Brian Padden reports that many on the street believe political change is needed to address these concerns, especially after the city's chief executive suggested that democracy would be bad for the economy.
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Video US, S Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Forces Control

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Video Hong Kong Student Activists Trying to Keep Up With Studies

Televised talks in Hong Kong Tuesday between the government and pro-democracy activists brought the two sides no closer to resolving the nearly month long demonstrations that have shut down parts of the city. VOA's Brian Padden is in Hong Kong and reports that many of the student protesters are trying to keep up with their studies as the demonstrations continue.
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Video Hong Kong Televised Talks Unlikely to End Protests

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Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

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Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

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Video US Political Parties Eye Asian American Vote

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Video North Korean Defector's Anti-Pyongyang Efforts Won't be Deflated by Balloon Flop

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Video Pilot Project to Boost Nutrition for Cambodian Garment Workers

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Video Hong Kong Protests Expose Generation Gap

Most of the tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are students seeking democracy. Idealistic youths say while the older generation worries about the present, they are fighting for the territory's future. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.
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Video Interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Oct. 10, 2014

VOA's Afghan Service Chief, Masood Farivar, interviews U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Oct. 10, 2014. They discuss the future of the unity government in Afghanistan as well as this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners: children's rights advocates Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. (Full interview)
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Video Pakistan’s Malala, India’s Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistan’s teenage advocate for education and women’s rights, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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