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HONG KONG (Bloomberg): Hong Kong invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks for protesters in a bid to quell months of violent unrest.
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the two sides since U.S. President Donald Trump called off talks last month.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One of Iraq's most influential clerics called on Friday for the government to resign as the death toll rose to 65 in three days of violent national protests against official corruption.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing will donate HK$1 billion ($128 million) to support local small and medium sized businesses, his foundation said on Friday, a move that comes as the city's economy has been roiled by pro-democracy protests.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Cyprus on Friday said Turkey's action in sending a drill ship to an area Nicosia has licensed for offshore hydrocarbons exploration was a 'severe escalation' of what it called Ankara's violations of the island's sovereign rights.
(Reuters) - A New York court on Thursday temporarily halted a state ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, giving the embattled vaping industry a breather just a day before the state's prohibition was due to take effect.
PETALING JAYA (Bernama): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Oct 4) assured the people that the government will run the country according to the rule of law and not what he described as the draconian laws of the previous administration.
PUTRAJAYA: The Human Resources Ministry will propose a new chapter on forced labour under the Employment Act 1955 to protect the rights of workers, says its minister M. Kulasegaran.
SINGAPORE (ANN): Hong Kong actor Benz Hui is reportedly seeking to become a Singapore citizen after he moved into a Yishun home.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's government is expected to discuss sweeping emergency laws on Friday that would include banning face masks at protests, two sources told Reuters, an unprecedented move to ease months of violent unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.