- - Sunday, April 1, 2012


HONG KONG Thousands in Hong Kong have protested alleged meddling by Beijing in the recent selection of the city’s next leader.

Police used pepper spray Sunday on some protesters who tried to breach barricades around the Chinese central government’s liaison office in the semiautonomous region. Police estimated about 5,300 people took part in the march.

The marchers chanted pro-democracy slogans and burned a Hong Kong flag.

It was the first major demonstration since Leung Chun-Ying was chosen a week ago to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive. He won 689 of 1,132 votes cast by a 1,200-seat committee packed with Beijing loyalists.

Rally organizers accused Beijing of interfering with the poll despite promising the former British colony a high degree of autonomy.


Palestinian sent to Gaza to end hunger strike

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Israel expelled a Palestinian prisoner Sunday to the Gaza Strip as part of a compromise deal that persuaded her to end her 43-day hunger strike.

Under the terms of her release, Hana Shalabi, a 30-year-old Islamic Jihad supporter from the West Bank, must remain in the seaside strip for the next three years.

Ms. Shalabi went on hunger strike to protest Israel’s policy of “administrative detention,” under which it holds some Palestinian prisoners for months without charges.

She began the strike after being placed in administrative detention on Feb. 16. She ended it Thursday.

The Israeli prison authority said she was in custody for unspecified terrorist activity.


Ruling party rejects ties with Israel

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