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Hong Kong s government is ready for new talks
with student protesters next week, its chief executive
CY Leung was speaking after scuffles between
protesters and police continued for a second night
on a major road near government buildings.
He said officials had been negotiating with students
via mediators this week.
The protests were sparked by a Chinese government
ruling that limits who can stand as a candidate in
Hong Kong s leadership elections in 2017.
The demonstrations are in their third week, with
protesters occupying key parts of the city to try to
pressure the authorities to implement greater political
reforms, including fully free elections.
Thousands of people took to the streets at the
beginning of the demonstrations but the numbers
have dwindled in recent days.
"Over the last few days, including this morning
through third parties, we expressed a wish to the
students that we would like to start a dialogue to
discuss universal suffrage as soon as we can and
hopefully within the following week," Leung told
He said that the authorities would continue to
restore order in Hong Kong in accordance with its
laws "as quickly as we can," including the normal-
isation of traffic.
China will not retract its decision to vet candidates
eligible to stand in Hong Kong s 2017 elections, he
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam cancelled scheduled
talks with student leaders last week, saying it was
impossible to have constructive dialogue with them
while they continued to occupy key areas of the city.
Tensions between the two sides have escalated
over the past two days, with serious clashes between
police and protesters trying to re-occupy a main road
near the chief executive s offices.
Many demonstrators said they had returned to the
area---an underpass on Lung Wo Road---after watching
a video showing plainclothes police officers beating
an unarmed protester, sparking public outrage. (BBC)
FBI director warns against
WASHINGTON---FBI Director James Comey
warned in stark terms yesterday against the push
by technology companies to encrypt smartphone
data and operating systems, arguing that murder
cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and
justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an
encrypted hard drive. Privacy advocates called the
concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled
arguments the government has raised against
encryption since the early 1990s.
Likening encrypted data to a safe that cannot be
cracked or a closet door that won t open, Comey
said the move by tech companies to protect com-
munications in the name of privacy risks impeding
a wide range of criminal investigations.
"We have the legal authority to intercept and access
communications from information pursuant to court
order, but we often lack the technical ability to do
so," Comey said in a Brookings Institution speech.
The speech, which echoes concerns he and others
in law enforcement have previously made, comes
soon after announcement by Apple and Google that
their new operating systems will be encrypted, or
protected by coding. While the companies actions
are understandable, he said, "the place they are
leading us is one we shouldn t go to without careful
thought and debate." (AP)
Sao Paulo water utility
denies taps will run dry
SAO PAULO---The Sao Paulo state
water utility yesterday assured cus-
tomers that Brazil s largest city won t
run out of water, even though a main
reservoir is nearly dry.
The utility issued a statement saying
that "water supplies will not end in
Company President Dilma Pena
raised alarm a day earlier when she told
city legislators that the key Cantareira
reservoir would be completely dry by
mid-November if heavy rains don t
But the utility said it can pump in
water from other sources.
Sao Paulo is experiencing its worst
drought in 84 years. T
he Cantareira system provides water
to some 6 million of the 20 million
people living in the metropolitan area
of Sao Paulo city.
The system is at less than five per
cent of its capacity of 264 billion gal-
The fall in the water level has exposed
dozens of old cars dumped into the
reservoir over the years. (AP)
Police use pepper spray as they clash with pro-
democracy protesters at an area near the
government headquarters building in Hong Kong
early yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
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