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Mukhtar Khan, Associated Press
In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Kashmiris stand in queue to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of voting to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections at Shadipora, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Thousands lined up to cast their votes amid a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups who reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.

Police in Hong Kong last week started clearing away barricades in the Mong Kok district where pro-democracy protesters had been camping out for weeks — and occasionally clashed with police and angry mobs. The zone is one of three where student-led protesters pushing for a greater say in choosing the territory's next leader have gathered for more than two months.

In Kashmir, people formed long lines to cast their votes in the first phase of voting for state assembly elections, defying a boycott from Muslim separatist groups who reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.

An American scientist riding an open-aired rickshaw in the streets of New Delhi with monitoring equipment found that pollution levels were much worse than the ones that have already led the World Health Organization to rank the Indian capital the world's most polluted city.