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Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence

Protesters carry yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy movement, and a banner as they march on a street in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year. Some 2,000 police flanked thousands of protesters who marched on the city's glitzy shopping and financial districts, seeking to avoid a repeat of the so-called Occupy Central campaign that saw demonstrations shut down key roads for 2-1/2 months. Last year's protests for a fully democratic vote to choose Hong Kong's next leader were the most serious challenge to China's authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Packed streets resembled rivers of yellow as protesters carried yellow banners and umbrellas - a symbol of last year's campaign after protesters used them to fend off police pepper spray attacks.



'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards

FILE - This file image released by DreamWorks Animation shows a scene from "How To Train Your Dragon 2." The DreamWorks sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. “How to Train Your Dragon” won five awards in all. It also took best director for Dean DeBlois, as well as prizes for feature character design, storyboarding and music. (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation.



Pregnant smokers persuaded to quit with free diapers

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Pregnant smokers in one northeast Ohio county can get free diapers in exchange for permanently kicking the habit through a new health program.
Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia

File photo of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia standing in a metal cage during his trial in a court in CairoBy Michael Georgy and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed - who were also jailed in the case that provoked an international outcry. The three were sentenced to seven to 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Many Egyptians see Qatar-based Al Jazeera as a force set on destabilizing the country, a view that has been encouraged in the local media which has labeled the journalists "The Marriott Cell", because they worked from a hotel of the U.S.-based chain.



Egypt deports jailed Australian reporter Greste

Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste listens to the verdict in Cairo on June 23, 2014 inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim BrotherhoodEgypt deported Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste to Australia Sunday after holding him for more than 400 days despite global condemnation of his jailing on charges of backing the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste departed on a flight to Larnaca in Cyprus soon after his release from Cairo's Tora prison, interior ministry and airport officials told AFP. The Al-Jazeera English reporter was detained along with two colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and an Egyptian producer, Baher Mohamed, in December 2013 and charged with aiding the blacklisted Brotherhood movement. The Qatar-based channel welcomed Cairo's decision and expressed the hope that its other two journalists would also be released.





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