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Hong Kong police arrest two protest leaders

Hong Kong police have arrested two student leaders of the protests, which began in the region in September.

Occupy Central supporters refuse to budge despite repeated attempts to remove them but police obtained a court order allowing them to clear swathes of tents and barricades.

Eighty court bailiffs were also appointed to help clear the area.

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China accuses MPs of 'interference' in Hong Kong

The Chinese government has lodged a strongly-worded protest about a British parliamentary inquiry into Hong Kong.

The Foreign Affairs Committee has announced plans to look into how the former British territory has progressed since becoming part of China in 1997.

The Chinese government strongly opposes British MPs' inquiry into Hong Kong. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a letter to the committee Beijing said the investigation amounted to a "highly inappropriate act which constitutes interference in China's internal affairs".

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