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Morning Digest: Scuffles break out in HK as anti-protest groups tear down barricades

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Scuffles break out in HK as anti-protest groups tear down barricades
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hundreds of people, some wearing surgical masks and armed with crowbars and cutting tools, tore down protest barriers in the heart of Hong Kong's business district on Monday, scuffling with protesters who have occupied the streets for two weeks..
Islamic State suicide bomber detonates near Syria-Turkey border
AMMAN (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives in the northern part of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, near the Turkish border crossing with Syria, a monitoring group and Kurdish sources said on Monday..
Global stocks start week lower, China data cannot lift gloom
LONDON (Reuters) - Stocks started the week on a negative note and crude oil prices fell to near-four-year lows with forecast-beating Chinese trade data unable to lighten investors' mood about the health of the global economy..
'Gone Girl' retains hold at top of U.S. and Canada box office
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ben Affleck's movie thriller "Gone Girl" dominated U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second consecutive weekend, collecting $26.8 million in ticket sales to beat back challenges from four new films that fought for moviegoer dollars..
Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend's death
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for a sentencing hearing that will determine whether he serves jail time for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, or walks out a free man..
French bank, Twitter team up for money transfers via tweets
PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - One of France's largest banks is teaming up with social network Twitter Inc. this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets..
Conjoined twin Texas babies to take first step to separation surgery
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December..
Wife-carrying competition brings Finnish whimsy to Maine
NEWRY Maine (Reuters) - Men with their wives slung over their shoulders bounded over log hurdles and charged through a muddy pit on a mountainside in Maine on Saturday, as hundreds of spectators cheered them on at the North American Wife Carrying Championship..
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