Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings Nov 20, 2019 0 730 12345 AFPHong KongDozens of exhausted pro-democracy protesters occupying a Hong Kong university defied warnings to surrender on Tuesday on the third day of a stand-off with police, as China sent fresh signals that its patience with nearly six months of unrest was running out.Fearing arrest or being shot at by police, a dwindling number of protesters remained huddled inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as night fell.The siege at PolyU began on Sunday with many hundreds of protesters occupying the campus as part of a broader campaign of massive disruption across Hong Kong that began last week.The ensuing confrontation turned into the most intense and prolonged of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy crisis, which has seen millions take to the streets since June to voice anger at China’s erosion of the territory’s freedoms.During the siege protesters had repelled police surges with a barrage of Molotov cocktails, arrows and bricks. Police in response threatened to use live rounds.Some protesters escaped overnight on Monday by shinning down ropes from a footbridge to a road, where they were whisked away on motorbikes. Others disappeared into manholes to try to probe the drainage system for a route out.In an apparently co-ordinated effort to distract police, tens of thousands of people streamed towards the PolyU campus on Monday night as clashes simultaneously raged with police in nearby Kowloon district.Footage on Monday showed armoured police beating fallen protesters with batons as they lay on the ground. One officer was filmed stamping on the head of a man who was already subdued.In her first public comments on the PolyU crisis, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said surrender was the only way to achieve a peaceful outcome. RELATED ARTICLES Trump’s demand for Biden probe was improper, says top White House Ukraine expert Nov 20, 2019 0 1324 24 Mali soldiers, 17 militants die in clashes Nov 20, 2019 0 1003 US vows more support for Philippines amid tensions in South China Sea Nov 20, 2019 0 997 Sri Lanka’s new president Rajapaksa to visit India for talks with PM Modi Colombo: India’s foreign minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday and announced that new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit New Delhi next week. Subrahmanyam .. 6 dead as avalanche buries Indian patrol on disputed glacier Srinagar: An avalanche on Monday hit an Indian patrol in the world’s highest militarised zone in the Himalayas, killing four soldiers and two porters, an army spokesman said. The disaster was the latest on the Siachen .. Pakistan’s ailing ex-PM Sharif flown by air ambulance to London Lahore: Pakistan’s ailing ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif left by air ambulance on Tuesday for London, where he is due to receive medical treatment after battling the government for permission to travel, his doctor and .. Swedish prosecutor drops Julian Assange rape investigation Stockholm: Swedish prosecutors said on Tuesday they have dropped their investigation into jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff’s claim .. Spain court convicts 19 former ruling party officials in graft case Seville: A court in Spain on Tuesday convicted 19 former top officials from the ruling Socialists in Andalusia of graft for their role in one of the biggest corruption cases in the country’s modern history. The 19 were .. Johnson, Corbyn spar online ahead of first TV election duel London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sparred online on Tuesday ahead of their first televised head-to-head debate before a general election on December 12. Johnson .. President Zelensky says Ukraine getting ‘tired’ of Trump scandal Kiev: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that his country is “tired” of questions related to the Trump scandal, amid a critical week of public impeachment hearings in Washington. “We have our .. White House welcomes release of two Western hostages in Afghanistan AFP Washington The White Hous e on Tuesday welcomed the release of an American and an Australian hostage in Afghanistan, saying both men had been “successfully recovered” and were receiving US medical care. “We pray for ..