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Hong Kong protests
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters packed the downtown areas of Hong Kong for a third night on Tuesday, standing through a thunderstorm with their umbrellas.
Activists threatened to step up the campaign after a hardline response from Leung Chun-ying, the region’s chief executive.
The “umbrella revolution” has no single leader, but a handful of “de facto spiritual guides”: Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing looks at the people who guide the movement.
Taiwan is showing growing support for the protests, and a British firm who sold teargas to Hong Kong says it will review its sales policy after attacks on unarmed protesters.
We have live coverage of events overnight, dramatic aerial drone footage of the scale of the protests, and we’re gathering images from protesters in the area through GuardianWitness.
Tony Abbott has stepped up the rhetoric about Islamic State, calling it an “apocalyptic death cult”, amid expectations of an imminent decision to send Australian military personnel into Iraq.
British RAF planes have bombed Islamic State targets in Iraq for the first time, as the cost of the war to the US totalled at least US$780m and growing.
A third video featuring British hostage John Cantlie has been posted online, and the wife of another British hostage, Alan Henning, has made a video appeal for his release.
We have a video explainer on whether countries should pay hostage ransoms to terrorists.
Australian news and politics
• Clive Palmer has ruled out a deal on welfare changes that deny the dole to unemployed people under 30.
• 23-year-old Hassan El Sabsabi has been charged with seven counts of funding a terrorist organisation after raids across Melbourne yesterday morning.
• Indigenous Australians experience dementia at a rate at least three times higher than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a new report.
• Clive Palmer has succeeded in launching an extraordinary Senate inquiry into Campbell Newman’s Queensland government, prompting a warning from the Coalition that “what goes around comes around”.
• Malcolm Turnbull says the ABC could find enough money to cover its budget cuts from restructuring and office savings, and that cutting popular shows like Lateline is not necessary.
Around the world
• A new pact with Afghanistan will mean US troops stay in the country until at least 2024.
• Fear of Ebola has left thousands of children in west Africa shunned by relatives after their parents have died from the deadly virus.
• Four men have been charged with hacking into Microsoft, the US Army and leading games manufacturers and stealing intellectual property worth $100m.
• Apple may have to repay tax on billions of euros of revenues after the European commission opened a formal investigation into 16-year sweetheart tax deals made with the Irish government.
• A bid by the US government to hold upcoming court hearings about the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainees in secret has prompted fears of a cover-up.
• Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10, skipping Windows 9 altogether.
More from around the web
• Among the most read on the Guardian this morning: George Monbiot looks at the morality of the war on Islamic State, and suggests that the only consistent moral course is to bomb the whole of the Muslim world to save the lives of its people.
• The Abbott government has sounded the retreat on $30bn of budget savings, deciding to push through the remaining measures that have Senate support before recasting the budget strategy in December, the AFR reports.
• Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they were abducted, tortured and raped by Sri Lankan security services, SBS reports.
• Abbott’s senior adviser Peta Credlin has told LNP MP George Christensen she is sympathetic to a burqa ban in Parliament House, Fairfax reports.
• Almost 8,000 jobs have been cut from the public service in the past year, the Canberra Times reports.
• WA premier Colin Barnett has met with Muslim leaders over harassment and “spiteful attacks” on women in hijabs, Perth Now reports.
• News.com.au has a special report on immigration detention centres.
One last thing
Hadley Freeman reviews Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, and there’s an extract from the book here.
Have an excellent day – and if you spot anything I’ve missed, let me know in the comments here or on Twitter @newsmary.
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