An informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy in Hong Kong wound down today after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce.
Hong Kong holds a controversial "referendum" on democracy on Friday, a prelude to an escalating campaign of dissent that could shut down the former British colony`s financial district and further anger China`s Communist Party leaders.
The formal campaign for a Scottish independence vote that could result in the break-up of the United Kingdom began on Friday, though polls currently show Scots are unlikely to vote for the demise of the 307-year-old union with England.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday apologised to the nation for quitting as Delhi Chief Minister early this year after running the government for 49 days and said that his party wants fresh mandate.
Ukrainian acting President Alexandr Turchynov Monday rejected referendums in eastern towns of Donetsk and Luhansk, in which around 90 percent of people voted in favour of independence from the central government in Kiev.
Oil prices rose in Asia today after pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine claimed a majority of voters in a disputed referendum chose independence, raising fears of a civil war that could disrupt supply.
Pro-Russian rebels are holding an independence vote in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, a move dismissed as "bogus" by the West but which could pull the ex-Soviet republic apart and bring damaging US sanctions down on Russia.