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10 WORLD TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Riot police use pepper spray against pro-democracy protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road to the central financial district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong yesterday Picture: AP PHOTO/VINCENT YU Riots as protesters defy Beijing PRO-DEMOCRACY protesters wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong yesterday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijings decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters that was the scene of tear gasfuelled clashes that erupted the evening before. An officer with a bullhorn tried to get them to clear the way for the commuters. A protester, using the groups own speaker system, responded by saying that they wanted Hong Kongs chief executive Leung Chun-ying to demand a genuine choice for the territorys voters. Do something good for Hong Kong. We want real democracy! he shouted. China has called the protests illegal and endorsed the Hong Kong governments crackdown. The clashes images of which have been beamed around the world are undermining Hong Kongs image as a safe financial haven, and raised the stakes of the face-off against President Xi Jinpings government. Beijing has taken a hard line against threats to the Communist Partys monopoly on power, including clamping down on dissidents and Muslim Uighur separatists in the countrys far west. The mass protests are the strongest challenge yet to Beijings decision last month to reject open nominations for By ELAINE KURTENBACH in Hong Kong Child porn in holy office VATICAN CITY: More than 100,000 child porn videos and photos have been found on the computer of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week. They were stored on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic. The discovery came as the 66-yearold was arrested earlier in the week for the alleged sexual abuse of underage boys. He is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. Boffins looking at an invisible future LONDON: Move over Harry Potter the invisibility cloak is fast becoming a reality even for muggles. Scientists have been working for some time on tools to aid invisibility, including 3Dprinted invisibility cloaks and an invisibility device created at Duke University, From Quarks to Quasars reports. The latest efforts come from physicists at the University of Rochester, who have invented an invisibility producing array that has so far cloaked a hand, a face and a ruler. Focusing in on various ob jects using the device, they appear see-through, with the image behind the object remaining in focus. Because you could still see the disappeared object if you moved around behind the device, it has been compared to hiding behind a rock only effective from one angle. The device may have some very practical uses, says graduate student Joseph Choi: This could be used to cloak a trailer on the back of a semi-truck so the driver can see directly behind him ... for surgery, in the military, in interior design, art. Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. 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