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Hong Kong protesters defied police with new rallies

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists kept up the pressure on authorities with a colourful "family rally" and a sit-in at the city's airport on Saturday, as protests enter a third month. There was little sign of a softening in the position of the financial hub's chief executive, who ruled out concessions, while Beijing and Washington stepped up a war of words over a US diplomat's meeting with Hong Kong activists. Beijing has taken a harsh line on the demonstrations but protesters remain unbowed, with a weekend sit-in at the airport heading into its second day.

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