While you were sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed early morning of Oct 19

Hong Kong protests: Democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week.

Demonstrators launched a fresh midnight assault, suddenly putting on helmets and goggles to ready themselves, before surging forward to grab a line of metal barricades hemming them into a section of road.

Amid screams and cursing, hundreds of officers began whacking the protesters who raised a wall of umbrellas.

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Huge crowds as Benazir Bhutto's son makes political debut

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered on Saturday to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, address a massive rally billed as his formal political debut.

Bilawal, 26, is being groomed to lead the party by his father Asif Ali Zardari, who was Pakistan's president from 2008 until last year.

In a two-hour speech, he vowed to resist extremism and stop the Islamic State militant group from gaining a foothold in Pakistan.

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Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, only six remain

A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy said on Saturday, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction.

Suni, a 34-year-old who was the first northern white rhino to be born in captivity, was found dead on Friday by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250km north of Nairobi.

The conservancy said Suni was not poached, but the cause of his death was unclear. Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world.

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Dewani honeymoon hitman dies in South African jail

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A man convicted of killing British businessman Shrien Dewani's bride has died in a South African prison, officials said Saturday, just days after Dewani himself went on trial (above) for her murder.

Xolile Mngeni, who was serving a life sentence for shooting Anni Dewani while she was on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010 in what prosecutors allege was a staged hijacking, had been previously diagnosed with a brain tumour.

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Football: Ronaldo double propels Madrid to another five-goal rout 

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Real Madrid ensured they will head into a big week full of confidence with a 5-0 thrashing of Levante ahead of their meetings with Liverpool and Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his fine scoring streak at club level to nine games as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Javier Hernandez headed home to double Madrid's lead before half-time.

Ronaldo powered home his 15th league goal in just seven appearances this season to make it 3-0 before sweet finishes from James Rodriguez and Isco rounded of a seventh consecutive win for the European champions.

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