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PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb has partially collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to be underneath the rubble.
China insisted Sunday that candidates for Hong Kong's next leader must be screened in advance, triggering tears and fury in the city, where democracy activists vowed to press ahead with a planned takeover of the financial district. The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's rubber-stamp parliament, decided that the city's next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017, but candidates must each be backed by more than half the members of a "broadly representative nominating committee". Democracy activists in the semi-autonomous Chinese city say this means Beijing will be able to ensure a sympathetic slate of candidates and exclude opponents.