We look at some of the most important images from the stories making the news in the past 24 hours.
Retail operators, from prime shopping malls to family-run businesses, have been forced to close for multiple days over the past five months as the region has been hit with anti-government protests.
Anti-Beijing protesters plan to hold demonstrations on Thursday evening in support of Catalan protests, which re-started over jail sentences handed out to nine separatist leaders.
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad called for Carrie Lam to quit after she invoked colonial-era emergency powers to ban protesters from wearing face masks. Her move to quell months of unrest sparked immediate rallies and vows to defy the new law.
The semi-autonomous territory's embattled leader Carrie Lam endured a barrage of criticism at a town hall meeting that laid bare the anger coursing through the city after months of anti-Beijing protests.
Hundreds of pro-Beijing demonstrators sang the Chinese national anthem, waved red flags and chanted slogans at Amoy Plaza in the densely packed Kowloon district.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she never tendered her resignation to China over the anti-government protests because that would be the "easy way out".
Au Nok-hin and Jeremy Tam were arrested on suspicion of obstructing police, Tam's Civic Party said on its verified Facebook page.
Nearly three months of fiery anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have sparked concerns that the military will be deployed in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
Chinese public security minister Zhao Kezhi said China would rigorously fend off all subversive and terrorist activities to ensure the security and stability of the country, as protests threaten Beijing's hold on the semi-autonomous territory.
Dozens of protesters were arrested, the youngest aged 12, after police said officers were cornered by demonstrators armed with bricks and other weapons. The firing of a live round elicited an angry response from social media users.
Hundreds of black-clad protesters armed with bamboo poles and baseball bats fought with police officers wielding batons on a main road following a march against "smart lampposts" that was sparked by surveillance fears.
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