Hong Kong Leader: We're Ready to Talk to Student Protest Leaders

Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, said he is ready to begin talks with student leaders of the pro-democracy protests as soon as next week. The announcement suggests a breakthrough in the bitter stand-off between authorities and pro-democracy protesters that began when officials called off a scheduled meeting with student leaders last week. Tensions between the two sides have escalated in the past few days.

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