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Hong Kong students on Monday began a weeklong boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy, a report in The China Post says. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping voiced confidence in Hong Kong's future, saying Beijing will firmly support the city to promote democracy in line with the law and uphold its prosperity and stability, according to China Daily. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the two leaders hold a summit meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting in Beijing in November, The Yomiuri Shimbun learns. San Miguel Corp. did not make a profit on its investment in Philippine Airlines despite having turned around the moribund flag carrier during the two years when the diversified conglomerate was running the firm, the Philippine Daily Inquirer writes. The governments of South Korea and Canada signed a broad free trade deal that will gradually lift almost all tariffs on agreed products to be traded between both nations over the next 10 years, The Korea Herald says.

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