Hong Kong: On Thursday, Hong Kong called off talks with protesting students. Authorities said that the students' call for an expansion of an uncooperative movement undermined the basis for talks and made it impossible to have a constructive dialogue.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam blamed the government's cancellation of the talks on the students' demands for universal suffrage, which she said was not in accordance with Hong Kong's Basic Law; on their illegal occupation of parts of the city and on their fresh calls for the people to rally in protest.
Comment: Once the size of the protest movement decreased, talks became pointless because the protestors no longer could claim to be the voice of a political movement.
India-Pakistan: Update. Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged mortar and gun fire along the International Border for a fourth day in a row. Pakistani troops targeted over 130 villages and 60 Border Out Posts (BOPs) overnight, injuring 12 people. The firing and shelling continued intermittently until mid-day. The Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force were responsible for most of the firing.
A limited number of attacks occurred across the Line of Control.