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Police arrive to clear a road in Hong Kong early. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong police were clearing streets of protesters after hundreds spent the night near the city government headquarters following the previous day's huge demonstrations against a proposed bill to extradite charged citizens to mainland China, AP reports.

Details: After an hours-long standoff, the demonstrators — many in gas masks after officers fired tear gas at them in Wednesday's clashes — moved to a park and plaza near the government, per AP. They continued to call for the resignation of Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, who suspended the bill that she supported indefinitely. She's apologized, but protesters are concerned she may reintroduce it, according to Reuters.

A wall covered in protest messages. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters sleep on a road. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters stand firm as police try to clear the road. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Hong Kong police officers clear barricades. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters who spent the night on a highway after the latest mass rally. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Go deeper: Hong Kong's people stand up to China

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China's Xi Jinping congratulates Biden on election win

Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

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College basketball is back

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.

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Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a cabinet meeting. Photo: Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP via Getty

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

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