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Pro-democracy protestors in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Oct. 20. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday in defiance of a police ban against assembly, rallying in support of a pro-democracy group leader who was attacked by five men wielding hammers three days earlier, according to the BBC.

The state of play: Though the march was largely peaceful, some protestors threw firebombs at police and vandalized Chinese banks and shops. Police responded by shooting tear gas canisters and deploying water cannons loaded with a blue irritant used to mark protestors for later arrest.

The big picture: This is Hong Kong's 20th consecutive weekend of protests. What started as a backlash to an extradition bill — which has since been withdrawn — has evolved into a wider movement against China's authoritarian government. Protestors have four key demands, per the BBC:

  • For the government to cease characterizing the protests as "riots."
  • Amnesty for arrested protesters.
  • An independent probe into alleged police brutality.
  • Universal suffrage.

In the U.S., the House unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday condemning Chinese interference in Hong Kong's affairs and supporting the rights of pro-democracy protestors to demonstrate.

  • The Chinese government later issued a statement threatening the U.S. with retaliatory action if the Senate passes the same legislation.
In photos
A protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb, Oct. 20. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP via Getty Images
Police deploy a water cannon loaded with a blue irritant, Oct. 20. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP via Getty Images
People march down a main road, Oct. 20. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
Police fire tear gas canisters, Oct. 20. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters looking at burning barricade, Oct. 20. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: Massive pro-China troll response met Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.