Trump urges Chinese leader Xi to meet Hong Kong protesters Thursday, August 15th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump said Thursday that a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists could lead to a "happy" ending to months of protests. "If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy..

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Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

By VINCENT THIAN and YANAN WANG, HONG KONG (AP): Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport Wednesday after two days of disruptions marked by outbursts of violence that highlight the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Full..

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Hong Kong airport protesters retreat, but city in turmoil Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Pro-democracy protesters retreated from Hong Kong's airport on Wednesday following two days of hugely disruptive rallies that turned violent and plunged the global financial hub further into turmoil. The protests ended early Wednesday morning following a series of clashes in..

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Hong Kong airport shuts down amid pro-democracy protest Monday, August 12th, 2019

By YANAN WANG and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP): One of the world’s busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong’s main terminal Monday, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest..

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WWII Pacific battlegrounds now site of US-China tug of war Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Giff Johnson, Majuro (Marshall Islands) (AFP): Pacific islands that were key World War II battlegrounds but largely neglected for the past 30 years are now back in the spotlight as China challenges traditional US supremacy in the region. Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall..

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China demands Britain stop ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, (AFP): China warned Britain to stop "meddling" in Hong Kong, after a top British official called the international financial hub's leader to voice concern about protests that have rocked the city for two months. The pro-democracy protests, which are partly fuelled by widespread anger at..

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China bans movies, actors from prominent Taiwan film awards Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, BEIJING (AP): China said Wednesday it was banning Chinese movies and actors from participating in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, one of the Asian film industry’s most prestigious honors, as Beijing ramps up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own..

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China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia Monday, August 5th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, BEIJING (AP): China said Tuesday it “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region, which it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry’s Arms..

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Hong Kong unrest spreads as leader warns city on brink

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's unrest spread more widely throughout the financial hub Monday as riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters at multiple locations and the city's leader warned of a "very dangerous situation". The third consecutive night of police-protester confrontations..

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Pro-democracy push causes transport chaos in Hong Kong Sunday, August 4th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters are close to creating a "very dangerous situation", the city's leader warned Monday as train travel and international flights in the global financial hub were thrown into chaos. The peak-hour efforts to lock down Hong Kong's transport sector..

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Hong Kong protesters move to luxury shopping district

By YANAN WANG, HONG KONG (AP): Demonstrators in Hong Kong moved en masse to a luxury shopping district Sunday evening after riot police used tear gas to clear out an area they were previously occupying, as the 2-month-old protest movement showed no signs of easing. Clad in yellow helmets and black..

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