State media say Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea

By YANAN WANG, BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill. Xi will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit on..

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Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters

By RAF WOBER and BORG WONG, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police and protesters faced off Monday as authorities began trying to clear the streets of a few hundred who remained near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night before. The police..

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Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ELAINE KURTENBACH, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city’s top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former..

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Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition plan Friday, June 14th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China, with protest organisers getting police go-ahead to hold a new rally at the weekend. The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political..

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Hong Kong in limbo as extradition protests crisis deepens Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature suspended meetings Thursday as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. Critics say the..

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Telegram hit by cyber-attack, CEO points to HK protests, China Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

HONGKONG, (AFP): Encrypted messaging service Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the ongoing political unrest in Hong Kong. Many protesters in the city have used Telegram to evade electronic surveillance and..

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Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion..

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100s of protesters surround Hong Kong HQ before bill debate Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial. The overwhelmingly..

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Massive extradition bill protest fills Hong Kong streets Sunday, June 9th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges. The massive demonstration took place three..

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US-China trade war sparks worries about rare minerals

By ANITA SNOW, PHOENIX (AP) — Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars. China recently raised tariffs to 25% on rare earth exports to the U.S. and..

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‘Now is The Time For The World Community to Act’ Friday, June 7th, 2019

Sam Brownback is a lawyer, former United States Senator and former governor of the state of Kansas who has served as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom since February 2018. He spoke with RFA Uyghur Service Director Alim Seytoff on June 5, the Muslim Eid holiday, about U.S...

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Hong Kong activists hold Tiananmen candlelight vigil Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

By VIOLET LAW and ALICE FUNG, HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous..

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The Fragility of Democracy: Hong Kong, China and the Extradition Bill Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

It has been a history of turns and the occasional betrayal, but Hong Kong’s experiment with democracy, incubated within the Special Administrative Region, was always..