Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to government Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong's police watchdog over its handling of huge pro-democracy protests announced Wednesday they were quitting, in a major setback for the city's pro-Beijing government. The move came a month after a leaked statement from the..

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Female frontliners upend Hong Kong gender stereotypes Monday, December 9th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Chris Wong has transformed from a quiet student who used to blush when friends swore into one of the thousands of female frontliners battling police in Hong Kong's democracy protests. Born into an apolitical blue collar family on a public housing estate, Wong says she has been..

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Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally Sunday, December 8th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Democracy protesters took part in the largest mass rally through Hong Kong's streets in months on Sunday in a forceful display of support for the movement, with a leading activist warning the city's pro-Beijing leaders they had a "last chance" to end the political..

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China’s single women seek sperm donors overseas Thursday, December 5th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): Looking at page after page of childhood photos, Xiaogunzhu was drawn to an image of a French-Irish boy with smiling dark blue eyes. But she was not admiring her lover's family album, she was browsing a catalogue of potential sperm donors -- the 39-year-old is one of an increasing..

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China warns US of a ‘price’ for Uighur bill Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China warned Wednesday that a "price must be paid" after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation seeking sanctions against senior Chinese officials over the crackdown on mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. The legislation adds to tensions between the two..

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Forever war: US and China struggle to defuse trade conflict Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

By PAUL WISEMAN, WASHINGTON (AP): Businesses and investors have been nervously monitoring U.S.-China trade talks for months, hoping the world’s two biggest economies can de-escalate their trade war and restore some predictability to global commerce. President Donald Trump delivered another..

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China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong unrest Monday, December 2nd, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which..

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China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users Sunday, December 1st, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls. In September, China's industry and..

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China accuses UN rights chief of inflaming Hong Kong unrest Saturday, November 30th, 2019

By EILEEN NG, HONG KONG (AP): China accused the U.N. high commissioner for human rights of emboldening “radical violence” in Hong Kong by suggesting the city’s leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use of force by police. The back and forth came ahead of three marches on..

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Hong Kong set for fresh protests as police end university siege Thursday, November 28th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong police on Friday said they were ending their siege of a university campus that became a battleground with pro-democracy protesters as activists vowed to hold fresh rallies and strikes in the coming days. Renewed calls to hit the streets came after Beijing and city..

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China furious, Hong Kong celebrates after US move on bills

By YANAN WANG, BEIJING (AP): China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony..

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Police safety teams enter Hong Kong campus, vow no arrests Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

By EILEEN NG, HONG KONG (AP): Police safety teams Thursday began clearing a university that was a flashpoint for clashes with protesters, and an officer said any holdouts still hiding inside would not be immediately arrested. The police move into the Polytechnic University came after its..

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Hong Kong leader refuses to give ground despite poll setback Monday, November 25th, 2019

By EILEEN NG, HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam refused to offer any concessions to anti-government protesters despite a local election trouncing, saying Tuesday that she will instead accelerate dialogue and identify ways to address societal grievances. Lam said the central..

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China says defector to Australia is ‘unemployed’ fugitive Sunday, November 24th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): China sought late Saturday to discredit a man identified as a Chinese spy who defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on Beijing's political interference operations in Hong Kong and overseas, accusing him of being an unemployed fraudster and fugitive. The Shanghai..

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Protests drive record 70 percent poll turnout in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's voters turned out in unprecedented numbers Sunday for local council elections that the city's pro-democracy movement hopes will pile pressure on the Beijing-backed government to listen to their demands after months of violent protest. Long queues snaked out of polling..

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Hong Kong votes in election seen as referendum on protests Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

By KEN MORITSUGU, HONG KONG (AP): Long lines formed outside Hong Kong polling stations Sunday in elections that have become a barometer of public support for anti-government protests now in their sixth month. The voting for 452 seats in the city’s 18 district councils has taken on symbolic..

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