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Hong Kong readies for more protests after night of clashes Saturday, September 21st, 2019

HONG KONG (AP): Another day of protest is expected in Hong Kong after a night of violent clashes in which the police used tear gas and rubber rounds against protesters who threw gasoline bombs toward them and set fires in streets. Transit authorities closed the two intermediate stations on the..

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Taiwan dismayed as another Pacific nation switches to Beijing Friday, September 20th, 2019

TAIPEI, (AFP): Taiwan lashed out at China on Friday after the tiny island nation of Kiribati switched its recognition to Beijing, the second diplomatic defection in the strategically important Pacific in less than a week. The move is another coup for Beijing just weeks before it celebrates the..

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Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China Monday, September 16th, 2019

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP): The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing..

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Hong Kong govt: Violence is harmful, won’t solve divisions Sunday, September 15th, 2019

HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong’s government reiterated that violence is not the solution after an unapproved march descended into chaos with police firing tear gas and water cannons after demonstrators lobbed Molotov cocktails at government buildings, blocked traffic and set fires. The government in..

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Event cancellations mount in protest-wracked Hong Kong Friday, September 13th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): One of Hong Kong's most prestigious sporting tournaments on Friday became the latest victim of the huge protests convulsing the city as a growing roster of events and entertainment acts pull out of the financial hub. Organisers of the WTA Hong Kong Open women's tennis tournament..

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China removes several US products from tariffs list Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China on Wednesday said it would spare a number of US products from punitive tariffs in what is seen as an olive branch by Beijing in the protracted trade war ahead of high-level talks next month. However, the goods do not include big-ticket agricultural items that could be crucial..

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Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

By EILEEN NG, HONG KONG (AP): Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city’s months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into..

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Huge crowd takes Hong Kong protest message to US consulate Sunday, September 8th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): A huge crowd of pro-democracy activists marched to the United States consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday in a bid to ramp up international pressure on Beijing following three months of huge and sometimes violent protests. Millions have taken to Hong Kong's streets over the last 14..

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Hong Kong protesters plan march to US Embassy Saturday, September 7th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AP): Demonstrators in Hong Kong are planning a march to the U.S. Embassy to drum up international support for their months-long protest movement. Sunday’s march from a central park to the embassy comes a day after attempts to disrupt transportation to the city’s international..

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Riot police deployment thwarts Hong Kong airport protest

HONG KONG, (AFP): Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong Saturday and thwarted plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport, days after the city's leader made a surprise concession which was rejected by the movement as too little, too late. Millions of pro-democracy supporters have..

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Protests flare in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal

By KIN CHEUNG, HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong protesters besieged a police station and a subway stop Friday, prompting police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets as new violence erupted despite the government’s promise to drop a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations in the semiautonomous..

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China says trade talks with US to take place in October

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP): U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth. Stock markets rose on Thursday’s announcement but there has been no sign of progress since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping..

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Hong Kong leader scraps loathed extradition law Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's leader on Wednesday bowed to a key demand of pro-democracy protesters following three months of unrest, announcing the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill, but activists vowed to press on with their campaign. Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong's streets..

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