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FILE PHOTO: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China bars U.S. military ships, aircraft from Hong Kong, sanctions U.S.-based NGOs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Monday banned U.S. military ships and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong and slapped sanctions on several U.S. non-government organizations for allegedly encouraging anti-government protesters in…

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A protester is detained by riot police during the “Lest We Forget” rally in Kowloon in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Laurel Chor

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands take to the streets in fresh protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, ending a rare lull in violence, as residents took to the…

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Member of a safety team established by police and local authorities inspects around a statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen, as they assess and clear unsafe items at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said…

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A pro-democracy supporter (C) opens a bottle of champagne outside a polling station to celebrate after pro-Beijing candidate Junius Ho lost a seat in the district council elections in Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong, early on November 25, 2019. – Hong Kong’s voters turned out in record numbers for local council elections that the city’s pro-democracy movement hopes will add pressure on the Beijing-backed government to heed their demands after months of violent protest. Lengthy queues snaked out of polling stations across the territory in the election for 18 district councils, where high turnout is expected to benefit democratic forces. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Hong Kong leader vows to ‘listen’ as voters send sharp rebuke to Beijing

Hong Kong’s deeply unpopular leader vowed Monday to “listen humbly” to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months…

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A woman campaigns for a candidate outside a polling station during local elections in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Hong Kong voters queue up early over fears of later clashes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong voters at some polling stations for district council elections were queuing up by the hundreds on Sunday morning, citing concerns voting could be halted…

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Belgian student Laurent Simons, 9 years old, poses during a photo session at his home on November 21, 2019 in Amsterdam. – Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology and is on course to finish his degree in December. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy set for university degree

Like many other nine-year-olds, Laurent Simons likes TV and his pet dog. But he also wants to make artificial organs, and is about to get the qualifications to set him…

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University students wear Guy Fawkes masks, popularised by the ‘V For Vendetta’ comic book film, before their graduation ceremony at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 5, 2019, to mark a month after a colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance to prohibit the use of face covering at protests came into effect, following its announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on October 4. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump

US lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that supports human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and also backs the territory’s anti-China protesters, sending the measure opposed by Beijing to President…

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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters return to the streets of Hong Kong for a mass rally on Sunday.

Options fade for last Hong Kong campus protesters as U.S. bill angers China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside…

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An anti-government protester holds a bow as he stay at a makeshift gate during a standoff with riot police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Another day of chaos looms for Hong Kong amid relentless city-wide protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing school closures and blocking highways and other transport links to disrupt the…

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Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Democrats’ case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment streamed from Americans’ TVs Wednesday, including a new contention that he was overheard asking about…

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An anti-government protester throws a molotov cocktail at the MTR University station during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. November 13, 2019 REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters planned to paralyze parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with transport,…

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Riot police standoff with university students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Violence brings Hong Kong to ‘brink of total breakdown’: police

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas in the heart of the Central financial district and at two university campuses to break up pro-democracy protests as violence…

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Chinese consumers smash ‘Singles’ Day’ shopping record

Chinese shoppers set new records for spending during the annual “Singles’ Day” buying spree despite an economic slowdown and worries over the US trade war, with state media calling it…

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A demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask during an anti-government protest in Central, Hong Kong, China November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A flash mob sprang up in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial center on Tuesday, hours after police fired tear gas at a university campus and…

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A policeman walks under cordon at the site where a pro-democracy protesters was shot by a policeman in Hong Kong on November 11, 2019. – A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters — hitting at least one in the torso — during clashes broadcast live on Facebook, as the city’s rush hour was interrupted by protests. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong police shoot protester as flashmob rallies target rush hour

A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters on Monday morning, hitting at least one in the torso, as anger sparked by the recent death of a student spilled…

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Sister Ana Rosa Sivori poses for a photo at the St. Mary School in Udon Thani province, Thailand, September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jiraporn Kuhakan

Pope Francis to reunite with cousin on visit to Thailand

UDON THANI (Reuters) – In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school day. The…

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A reconstruction of a tunnel formerly used to escape former East Germany (GDR) at Bernauer Strasse is pictured in Berlin on November 7, 2019 during the inauguration of the access.

Escape tunnel underneath Berlin Wall opens to public

BERLIN (AP) — An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall opened to the public on Thursday for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of…

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Travellers to Vietnam and India warned of tropical storm and severe cyclone

Tropical storm Nakri, packed with wind speeds of up to 95kph, is rapidly approaching Vietnam and is forecast to make landfall along the central Vietnamese coast on Sunday or Monday,…

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Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight : A big inspiration for future aviation

The Silver Spitfire, a British single-seat fighter aircraft, which played a pivotal role in WWII, landed in Thailand on October 29th, 2019, the latest country on its journey to visit…

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Riot police member runs to detain a protester during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong, China October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Hong Kong counts down to Halloween protest fright night

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police tightened security and braced for potential evening clashes on Thursday between masked “Halloween” pro-democracy protesters and fancy-dressed clubbers in a popular party district…

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Anti-government protesters chant against President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Pinera cancelled two major international summits after nearly two weeks of nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left at least 20 dead and damaged businesses and infrastructure around the country.(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Chile cancels climate, trade summits amid protest chaos

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that…

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Thai exports brace for more challenges despite limited impact from GSP cut

Although the immediate impact from the US decision to suspend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) on Thai exports is limited, the prospects of Thailand’s outbound shipments to the US…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen on Dowing Street in London, Britain October 29, 2019 REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain set for December 12 election to break the Brexit deadlock

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will hold its first December election in almost a century after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won approval from parliament on Tuesday for an early ballot aimed…

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Britain’s PM Boris Johnson waves during a meeting with fundarisers for the Royal British Legion outside Dowing Street in London, Braitain October 28, 2019 REUTERS/Toby Melville

EU agrees Brexit delay as British parliament blocks December election

The European Union agreed to a Brexit delay of up to three months on Monday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would push on with his bid to end…

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Thais in Barcelona warned to stay away from protest areas

The Thai Embassy in Madrid, Spain, has warned Thai people living in or travelling to Barcelona to avoid protest areas and to keep themselves abreast of the latest news about…

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Thais visiting Hong Kong advised to avoid protest sites for next 5 days

The Thai Consular Office in Hong Kong is strongly advising Thai people travelling to the territory to avoid protest sites this weekend and on Thursday October 31st for their safety,…

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Thai exports will suffer from GSP cut decision by US President Trump

Thai export sector suffers another blow after the US President Donald Trump on Friday announced to suspend USD1.3 billion worth of duty-free trade for certain items from Thailand, reasoning that…

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EU backs Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

European Union members backed a plan to postpone Brexit on Wednesday but have yet to agree on how much longer to give London to resolve its political crisis.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

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FILE PHOTO: Cho Kuk attends a hearing at the national assembly in Seoul, South Korea, September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Wife of South Korea’s former justice minister arrested in corruption scandal

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean authorities arrested the wife of a former justice minister on Thursday who was at the center of a graft scandal and was a close political…

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UK PM says will abandon Brexit bill if MPs vote against timetable

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned MPs that if they vote in Tuesday against the timetable to push his EU divorce deal through parliament this week he will abandon the…

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Johnson will ask for Brexit delay after losing parliament vote -EU official

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson will send a letter on Saturday requesting a further extension to Britain’s departure from the European Union, an EU official said, with the British prime…

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Locals clean a house, in the aftermath of typhoon Hagibis, in Yanagawamachi district, Date City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Japan typhoon death toll climbs to 74, rescuers search for missing people

DATE, Japan (Reuters) – Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday as the death toll from one of the worst typhoons to hit the country rose to…

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FILE PHOTO: Anti-government demonstrators march in protest against the invocation of the emergency laws in Hong Kong, China, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

U.S. House takes hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong’s leader Lam’s policy address to focus on land and housing

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that her annual policy address this week would focus on land and housing measures as months of…

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Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Tens of thousands of rescuers worked into the night Monday to find survivors of a powerful typhoon in Japan that killed at least 56 people, as fresh rain threatened to hamper their efforts. Typhoon Hagibis…

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Opportunity from the rise of China

Today, the role of China in the world has dramatically increased in importance, both in terms of the economy and politics, according to a speech given by President Xi Jinping…

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Typhoon leaves 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed…

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Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan with ‘unprecedented’ rain

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis barrelled through Japan Saturday, killing at least two people and lashing large parts of the country with “unprecedented” rain that caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings. Around 7.3 million people…

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16 killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack

Sixteen people died and two were seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso’s volatile north, security sources said Saturday. Armed men attacked the Grand Mosque in Salmossi on…

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Petrol bombs thrown inside HK’s metro station

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Petrol bombs were thrown inside a Hong Kong metro station on Saturday but no one was injured, the government said, as pro-democracy protesters angry at what…

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Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019.

Two dead as ‘unprecedented’ Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours that caused flooding and landslides. Around 7.3…

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Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing one even before making landfall and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours. More than 7.3 million people were…

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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a “new era” between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences….

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Kenya’s Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of…

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One dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people. Rated “large and…

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Live cameras at many of Japan’s landmarks show the effects of Typhoon Hagibis in real-time

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. These links…

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Power outages, evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. Rated “large…

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Thanathorn defends himself against accusations of meddling in with Hong Kong protests

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has denied that he has any connections with political groups in Hong Kong and said he respects China’s law regarding the Hong Kong Special…

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NATO chief calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria operation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed “serious concerns” on Friday about Turkey’s ongoing operation against Kurdish forces in Syria and called for “restraint”.  “I shared… my serious concerns about this…

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Indonesia minister stabbed by IS-linked pair

Two members of an IS-linked terror network stabbed Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, the intelligence head said, as the powerful politician underwent emergency surgery for his wounds. Television images…

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Supporters of jailed activist Edward Leung, gather outside the High Court as Leung appeals against his conviction and sentence, in Hong Kong, China, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist appeals against sentence as more protests loom

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist jailed for six years for rioting in 2016 appeared in court on Wednesday to appeal against his sentence, as anti-government protests…

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Iraqi PM pledges reforms to calm angry protests

The Iraqi government announced a series of reforms early Sunday after an “extraordinary” session overnight in response to sweeping anti-government rallies that have left nearly 100 dead in less than…

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Xi and Kim hail ‘immortal’ China-North Korea relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a “long-term, sound and stable” relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said Sunday, as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic…

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Hong Kong court rejects mask ban challenge as fresh protests break out

A Hong Kong court rejected on Sunday a challenge to an emergency law criminalising protesters wearing face masks as democracy activists hit the streets again in defiance of the ban despite half the…

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Lawmaker Dennis Kwok speaks to journalists outside the High Court as he and some 23 other lawmakers seek an emergency injunction in a bid to overturn a face mask ban, in Hong Kong on October 6, 2019, two days after the city’s leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.

Hong Kong braces for more protests as lawmakers go to court

The majority of Hong Kong’s subway stations remained closed Sunday as the city braced for more protests with pro-democracy activists vowing to hit the streets and opposition lawmakers trying to overturn a…

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People wear masks and light up their mobile phones during a flash mob rally in the Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong on October 5, 2019, a day after the city’s leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on Saturday, with the subway suspended and many shops…

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Iraqi security forces cut off Jamhuriya bridge, which leads to Baghdad’s administrative and diplomatic Green Zone, with military vehicles near the Iraqi capital’s Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on October 5, 2019 after a curfew was lifted following a day of violent protests.

Baghdad curfew lifted but Iraq on alert for new protests

A curfew was lifted in Baghdad on Saturday following days of protests which have left nearly 100 dead, but tensions remained after firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr demanded the government quit….

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Protesters smash up a metro station in Shek Mun area of Sha Tin district in Hong Kong on late October 4, 2019, as people hit the streets after the government announced a ban on facemasks.

Hong Kong mask ban sparks violent clashes, rail shutdown

Hong Kong’s entire mass transit rail system was suspended on Saturday after a night of violence sparked by a ban on pro-democracy protesters wearing face masks, as the government invoked emergency…

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Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday Hong Kong’s embattled leader should resign over the city’s increasingly violent pro-democracy protests and warned China would take “harsh action” to end the demonstrations. Hong Kong has been rocked…

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Protesters burn items at the Causeway Bay metro station entrance in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019, as people hit the streets after the government announced a ban on facemasks.

Clashes in Hong Kong as face masks banned under rare emergency powers

Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate rallies, widespread clashes and vows to…

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A protester wearing a mask takes part in a protest in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019, after people hit the streets when the government earlier announced a ban on facemasks.

Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban protester face masks

Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate fresh rallies and vows to defy…

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FILE PHOTO: People attend a march in Causeway Bay in solidarity with the student protester who got shot by police with live ammunition in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Hong Kong protesters rampage as police call for curfew

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong demonstrators clashed with police into the early hours of Thursday, throwing petrol bombs and venting their anger over the shooting of a teenager earlier…

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Global problems, housing and land shortages : Is there a solution?

Bangkok, like other major cities around the world, is getting bigger, in terms of population. Bangkok has the highest population density in Thailand, with approximately 5.6 million people residing in…

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail against riot police in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding. – Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding with defiant “Day of Grief” protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday

(AFP) Hong Kong police shot a pro-democracy protestor in the chest on Tuesday as violent clashes erupted across the city hours after China held a massive military parade in Beijing…

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China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

BEIJING (Reuters) – China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a big display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who…

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Security ramped up as Hong Kong braces for China anniversary clashes

(AFP) Police fanned out across Hong Kong on Tuesday in a bid to deter pro-democracy protests as the city marked communist China’s 70th birthday, with local officials watching a flag-raising…

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China marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a review of troops from a car during a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, to mark the 70th anniversary of…

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The US-China trade war leads to an increase of FDIs in Thailand

The escalation of the US-China trade war has prompted Chinese and Hong Kong investors to move to Thailand.  In the first half of this year, they altogether sought approvals for…

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PM Johnson vows to stay put to hit Oct. 31 Brexit deadline

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Boris Johnson said on Sunday he would not quit as Britain’s prime minister even if he fails to secure a deal to leave the European Union,…

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Anti-government protesters set barricades on fire after a clash with riot police in Hong Kong, China September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Street fires burn in Hong Kong amid running battles between protesters and police

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon, rubber bullets and round after round of tear gas at petrol bomb-throwing protesters on Sunday in some of the most…

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Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping (R) during an awards ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People

Princess Sirindhorn receives “Friendship Medal” from President Xi

BEIJING (Agencies) –  HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today received the Medal of Friendship, China’s highest state honor for foreigners, from President Xi Jinping in a ceremony on the occasion…

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in shopping district

Hong Kong descended into a second day of clashes between protesters and riot police on Sunday with officers firing tear gas in a busy shopping district. Pro-democracy activists have stepped…

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as protesters turn violent

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Saturday to try to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks and blocked a key road next to a huge…

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

Khashoggi murder ‘happened under my watch,’ Saudi crown prince tells PBS

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch,” according…

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg wins ‘alternative Nobel Prize’

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize….

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Anti-government protesters burning a barricade during protests in Yuen Mun, Hong Kong, China on Saturday.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas after storming shopping mall

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Sunday to break up pro-democracy protesters who trashed fittings at a station and shopping mall, the latest in more…

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Mahathir to set date for premiership hand-over to Anwa

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that he would be setting the time and date when he would hand over the premiership to his successor Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian media…

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

(AFP) Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and IndonesiaThursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic hazefrom rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit…

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UK’s worst-case no-deal Brexit plan warns of food shortages, public disorder

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit warn of severe disruption to cross-Channel routes, affecting the supply of medicines and certain types of fresh foods, and…

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange unveils shock £32bn bid for London rival

(AFP) The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has bid almost £32 billion for its London rival in a shock move Wednesday to bring together two of the world’s largest financial hubs…

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President Trump fires national security adviser Bolton

WASHINGTON (Agencies) – White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the request of President Donald Trump, who said he called for the resignation due to numerous…

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Photo taken on Sunday shows fire set by demonstrators at the Central station of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong.

HK police fire tear gas as clashes erupt after thousands appeal to Trump

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, after demonstrators had rallied at the US Consulate…

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Protesters wave US national flags as they march from Chater Garden to the US consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday to call on the US to pressure Beijing to meet their demands.

HK protesters, waving Stars and Stripes, call on Trump to ‘liberate’ city

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday chanted the US national anthem and called on US President Donald Trump to “liberate” the Chinese-ruled city, the latest…

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Top UK minister quits in new Brexit blow to PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a fresh blow Saturday when senior minister Amber Rudd quit her work and pensions post in protest at his handling of the Brexit crisis….

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Police check the ID of a man (centre L) as he walks outside Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong on September 7

Hong Kong police fend off airport protest after night of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police checked people traveling to the airport for passports and air tickets on Saturday, preventing protesters gathering for another “stress test” of road and…

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Students and alumni of high schools in the Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong take part in a joint “school human chain rally” on September 5

HK protests to target airport after night of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters plan to block one of the world’s busiest airports on Saturday after a night of violence in which police used tear gas and…

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German leader Merkel says peaceful solution needed for HK

BEIJING (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she discussed Hong Kong with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and that there needed to be a peaceful solution for…

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ThaiPBS World: September 5, 2019 : Hong Kong crisis: A view from Thailand

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HK leader says China ‘respects and supports’ withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures…

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US, China to resume trade talks in Washington in October

(AFP) US and Chinese trade negotiators will resume talks in Washington in early October, Beijing said Thursday, after new punitive tariffs raised fears of a breakdown in the protracted negotiations….

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HK leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday she will formally withdraw the contentious extradition bill which sparked months of protests. “The government will formally…

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HK leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill: media report

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will this afternoon announce a formal withdrawal of the much-despised extradition bill that sparked the nearly three-month long protest crisis now roiling the city,…

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Election bid looms as British MPs defeat Johnson on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the prospect of a snap election on Tuesday after he suffered a major parliamentary defeat over his Brexit strategy that could delay Britain’s exit from…

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An elderly man implores police not to charge at Tung Chung MTR train station in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Hong Kong protesters smash MTR station

HONG KONG (Agencies) – Anti-government protesters this evening vented their fury on a mass transit railway (MTR) station in Tung Chung, a satellite town near Hong Kong International Airport which…

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Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on September 1, 2019. Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport on September 1, as the financial hub began cleaning up after another night of serious violence marked by fires, tears gas and police beatings.

Protesters briefly storm Hong Kong Airport

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Hundreds of protesters briefly stormed Hong Kong’s international airport on Sunday, despite attempts to heighten security in anticipation of a planned demonstration, before they were chased…

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Widespread flooding in NE as storm Podul moves west today

Widespread flooding was reported on Saturday in several of Thailand’s northeastern provinces as Podul, which has now weakened to low pressure cell, loomed over the northeastern province of Loei at…

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Kwok Pak-chung, regional commander of the Hong Kong Island, shows an evidence image of violent acts by radical protesters in the past two months during a daily press conference in south China’s Hong Kong on Thursday. – Xinhua photo

HK police ban mass weekend protest rally

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Police in Hong Kong, citing public safety concerns,  have banned both a rally and a march planned for tomorrow by the human rights group that has…

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A man wearing a mask of Boris Johnson protests outside Downing Street, Central London on Wednesday. Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

British PM Johnson sparks outrage after forcing suspension of parliament

LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked fury among pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit by forcing the suspension of parliament weeks before Britain’s EU departure…

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Situation in Hong Kong after 10 weeks of protests

After the 10 week long of protests and demonsteations in Hongkong over the controversial extraditon bill, people around the world turn their attention to the financial hub. What is really…

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Warriors outlast Raptors to square NBA Finals at 1-1

TORONTO, June 2 (Reuters) – The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors used a massive third quarter to overcame a sluggish start and secure a 109-104 win over the Toronto…

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