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(Photo) Police chase after protesters in Ngau Tau Kok in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police on Sunday said they arrested 29 people after clashes overnight in which volleys of tear gas were fired to break up anti-government protests…

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(Photo) This fire, one of hundreds burning in the Amazon region, was photographed about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Porto Velho in northern Brazil’s Rondonia state, on August 23, 2019/AFP

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as outrage over Amazon grows

Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, official data showed Saturday, as thousands of troops were made available to help fight the worst blazes in…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. and Chinese flags are seen in front of a U.S. dollar banknote featuring American founding father Benjamin Franklin and a China’s yuan banknote featuring late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong in this illustration picture taken May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Illustration/File Photo

China warns U.S. to stop ‘wrong’ trade actions or face consequences

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Saturday it strongly opposes Washington’s decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences…

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(Photo) Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Hong Kong police use tear gas to counter protest petrol bombs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb on Saturday after some activists threw petrol bombs and bricks,…

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(Photo) Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, Brazil August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

As Amazon burns, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze…

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(Photo) Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China, August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong protesters join in ‘Baltic Chain’ link of hands

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined peaceful “Baltic Chain” links of hands on Friday, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of…

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(Photo) Simon Cheng, a staff member of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong, who was reported missing by local media after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen, is seen in an unknown location in this undated photo obtained from the Facebook page “Free Simon Cheng”. “FACEBOOK / FREE SIMON CHENG” /via REUTERS

China detains employee of Britain’s Hong Kong mission, UK urged to act

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese national working at Britain’s Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China’s border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said…

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(Photo) Protesters call people to join further rallies against the government at Kowloon Tong subway station in Hong Kong, China, August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Hong Kong protests spread to subway as bank warns of economic fallout

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as…

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(Photo) Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2019/REUTERS (Ann Wang)

Hong Kong leader says she hopes peaceful protest was a turning point

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that…

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(Photo) A rally by pro-government supporters in Hong Kong this weekend illustrated the polarisation coursing through the city/AFP

Chinese state media pump up the jam to slam Hong Kong protests

“Get those foreign agents outta town”, roars a music video by a patriotic Chinese rap group, one of a slew of creative efforts by Beijing attacking Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters march to demand democracy and political reforms, in Hong Kong, China August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

More mass protests planned in Hong Kong after peaceful weekend of rallies

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is gearing up for more protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally in Victoria Park demanding democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rain

HONG KONG (Reuters) – At least 100,000 anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what…

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(Photo) Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with communist-ruled mainland China taking an increasingly hardline tone/AFP

Defiant Hong Kong protesters vow huge rally despite Beijing threats

Hong Kong democracy activists are hoping to get out a huge crowd later Sunday in a bid to show the city’s leaders that their protest movement remains defiant despite increasingly…

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(Photo) Teachers protest against the extradition bill during a rally organised by Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union in Hong Kong, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Hong Kongers stage more anti-government protests, braving storms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kongers including many teachers took part in more anti-government rallies on Saturday, braving thunderstorms to march past shops shuttered due to growing concern…

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(Photo) Millions of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong over the past 10 weeks/AFP (File/Anthony WALLACE)

Hong Kong standoff takes a toll on Thai economy

The political standoff in Hong Kong is not only fueling fears that Hong Kong may be heading for recession, but also that it may hurt Thailand’s economy. For example, Thailand’s…

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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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(Photo) French urban climber Alain Robert climbs the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong, China, August 16, 2019/ Reuters (Ann Wang)

French ‘spiderman’ climbs HK tower, hoists reconciliation flag amid mass protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – French “spiderman” climber Alain Robert scaled a 68-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong on Friday to hoist a flag symbolizing reconciliation between China and the territory as…

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(Photo) Chinese soldiers walk in formation on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong, China August 15, 2019/Reuters (Thomas Peter)

China warns it could quell Hong Kong protesters; Trump urges Xi to meet them

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and U.S. President Donald…

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(Photo) Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China August 15, 2019/Reuters (Thomas Peter)

In ‘clear warning’, Chinese paramilitary forces exercise near Hong Kong

SHENZHEN, China/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of members of China’s People’s Armed Police could be seen conducting exercises on Thursday at a sports stadium in Shenzhen, as the U.S. State…

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(Photo) The imperial couple offered their respects to the war dead/AFP

Japan’s new emperor speaks of ‘deep remorse’ in 1st speech marking WWII

Japan’s new emperor spoke Thursday of “deep remorse” over the country’s wartime past in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May….

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Anti-extradition bill protesters react after the police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstration at Sham Shui Po, in Hong Kong, China August 14, 2019/Reuters (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at demonstrators

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a police station in the residential area of Sham Shui Po in…

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Hong Kong airport reopens after overnight clashes, mass protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s airport resumed operations on Wednesday, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police…

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(Photo) The airport protest is the latest escalation in a 10-week political crisis that has gripped Hong Kong/AFP

Flights departing Hong Kong airport after protest chaos

Flights were departing Hong Kong airport largely on schedule on Wednesday morning, a day after pro-democracy protesters caused chaos with a disruptive sit-in that paralysed the busy transport hub. Hundreds…

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(Photo) Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong, China August 13, 2019/Reuters (Thomas Peter)

Police, protesters clash at Hong Kong airport after flights halted for second day

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong’s international airport on Tuesday after flights were disrupted for a second day as the political crisis in the former…

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(Photo) AFP/Ye Aung THU

Tens of thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar as landslide toll hits 59

Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters…

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(Photo) Passengers queue at Cathay Pacific’s counters a day after the airport was closed due to a protest, at Hong Kong International Airport, China August 13, 2019/ Reuters (Issei Kato)

Hong Kong’s airport reopens on Tuesday after unprecedented closure

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s airport reopened on Tuesday but its administrator warned that flight movements would still be affected, after China said widespread anti-government protests that halted flights…

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(Photo) Police clashed with demonstrators at nearly a dozen locations on Sunday/AFP

THAI and Thai Air Asia cancel flights to Hong Kong today

Thai Airways International and Thai Air Asia have cancelled their flights to Hong Kong today after protesters broke into Hong Kong airport’s passenger terminal. THAI announced that two flights from…

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(Photo) Thousands of pro-democracy protesters rally at Hong Kong’s airport/AFP

Hong Kong’s airport shut down after thousands protests

All flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled on Monday after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the city’s airport to denounce police violence. The abrupt shutdown at one…

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Eid Al-Adha from all around the world

Muslims all over the world gather to perform the Eid Al-Adha prayer on August 11, 2019. Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Feast of Sacrifice,…

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(Photo) Rescue workers search for bodies of victims under the debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 11, 2019/ Reuters (Ann Wang)

Myanmar troops help flood rescue after landslide kills 51

MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a demonstration in Victoria Park in Hong Kong, China, August 11, 2019/Reuters (Thomas Peter)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters as confrontation looms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters on Sunday as a tenth straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations intensified amid an increasingly aggressive response from the…

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(Photo) Family members participate in a protest rally titled “Guard Our Children’s Future” at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China, August 10, 2019/ Reuters (Issei Kato)

Hong Kong hit by another weekend of protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong began another volatile weekend on Saturday, with anti-government protests taking place across the city, including one at the international airport for a second day….

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(Photo) Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 10, 2019/Reuters (Ann Wang)

‘Everything is gone’: Dozens dead, missing after Myanmar landslide

THAPHYU KONE VILLAGE, Myanmar (Reuters) – Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village in Myanmar on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at…

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Japan ex-empress diagnosed with breast cancer: palace

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s former empress Michiko has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and will soon undergo surgery, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) said on Friday. Michiko’s husband Akihito…

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(Photo) Jammu and Kashmir/AFP

India hails ‘historic’ Kashmir rule as Pakistan, China slam move

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Tuesday hailed “historic” legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control but Pakistan and China challenged the divisive move, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear…

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(Photo) Yang Guang, spokesman for mainland China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office warned the strength of the central government shouldn’t be underestimated/AFP

China warns Hong Kong protesters against playing with ‘fire’

China warned Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters Tuesday that “those who play with fire will perish by it”, a day after the most widespread unrest of the two-month crisis. In its…

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Police battle protesters as strike paralyses Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at protesters in multiple parts of Hong Kong on Monday after a general strike hit transport and the city’s Beijing-backed leader warned…

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(Photo) Police have increasingly been using tear gas and rubber bullets to quell violence during protests/AFP

Thais warned to stay away from protest areas in Hong Kong

Thai people living in or visiting Hong Kong have been advised, by the Thai Consulate there, to stay away from the protest areas, or to exercise caution if they want…

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(Photo) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said protesters had ‘seriously undermined Hong Kong’s law and order’/AFP

Hong Kong leader says city on brink, protesters cause travel chaos

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…

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(Photo) Mass Transit Railway (MTR) subway personnel try to prevent a protester from blocking the door of a train as protesters disrupt MTR services at Fortress Hill station in Hong Kong, China August 5, 2019/REUTERS (Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Hong Kong protesters seek to shut down city with general strike

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong was bracing for major disruptions to business on Monday as a general strike threatens to paralyze parts of the Asian financial center, with more…

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(Photo) Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s Facebook

RCEP negotiations make significant headway in Beijing

BEIJING (Xinhua) – A ministerial meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations over the past two days in Beijing achieved significant progress in pushing negotiations, according to China’s…

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(Photo) Police officers walk on a street after they dispersed anti-extradition bill protesters, in Hong Kong, China, August 3, 2019/REUTERS (Eloisa Lopez)

Hong Kong police make fresh arrests, city braces for further protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Sunday they arrested more than 20 people after violent clashes with anti-government protesters overnight, as the Chinese-controlled territory braced for more…

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(Photo) Law enforcement officers detain a participant in a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia August 3, 2019/ REUTERS (Shamil Zhumatov)

Russian police detain over 800 in opposition crackdown in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police forcibly detained over 800 people attending a protest in Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections, including prominent activist Lyubov Sobol, after authorities warned the…

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(Photo) A man reacts in tear gas as riot police try to disperse them at Wong Tai Sin, a residential area, after an anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China August 4, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as city is again roiled by protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired multiple tear gas rounds on Saturday night in confrontations with black-clad activists in the city’s Kowloon area, as the Chinese-controlled territory was…

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Hong Kong protesters defy China warnings with weekend rallies

Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong kicked off a new mass rally on Saturday as they defy increasingly stern warnings from China over weeks-long unrest that has plunged the city into…

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(Photo) South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) meets her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2019/ Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

South Korea-Japan talks falter ahead of decision on favored-trade list

BANGKOK (Reuters) – South Korea called on Thursday for Japan to allow more time for diplomacy as talks on their most serious dispute in years failed to make progress, a…

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(Photo) Police officers during clashes with anti-extradition bill protesters who surrounded a police station where detained protesters are being held in Hong Kong, China July 30, 2019/REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

New protest erupts as Hong Kong charges 44 activists with rioting

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of people surrounded a police station in Hong Kong on Tuesday chanting “free the martyrs” after 44 activists were charged with rioting following weekend clashes…

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(Photo) Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah smiling beside Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah during his royal coronation on Jul 30, 2019/AF (Malaysia’s Department of Information/Farhan Abdullah)

Malaysia installs new king six months after surprise abdication

KUALA LUMPUR – Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin, was installed as Malaysia’s 16th Malaysian King on Tuesday (July 30) in a ceremony steeped in royal customs and tradition. The installation came six months after…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill demonstrators block the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train in Hong Kong, China July 30, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong protesters disrupt train services, cause commuter chaos

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour on Tuesday, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil…

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(Photo) Hong Kong protesters are enveloped by tear gas fired by police/AFP

China calls for swift punishment of Hong Kong violence

HONG KONG (AFP) – China on Monday threw its backing behind Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader and police, saying violent protesters must be swiftly punished following another weekend of running street…

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(Photo) Police officers line up during a protest against what the activists see as excessive police force against protesters during previous demonstrations, near China’s Liaison Office, Hong Kong, China July 28, 2019/REUTERS (Edgar Su)

After weekend of violent clashes, Beijing to address Hong Kong unrest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong on Monday bore the scars of another night of violent protests with hard hats, umbrellas and water bottles littering some central streets, as Beijing…

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(Photo) Riot police fired dozens of rounds of tear gas in Yuen Long, a town close to Hong Kong’s border with mainland China/AFP (Anthony WALLACE)

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kongers protesting ‘triad’ attack

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday at protesters holding a banned rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near…

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Thousands in Hong Kong defy police ban to protest ‘triad’ attack

Hong Kong (AFP) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters defied a police ban on Saturday and marched through a town near the Chinese border to rally against suspected triad gangs…

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(Photo) Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets – and sporadic violent confrontations erupted between police and pockets of hardcore protesters/AFP

Hong Kong braces for ‘anti-triad’ rally despite police ban

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong was bracing for fresh clashes on Saturday (July 27) as activists vowed to defy a police ban and rally against suspected triad gangs who…

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‘I’ll make Britain great again’, Johnson says, echoing Trump

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson promised on Thursday that Brexit would make Britain the greatest place on earth, echoing the patriotic rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump in his first…

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(Photo) Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is welcomed in 10 Downing Street by staff after meeting Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government, in London, Britain July 24, 2019/Reuters (Stefan Rousseau)

British Prime Minister Johnson promises a bold new Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson promised in his first speech as prime minister to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with “no ifs or buts” and…

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(Photo) The flag of North Korea is seen in Geneva, Switzerland, June 20, 2017/REUTERS (Pierre Albouy)

North Korea fires missiles into sea, says South Korea, nuclear talks in doubt

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday from its eastern coast, South Korea’s military said, the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and…

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(Photo) The dam collapse at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydroelectric power project is believed to be the deadliest such accident in Laos history/ AFP (File)

Survivors of deadly Laos dam collapse homeless a year on: report

Thousands are languishing in displacement camps in Laos a year after a dam break unleashed floodwaters and killed dozens of people in the impoverished state, a new report on the…

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(Photo) Boris Johnson easily beat his rival in a Conservative leadership race/AFP

Boris Johnson’s magniloquent tongue reaps political gold, linguists say

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s incoming prime minister once boasted he could recite from heart the first hundred lines of Homer’s Iliad in ancient Greek. Boris Johnson has long spun political…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition demonstrators run from tear gas after a march of to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China July 21, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu/File)

China tells U.S. to remove ‘black hands’ from Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused U.S. officials on Tuesday of being behind violent protests in Hong Kong and advised them to remove their “black hands” from the territory. Foreign ministry…

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(Photo) A pro-government mob attacked protesters in Hong Kong, leaving 45 people wounded according to hospital authorities/AFP

‘Triad’ attack on Hong Kong protesters sparks anger

An assault on pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded sparked a firestorm of outrage in Hong Kong on Monday, in a dramatic escalation of political turmoil…

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(Photo) Tear gas filled Hong Kong’s commercial district on Sunday/AFP

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos

Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters hours after China’s office in the city was daubed with eggs…

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(Photo) Pro-government supporters attend a rally to call for an end to violence, after a wave of protests against an extradition bill triggered clashes between police and activists, in Hong Kong, China July 20, 2019/ REUTERS (Edgar Su)

Thousands in pro-police rally as Hong Kong braces for another mass protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Saturday to voice support for the police and call for an end to violence, after a wave of…

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(Photo) US President Donald Trump with Buzz Aldrin, 88, the second human ever to walk on the moon/Reuters

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States’ current ability to operate…

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(Photo) SBS

Korea’s SBS withdraws controversial ‘Law of the Jungle’ and removes producer

In its official statement, SBS says it has decided to withdraw an episode of “Law of the Jungle, the Lost Island” from its streaming platform and to remove its producer….

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(Photo) The blaze in the city of Kyoto appeared to have been started deliberately, police said/AFP

33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, after a man reportedly doused the building with flammable liquid…

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(Photo) The haemorrhagic virus outbreak, the second deadliest on record, has largely been contained in remote parts of DR Congo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern: WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare designation only used for the…

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(Photo) Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing/AFP

US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States on Tuesday banned visits by Myanmar’s army chief and three other top officers due to their role in the “ethnic cleaning” of the Rohingya minority, urging accountability…

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(Photo) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) and Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu speak to media over an extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China July 15, 2019/ REUTERS (Joyce Zhou)

Hong Kong leader says protesters in latest clashes can be called ‘rioters’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday protesters who clashed with police on the weekend were rioters, a legally loaded term in the city, and…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters hold shields made from cardboard as they face riot police after a march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, China July 14, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Clashes break out as Hong Kong protesters escalate fight in suburbs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb on Sunday, driven by abiding anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill that has…

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(Photo) Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer/REUTERS (Andrew Couldridge)

Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic to win fifth title

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth…

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(Photo) Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on 14 July 2019/AFP (Philip Fong)

Hong Kong extradition protesters escalate fight in suburbs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb on Sunday, driven by abiding anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill that has…

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(Photo) Police try to disperse pro-democracy activists after a march at Sheung Shui, a city border town in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong protesters, police clash as demonstrations target Chinese traders

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Saturday in a town near the boundary with mainland China where thousands rallied against the presence of Chinese traders,…

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(Photo) Notes against the proposed extradition bill are seen Tai Po, in the northern part of the New Territories of Hong Kong, China July 9, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Imagine all the Post-its: Hong Kong protesters come together with ‘Lennon Walls’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – During Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” of 2014, colorful Post-it notes of support covered a wall near where protesters camped in the streets calling for democracy in…

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(Photo) US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to revive negotiations when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan/AFP

US, China negotiators resume trade war talks

Top US and Chinese negotiators held phone talks on Tuesday as the world’s top two economies seek to resolve their trade war, more than a week after they declared a…

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(Photo) British Ambassador Kim Darroch (pictured January 2017) reportedly said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace”/AFP

Britain’s US ambassador resigns after Trump spat

Britain’s ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after being targeted by US President Donald Trump over the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables that put the allies’ relationship on edge. Outgoing…

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(Photo) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to media over an extradition bill in Hong Kong, China July 9, 2019./REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government’s…

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(Photo) Hong Kong pro-democracy singer Denise Ho speaks at a free concert in Hong Kong, China June 19, 2016/REUTERS (Bobby Yip/File Photo)

Hong Kong singer-activist urges U.N. rights body to defend territory

GENEVA (Reuters) – China is tightening its grip on Hong Kong and the territory’s autonomy and democratic freedoms are slipping away, a prominent Hong Kong activist told the U.N. Human…

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Hong Kong police arrest six at Kowloon protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday, where thousands of protesters sought to raise awareness…

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Thailand given 3 years to resolve 3 issues before resubmitting KKFC proposal

Former Thai ambassador to France, and head of the Thai delegation at the World Heritage Committee meeting (WHC), Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, reported today (July 8th) that the UNESCO WHC has…

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(Photo) FILE: People wait to see the sunset from the top of Shwesandaw Pagoda in the ancient city of Bagan February 13, 2015/REUTERS (Soe Zeya Tun )

Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

YANGON (Reuters) – UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was…

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(Photo) A view of a replica of Ishtar gate at the ancient city of Babylon near Hilla, Iraq July 5, 2019/REUTERS (Thaier Al-Sudani)

Ancient Iraqi city of Babylon designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

RUINS OF BABYLON, Iraq (Reuters) – The ancient city of Babylon, first referenced in a clay tablet from the 23rd century B.C., was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on…

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(Photo) Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, speaks during a hustings event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 2, 2019. Peter Morrison/Pool via REUTERS

UK PM candidate Johnson says he backs Hong Kong people ‘every inch of the way’

READING, England (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, who could be Britain’s prime minister by the end of the month, said he backed the people of Hong Kong every inch of the…

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(Photo) FILE PHOTO: Riot police clear the streets outside the Legislative Council building, after protesters stormed the building on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, in Hong Kong, China July 2, 2019/File/REUTERS (Thomas Peter)

China to Britain: Keep your ‘colonial’ hands off Hong Kong

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – China told Britain to keep its hands off Hong Kong on Wednesday while London called for Beijing to honor the agreements made when the city was handed…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters break into the Legislative Council building during the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2019/REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China condemns violent Hong Kong protests as ‘undisguised challenge’ to its rule

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China on Tuesday condemned violent protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the formula under which the city is ruled, hours after police fired…

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(Photo) The European Union described the break-in to Hong Kong’s parliament as ‘not representative of the vast majority of demonstrators, who have been peaceful throughout successive protests/AFP Photo/Anthony WALLACE

What the world said about the Hong Kong protests

The storming of Hong Kong’s legislature by masked demonstrators generated extraordinary scenes, even in a city with a history of raucous protest. The territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, condemned those involved…

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(Photo) Protesters hung the city’s colonial-era flag in the debating chamber, scrawled messages such as ‘Hong Kong is not China’ and defaced the city’s emblematic seal with spray-paint/AFP

Hong Kong leader condemns ‘extremely violent’ protests

Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday condemned “the extreme use of violence” by masked protesters who stormed and ransacked the city’s legislature in an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority. The semi-autonomous…

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(Photo) Protesters used a cart as a battering ram on the city’s parliament/AFP

Violent clashes as Hong Kong marks China handover anniversary

Anti-government protesters laid siege to Hong Kong’s parliament on Monday as the territory marked its China handover anniversary, smashing windows, battling police armed with pepper spray and plunging the city…

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(Photo) A protester waves a black version of Hong Kong’s flag — which is usually red — as others set up barricades outside the city’s Legislative Council building/AFP

Roads seized as Hong Kong braces for rally on handover anniversary

Police in Hong Kong used pepper spray and batons against anti-government protesters who had seized highways early Monday ahead of what is expected to be a huge pro-democracy rally on…

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(Photo) North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un stands with US President Donald Trump south of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea/AFP

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil Sunday as he met Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula, in a symbolic diplomatic spectacle and a…

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(Photo) U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend a news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump to meet North Korea’s Kim on DMZ between the two Koreas

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on Sunday, Trump and South…

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(Photo) U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with China’s President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019/ REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“Back on track”: China and U.S. agree to restart trade talks

OSAKA (Reuters) – The United States and China agreed on Saturday to restart trade talks and that Washington would hold off on imposing new tariffs on Chinese exports, signaling a…

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Trump prepares for ‘productive’ talks with Xi on trade war

OSAKA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he hoped for productive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a trade war that is casting a shadow on…

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(Photo) AFP

Descendants of the Sun couple Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo to divorce

Top-profile Korean star couple Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are taking legal steps to part ways, two years after their much-celebrated marriage, the latter’s management agency said Thursday. A law…

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(Photo) President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a joint statement to members of the media Great Hall of the People, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines/AP (Andrew Harnik)

Trump-Xi trade meeting set for Saturday morning in Osaka: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold much-anticipated trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) on…

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(Photo) The Trump-Xi meeting, expected to take place on Saturday, is highly anticipated as the two sides try to reach a deal on trade/AFP

Trump-Xi meet, Iran tension to overshadow G20 summit in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Concerns over trade, conflict and oil will dominate a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Japan this weekend, with attention focused on a meeting…

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(Photo) The controversy over sex abuse claims has dampened commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, but his commercial clout remains substantial/AFP

Michael Jackson fans defiant as abuse claims loom over anniversary

Defiant fans are preparing to mark 10 years since Michael Jackson’s death as fascination with the King of Pop remains undimmed despite lurid claims of child sex abuse. On Hollywood’s…

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US hits Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions Monday against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs, tightening the screws on a country that President Donald Trump threatened with “obliteration”…

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(Photo) The North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried a photo of Kim holding Trump’s letter with both handsThe North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried a photo of Kim holding Trump’s letter with both hands/AFP

North Korean leader receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a personal letter of “excellent content” from US President Donald Trump, the country’s state media said Sunday, amid a nuclear deadlock between Pyongyang…

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