Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city’s legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China’s national anthem. – Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub’s legislature on May 27, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China’s national anthem.

China parliament approves plan to impose HK security law

China’s parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that critics say will eradicate the city’s promised freedoms.   The vote by the rubber-stamp National People’s…

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Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, leaves British Columbia Supreme Court, after hearing the decision of Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes on her double-criminality judgment in Vancouver, on May 27, 2020. – Meng Wanzhou was dealt a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the US will go ahead. The decision on so-called double criminality, a key test for extradition, found that bank fraud accusations against Meng would stand up in Canada. The interim ruling denying Meng’s attempt to gain her freedom means she will continue to live in Vancouver under strict bail conditions while her case plays out. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP)

Canadian court rules against Huawei exec fighting extradition

An executive for Chinese tech giant Huawei suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the United States will go ahead.  The…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, walks ahead of Vice-President Lai Ching-te, left of her, as they attend an inauguration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tsai was inaugurated for a second term amid increasing pressure from China on the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing’s political terms that would “downgrade Taiwan and…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask passes by a billboard depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Belgrade, Serbia, April 1, 2020. The text on the billboard reads “Thanks, brother Xi”. Picture taken April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic/File Photo

China’s Xi says supports WHO probe when COVID-19 controlled

China supports a comprehensive review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the virus that causes the disease is brought under…

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China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau removed from high-risk area list

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has taken China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau off its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries. The ministerial announcement, published in the Royal Gazette on…

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How superpowers probably helping COVID-19

Two heads are better than one, goes a universal proverb. Which can also mean that two superpowers must be better than the rest of the world when it comes to…

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People wearing face masks walk inside a subway station during morning rush hour, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China’s Wuhan reports first coronavirus cluster since lifting of lockdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, reported on Monday its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the central Chinese city…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk at a main shopping area, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China to reform disease prevention system

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will reform its disease prevention and control system to address weaknesses exposed by the coronavirus outbreak, a senior health official said on Saturday. China has been…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks exit a subway station during a rainy day, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China reports one new coronavirus case, 15 asymptomatic cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported one new coronavirus case for Friday, unchanged from the day before, data from the national health authority showed on Saturday. One new imported case was…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers in protective suits are seen at a registration point for passengers at an airport in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province bordering Russia, following the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the country, China April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Huizhong Wu

Harbin city shuts eateries, coronavirus curbs ease elsewhere in China

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A northeastern Chinese city of 10 million people struggling with currently the country’s biggest coronavirus cluster shut dine-in services on Saturday, as the rest of China eases…

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FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel in protective suits wave hands to a patient who is discharged from the Leishenshan Hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China March 1, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

China says all coronavirus patients in Wuhan have now been discharged

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, a health official told reporters on Sunday. The…

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FILE PHOTO: A man with a face mask walks past the Great Hall of the People, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

China reports three new mainland coronavirus cases on April 26, two imported

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported three new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 26, down from 11 a day earlier, with no new deaths, the country’s health authority said on Monday….

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FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel in protective suits wave hands to a patient who is discharged from the Leishenshan Hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China March 1, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

China sees more imported coronavirus cases despite restrictions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all in citizens returning home from Russia, even as domestic cases…

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People wearing protective face masks leave work after office hours in Central Business District, as the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Beijing, China, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China reports 27 new coronavirus cases, death toll at 4,632 after data revisions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s National Health Commission reported 27 new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 17, up from 26 the day earlier, according to data published on Saturday. Of that…

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A resident wearing a face mask is seen at a blocked residential area after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and China’s epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China’s new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by a rise in infected travellers arriving from overseas and underscoring challenges…

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A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant at the Tianhe Airport after it was reopened today, in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. – Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Thousands flock to leave Wuhan as outbound travel ban ends

Thousands of travellers flocked to catch trains leaving Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the hard-hit Chinese city where the global…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Asia virus latest: Australia domestic violence cases surge, first NZ death

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: – Singapore cancels man’s passport – Singapore cancelled the passport of a citizen who breached his mandatory…

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Customs officers in protective suits are seen near a Sichuan Airlines aircraft on the tarmac of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport following a global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China March 26, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS

China’s Xi offers Trump help in coronavirus fight as Wuhan reopens to traffic

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus, as Wuhan, the Chinese city…

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In this March 23, 2020 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers disinfect a subway train in preparation for the restoration of public transport in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. China’s health ministry says Wuhan has now gone several consecutive days without a new infection, showing the effectiveness of draconian travel restrictions that are slowly being relaxed around the country. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said Tuesday they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside….

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US-China trade truce at risk as virus hits global economy

A hard-won trade war truce between the US and China is at risk as the coronavirus pandemic rocks the global economy, making it tough for Beijing to fulfil its commitments….

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and…

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A volunteer sprays disinfectant inside a Christian church in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, March 6, 2020. World stock markets are down sharply again as pessimism prevails over the economic impact of the virus outbreak (Chinatopix via AP)

China government spokesman says U.S. military may have brought virus to China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry suggested on Thursday the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hardest…

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People wearing protective face masks are seen on a crossroads as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up

BEIJING (Reuters) – More places in China lowered emergency response levels to the coronavirus epidemic and relaxed travel restrictions a day after President Xi Jinping visited the epicenter of the…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

China quarantine hotel collapse kills 10

At least ten people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said Sunday. Rescuers retrieved 48 people from the…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

70 people trapped as China’s hotel used for quarantine collapses

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – A five-storey hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the south-east Chinese port city of Quanzhou on Saturd trapping about 70 people, state media said. A…

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FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a shopper walks in a street market aimed for Chinese tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. The outbreak of new virus centered on the Chinese city of Wuhan is giving global business chills. Thailand’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 1% from 1.25% on Wednesday to help the economy weather a series of setbacks, most lately the virus outbreak in China that has devastated its tourism sector. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

China exports plunge on coronavirus epidemic

China’s exports plummeted in the first two months of this year on the back of a coronavirus epidemic that forced businesses to suspend operations, disrupting the world’s supply chains. Exports…

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Coronavirus cases hit 100,000 as cruise ship fears grow

The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as the US battled to contain an outbreak on board a stranded cruise ship where 21 people have tested…

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Medical workers wearing face masks jump rope as they take a break outside the hotel where they stay, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China March 5, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

New coronavirus infections may drop to zero by end-March in Wuhan: Chinese government expert

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus epidemic, will likely see new infections drop to zero by the end of this month, an expert with the country’s top panel…

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An equipment service worker for King County Metro sprays a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus in Seattle, Washington, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Tech firms in Seattle, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic, were telling employees this week to take advantage of technology to work remotely in an effort to contain…

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South Korean soldiers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

‘This is not a drill’: WHO urges the world to fight virus

BANGKOK (AP) — The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the…

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Three commuters, center, wear masks as they walk through the World Trade Center transportation hub, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

U.S. virus death toll hits 11; feds investigate nursing home

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the U.S. death toll climbed to 11, including…

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Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe

Shelves are being stripped bare of toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and surgical masks everywhere from Japan to France to the United States as panic buying criss-crosses the globe with the…

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Italy reported 28 more deaths on Wednesday taking the toll to 107

Italy shuts schools as global coronavirus battle intensifies

Europe’s coronavirus hotspot Italy shut all schools and universities on Wednesday in a bid to stop the deadly disease from spreading, as governments bolstered supplies and intensified protective measures.  …

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WHO warns of global shortage of medical equipment to fight coronavirus

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus and asked companies and…

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This Feb 27, 2020, photo released by Louis Wang, shows his work desk with laptop and textbooks at home in northeast China. Wang, a middle school history teacher in northeast China, said his workload has ballooned due to the arduous process through which online classes must be approved. Chinese schools turning to online learning during a virus outbreak are running into the country’s ubiquitous and often arbitrary internet censorship. (Louis Wang via AP)

China’s schools, forced online by virus, run into censors

BEIJING (AP) — Less than 30 minutes into a lecture on bioinformatics, Chu Xinjian’s class was abruptly cut short.   It was the first day of an unusual semester. Across…

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A resident of Jongno-Gu wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb.27, 2020. South Korea and China each reported Thursday the new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 767 new virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a new virus, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection…

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A man in protective suit stands at a shopping mall in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Huhei province, China February 25, 2020 REUTERS

U.S. warned to prepare for coronavirus pandemic as Europe lockdowns spread

ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second European hotel was in lockdown on Wednesday as authorities around the world battled to prevent the spread of coronavirus, although a senior U.S. health official…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Coronavirus to be big topic for G20 as China reports uptick in cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday although the rise in infections remained at its slowest pace since January, a downward trend which…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member works at the workshop of Fusen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in Nanyang in central China’s Henan Province, Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The company has resumed production to ensure the supply of medicines during the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with comprehensive measures taken to protect the workers. (Feng Dapeng/Xinhua via AP)

China reports further fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more…

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People wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chuo district in Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China. Most of the cases outside China involve people from a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

China says number of new virus cases rose by just 394

BEIJING (AP) — China says the number the of new virus cases rose by just 394 from the previous day, with a rise in the death of 114.   The…

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An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after she disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of…

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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

New virus cases in China fall, deaths top 2,000

BEIJING (AP) — New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China’s leader said disease prevention and control was…

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Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild,…

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Thailand reports new coronavirus case

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand said on Monday it had recorded one new case of the coronavirus and was increasing screening of visitors from Singapore and Japan entering the country in…

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Buses carrying U.S. passengers who were aboard the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess, seen in background, leaves Yokohama port, near Tokyo, early Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The cruise ship was carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and crew members under quarantine. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)

China sees rise new virus cases, death toll rises by 105

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and 105 more deaths for a total of 1,770 since the outbreak began two months…

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A nurse tears up as she talks about the situation in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Virus death toll nears 1,400 in China, with 5,090 new cases

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new virus, as the death toll neared 1,400.   The National Health…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China reports 254 new virus deaths and 15,152 daily cases

BEIJING (AP) — China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers operate a vehicle to carry out disinfection in Jianghan district, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 10, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

China’s Hubei province sees surge in coronavirus deaths on switch to new methodology

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll in China’s Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak leapt by a record 242 on Thursday to 1,310, with a sharp rise in confirmed cases…

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The new coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with thousands of confirmed infections

China reports 97 coronavirus deaths on mainland on Tuesday

BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China reached 1,113 as of the end of Tuesday, up by 97 from the previous day, the National…

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WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19’

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the…

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New virus has infected more than 43,000 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 43,000 people globally.   The latest figures reported by global health authorities as of Tuesday in Beijing:   —…

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A personnel wearing protective suit waits near an entrance at the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing estate during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health evacuated some residents from the public housing estate after two cases of novel coronavirus infection to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China’s daily death toll from virus tops 100 for first time

BEIJING (AP) — China’s daily death toll from new virus has topped 100 for first time, with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded, the health ministry announced Tuesday, as the…

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A security guard checks the temperature of a a man at a mall in Shanghai on February 8, 2020. – The new coronavirus that emerged in a Chinese market at the end of last year has killed more than 700 people and spread around the world. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak soared to 803 in China on Sunday, according to official figures, overtaking the global toll for SARS. With 81 more people dying…

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China virus death toll rises to 722 with 34,546 cases

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in the viral outbreak in mainland China has risen to 722, while new cases jumped to 34,546, reversing declines over previous days. China’s ruling…

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Medical workers in protective suits move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People’s Hospital in Fuyang in central China’s Anhui Province, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Beijing criticized Washington’s tightening of travel controls to bar most foreign nationals who visited the country within the past two weeks. (Chinatopix via AP)

China virus death toll hits 636, more than 30,000 infections

The official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000.   The toll was raised by…

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Chinese whistleblowing doctor dies of coronavirus

BEIJING (Reuters) – A whistleblowing Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for “spreading rumours” about the coronavirus before it was officially recognized died on Friday after testing positive for the virus,…

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FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a shopper walks in a street market aimed for Chinese tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. The outbreak of new virus centered on the Chinese city of Wuhan is giving global business chills. Thailand’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 1% from 1.25% on Wednesday to help the economy weather a series of setbacks, most lately the virus outbreak in China that has devastated its tourism sector. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Asian economies cut rates, move to blunt impact of virus

BANGKOK (AP) — Central banks in the Philippines and Thailand have cut their benchmark interest rates as China’s neighbors seek ways to soften the impact of measures to contain a…

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Disinfection equipment is carried by a worker as precautionary measures against the spreading of novel coronavirus, at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. So far almost 900 passenger arriving directly from China have been examined at the airport. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

New virus has infected more than 28,200 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 28,200 people globally.   The latest figures as of Thursday in Beijing: — China: 563 deaths and 28,018 confirmed…

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Medical staff set up beds for patients displaying mild symptoms of the coronavirus at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China

China scrambles to find beds for virus patients as deaths hit 563

China scrambled to find bed space for thousands of newly infected patients on Thursday, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus soared to 563.   More than 28,000 people…

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Chinese in Italy have been subjected to abuse since the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus spreads fear and racism worldwide

As the deadly coronavirus has spread worldwide, it has carried with it xenophobia — and Asian communities around the world are finding themselves subject to suspicion and fear. When a…

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A woman cleans a boy’s face in Wuhan, in Hubei province (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China’s leadership admits ‘shortcomings’ in handling outbreak

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s top leadership on Monday admitted “shortcomings and difficulties” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as state media said a new hospital built at breakneck pace…

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Workers produce masks at the Thai Hospital Product Company Ltd. factory in Bangkok on January 30, 2020. – A Thai surgical mask factory, producing 10 million masks a month, increased working hours to cope with the rising demand following an outbreak of SARS-like virus in China, with their product exported mostly to US and Europe the rest sold on the domestic market. (Photo by Jonathan KLEIN / AFP)

China in need of surgical masks as Thailand set to control prices

As Thailand is about to impose control on prices and distribution of surgical masks and hand sanitizers, China said Monday it urgently needed medical equipment and surgical masks as the…

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In China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly epidemic, hospitals are overwhelmed.

China virus death toll surges past 300

The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic soared to 304 on Sunday, as an increasing number of countries imposed extraordinary Chinese travel bans to combat the spread of the disease….

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Thai holiday over, Chinese visitors fly home to Wuhan

BANGKOK (AP) — The holiday was over for almost 80 Chinese visitors to Thailand. They were lining up at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch a flight home — to Wuhan,…

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People wear surgical masks in the subway station at Times Square in New York, U.S., January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith

China’s total coronavirus deaths hit 259 by end of Jan. 31, up 46: state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The total number of deaths from a coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 259 by the end of Friday, Jan. 31, up by 46, state broadcaster CCTV…

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This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows officials in protective suits checking on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. /AFP

Dead man lies on an empty street at China’s virus ground zero

A grey-haired man wearing a face mask lies dead on the pavement at ground zero of China’s virus epidemic, a plastic shopping bag in one hand. On what would typically…

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FILE PHOTO: Taxi drivers in protective suits are seen in front of a residential area, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus and the city’s lockdown, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2020. Picture taken China Daily via REUTERS

China virus death toll tops 200 as WHO declares global emergency

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll in China from the new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization…

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A doctor demonstrates how to wear mask correctly at Nanchang West Railway Station in Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Jan. 29, 2020. Various measures are taken across China to combat the novel coronavirus. (Xinhua/Hu Chenhuan)

China virus death toll rises to 170, more than 1,700 new cases

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) – China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the country has risen by 38 to 170 as…

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Japan evacuation flight from Wuhan lands, 5 reported ill

TOKYO (Reuters) – The first chartered flight carrying 206 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday – four of them showing…

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Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Experts say virus outbreak will last months at least

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The deadly new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, that has broken out in China will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several…

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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, speaks with medical workers at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Li Tao/Xinhua via AP)

China reports 4,515 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia, 106 deaths

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Chinese health authorities announced Tuesday that 4,515 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 30 provincial-level regions by…

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In this photo provided to the Associated Press, a person on a scooter crosses an empty intersection in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (AP Photo)

Countries to start evacuation of citizens in Wuhan

BEIJING  — Several countries are expected to start evacuating their citizens trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has so far claimed 80…

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China reports 1,975 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia, 56 deaths

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — Chinese health authorities announced Sunday that 1,975 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 324 in critical conditions, had been reported…

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Medical staff attend to a patient in Wuhan, China. THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO /via REUTERS

Doctor at hospital in Hubei dies from coronavirus: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – A doctor at a hospital in China’s Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported in a…

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China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41

BEIJING (AP) — China reported Saturday a jump in the number of people infected with a new virus to 1,287 with 41 deaths, as it expanded its lockdown to an…

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China virus toll jumps to 25 dead with 830 confirmed cases: govt

The death toll in China’s viral outbreak has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases also leaping to 830, the government said on Friday. The National Health Commission…

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Travelers wear face masks as they line up at turnstiles at a train station in Nantong, eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The number of cases of a new virus has risen to over 400 in China and the death toll to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. (Chinatopix via AP)

China’s Wuhan takes unprecedented measures to curb novel coronavirus

WUHAN, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — Central China’s megacity of Wuhan, the center of a pneumonia outbreak, has rolled out a slew of unprecedented measures to curb the spread of the…

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Riot police detain protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Hong Kong has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have diminished considerably in scale following a landslide win by opposition candidates in races for district councilors late last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for…

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China reports new virus cases, raising concern globally before key holiday

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported four more cases of pneumonia believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, causing rising concern globally that a disease health officials do not…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi hold talks during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

China and Myanmar ‘stand together’ despite Rohingya backlash

China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to…

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Xi arrives in Nay Pyi Taw for state visit to Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday for a state visit to Myanmar. During his two-day stay, Xi is…

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The Mekong nations — China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam — are struggling to ensure sustainable development, jeopardising hundreds of millions of lives. (Photo: AFP)

The 97 kms between China and mastery of the Mekong

Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through…

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File Photo : Hong Kong protesters rally in support of the human rights of Xinjing Uighurs in Hong Kong, China, December 22, 2019 REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Hong Kong braces for protests over Christmas holidays

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is gearing up for demonstrations over Christmas week with protesters planning events in districts across the city, including in prime shopping malls, the latest…

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China’s Xi gives Hong Kong leader ‘unwavering support’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday that she had Beijing’s “unwavering support” after another huge pro-democracy rally earlier this month and her government’s…

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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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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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PLA soldiers sent onto streets of Hong Kong on Saturday for first time since protests began – to help clear roadblocks near Kowloon Tong garrison.

HK protesters unleash stash of petrol bombs; Chinese soldiers clear roads

HONG KONG (REUTERS) – Fires blazed on the doorstep of a Hong Kong university into the early hours of Sunday as protesters hurled petrol bombs and police fired volleys of…

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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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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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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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