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Hong Kong leader apologises as rally chokes city

Fpo - About two million protesters choked Hong Kong's streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said Sunday, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down...

Trump to raise Hong Kong protests with Xi at G20: Pompeo

Washington - US President Donald Trump will discuss the mass protests in Hong Kong with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

China stays mum as Hong Kong protests extradition bill

Bejing - Chinese state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets Sunday to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally.

Hong Kong leader apologises as record rally chokes city

Fpo - Some two million protesters choked Hong Kong's streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said Sunday, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down....

Leaderless and livid: The youngsters on Hong Kong front lines

Fpo - Young Hong Kongers who marshalled the fight against a police force that was armed with tear gas and rubber bullets have spoken of how they were pushed into embracing more confrontational tactics by the failure of years of peaceful protests.

Huge Hong Kong rally kicks off as public anger boils

Fpo - Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong on Sunday as public anger seethed following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader.

Hong Kong braces for huge rally after leader climbdown

Fpo - Hong Kong braces for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader in suspending the bill.

'Good gifts': Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream

Dushanbe - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a giant box of ice cream for his 66th birthday before a summit in Tajikistan on Saturday, the Kremlin said, in a sign of the pair's warm ties.

Hong Kong braces for huge rally after leader climbdown

Fpo - Hong Kong is bracing for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over a controversial extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader.

Carrie Lam: Hong Kong's divisive, pro-Beijing leader

Fpo - Carrie Lam vowed to heal divisions and listen to the city's youth when she became Hong Kong's leader, promises that lie in tatters after tear gas and pepper spray sent them running for cover when they dared raise their voice.

Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Saturday suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown following unprecedented unrest, but protesters vowed to press ahead with a mass Sunday rally.

High points of Hong Kong's huge protests

Fpo - The embattled Hong Kong government was forced to drop plans for a bill to allow extraditions to mainland China, a divisive proposal which sparked the biggest demonstrations since the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997.

Hong Kong govt suspends divisive extradition bill

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Saturday said a divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China would be "suspended" in a major climbdown from her government after a week of unprecedented protests.

Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ in South China Sea collision

Manila - Beijing confirmed Saturday that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea, but denied claims it was a "hit and run".

Hong Kong govt to 'pause' divisive extradition bill: reports

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled government looks set to press pause on a deeply unpopular extradition bill that has provoked unprecedented clashes between police and protesters, multiple local media outlets reported Saturday.

China's largest ever Picasso exhibition opens

Bejing - The largest Picasso exhibition ever held in China opens on Saturday, featuring more than 100 works -- many of them from the artist's early years.

Hong Kong unrest alarms Taiwan with wary eye on China

Taipei - Images of riot police battling protesters in Hong Kong this week have reverberated in nearby Taiwan where many recoil at what they fear could be their future if Beijing has its way.

China probes FedEx after Huawei parcels misrouted

Bejing - China on Friday launched an investigation into FedEx for "failing to deliver express packages" to the correct addresses in the country, state media said, after the US delivery service misrouted some Huawei parcels.

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition plan

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China, with protest organisers getting police go-ahead to hold a new rally at the weekend.

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader from her own allies

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China as key allies urged a rethink following unprecedented political unrest.

Happiness and Harmony: 'Big step forward' as twin pandas grow

Maerkang - Born to a wild father and captive mother, nearly one-year-old twin pandas roll on the grass in a conservation base in southwest China, marking an important achievement in the preservation of the country's beloved animal.

From homework to helmets, Hong Kong's protesters evolve and harden

Fpo - The optimism that once defined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies has been replaced by desperation and foreboding as young protesters flood the streets again, this time ready to fight in what feels like a last-ditch battle for the city.

Hong Kongers alarmed by Google translation gaffe

Fpo - Hong Kong social media lit up on Friday when protesters noticed Google's translation software was briefly churning out a rather odd suggestion during a week that has seen the worst political violence to hit the city in decades.

Senators warn Trump to not use Huawei as chip in trade talks

Washington - Two leading US senators warned President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to not use Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei's access to the US market as a negotiating tool in trade talks with Beijing.

China calls sinking of Philippines boat an 'ordinary maritime accident'

Bejing - The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler in disputed waters was described by Beijing Thursday as an ordinary maritime accident, after Manila accused the alleged Chinese crew of cowardice for fleeing the scene.

Surveillance-savvy Hong Kong protesters go digitally dark

Fpo - Hong Kong's tech-savvy protesters are going digitally dark as they try to avoid surveillance and potential future prosecutions, disabling location tracking on their phones, buying train tickets with cash and purging their social media conversations.

Beijing blames Canada for deteriorating ties

Bejing - Canada should take the "entire responsibility" for a spiralling diplomatic row, China said Thursday, after Ottawa said Beijing had spurned a request for dialogue.

Hong Kong protesters plan weekend rally after violent clashes

Fpo - Hong Kong protest leaders announced plans for another mass rally on Sunday, escalating their campaign against a China extradition bill a day after police cleared them from the streets using volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets.

Taiwan's Tsai to seek re-election after defeating party challenger

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is set to seek a second term after she successfully saw off a primary challenge on Thursday from within her own party to stand as their candidate.

Carrie Lam: Hong Kong's divisive, pro-Beijing leader

Fpo - Carrie Lam vowed to heal divisions and listen to the city's youth when she became Hong Kong’s leader, promises that lie in tatters after tear gas and pepper spray sent them running for cover when they dared raise their voice.
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