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Hong Kong independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

Fpo - Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to "annex" and "destroy" the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city's press club which Beijing wanted cancelled.

The odd-job volunteers 'fixing' Hong Kong politics

Fpo - As attendance at Hong Kong's traditional protest rallies wanes, one pro-democracy group is trying to win hearts and minds in a more pragmatic way -- through plumbing, electrics and household repairs.

HSBC to pay $765m US fine over crisis-era conduct

London - Britain's Asia-focused bank HSBC on Monday revealed a $765-million US fine over the lender's actions in the run-up to the subprime crisis, as it also logged rising first-half profits.

HSBC pre-tax profit up 4.58% at $10.7 bn in first half

Fpo - Banking giant HSBC said on Monday that pre-tax profit rose 4.58 percent to $10.7 billion in the first six months of the year and voiced "cautious optimism" despite the China-US trade row.

Hong Kong press club pressured by Beijing to cancel talk

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader joined mainland China Sunday in urging the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club to cancel a planned speech by a Hong Kong independence advocate whose party is threatened with a ban.

Hong Kong buskers take a bow in final show before shutdown

Fpo - The rumbustious street performers who have long claimed one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts as their informal stage took their final bow Sunday night after local authorities caved to noise complaints over their legendary cacophony.

New Murakami novel ruled 'indecent' by Hong Kong censors

Fpo - Bestselling Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's latest novel has been deemed "indecent" by Hong Kong censors, triggering backlash in the city where concern is growing that freedom of expression is increasingly under threat.

US, Hong Kong airlines bend to Chinese pressure on Taiwan

Bejing - Beijing hailed "positive steps" as major US airlines and Hong Kong's flag carrier moved to comply Wednesday with its demand to list Taiwan as part of China, sparking anger on the island.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death

Fpo - Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan marked one year since the death in custody of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday, in stark contrast to an enforced silence in mainland China.

Hong Kong activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death

Fpo - Hong Kong activists tied black ribbons to security fences outside the Chinese government's office in the city Friday to mark one year since the death in custody of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Malaysian financier 'flees to mainland China'

Fpo - A financier at the centre of a massive financial scandal that helped topple Malaysia's corruption-plagued former regime is likely to have fled to China, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.

Hong Kong activists celebrate after Liu Xia 'leaves China'

Fpo - Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners Tuesday welcomed news that the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo had left China for Germany after years under effective house arrest.

Good for business: British lesbian on her Hong Kong court win

Fpo - When a British lesbian took on the Hong Kong government for the right to live and work in the city with her partner it was an intensely personal struggle -- but to her surprise it also struck a chord with finance giants in the economic powerhouse.

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Fpo - A British lesbian won the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner in a landmark decision Wednesday by the top court in the city, where same-sex unions are not recognised.

Bodyguard charged with murder after rare Hong Kong shooting

Fpo - A woman was charged with murder Thursday over the fatal shooting of two elderly relatives in a brazen daylight attack in Hong Kong, a city with a reputation for safety.

Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks plunge on trade war fears

Shanghai - Shanghai and Hong Kong stocks plunge on Tuesday on investors' fears that the US and China could be heading for a full-blown trade war following tit-for-tat tariff threats.

China's ZTE dives 39% at resumption of trading in Hong Kong

Fpo - Shares in Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE collapsed 39 percent Wednesday as trading in the company resumed after it reached a settlement with the United States over its handling of a sanctions violation.

Hong Kong jails top independence leader for six years

Fpo - Hong Kong's leading independence activist was jailed for six years Monday for his involvement in some of the city's worst protest violence for decades.

Hong Kong golf course row exposes city's social divide

Fpo - Its sprawling greens and woodland have made Hong Kong's historic Fanling golf course a favourite with homegrown and international stars, but it is now under threat after being listed for potential housing development.

Hong Kong jails top independence leader for six years

Fpo - Hong Kong's leading independence activist was jailed for six years Monday for his involvement in some of the city's worst protest violence for decades.

Rewriting history? Hong Kong education turns political battleground

Fpo - The culling of key phrases from a history textbook and a push to instil Chinese national identity in students has raised fresh concerns that education in Hong Kong is under pressure from Beijing, as it seeks to stamp out any hint of pro-independence se...

Kim Jong Un lookalike set to make impression at summit

Fpo - As the world awaits the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, one man who has risen to prominence for his impressions of the North Korean leader is preparing for his own appearance in Singapore.

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Fpo - Crowds assembled in Hong Kong on Monday in memory of the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown but young activists are increasingly questioning the annual vigil's relevance.

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Fpo - Crowds assembled in Hong Kong on Monday in memory of the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown but young activists are increasingly questioning the annual vigil's relevance.

Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos

Fpo - Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison Monday for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city's parliament.

Fury after Hong Kong journalist attacked in Beijing

Fpo - A Hong Kong journalist was arrested and left injured while trying to interview a human rights lawyer in Beijing Wednesday, the second violent incident against the city's reporters in China within a week.

Hong Kong student leader draws fury in China over anthem

Fpo - A Hong Kong student leader has been declared an "enemy of the people" by Chinese state media for speaking out over a new law against disrespecting the national anthem, in what critics say is another attack on freedom of speech in the city.

'Superman': Hong Kong's richest tycoon Li Ka-shing

Fpo - Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, 89, who officially retired Thursday, started his career selling plastic flowers and spent seven decades building a vast business empire spanning from container ports to telecommunications.
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