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Bill That Sparked Hong Kong Protests Is 'Dead'

Lam says there is no plan to revive extradition bill

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday the effort to amend an extradition bill that sparked massive protests was dead, but it wasn't clear if the legislation was being withdrawn as protesters have demanded. Lam noted there were "lingering doubts about the government's sincerity or worries whether... More »

China Breaks Silence on Unrest in Hong Kong

Beijing condemns 'serious illegal acts' by protesters

(Newser) - China's government strongly backed Hong Kong's embattled administration Tuesday, saying pro-democracy protesters who occupied and vandalized the city's legislature committed "serious illegal acts" that endangered the social order. Chinese state media broadcast video of police in Hong Kong clearing protesters from the streets earlier in the... More »

Hong Kong Protesters Trash Legislature

Hundreds overrun, vandalized chamber

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong's legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside, the AP reports. The three-hour occupation, which ended early Tuesday, came on... More »

Protesters Try to Storm Hong Kong Government HQ

Thousands march to demand democracy

(Newser) - A small group of protesters smashed out the bottom of a floor-to-ceiling window at Hong Kong's legislature Monday as a crowd of thousands marched through the city demanding democracy on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return to China. The protesters repeatedly rammed a cargo cart... More »

Hong Kong Releases Pro-Democracy Leader

Joshua Wong vows to join protests

(Newser) - Joshua Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests, the AP reports. Wong's release from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility came as student demonstrators and police were gathered... More »

Estimated 2M Hit the Streets of Hong Kong

This protest seems far from over

(Newser) - Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony, the AP reports. Nearly 2 million of the city'... More »

Hong Kong Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Protesters

Massive protest delayed debate on extradition bill

(Newser) - Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the territory. The afternoon violence marked a... More »

China Blames 'Foreign Forces' for Massive HK Protest

Leader says she won't scrap extradition bill

(Newser) - Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam was unswayed by one of the biggest protests in the territory's history. Lam announced Monday that a controversial bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China for the first time will not be scrapped despite widespread opposition, the BBC reports. A crowd estimated... More »

Sea of Protesters Stuns Hong Kong

They're protesting a law against extradition to China

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China where they could face politically charged trials, the AP reports. The massive demonstration took place three days before the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's... More »

Hong Kongers Hold Huge Vigil on Tiananmen Anniversary

Organizers say 180K attended

(Newser) - Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties are under threat . Hong Kong is the only... More »

Man Allegedly Attacked for Blabbing About Avengers

Incident reportedly happened in Hong Kong

(Newser) - The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club—a rule that should now perhaps apply to Avengers: Endgame. Fans have been going wild for what's said to be "the most fulfilling" Marvel movie yet , but in Hong Kong, some may have gone... More »

Hong Kong Sentences Protest Leaders to Prison

They say they haven't lost faith in movement

(Newser) - A court in Hong Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months Wednesday to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests after they were convicted earlier this month of public nuisance offenses. The sentences are seen as an effort by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to... More »

A 'Crushing Blow for Freedom' in Hong Kong

9 pro-democracy leaders found guilty

(Newser) - A Hong Kong court found nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty Tuesday on public nuisance and other charges, in a verdict that activists say likely presages more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those convicted included law professor Benny Tai, retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man, and... More »

10 Priciest Cities to Call Home

It's a 3-way tie for No. 1—a first in survey's history

(Newser) - Not one, not two, but three cities have for the first time tied for the most expensive to call home in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong share the distinction. Asian and European cities dominate the list of 10 cities—compiled by evaluating the cost... More »

2 Hong Kong Subway Trains Collide

Drivers were testing new signaling system

(Newser) - Hong Kong tested a new subway signal system before commuter trains began early Monday. It did not go well. Two subway trains collided between the city's Central and Admiralty stations and both drivers were hospitalized, the BBC reports. There were no passengers on either train. The Mass Transit Railway... More »

Officials Nab 9 Tons of Pangolin Scales

Hong Kong officials have already arrested 2 people

(Newser) - A shipping container seized in Hong Kong this month was full of animal parts, but they definitely didn't come from a cow as declared. Authorities there have arrested a man and a woman from a trading company after discovering more than 1,000 elephant tusks and 9 tons of... More »

Wartime Grenade Turns Up in an Unexpected Place

The device was found among potatoes in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A WWI grenade ended up Saturday in about the last place you'd expect: a potato-chip factory in Hong Kong. Police say the unexploded German device was discovered in a pile of potatoes from France and was promptly defused, the South China Morning Post reports. Seems the grenade had been... More »

Rat Disease Jumps to Human for Second Known Time

Hong Kong woman had rat hepatitis

(Newser) - Health officials are closely watching developments in Hong Kong, where the second known case of rat hepatitis jumping to humans has been recorded. Researchers first identified a case of rat hepatitis E in a 56-year-old man last month. The second case involves a woman who lived about a mile away... More »

China Officially Opens Mega-Bridge

34-mile bridge links mainland, Hong Kong, Macau

(Newser) - China on Tuesday opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge , a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the mainland city of Zhuhai to open the 34-mile-long bridge linking it to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.... More »

Big Day Is Here: World's Longest Sea Bridge Set to Open

But only certain drivers will be allowed on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

(Newser) - Worries about its structural integrity haunted the world's longest sea bridge earlier this year, but the HZMB now appears to be set to open. CNN reports the $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will officially have its ribbon cut Tuesday, nine years after construction on the bridge started, at... More »

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