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'It's Sad That Hong Kong Is Dead'

House approves sanctions over harsh new law

(Newser) - China's new Hong Kong national security law is "a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday as the House unanimously passed new sanctions. The bill targets Chinese officials behind the draconian... More »

HK Enforces New Security Decree: 'Stop Breaking the Law'

At least 180 arrested after riot-inspired law put into place to stop secessionist, subversive activity

(Newser) - Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by China's central government, detaining at least two protesters Wednesday for carrying flags and signs calling for Hong Kong's independence. A man who had a Hong Kong independence flag was arrested at a protest... More »

China Passes Riot-Inspiring Hong Kong Law

China OKs national security law to let authorities crack down on subversive, secessionist activity

(Newser) - China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing's boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and mainland China's authoritarian Communist Party system. Tam Yiu-Chung,... More »

Hong Kong's Leader Accuses US of 'Double Standard'

Carrie Lam says 'biased' America should look at how it's handling its own protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader has defended China's new national security law blocking secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference in the city while accusing the US of a double standard. "For some countries that have had a high-profile response and claimed they will take action, I can only describe... More »

Hong Kong Bans Annual Tiananmen Square Vigil

Organizers say they planned to maintain social distancing at June 4 event

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong have banned the annual candelit vigil in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre—and organizers fear it will never be allowed again. In 1990, an estimated 180,000 people attended the vigil in Victoria Park to mark the first anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy... More »

With China Cracking Down, 3M People Have a Way Out

The UK offers a 'pathway to citizenship' to British nationals in Hong Kong

(Newser) - Some 3 million people in Hong Kong may have a way out if China cracks down with newly approved national-security legislation, Reuters reports. Britain says it's offering extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship to roughly 2.9 million people there after China approved new rules to control... More »

China Passes New Hong Kong Law 2,878 to 1

Bill will tighten Beijing's grip on territory

(Newser) - A controversial bill aimed at quashing unrest in Hong Kong has received the rubber stamp from China's ceremonial legislature—it passed the National People's Congress Thursday by a vote of 2,878 to 1, with 6 abstentions, the AP reports. The Standing Committee of the Communist Party will... More »

Mike Pompeo Makes Big Move on Hong Kong

He says territory is no longer autonomous

(Newser) - Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. The notice sets the stage for the US to withdraw the preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted... More »

Clashes Follow Hong Kong Plan

Riot police use tear gas, water cannon against protesters

(Newser) - Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China's move to impose national security legislation on the city. Pro-democracy supporters have sharply criticized a proposal, set to be approved by... More »

China Is Making a Big Move on Hong Kong

Beijing about to impose a new law to crack down on anti-China sentiment

(Newser) - China is about to clamp down on Hong Kong with a controversial new law, a move expected to trigger more pro-democracy protests and possible retaliation from the US. Critics fear it could end or drastically curtail the unique political freedoms the city enjoys. Coverage:
  • The law: When China's parliament
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For $5 a Scoop, This Hong Kong Ice Cream Will Burn Your Throat

Tear gas-flavored treat is meant as an homage to the pro-democracy movement there

(Newser) - Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop. The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year, per the AP . "It tastes... More »

At Least Someone's Getting Busy During Quarantine

Giant pandas in Hong Kong zoo mate naturally for first time after a decade of trying

(Newser) - The story is a little more involved than the headline implies, but the New York Times neatly wraps up what just went down in Hong Kong: "Some Giant Pandas Had Sex." Per CNN , the Ocean Park zoo in Hong Kong has been shut down for a coronavirus quarantine... More »

Experts: Dogs, Cats Can't Pass Coronavirus to Humans

Hong Kong case is 'likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission'

(Newser) - Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. That's the conclusion of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine tested weak... More »

Silicon Valley Hits Back at Coronavirus

Twitter, Google, other tech firms pushing remote work, other measures to stop COVID-19 spread

(Newser) - With coronavirus seeping into more corners of the world— Gizmodo puts its presence in nearly 70 countries, with more than 91,000 sickened and at least 3,100 dead—Twitter just made a major move to stop the spread. The BBC reports the social media giant has told its workers... More »

Dog Quarantined After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

It's unclear whether dog in Hong Kong is really infected

(Newser) - A dog in Hong Kong has been placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19—but authorities aren't sure whether it has really been infected. Authorities say the pet dog of a 60-year-old coronavirus patient tested "weak positive" for coronavirus, Reuters reports. They say it is possible that... More »

Armed Robbers Steal Toilet Paper in Hong Kong

Coronavirus outbreak has caused panic buying

(Newser) - Criminals in Hong Kong have plumbed new depths amid the coronavirus outbreak and the associated panic-buying. Police say three masked men armed with knives threatened a deliveryman before stealing around 600 rolls of toilet paper from outside a supermarket early Monday, the South China Morning Post reports. Shortages—and rumors... More »

10 Cruise Passengers Test Positive for Coronavirus

3.7K others ordered to stay Diamond Princess

(Newser) - The Diamond Princess cruise ship is now a floating quarantine center—and the only passengers who will be allowed back on land in the next 14 days will be sick ones. Japanese authorities said Wednesday that at least 10 people on the ship have tested positive, and only 300 of... More »

Coronavirus Diagnosis Traps 3.7K on Cruise Ship

Hong Kong resident spent 5 days on Diamond Princess, which has quarantined all aboard

(Newser) - Coronavirus has found its way to a cruise ship. Princess Cruises says a passenger from Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus at a local hospital, where he's in stable condition, after departing the Diamond Princess when it docked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, per USA Today . Hong... More »

Coronavirus Kills 2nd Person Outside Mainland China

Hong Kong man had been to Wuhan

(Newser) - The coronavirus outbreak has now killed a second person outside mainland China. Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death Tuesday. Authorities say the patient who died was a 39-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, the mainland city that has been the epicenter of the outbreak, before being hospitalized. The... More »

Feds Issue Level 4 Warning Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Number of coronavirus deaths tops 100

(Newser) - As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, the State Department is warning Americans to avoid going to China. The State Department issued a Level 3 warning Monday, urging US citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to the country. A Level 4 warning—a highest-level alert—warns against travel to Hubei province, which... More »

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