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Report: US Officials to Turn Their Backs on Winter Olympics

Sources say diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games has been formally recommended to Biden

(Newser) - The Biden administration is likely planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February in response to human rights abuses in China, according to a report. Several sources tell Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin that a formal recommendation has been made to President Biden that the US refrain from...

University of Hong Kong Wants 'Pillar of Shame' to Go

Creator requests immunity from national security law to remove pro-democracy symbol

(Newser) - The Danish sculptor behind one of the last pro-democracy symbols in Hong Kong is asking authorities for legal protection so he can remove it at the request of the University of Hong Kong. The Pillar of Shame, a 26-foot-tall copper sculpture depicting torn and twisted bodies—created in honor of...

Undercover Squid Game Cop Busts Taxi Drivers

Another officer dressed as a vampire in Halloween crackdown on overcharging

(Newser) - Squid Game costumes were big around the world this Halloween—including in Hong Kong, where a police officer dressed as a guard from the hit South Korean show to arrest taxi drivers for overcharging passengers. Sources tell the South China Morning Post that another officer dressed as a vampire for...

'With a Heavy Heart,' Amnesty International Is Leaving Hong Kong

Group says draconian security law has made it impossible to operate freely

(Newser) - The human rights group Amnesty International says it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The group said its local office in Hong Kong will close this month and its...

On China's National Day, HK Cops Break Up 4-Person Protest

Demonstrators chanted pro-democracy slogans

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong halted a four-person pro-democracy protest on China’s National Day Friday amid an expanding crackdown on free speech and opposition politics. Chanting and carrying a placard calling for the release of Hong Kongers arrested in the crackdown and chanting pro-democracy slogans, the four members of the...

Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Charged With Subversion

Hong Kong police seize items from June 4 museum

(Newser) - Three leaders of the group that organized an annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil were being held in custody Friday after they were charged with subversion under Hong Kong's national security law, as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent in the city. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic...

Kidman Skips Quarantine to Film, HKers Aren't Happy

She was granted exemption to film 'Expats'

(Newser) - Hong Kong has some of the world' strictest COVID quarantine regulations—and residents aren't happy that Nicole Kidman has been allowed to bypass them. The Australian actress, who stars in new Amazon series Expats, arrived on a private jet from Sydney for filming last week and has been seen...

Sentence Handed Down in First HK Security Law Case

Waiter who carried banned flag gets 9 years

(Newser) - A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as Beijing tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit was convicted Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police...

Apple Daily, Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Paper, Dies

Its employees arrested and assets frozen, the 26-year-old news outlet ends its run

(Newser) - Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy paper, is shutting down. Its founder, Jimmy Lai, is in jail, and several other top-level editors were arrested last week. But the killing blow was when the government froze its assets—about $2.3 million, the AP reports. The arrests and freezing of...

Editor, CEO of Hong Kong Paper Denied Bail

The journalists were targeted by a new national security law

(Newser) - A Hong Kong court ordered the top editor of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and the head of its parent company held without bail Saturday in the first hearing since their arrest two days ago under the city's national security law. Ryan Law, the chief editor, and Cheung Kim-hung, the...

Newspaper Boosts Print Run After Editors Arrested

Hong Kong police raided Apple Daily offices Thursday

(Newser) - Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Friday increased its print run to 500,000 copies as residents showed support for the beleaguered freedom of the press a day after police arrested five top editors and executives and froze $2.3 million worth of assets on national security charges. The...

Hong Kong Arrests Editors of Pro-Democracy Newspaper

500 officers raided Apple Daily offices

(Newser) - Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law against a pro-democracy newspaper for the first time Thursday, arresting five editors and executives on charges of collusion with foreign powers. Police said they had strong evidence that more than 30 articles published by Apple Daily played a "crucial part"...

Hong Kong 'Highly Concerned' After Reports of China Radiation Leak

Carrie Lam says currently radiation levels are normal in the city

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that her government is “highly concerned” about the situation at a nearby nuclear power plant in mainland China, following media reports that the plant could be experiencing a leak. Still, data from the Hong Kong Observatory and other departments showed that as of...

A Coveted Parking Space Just Sold for $1.3M

Looks like a world record for the 134.5-square-foot slot in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A high-end development in Hong Kong's ritzy Peak neighborhood may have lost its title as "Asia's priciest address" earlier this year, but it just got a taste of its former glory by way of a newly sold parking space. Developers Wharf (Holdings) and Nan Fung Group sold...

Hong Kong Arrests Organizer of Tiananmen Vigil

Residents told they could face 5 years in prison for attending banned event

(Newser) - Police arrested an organizer of Hong Kong's annual candlelight vigil remembering the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown and warned people not to attend the banned event Friday as authorities mute China's last pro-democracy voices. In past years, tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park...

'Grandma Wong' Arrested At Solo Hong Kong Protest

Long-time activist showed up to canceled Tiananmen march

(Newser) - A 65-year-old pro-democracy activist, the only one to show up to a canceled demonstration in Hong Kong, has been arrested. Alexandra Wong, widely known as Grandma Wong, would have been at a march Sunday ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown if authorities hadn’t used...

On Mount Everest, a World Record Twofer

75-year-old becomes oldest American to climb peak; HK climber nabs fastest ascent by woman

(Newser) - Two new climbers made the Mount Everest record books over the past week, including a man who now holds the title of oldest American ever to ascend the 29,032-foot peak. Per Reuters and the Himalayan Times , 75-year-old Arthur Muir is that man, completing his ascent on Sunday and taking...

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Hong Kong Rolls Back Voting Rights

New committee will ensure all candidates are 'patriotic'

(Newser) - Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday passed a bill amending electoral laws that drastically reduces the public’s ability to vote and increases the number of pro-Beijing lawmakers making decisions for the city. The new law empowers the city’s national security department to check the backgrounds of potential candidates...

'Luckiest Man in the World' Retires After 72-Year Career

Hong Kong DJ Ray Cordeiro, 96, bids farewell to listeners on his final radio program

(Newser) - After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners Saturday with "Time to Say Goodbye," sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in, goodbye, thank you for coming,"...

Joshua Wong Sentenced for Taking Part in Tiananmen Vigil

HK pro-democracy leader gets 10 months for marking 1989 massacre

(Newser) - Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to more jail time Thursday for participating in an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as Hong Kong authorities exert more control over dissent in the city. For years, Hong Kong was the only place in China where people were...

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