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Beijing says will 'firmly support' Hong Kong leader Lam

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says the protests are 'not in line with the mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong'

MORE PROTESTS. Protesters gather again to rally outside the Legislative Council government offices against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong, the poster child of the huge pro-democracy 'Umbrella Movement' protests of 2014, becomes the latest voice to call for Carrie Lam's resignation

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong (C) leaves Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute in Hong Kong on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Protesters control key roads after historic Hong Kong rally

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 AM

By Monday morning the crowds drop to just a few hundred largely young protesters occupying a major highway outside the city's parliament and some nearby streets

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Police arrive to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong leader apologizes as record rally chokes city

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Carrie Lam's office admits that shortcomings in how her administration handled the extradition law 'led to a lot of conflict and disputes'

Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. - Hundreds of thousands of protesters choked Hong Kong's streets for a second straight on June 16 in a defiant rebuke of a reviled extradition law, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader despite a weekend climbdown. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

China stays quiet as Hong Kong protests against extradition bill

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:13 PM

(UPDATED) On June 17, China's official Xinhua news agency issues a 4-paragraph report noting suspension of the extradition measure, 'having regard to the strong and different views in society'

Police stand guard as protesters display placards during a demonstration against a controversial extradition law proposal near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Leaderless and livid: The youngsters on Hong Kong front lines

Jun 16, 2019 - 1:28 PM

'Even if I chose comfort and became a banker, when this law is passed, I'd still be under threat. If you think about it realistically, you're just waiting to be attacked,' a young Hong Kong protester says

YOUNG PROTESTERS. 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. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China 'supports' suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:09 PM

(UPDATED) China calls the suspension of the extradition bill an attempt to 'listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible'

HONG KONG. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Jimmy Sham, from the main protest group the Civil Human Rights Front, says they would push ahead with the planned massive rally on Sunday, June 16

EXTRADITION BILL. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference on the controversial extradition bill at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 15, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

High points of Hong Kong's huge protests

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The protests over the controversial extradition bill is Hong Kong's worst political violence since 1997

Protesters block roads with barricades during clashes with police after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. - Hong Kong witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years on June 9 as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China, a proposal that has sparked a major backlash against the city's pro-Beijing leadership. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Hong Kong gov't to 'pause' divisive extradition bill – reports

Jun 15, 2019 - 12:06 PM

'Shouldn't we cool the citizens down? I think to postpone it for a little bit is not a bad thing. At this moment, the government should self-examine,' says Ann Chiang, a hardcore pro-Beijing lawmaker

PARALYZED. Protesters block roads during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong unrest alarms Taiwan with wary eye on China

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:27 AM

'Developments in Hong Kong from the Umbrella Movement to the recent protests, have cemented the view of people in Taiwan that the People's Republic of China can't be trusted to preserve their autonomy,' says Taiwan expert Bonnie Glaser

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong's extradition law jolts business community

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:17 PM

In a trend that could be damning for the international finance hub, some businesses say they would consider moving if the controversial bill – which has provoked a huge backlash in the city – is passed

HONG KONG BUSINESSES. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a general view shows of the Hong Kong skyline. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Calm before another storm as Hong Kong protesters brace for weekend rally

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Beleaguered city leader Carrie Lam's top Cabinet adviser says it is now impossible for the Legislative Council to continue debating the contentious extradition bill

PROTEST. Police stand guard as protesters display placards during a demonstration against a controversial extradition law proposal near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 14, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader from her own allies

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Opposition to the extradition bill unites an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong against the proposal, sparking huge rallies

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam smiles as she arrives before speaking at the Caixin Summit in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kongers alarmed by Google translation gaffe

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) Google users find that when people enter the phrase 'I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China' the suggested translation in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese converts the word 'sad' to 'happy'

Surveillance-savvy Hong Kong protesters go digitally dark

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Many of those on the streets are predominantly young and have grown up in a digital world, but they are all too aware of the dangers of surveillance and leaving online footprints

Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on June 12 as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Hong Kong protesters plan weekend rally after violent clashes

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Demonstrators have vowed no let up in their campaign, calling for a rally on Sunday, June 16, and a citywide strike on Monday, June 17

MORE PROTESTS PLANNED. Protesters gather in the rain outside Government House in Hong Kong on June 13, 2019, to condemn the city's leader Carrie Lam for suppressing demonstrations. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hong Kong police face mounting brutality claims after clashes

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Critics say officers used localized violence by small groups of hardcore activists to launch an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful protesters who had taken over parts of the city on June 12

HONG KONG POLICE. Police officers dissolve the barricades placed by demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 13, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Pressure grows on Hong Kong over extradition bill

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The European Union says the proposed law had 'potentially far-reaching consequences for Hong Kong and its people, for EU and foreign citizens, as well as for business confidence in Hong Kong'

Demonstrators occupy a street the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on June 12 as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. HECTOR RETAMAL / AF

Hong Kong stocks tumble as city hit by protests

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Banks listed on Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index take a hit, with some announcing the closure of branches near protest areas

(L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

China extradition clashes plunge Hong Kong into historic violence

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The scenes echo the pro-democracy 'Umbrella Movement' of 2014 where protesters calling for greater democratic rights shut down swathes of the city for two months and battled police, but won no concessions from Beijing

PARLYZED. Protesters block roads during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Protesters gather in Hong Kong ahead of extradition bill debate

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Thousands of mostly young people and students gather in a park near the government offices ahead of a planned debate on the bill, with large numbers of police in riot gear surrounding the official building

Posters that read “No China Extradition” are displayed as people gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong late on June 11, 2019, two days after the city witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Why is Hong Kong's China extradition plan so controversial?

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:49 PM

A briefer on the proposed Hong Kong extradition law

NO. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China backs Hong Kong extradition law, opposes 'foreign interference'

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Beijing is unmoved by the protest, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying it 'will continue to firmly support' the Hong Kong administration

BLOCKED ROADS. Protesters block roads with barricades during clashes with police after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Chinese media blames Hong Kong demonstrations on collusion with West

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Chinese-language edition of the nationalistic Global Times dismisses Sunday's mass demonstration, one of the biggest shows of public anger since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997

HONG KONG DEMONSTRATIONS. Protesters march during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill despite rally

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The decision sets Carrie Lam's administration on a collision course with opponents who have vowed to ramp up their protests if their demands are not met

CARRIE LAM. Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019, a day after the city witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang nabuburang alaala ng Tiananmen

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Tiananmen is a ghost of our past that will continually haunt us and the world

Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition law

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:31 PM

(UPDATED) Many protesters say they no longer trust the Hong Kong government to stick to its commitments that Beijing critics would not one day end up getting sent to the mainland

PROTEST. Huge protest crowds thronged Hong Kong on June 9, 2019 as anger swells over plans to allow extraditions to China, a proposal that has sparked the biggest public backlash against the city's pro-Beijing leadership in years. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Scientist looks to resurrect Hong Kong's 'Pearl of the Orient' past

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'We have a history of pearl fishing of over one thousand years... but because of overfishing in Hong Kong, we only have very few of them left,' says former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat

In this picture taken on March 14, 2019, a worker harvests pearls, each containing a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, on a fishing raft culturing Akoya pearl oysters, in the rural Sai Kung region of Hong Kong. On a raft floating off Hong Kong's rural eastern coastline former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat patiently scrapes barnacles off some 2,000 oysters -– a tiresome but crucial part of his mission to bring back pearl farming. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong court issues landmark ruling on benefits for gay couples

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The judgment is the latest instance where the judiciary has found against the government and in favor of gay rights groups seeking greater equality

SAME-SEX RIGHTS. Same-sex couples attend an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019, one day after Taiwan made history with Asia's first legal gay weddings. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong container carrying illegal waste shipped back

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) Green group EcoWaste Coalition says the quick reexport of the illegal waste sends a 'clear and unambiguous warning to waste traffickers to stop sending other countries' wastes into our port'

GOOD RIDDANCE. Environment groups and port officials bid adieu to the container carrying electronic waste from Hong Kong on Monday, June 3. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Exiled Tiananmen dissident barred from Hong Kong

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Hong Kong remains the only territory on Chinese soil where crowds are allowed to gather in public to commemorate the bloody Tiananmen crackdown

MORE KILLED? An activist sits in front of a poster of the 'Tank Man' a popular figure related to the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. File photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Hong Kong is the only place inside China where public commemorations, like the Tiananmen vigil, can be safely held. Yet youngsters are becoming a rarer sight.

This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows 21-year-old student William Chan posing in front of a replica of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue from the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's youth are shunning their city's annual Tiananmen vigil, focused on fighting their own pro-democracy battles instead of commemorating a historical atrocity against compatriots from whom they feel steadily more alienated. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong court declares male gay sex laws unconstitutional

May 30, 2019 - 6:54 PM

It is the latest legal victory for Hong Kong's gay community who have struggled to persuade the pro-Beijing authorities in the international financial hub to allow gay marriage or civil unions

GAY RIGHTS. A same-sex couple hold hands during an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong government defends gay marriage ban in court

May 29, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Despite growing public support for gay marriage in Hong Kong, campaigners make little headway against staunch opposition from the city's successive pro-Beijing governments and religious conservatives

FIGHTING FOR LOVE. Same-sex couples attend an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019, one day after Taiwan made history with Asia's first legal gay weddings. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

New trash shipment from Australia, Hong Kong found in Mindanao port

May 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The Bureau of Customs is working on having the containers shipped back to their points of origin

CAUGHT RED-HANDED. The government found 9 40-foot containers in Cagayan de Oro carrying municipal waste from Australia, meant to be used by Holcim as fuel to make cement. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany

May 23, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Ray Wong and Alan Li – who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the Hong Kong's worst violence for decades – are the first dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city to receive such protection

This handout courtesy of Ray Wong taken in June 2018 and released on May 22, 2019 shows activists Ray Wong (L) and Alan Li posing for a photo in Berlin. The two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection. Ray Wong and Alan Li -- who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the city's worst violence for decades -- were due to stand trial on riot charges but fled Hong Kong in November 2017. Handout / COURTESY OF RAY WONG / AFP AFP

All she wanted was to bring her fatherless grandkids to Disneyland

May 22, 2019 - 10:10 AM

'I missed the sight of them...jumping with excitement, yan ang pinakanasaktan ako na na-miss ko,' says former ombudsman Conchita Morales after she was denied entry to Hong Kong

SPOILED TRIP. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales returns to Manila after Hong Kong Immigration authorities bar her from entry. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Ex-Ombudsman Morales slams China for 'bullying' after Hong Kong deportation

May 21, 2019 - 11:48 PM

(UPDATED) Former Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales claims she is being surveilled and says 'my cellphones are hacked'

BARRED ENTRY. Former Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales returns to Manila late evening of May 21, 2019, after Hong Kong immigration barred her entry to the country. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

'Security threat': Ex-ombudsman Morales refused entry to Hong Kong

May 21, 2019 - 3:08 PM

(5th UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'we may not question' Hong Kong's move 'as the entry of foreigners or the refusal thereof is the exclusive and sovereign prerogative of any country'

DENIED ENTRY. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is denied entry to Hong Kong on May 21, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

Filipino pastor takes new gay marriage fight to Hong Kong court

May 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

An unprecedented legal challenge filed by the Filipino Reverend Marrz Balaoro turns the more commonly heard religious argument opposing gay marriage in Hong Kong on its head

PASTOR BALAORO. In this picture taken on May 5, 2019 Filipino Christian pastor Marrz Balaoro poses for a photo after an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition plan

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The demonstration comes after 4 prominent leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement were jailed for their role in organizing mass pro-democracy protests in 2014

PROTESTS. Activists march along a road during a protest in Hong Kong on April 28, 2019, against a controversial move by the government to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to Hong Kong's beleaguered democracy movement

L-R) Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, sociology professor Chan Kin-man, law professor Benny Tai, Raphael Wong, Lee Wing Tat, Shiu Ka Chuen and other pro-democracy campaigners enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019, to find out if they face jail for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. They are among nine activists facing rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 protests calling for free elections for the city's leader. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Filipina OFW fired for cancer in Hong Kong awarded damages

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Baby Jane Allas and her former employer reach a settlement of HK30,000 ($3,800) at Hong Kong's labor tribunal for sickness allowance, medical fees and wages in lieu of notice

SETTLEMENT. Baby Jane Allas, a Filipina domestic worker who was sacked after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, reacts after a hearing at the Labor Tribunal in Hong Kong on April 15, 2019, which ordered her former employer to pay a settlement of 30,000 HKD (3,827 USD) in damages. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial

Apr 09, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Nine activists are all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests

THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming (R), law professor Benny Tai (L) and sociology professor Chan Kin-man (C) react as they enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong dethrones Alab Pilipinas in crushing quarters sweep

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Alab Pilipinas fails to defend its ABL crown as it fizzles out of the tournament with 6 straight losses

END OF THE ROAD. Michael Holyfield and Hong Kong Eastern deal PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas an earful – and later, a heartbreaker – in Game 2 of their quarterfinal duel. Photo from ABL

Alab on brink of elimination as HK pulls off quarters upset

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The skid continues for Alab Pilipinas as No. 7 Hong Kong stuns the defending champion in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Taiwan leader says Hong Kong crackdown on democracy an omen

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:17 AM

On her stopover in the US, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says what is happening in Hong Kong 'reflects that democracy is inherently incompatible' with the Chinese Communist Party

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Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely' – Amnesty

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'The concept of 'national security' as used by Hong Kong government...is arbitrarily applied to suppress dissent and political opposition,' the Amnesty International report says

HUMAN RIGHTS. Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but fears are growing that those liberties are being eroded as Beijing flexes its muscles. Image via Shutterstock