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Hong Kong declares Wuhan virus outbreak an 'emergency'

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:47 PM

All flights and trains from Wuhan to Hong Kong would be cancelled until further notice

CORONAVIRUS. People wear masks on a train on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong on January 25, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Hong Kong on January 25 declared a mystery virus outbreak as an "emergency" – the city's highest warning tier – as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading. Photo by Dale De La Rey / AFP

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The international financial hub is on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China

VIRUS. A woman holds a child wearing a face mask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Dip in Hong Kong protests raises questions on movement's future

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'For those of us who have been fighting at the front lines, we feel we have not achieved anything,' says one frequent protestor

PROTEST. People are detained by police during a clearance operation after a demonstration against parallel trading in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on January 5, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

CebuPac calls on HK flight passengers to get checked for flu-like symptoms

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:59 AM

This is one of the airline's precautionary measures after reports surfaced that 4 family members of Hong Kong's first suspected case of the novel coronavirus arrived in Manila

Hong Kong reports first 'preliminary positive' case of new virus

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Health secretary Sophia Chan says the 39-year-old man was 'preliminarily positive,' but a final test result would only be known on January 23

MASKED UP. Young students wear face masks in the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Musings of an OFW in Hong Kong

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Jimcy Labio is one of the estimated 130,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong. She shares what makes this region close to her heart.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The rating downgrade is a major blow to Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, who has struggled to end more than 7 months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests

DOWNGRADE. Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating. AFP file photo

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:49 PM

'Such appalling acts are not to be condoned,' the police force says

HK POLICE. Riot police stand before a protest backdrop after police dispersed a crowd gathered for the 'universal siege on communists' rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on January 19, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The president of Hong Kong's Professional Teachers' Union says the government is trying to silence teachers

Teachers and pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a rally to support teachers at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong on January 3, 2020. Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of unrest -- its biggest political crisis in decades -- which has seen millions come out on the streets demanding greater democratic freedoms. Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colors

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:39 PM

Pro-democracy protesters reward shops and restaurants that support their cause, tagging them 'yellow'. Pro-government and pro-China businesses are tagged 'blue' and frequent targets for vandalism or boycotts.

In this picture taken on January 8, 2020 shows stickers of Pepe the frog and other protest related animals at the entrance of a cafe in North Point area in Hong Kong. Seven months of unrest have taken a heavy toll on many Hong Kong businesses, but pro-democracy protesters are now seeking to reward shops and restaurants that support their cause by building a "yellow" economy. Philip FONG / AFP

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

China defends barring Human Rights Watch head from Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 5:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Allowing or not allowing someone's entry is China's sovereign right,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says

KENNETH ROTH. In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, Human Rights Watch organization executive director, US Kenneth Roth, speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong’s hangover for 2020

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The very fact that the protests are still ongoing suggests an acceptance by the populace. Yet, Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government hold most of the cards in finding real practical solutions, much to Hongkongers' frustration

Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD – study

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'One in 5 adults now report probable depression or suspected PTSD, which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scale disasters, or terrorist attacks,' the study says

SMOKE. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP)

'Return to right path,' Beijing's new envoy tells Hong Kong

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong – the most significant personnel change by China since violent pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly 7 months ago

LUO HUINING. Luo Huining, the new head of the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, speaks briefly with the media in Hong Kong on January 6, 2020. Photo by AFP

Wedding bells on hold for Hong Kong protester, policeman couple

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:04 PM

May, who has regularly attended rallies as a peaceful protester, has seen violence firsthand. But she doesn't believe that her future husband – a frontline riot officer – would hurt anyone.

ON HOLD. A couple pose for wedding photos in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2018. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

LOOK: Catriona Gray is getting her own Madame Tussauds wax figure

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:47 AM

The wax figure will debut in Manila before flying off to Madame Tussauds Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong

Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The marchers are protesting against parallel trading which sees thousands of mainlanders cross the border every day to bulk-buy goods such as infant formula to sell at a profit in China

China replaces top envoy to crisis-hit Hong Kong

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin as the head of Hong Kong's Liaison Office

DEMOCRACY. Office workers and protesters gather during a pro-democracy demonstration in the Central district in Hong Kong on December 20, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

LVMH to shut store amid Hong Kong protests – report

Jan 04, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Louis Vuitton plans to shut its shop in the financial hub's Times Square mall

LOUIS VUITTON. Staff members are seen in a Louis Vuitton store in the Times Square shopping mall in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on January 4, 2020. The luxury brand is closing the store which is located in an area often targeted by protesters, local media reported. Photo by Philip FONG/ AFP

Massive Hong Kong pro-democracy rally ends in police clashes

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) After a peaceful start, violence erupts near the march within hours, with police and masked protesters facing off in several neighborhoods on the city's main island

[OPINION] Asia's Winners and Losers in 2019: From K-Pop sensation BTS to the beleaguered people of Hong Kong

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:42 AM

So, who was up and who was down in the Indo-Pacific region in 2019? Here’s our assessment.

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Police fire tear gas as Hong Kong rings in New Year

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong police retaliate after protesters in the Mong Kong district set fire to barricades just after midnight

Hong Kong police arrest 15 in fresh shopping mall protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Riot police charge into the mall to reinforce the officers, and use pepper spray to disperse a crowd of residents who gathered to protest against the arrests

MALL PROTEST. Plainclothes police officers (with batons) clash with pro-democracy protesters during a rally inside a shopping mall in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on December 28, 2019. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

3rd day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Protest groups say they have been left with little choice but to return to the streets because Beijing and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam continue to dig their heels in

CHRISTMAS PROTESTS. A man with a Santa hat stands in front of riot police during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on December 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Police use pepper spray and tear gas as activists held small flashmob protests in malls and multiple districts across the city

CHRISTMAS CLASHES. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall protests and clashes

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Riot police use pepper spray and batons to beat back angry crowds after plainclothes officers made arrests inside a luxury mall in Tsim Sha Tsui

Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

'We're next': Hong Kongers rally for China's Uighurs

Dec 22, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong riot police breaks up the solidarity rally for China's Uighurs with one officer drawing a pistol

FEAR. Protesters in Hong Kong fear of Xinjiang-style oppression by Beijing. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Hong Kong police say suspect fired shot during protest-related arrest

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Authorities say a subsequent search of a nearby flat uncovered an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and more than 250 rounds of ammunition

Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Festivities center around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that China views as a shining example of its 'one country, two systems' mode

HANDOVER CELEBRATION. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says phone hacked by police

Dec 19, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'It's utterly alarming,' says Joshua Wong, who claims police even presented text messages from his seized iPhone as evidence

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)

6 dead, dozens injured in Hong Kong bus crash

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Live footage shows firefighters trying to reach victims on the vehicle's top deck, which has been turned into a tangled mess of twisted metal and shattered glass

DEADLY CRASH. A police officer stands in front of a double-decker bus after a crash in Kwu Tung in Hong Kong on December 18, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Manny Pacquiao to get wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Manny Pacquiao is the second Filipino after Pia Wurtzbach to get a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

WAX FIGURE. Manny Pacquiao gets his onw wax figure from Madame Tussauds which will be displayed in Hong Kong. Photo from Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Macau to celebrate Chinese rule as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 17, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the anniversary celebrations in Macau, where the population of 700,000 has expressed little of the Hong Kong-style dissent

MACAU. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Chinese police confirm Hong Kong cross-border bridge arrests

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:51 AM

It is the first time mainland officers confirm arrests on the artificial island that connects an enormous tunnel and bridge system linking Hong Kong to the cities of Macau and Zhuhai on the other side of the Pearl River Delta

BORDER CROSSING. Road markings and a 'Welcome to Hong Kong' sign are seen on a section of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge on October 24, 2018. PHOTO BY Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi gives Hong Kong leader 'unwavering support'

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Protesters have called for the unpopular Carrie Lam to stand down as leader, but she receives the backing of China's leadership during a visit to Beijing on Monday, December 16

LAM IN BEIJING. This handout photograph taken and released by the Hong Kong Government on December 16, 2019 shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her annual duty visit, in Hong Kong Hall at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT

Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Flashmob protests and vandalism break out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper spray and make arrests in at least two shopping centers as members of the public heckled the officers

MALL PROTESTS. A photojournalist (C) argues with police during a protest at the New Town Plaza shopping mall in Shatin in Hong Kong on December 15, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) The disappearance emerges Saturday when the man's son tells local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by Chinese police on his way to Macau

BRIDGE CHECKPOINT INCIDENT. Vehicles are driven to (centre L coach) and from (back C) Hong Kong on a section of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge in Hong Kong on October 24, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

5 held over man's death in Hong Kong protests

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) The 3 males and two females aged 15 to 18 are arrested on suspicion of murder, rioting and wounding, and have been detained pending further investigation, says police

PROTESTS. This photo taken on December 12, 2019 shows protesters waving black flags reading in Chinese 'liberate Hong Kong revolution of our times' on a roof during a rally to mark 6 months since the June 12 protest, at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Thousands attend service for Hong Kong student who died during clashes

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Although the precise chain of events leading to Alex Chow's fatal accident is unclear and disputed, protesters have made alleged police brutality one of the movement's rallying cries.

MEMORIAL SERVICE. A man reacts after paying his respects at a memorial service on at Po Fook Hill Cemetery in Shatin in Hong Kong on December 12, 2019, for Alex Chow, 22, who died last month from head injuries sustained during a fall inside a carpark where police and protesters were clashing. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

International experts quitting Hong Kong police protest probe

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The resignation is seen as a major setback for the Hong Kong government

A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on September 7 in a bid to thwart plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport in the movement's first mass mobilisation since the city's leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.  Philip FONG / AFP

WATCH: 800,000 people mark 6 months of Hong Kong protests

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 800,000-strong protest march on Sunday, December 8, is largely incident-free

800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP 800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP  800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP

Hong Kong leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'If a particular demand requires us to deviate from the law...I could not agree to accept those demands simply for the purpose of reaching people's aspirations,' says Carrie Lam

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on December 10, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong police say bombs left in school grounds defused

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Bomb disposal officers rush to Wah Yan College in Wanchai district after a janitor noticed the devices

CONFISCATED. This undated handout photograph released by the Hong Kong Police Force on December 8, 2019 shows a Glock handgun and magazines loaded with ammunition, which police say were seized during raids ahead of a major pro-democracy rally, in Hong Kong. Handout/Hong Kong Police Force/AFP

Pepe and protest pig: Internet memes come to life at Hong Kong rally

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'In the face of police brutality and tyranny, we want Hong Kong people to carry on with humor, confidence and positive thinking,' says the stunt's brainchild

MEMES. People wearing masks depicting 'LIHKG Pig' (C) and Pepe the Frog (R), a character used by pro-democracy activists as a symbol of their struggle, gather before the 'Human Rights Day' rally from Victoria Park to Chater Road in Hong Kong on December 8, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP