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Filipino students win 11 awards in world math contest in Hong Kong

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:38 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team, composed of 8 Grade 5 students, bag awards at the 22nd Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest held in Hong Kong

TEAM PHILIPPINES. Filipino students students win 11 medals and a trophy at the 22nd Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong. Photo from Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines

Hong Kong's expat police become focus of protester rage

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Hong Kong protesters are singling out for specific retribution a small group of expatriates who were some of the police commanding officers on the front lines during clashes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019, the Police insignia is covered in egg splatter thrown by protesters at the police headquarters in Hong Kong. A peculiar legacy of Hong Kong's colonial past has emerged as a focal point of rage for anti-government protesters: a dwindling band of expat police officers now vilified for doing the bidding of the city's pro-Beijing leaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong's 'gray hairs' march to support youth protesters

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Thousands of people join in what was dubbed a 'gray hair march' – billed as a way to show the city's pro-Beijing leadership that plenty of its older and more reliably conservative citizens still support younger demonstrators

A group of elderly people prepare to march to the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 17, 2019, in the latest protest against a controversial extradition bill. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge largely peaceful protests -- as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police -- sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Taiwan asks Hong Kong, China to help fight $30 million online love scams

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Fighting this new type of cross-border fraud will require the cooperation of all 3 administrations, and sits in contrast to mounting recent tensions over Beijing's desire for closer political links

Hong Kong leader condemns 'rioters' after violent mall clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Hong Kong's ongoing political crisis deepens as riot police and protesters fought running battles inside a shopping complex packed with luxury stores on July 14

PROTESTING. A protester gestures as a policeman looks on inside a shopping arcade in Sha Tin of Hong Kong after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Police, protesters clash inside mall in latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Law enforcers use pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub

Police officers tear the shirt of a protester during a clash inside a shopping arcade in Sha Tin of Hong Kong after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall on July 14 night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. Philip FONG / AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters vent at China border traders

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Protesters f rom Sheung Shui are rallying against traders coming from mainland China

MORE CLASHES. A protester is being held on the floor by the police during a clash between protesters and police in the Mong Kok district in Kowloon, Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

China mainlanders among Hong Kong protesters, though many stay away

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

For the hundreds of thousands of Chinese mainlanders who make the city their home, the Hong Kong democracy movement sparks mixed emotions

Protesters gather before a march to the West Kowloon railway station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent youth-led confrontations sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

Protesters unmoved as Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill 'dead'

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:32 AM

(5th UPDATE) In her most conciliatory remarks since huge protests erupted a month ago, chief executive Carrie Lam admits her administration's attempt to introduce the law was a 'complete failure'

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives for a press conference at the police headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on July 2 condemned the "extremely violent" storming of the city's parliament, after thousands of protesters ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Masked protesters -- mostly young and many wearing yellow hard hats -- broke into the legislature after hours of clashes with police.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong protesters moot Bank of China 'stress test' after latest clashes

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) One proposal going viral is a call to collectively withdraw funds from the Bank of China to 'stress test' the organization's liquidity

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A protester reacts as he is detained by police officers during clashes between demonstrators and police in the Mong Kok district in Kowloon in Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Fresh clashes in Hong Kong after huge march to China station

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) Violence again breaks out as riot police try to disperse protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, July 7

A protester is being hold on the floor by the police during a clash between protesters and police in the Mong Kok district in Kowloon after taking part in a march to the West Kowloon rail terminus against the proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. - Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside a controversial train station linking the territory to the Chinese mainland on July 7, the latest mass show of anger as activists try to keep pressure on the city's pro-Beijing leaders. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Protests pile pressure on Hong Kong's already-stressed youth

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'These students are gambling their youth to defend this place, it's very fragile,' says pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong

HONG KONG YOUTH. Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hong Kong protesters march on station to 'educate' Chinese mainlanders

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:38 AM

(UPDATED) The rally is being billed as an opportunity to explain to Chinese mainlanders in the city what the protest movement is about

PROTESTS. Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

'Dancing aunties' spark new Hong Kong protest

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The rally aims to 'reclaim' a park in Tuen Mun where so-called 'dancing aunties' sing Mandarin pop songs through loud microphones and dance for generally older men who give them cash donations

HONG KONG. Protesters block a road while taking part in a demonstration in the north-western district of Tuen Mun in Hong Kong on July 6, 2019, as confrontations between police and people against a proposed extradition bill continue. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong's parliament was stormed

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Many of the current generation of largely young protesters proudly repeat the phrase 'be like water', a philosophy of adaptability and unpredictability espoused by martial arts master and local legend Bruce Lee

Protesters prepare to leave the main chamber of the government headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019, after they stormed into the building hours before, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong police fired tear gas early on July 2 to regain control of the city's parliament after thousands of protesters occupied and ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

First charges against Hong Kong anti-government protester

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities have vowed to hunt those behind the unrest that has plunged the semi-autonomous city's Beijing-backed government into crisis

DEFACE. A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after protesters broke into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Anti-government protesters stormed Hong Kong's parliament building late on July 1 after successfully smashing their way through reinforced glass windows and prizing open metal shutters that were blocking their way. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament ransacking

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are analyzing DNA samples and fingerprints to identify suspects and are planning raids to arrest them 'in the near future,' according to a report

SCENES AFTER. Police arrive in the Legislative Council main chamber after protesters stormed the government headquarters hours before in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Filephoto by Anthony Wallace/AFP

UK PM May raises 'concerns' over Hong Kong with China

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'It's vital that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British joint declaration are respected,' says

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Del Rosario quits board of Hong Kong-listed firm

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Former top diplomat Albert del Rosario resigns as non-executive director of First Pacific, over a week after being barred from entering Hong Kong

FORMER TOP PH DIPLOMAT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario has resigned from the First Pacific board. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Filipino kids shine at international taekwondo competition

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:48 AM

All members of the Philippine tearm win medals at the China Hong Kong Taekwondo Alliance Kyorugi 2019

WINNING TEAM.The winning Philippine team with their coaches, headed by Olympian Donnie Geisler. Photo from Donnie Geisler Taekwondo Training Center Facebook page

Hong Kong grapples with protest aftermath; China demands criminal probe

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The semi-autonomous financial hub is thrown into crisis by weeks of demonstrations over a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, with the issue becoming a lightning rod for resentment towards Beijing

Posters, including one featuring Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, are seen on the floor outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019, a day after protesters broke into the building. Hong Kong's leader on July 2 condemned "the extreme use of violence" by masked protesters who stormed and ransacked the city's legislature in an unprecedented challenge to Beijing's authority. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

Hong Kong police retake parliament from anti-government protesters

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Just after midnight, police officers move in from several directions, firing tear gas and wielding batons as they charged – and sending plumes of smoke drifting across Hong Kong

Police fire tear gas at protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019. Riot police fired tear gas as they attempted to dislodge anti-government protesters in the early hours of the morning of July 2 in chaotic scenes in the heart of Hong Kong. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

[OPINION] HK protesters could test the will of Carrie Lam, Beijing over fugitive law

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:25 PM

This year's 22nd annual handover march could be another cornerstone and could make or break beleaguered Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has refused to withdraw the extradition bill altogether

Protesters ransack Hong Kong parliament on China handover anniversary

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:02 PM

(5th UPDATE) Anti-government demonstrators breach the complex after hours of attempting to smash into the building, using a metal cart as a battering ram and wielding steel poles to prize open gaps in the reinforced windows

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Protesters seize roads as Hong Kong braces for rally on handover anniversary

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 AM

(4th UPDATE) The rally comes against the backdrop of unprecedented anti-government protests over the past 3 weeks that have drawn millions and anger over police using tear gas and rubber bullets to clear crowds

PROTEST. Protesters set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong before the flag raising ceremony to mark the 22nd anniversary of handover to China early on July 1, 2019. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Confrontations after rally to support Hong Kong police

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:46 PM

As the pro-government supporters head home, many turn on small groups of anti-government opponents who keep a small camp outside the parliament

PROTEST. A pro-police demonstrator L) is held back by police as he yells insults at anti-extradition protesters (C) at a rally in support of police outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 30, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Got 72 hours in Hong Kong? Here's how you should spend that quick getaway

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Make it count by visiting some of these new and off-the-beaten spots

Hong Kong protesters urge G20 to raise plight with China

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:28 PM

But China has said it will not allow discussion of the protests in Hong Kong at the G20 summit

HONG KONG PROTEST. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Ex-Hong Kong leader Tsang cleared of misconduct conviction

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Donald Tsang, who held the leadership post of Hong Kong's chief executive for 7 years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest-ranking one to be put behind bars

DONALD TSANG. Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang (C) and his wife Selina (R) leave the High Court after the jury was unable to reach a verdict in his high-profile corruption trial in Hong Kong on November 3, 2017. File photo by Jayne Russell/AFP

UK demands probe into Hong Kong police action

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also suspends export licenses for crowd control equipment of Hong Kong police force

Police cover graffiti sprayed on a wall by protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 22, 2019. Hong Kong police on June 22 slammed anti-government protesters for besieging their headquarters, calling the demonstration "illegal and irrational" as they vowed to pursue the ringleaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Memes, cartoons, caustic Cantonese: The language of Hong Kong's protests

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Anger has punctuated much of the historic rallies roiling Hong Kong in the last two weeks, but humor has never been far away

'CITY OF COURAGE.' This combo shows a file photo (R) taken on June 12, 2019 of Hong Kong police officers using a water canon on a lone protestor near the government headquarters during recent protests; and a handout (L) released to AFP on June 24, 2019 of artwork from Australia-based Chinese dissident artist Badiucao based on the same AFP image. AFP PHOTO / Badiucao

China 'won't allow' G20 discussion on Hong Kong

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:43 PM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to intervene,' says Chinese assistant foreign minister Zhang Jun

LENNON WALL. This picture taken on June 22, 2019 shows a man taking photographs of artwork and messages in support of protesters opposed to a China extradition law posted on the "Lennon Wall" outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong police vow to pursue HQ siege protesters

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Protest leaders plan to hold another huge rally on July 1

Police arrive to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019. - Chinese state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Del Rosario defends diplomatic passport: 'DFA knew'

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) Former Philippine top diplomat Albert del Rosario says Senate President Vicente Sotto III's statement that only current government officials and employees may use a diplomatic passport is 'incorrect'

DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT. Former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario shows his diplomatic passport to the media after arriving from Hong Kong. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Del Rosario eyes protest vs Hong Kong over entry denial

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

'I think clearly I was being harassed,' says former Philippine top diplomat Albert del Rosario

DEPORTED. Ex-Philippine foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario talks to former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales after arriving from Hong Kong. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Q and A: One umbrella, one movement against China extradition

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I have been blacklisted by Duterte. I joined some human rights conference in the Philippines and I joined some protests. I found myself on the blacklist,' says Ma Wan-ki, one of the young protesters in Hong Kong

IN PROTEST. In a picture taken on June 16, 2019, bystanders (foreground) watch from a footbridge as protesters march towards the government headquarters in Hong Kong.  File photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

After denying Del Rosario's entry, expert asks if Hong Kong still 'safe' for business

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) Former Philippine top diplomat Albert del Rosario is a non-executive board member of Hong Kong-listed First Pacific Company Limited

Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario denied entry to Hong Kong 'without reason'

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:04 PM

(4th UPDATE) Hong Kong authorities bar former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario from entering Hong Kong even if he carried a diplomatic passport

DEPORTED. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario talks to media upon his arrival at the NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City, on June 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Thousands converge on Hong Kong police HQ in anti-gov't demo

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest protest comes after the government refused to meet the demands of demonstrators who have marched in their millions to oppose a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland

Protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21, 2019. Hundreds poured into Hong Kong's main government complex early on June 21 to stage a demonstration over the pro-Beijing leadership's snub of demands by protesters who have rocked the city with huge rallies to oppose a proposed law that would have enabled extraditions to the Chinese mainland. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario held at Hong Kong airport

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario is questioned in Hong Kong a month after the same thing happens to former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

ICC COMPLAINT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales on March 22, 2019, about the complaint they filed against China at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva

Hong Kong protesters call for fresh demo over unmet demands

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A number of protest groups, including student unions, call for supporters to mobilize on Friday, June 21, asking people to gather at the city's main government complex

MORE PROTESTS? In this photo taken on June 16, 2019, protesters hold up their phones with lights on during a mass rally to protest against a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. Photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

Hong Kong lawmakers grill security chief over protest violence

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:46 PM

In a tense session, opposition lawmakers grill Hong Kong's head of security John Lee over allegations of police brutality during the sporadic clashes with demonstrators this month

HONG KONG'S WOES. Photographers take pictures from a viewing booth as lawmakers hold the first session at the Legislative Council on June 20, 2019, since massive protests brought nearly two million people into the streets of Hong Kong at the weekend. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hong Kong leader offers 'most sincere apology' over law turmoil

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'I personally have to shoulder much of the responsibility. This has led to controversies, disputes and anxieties in society,' Lam says during a press conference

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong stocks rally after extradition law U-turn as Asian markets bounce

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Investors are also moving cautiously ahead of two huge market-moving events: the Federal Reserve policy meeting and the G20 summit next week

EXTRADITION BILL. A protester marches with a placard during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

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