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China appoints hardliner to Hong Kong office

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The reshuffle comes after months of political unrest – the starkest challenge to Beijing since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997

Hong Kong file photo from Shutterstock

The First Quarter Storm of 1970 revisited

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Armed with nothing more than angry slogans and sticks and stones – and an occasional pillbox or two – those who manned the barricades during the FQS would undergo a baptism of fire that would change their lives forever

First Quarter Storm Reunion. Rappler Photo

Iraq protest camps splinter over cleric's backing of new PM

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:43 PM

Most young protesters have rejected premier-designate Mohammad Allawi as too close to the ruling elite and a product of consensus among much-reviled parties

PROTEST. Iraqi anti-government demonstrators step on a poster bearing the portrait of prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi in Baghdad's Tahrir square on February 3, 2020. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraqi protesters dig in heels despite new PM-designate

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Demonstrators demand a politically independent successor who had not served in government. For them, ex-communications minister Mohammad Allawi does not make the cut.

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Masked anti-government protesters wave the national flag before flaming tires at a makeshift roadblock in the central Iraqi holy shrine city of Najaf on February 1, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq protesters wounded in second day of clashes with security forces

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:05 PM

At least 17 protesters are wounded, including 6 with bullet wounds, says a police source

AFTERMATH. Iraqi anti-government demonstrators check burnt tents at a protest sit-in in Tahrir Square in the center of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 25, 2020. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Thousands join anti-U.S. rally in Baghdad, rattling rival protesters

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The march rattles the separate, months-old protest movement that has gripped the capital and the Shiite-majority south since October, demanding a government overhaul, early elections, and more accountability

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

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

Almost 400 wounded in Lebanon clashes – rescuers

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The toll on Saturday, January 18, is the heaviest since the protests erupted 3 months ago

CLASHES. Anti-government protesters use a metal barrier to ram security forces taking cover during clashes in the central downtown district of the Lebanese capital Beirut near the parliament headquarters on January 18, 2020. Photo by Anwar Amro/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

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)

'Do not kill your protesters,' Trump tweets to Iran

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:04 AM

Trump's salvo came as Iran's Islamic regime faced a challenge from angry street protests, having come to the brink of war with the US after a series of tit-for-tat confrontations

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / 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

Hundreds mourn reporters shot dead after covering Iraq protests

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:19 PM

Mourners suspect the killing of the two reporters by armed men was an 'attempt to scare people' in Basra for protesting graft in the Iraqi government and the lack of jobs in the country

MOURNING REPORTERS. Iraqis gather around mock coffins as they take part in a rally on January 11, 2020, to mourn two reporters shot dead the previous evening in the country's southern city of Basra, where they had been covering months of anti-government protests. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Joaquin Phoenix arrested at climate change protest

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The 'Joker' star gives a speech during Jane Fonda's climate change protest at the Capitol

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)

Protesters destroy bus stops, hurl stones at police in French pension protests

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Critics say the pension overhaul could cut benefits even while requiring people to work longer before retiring

PROTEST. Protestors wave flares and hold a sign that reads in French 'No to work to perpetuity' during a demonstration over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Nantes, western France on January 9, 2020. (Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP)

Robredo asks PET to 'immediately' junk Marcos protest

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The Vice President argues that her wider lead over Bongbong Marcos in the initial vote recount was enough basis to dismiss his election case against her

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the election case filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by OVP

Marcos asks PET to review ‘erroneous’ initial recount results in VP protest

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos once again asks the High Court to proceed with his motion to nullify votes in 3 Mindanao provinces where he alleges widespread cheating happened

VP PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos attends a candle light vigil organized by his supporters to mark the 1000th Day of his election protest on March 25, 2019, at the Supreme Court, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Liberians rally in anti-government protest

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:34 PM

President George Weah is under growing pressure to revive Liberia's dire economy, which is flailing after back-to-back civil wars and the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis

'LEAD OR LEAVE.' A man holds up a placard as members of the Council of Patriots protest against the deepening economic crisis under Liberian President George Weah, in Monrovia on January 6, 2020. File photo by Zoom Dosso/AFP

University rampage sparks new protests across India

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:53 PM

The unrest comes as nationwide protests continue against a citizenship law passed in December that bars Muslims from a measure granting nationality to minorities from 3 neighboring Islamic-majority countries

NEW PROTESTS. Students and supporters hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest against an attack on the students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in New Delhi a day before, at the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad on January 6, 2020. Photo by Noah Seelam/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

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

China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:45 PM

China's officially atheist government is wary of any organized movements outside its own control, including religious ones

JAILED. The charge of inciting subversion has often been used against dissidents as a way to silence criticism of the government and the Communist Party.

Death toll rises to 29 in Chile protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Demonstrators had gathered to protest on the last Friday of the year despite a heavy police presence

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

Violent clashes in new round of Chile protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:42 PM

'We are going to continue in the struggle until Pinera gives in to the people's demands,' says one protester

CLASH. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government in Santiago, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Rage, rage, rage: The world in 2019

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Here are 2019's most unforgettable moments from the trenches

A YEAR OF PROTEST. A Lebanese demonstrator kicks back a tear-gas canister during clashes with riot police in the capital Beirut on December 15, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accuses Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of stopping the public from mourning the killed protesters

US-IRAN RELATIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Iran for attempting to stop the memorials for the killed protesters. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP

Gaza protests against Israel suspended for 3 months – organizers

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The weekly protests began in March 2018, calling for an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes inside the Jewish state

THE OLD GAZA PROTESTS. Palestinian demonstrators run away from the fence during protests along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Iraqi protesters torch buildings, block roads over PM pick

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The protesters want a technocratic premier who has had no involvement in the political system set up after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003

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

Thousands protest in Iraq as deadline for new prime minister

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Around 460 people have been killed since the protests began nearly 3 months ago

Death toll hits 21 as India protests rage on

Dec 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Among the fatalities is an 8-year-old boy who was trampled in a protest

ANGER. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/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

At least 10 killed in India citizenship law protests

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Three protesters were shot dead, police say

CLASHES. Supporters and activists of Trinamool Congress (TMC) shout slogans and hold placards as they participate in a rally against India's new citizenship law. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/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)

French government, unions to meet over pension strike impasse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Union leaders have vowed to continue their action into the new year as the government defends its plan to forge the country's 42 pension schemes into a single points-based system

PROTEST. People demonstrate at the Nation square in Paris on December 17, 2019, to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP