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Students from mainland China flee Hong Kong over protest violence fears

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:06 PM

It is not immediately clear how many mainland Chinese students have left Hong Kong during the latest escalation of violence

BURNING BARRICADES. A protester pours petrol onto a burning barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in Hong Kong early on November 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Chaos in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests 'blossom everywhere'

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:27 PM

The new phase in the crisis prompts police to warn the city is 'on the brink of total collapse'

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in Hong Kong early on November 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong clashes rage on university campus and business district

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:12 AM

The epicenter of the intense clashes is the Chinese University of Hong Kong where the usually placid hillside grounds turned into a battlefield for hours

A protester (C) waves a flag that reads in Chinese "liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" as they listen to Rocky Tuan Sung-chi (not pictured), vice chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), speak to students and protesters after police fired tear gas earlier during clashes with protesters on campus at CUHK in Hong Kong on November 12, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clashed with riot police in the city's upmarket business district and on university campuses on November 12, extending one of the most violent stretches of unrest seen in more than five months of political chaos. Philip FONG / AFP

Protesters hit Hong Kong commute as western powers urge restraint

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Small bands of masked protesters block roads, throw objects onto train tracks and hold up subway trains, sparking cat and mouse clashes with riot police and renewed chaos on the morning commute

CATAPULT. Protesters use a catapult against police during a protest Hong Kong's City University on November 12, 2019 following a day of pro-democracy protests.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong police say man set on fire after arguing with democracy protesters

Nov 11, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'In the most shocking incident, some rioters poured flammable liquid onto a person and set him on fire,' police spokesman John Tse says

Chile to amend constitution, a key demand of protesters

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:37 AM

The new constitution will be drafted by a body called a constituent assembly and then put to a referendum for ratification, says Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel

MORE PROTESTS. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Renaca, Vina del Mar, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dante Rossi/AFP

Hong Kong police shoot protester as protests start working week

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:48 AM

A police source confirms that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho on Monday morning, November 11

ARRESTED. A video grab taken from Cupid News on November 11, 2019, shows a pro-democracy protester (top) bleeding and lying on the ground after he was shot in the chest by a police man during a protest in Sai Wan Ho district, in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO/CUPID NEWS

China calls for tough security laws to end Hong Kong turmoil

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Zhang Xiaoming's statement will likely further enrage Hong Kong protesters who have upended the international finance hub with their movement

HK PROTESTS. Police stand guard after entering the Citywalk shopping mall in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong on November 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Iraqis keep up sit-ins amid fears of 'bloodbath'

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:57 PM

(UPDATED) 12 protesters die on Saturday, November 9, when security forces cleared out protest sites, medical sources say

PROTESTERS MOURN. Mourners carry the casket of an Iraqi protester, who was killed the day before during protests in the capital, during his funeral in the central Iraqi city of Najaf on November 10, 2019. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Huge Hong Kong rally after student dies and lawmakers arrested

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:49 PM

'I think non-violent ways can also win,' says a Hong Kong resident echoing the movement's core demand for an investigation into police tactics

A Guy Fawkes mask is left among flowers during a prayer rally in Tamar Park in Hong Kong on November 9, 2019, in memory of university student Alex Chow, 22, who succumbed November 8 to head injuries sustained during a fall as police skirmished with demonstrators last weekend. - Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers packed into a park on the night of November 9 to mourn a student who died during recent clashes as police arrested a group of pro-democracy lawmakers, deepening the city's political crisis. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Hong Kong student's death triggers fresh outrage

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow's fall are unclear and disputed, his death is the first student fatality during 5 months of demonstrations

ALEX CHOW'S DEATH. Paper cranes are placed on a wall outside the intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong on November 8, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Mainland Chinese student jailed in Hong Kong protests

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Since the first mass demonstrations in June, more than 3,300 people have been arrested in Hong Kong in connection to the protest movement, with some charged for rioting and illegal assembly

Protesters wearing a Guy Fawkes mask - after the British Catholic rebel who attempted to blow up parliament in the fifteenth century - gather in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on November 5, 2019, to mark the one month anniversary of the local government banning face coverings at rallies. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

World Bank urges Lebanon to form gov't, warns of recession

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The warning comes as anti-government demonstrators push on with rallies and hundreds of school children boycott classes

PROTESTS. A Lebanese protester takes part in a sit-in to block a central bridge during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Beirut, on November 4, 2019. File photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Renewed live fire in Iraq capital as blackout, sit-ins persist

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Mass rallies have continued in the capital and across Iraq's Shiite-majority south, despite a renewed internet blackout and violence that has left nearly 280 dead

MORE PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters wearing Guy Fawkes maskes hold up a banner with revolutionary slogans in English during continuing anti-government protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on November 6, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Chile leader Pinera says he will not resign over protests

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Prosecutors say 20 people have died in the unrest since protests began in Chile on October 20

UNREST. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government's economic policies, in the surroundings of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, on November 5, 2019. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Xi Jinping has 'high degree of trust' in Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Chinese president and the Hong Kong executive meet on the sidelines of an international trade fair in Shanghai

This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam shaking hands during their meeting in Shanghai on November 4, 2019. Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a "high degree of trust" in Hong Kong's unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met in Shanghai, state media said, days after the Communist Party agreed to change the way it picks or removes the city's top official. Handout / China Central Television (CCTV) / AFP

Chinese state media urge 'tougher line' on Hong Kong

Nov 04, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'Intensifying violence in Hong Kong calls for tougher line to restore order,' the state-run China Daily says in an editorial

JOINING HANDS. Protesters are reflected in a mirror as they join hands to form a human chain inside the City Plaza mall in the Tai Koo Shing area in Hong Kong on November 3, 2019, after a bloody knife fight wounding 6 people occurred there. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

6 wounded as bloody brawl caps day of Hong Kong mall chaos

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

A local pro-democracy politician gets his ear bitten off

Student strikes, street closures in Iraq protests

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Other students take part in sit-ins at their schools, and the country's national teachers union extend the strike they began last week

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters gather at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Tear gas, water cannons as marchers defy police in Hong Kong demonstrations

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Beijing has shown no willingness to meet protester demands for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability – and activists show no sign of leaving the streets

DEFIANCE. Pro-democracy protesters participate in a rally as they march through Hong Kong's Wanchai district on November 2, 2019. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon Saturday as thousands of protesters hit the streets, defying authorities with another unsanctioned march as the democracy movement shows no signs of abating after nearly five months. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

Thousands protest to maintain pressure on Chile government

Nov 02, 2019 - 4:37 PM

A mourning march is held to demand justice for the deaths in the protests

MOURNING MARCH. Women dressed in black and holding crosses take part in the so-called 'Mourning March' in Santiago on November 01, 2019, to protest against the death of 23 people after more than ten days of civil unrest. Photo by Claudio Reyes / AFP

Iraq protests enter 2nd month, defying pledges of reform

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:08 PM

More than 250 people have died and 10,000 have been wounded in the past month as protests evolved into calls for the 'downfall of the regime'

SECOND MONTH. Iraqi protesters gather at Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 1, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

'Bulletproof' China-backed site attacks Hong Kong democracy activists

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:09 PM

From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong's protest movement have been 'doxxed' – had their personal details posted online – by the site HK Leaks

MASKED PROTEST. A man holds a flag that reads 'Liberate Hong Kong Revolution of our times' in the Lan Kwai Fong area during Halloween in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China warns it won't tolerate dissent in Hong Kong

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:42 PM

China also plans to step up patriotic education in Hong Kong as a way to curb youth-led protests

Shen Chunyao, director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Basic Law Commission (L), speaks at a press conference in Beijing on November 1, 2019. Shen said on November 1 China would "improve" the way Hong Kong's chief executive and other officials are selected after months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. GREG BAKER / AFP

Iraq president says PM willing to resign, vows early polls

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Iraqi President Barham Saleh says Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi is ready to step down but there is so far no one to take his place

RESIGNATION? Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony in Baghdad on October 23, 2019 for Major General Ali al-Lami, a commander of the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, who was killed the previous day in Samarra in the province of Salahuddin, north of the Iraqi capital. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP)

Beijing ends key conclave with promise to protect Hong Kong

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:53 PM

'The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region...must be governed in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law,' the communique reads

'PROTECT' HONG KONG. In this file photo, a police van drives past graffiti sprayed onto a pedestrian crossing by protesters in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 27, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters don Halloween masks

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Small flashmob rallies break out in multiple locations on Thursday evening, October 31

HALLOWEEN PROTEST. A line of policemen stop Halloween revellers in the Lan Kwai Fong area in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong mask ban challenged in court ahead of Halloween rally

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Hong Kong's High Court is hearing two challenges in the same sitting. The first, from a student leader, questions the constitutionality of the ban. The second challenges the entire emergency law used by chief executive Carrie Lam.

CHALLENGE. Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng wears a mask as pro-democracy lawmakers gather outside Hong Kong's High Court for a judicial challEnge against a face mask ban on October 31, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Lebanon reopens but crisis remains after PM resigns

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:34 PM

President Michel Aoun asks Saad Hariri's government to continue on a caretaker basis until a new cabinet is formed

LEBANON. A Lebanese anti-government protester waves his national flag signaling a roadblock to drivers in Beirut on October 30, 2019. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Justice Caguioa no longer in charge of Marcos-Robredo PET case

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Caguioa loses the member-in-charge position, but his dissent is strong: 'What is stopping the majority from applying Rule 65? Why is this Protest being treated as sui generis?'

PET CASE. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa is no longer member-in-charge of the vice presidential electoral protest. Photo from SC PIO screen

Protesters take to the streets in Santiago, other Chilean cities

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The skirmishes mark an 11th day of protests, which include water cannon and tear gas from police as well as rock-throwing by demonstrators

A demonstrator flutters a Chilean national flag at a barricade during a protest against the government's economic policies in Santiago on October 29, 2019. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on the eve as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead. Protesters have been demanding Pinera's resignation and despite his making a raft of concessions including an increase in the minimum wage and pensions, public unrest shows no sign of abating. CLAUDIO REYES / AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri says to submit resignation

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Lebanon's embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri says his decision is 'in response to the will of many Lebanese who have taken to the streets to demand change' in what he calls 'historic' protests

AFTER RESIGNATION. Lebanese anti-government protesters celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Brillantes: PET decision to seek Robredo, Marcos comment on VP protest 'abnormal'

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The former chairman of the Commission on Elections says due process was already observed when the tribunal allowed both comps to participate in the recount of votes through their revisors

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says he's barred from election

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Wong says he was disqualified from running in November's poll after an election officer ruled his nomination invalid

Pro democracy activist and South Horizons Community Organiser Joshua Wong announces his run for 2019 District Council elections in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019 Philip FONG / AFP

New clashes as embattled Chile president reshuffles cabinet

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:24 AM

'Chile has changed and the government too has to change to confront these new challenges in these new times,' says Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who replaced a third of his cabinet

A demonstrator stands behind a column during scuffles with riot police in Santiago, on October 28, 2019. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead. Pedro Ugarte / AFP

Iraq army declares curfew in Baghdad after student protests

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The move sparks concern security forces want to clear out main gathering places like the capital's Tahrir Square, occupied by demonstrators for 4 consecutive nights

PROTESTS. Iraqi medical students take part in an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 28, 2019. AFP photo

Chile president lifts state of emergency, protests continue

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The decision to lift the state of emergency decree on October 28 comes after unpopular nighttime curfews ended Saturday

CLASH. Demonstrators clash with security forces during a demonstration in Valparaiso, Chile on October 27, 2019. Photo by Raul Goycoolea/AFP

Iraq students join protests as pressure on government swells

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The protests are unprecedented in recent Iraqi history for their ire at the entire political class, including Abdel Mahdi, parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbussi and even traditionally revered religious leaders

PROTESTS. Iraqis demonstrators wave a national flag (L) and another bearing the words 'O Hussein' in Arabic, referring to the prophet Mohamed's grandson Imam Hussein ibn Ali, in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters on harborfront

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Riot police flood the harborside park where the unsanctioned rally is due to take place

TEAR GAS. Photographers react after police fired tear gas in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 27, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Chilean president vows cabinet reshuffle after week of protests

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

'I asked all ministers to resign in order to form a new government and to be able to respond to these new demands,' says Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

PROTESTS. A curfew in the Chilean capital of Santiago was announced earlier after protests climax with setting fire to buses and metro stations, and clashing with police. Photo by Sebastian Cisternas/Aton Chile/AFP

Over a million protesters demand Chile president's resignation

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Chileans' pent-up anger spills over in the form of protests against a socio-economic structure that many feel has left them by the wayside

PROTEST. In this aerial view, thousands of people protest in Santiago, on October 25, 2019, a week after violent protests started. Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP

[PODCAST] Ano ang latest sa protesta ni Marcos laban kay Robredo?

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng electoral protest sa papalapit na 2022 elections? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, justice reporter Lian Buan, election reporter Sofia Tomacruz, at House reporter Mara Cepeda

Tensions rattle Lebanon anti-graft protests

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah, warns that any cabinet resignation would lead to 'chaos and collapse' of the economy

Lebanese demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. - Thousands continued to rally despite calls for calm from politicians and dozens of arrests. The demonstrators are demanding a sweeping overhaul of Lebanon's political system, citing grievances ranging from austerity measures to poor infrastructure. (Photo by Ibrahim AMRO / AFP)

More than a dozen dead in renewed Iraq protests as thousands rally

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations represent a second phase of a weeklong movement in early October demanding an end to widespread corruption, unemployment and an overhaul of the political system

NEW PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters march with national flags and pictures of people who were killed before in previous protests earlier in the month, during an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 25, 2019. AFP photo

Hong Kong parking space sold for almost $1 million

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The mind-boggling sum highlights the gap in equality that has helped fuel nearly 5 months of demonstrations in the financial hub, where one in 5 people live below the poverty line

BUSINESS. A view of the corporate buildings in Hong Kong.

Comelec hands off in answering issues raised in PET protest

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body's job is to hold elections and enforce the outcome of decisions from electoral tribunals

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Where the Marcos vs Robredo electoral protest is headed

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Thursday, October 24, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the latest development in the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo

Child latest victim of Chile violence as strike begins

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:33 PM

The news comes as a two-day strike called by the country's largest union begins despite Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announcing a package of social measures aimed at stemming protests

DEMONSTRATION. Demonstrators beat a looter in Valparaiso, Chile, on the fifth straight day of street violence in the country which erupted over a now suspended hike in metro ticket prices, on October 22, 2019. Photo by Javier Torres/AFP

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Oct 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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Chile president announces social measures to stem street violence

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Apologizing to the nation for failing to anticipate the outbreak of social unrest, Pinera says his government 'received with humility and clarity the message Chileans have given us'

PINERA'S NEW MEASURES. Handout picture released by the Chilean Presidency showing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaking to the nation in Santiago, on October 22, 2019. Handout photo by Chilean Presidency/AFP