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Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital

Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality. The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. There are no other people …

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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of HK discord campaign

by Yan ZHAO / Esther Chan Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. The American tech giants announced Monday they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign, while Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more …

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Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy

Thousands of refugees protested in Indonesia Tuesday, saying they had been stranded in the Southeast Asian nation for years because of Australia’s tighter border policies. Demonstrations were held in several cities including the capital Jakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi island where some 600 protesters demonstrated in front of the Australian consulate. They presented a letter to diplomats calling on Canberra …

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China lashes Taiwan over offer to Hong Kong protesters

China slammed Taiwan Monday for offering asylum to Hong Kong people facing prosecution for involvement in anti-government protests, telling the island’s leaders to “stop meddling” in the territory’s affairs. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen voiced support last month for granting asylum to some Hong Kong protesters, with the semi-autonomous financial hub in the midst of an unprecedented political crisis. Ma Xiaoguang, …

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Bank of England chief pulls out of Chinese event

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has withdrawn from a high-profile business event with China’s ambassador to London, sources said Monday, as pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong. Carney had been due to speak at the dinner, aimed at boosting Chinese business links, which is scheduled for September 3 at the Guildhall, the administrative centre of the City of London …

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Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in ‘peaceful’ march

by Yan ZHAO / Catherine LAI A sea of democracy activists once more flooded the streets of Hong Kong in a defiant show Sunday to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked …

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China plans to make Shenzhen a ‘better place’ than Hong Kong

China’s government has unveiled plans to boost the mainland city of Shenzhen and make it into what state media called a “better place” than neighbouring Hong Kong, following another huge pro-democracy rally in the semi-autonomous financial hub. Weeks of rallies, demonstrations, and occupations have plunged Hong Kong into crisis — which Beijing is now framing as an opportunity for Shenzhen’s …

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Ai Weiwei fears ‘Tiananmen’ crackdown in Hong Kong

by Daphne ROUSSEAU Watching the Hong Kong protests from afar, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei fears the worst, warning of a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. “I don’t think any prediction is too big,” the 61-year-old told AFP in an interview in his Berlin studio. China “is a society which sacrifices anything to maintain its control,” …

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Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

by Jerome TAYLOR / Elaine YU Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week — and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with the communist-ruled mainland taking an …

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North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’

by Claire LEE Seoul/AFP North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, rejecting further peace talks with the South. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and the US. …

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