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Hong Kong teacher removed for ‘unlawful’ lesson

A Hong Kong teacher’s licence has been removed after being accused of promoting the territory’s independence in the classroom.  Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said it was important to weed out “bad apples” from the education system.  Officials in Beijing believe schools have been helping to foment opposition to China’s communist party. Hong Kong’s largest […]

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Hong Kong police arrest dozens at protests over delayed election

Hundreds take to the streets to demonstrate against the postponement of legislative election and the new security law. More than 30 people have been arrested by Hong Kong police as riot officers swoop in on pro-democracy protesters – opposed to the postponement of the local legislative election – with rounds of pepper balls. Hundreds of protesters […]

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Stocks tick up, oil off, with eyes on U.S. stimulus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks edged up on Thursday on lingering bets over a stalled U.S. economic relief deal, while trade war angst and the coronavirus pandemic held back the bulls. Tech shares powered higher on Wall Street while the euro edged up against the U.S. dollar. Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits dipped […]

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Hong Kong activist hailed as the ‘real Mulan’

Agnes Chow, a 23-year-old pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong, has got a new nickname. Her supporters have started calling her “the real Mulan” – in reference to the legendary Chinese heroine who fought to save her family and country. Ms Chow was one of a handful of activists and media figures arrested this week under […]

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Hong Kong protesters use 'hidden language' to dodge security law

Residents use wordplay and even Chinese Communist Party literature to express dissent against new national security law. People of Hong Kong are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began arresting people displaying now forbidden political slogans. Faced with the sudden threat of prosecution […]

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Hong Kong: What’s in China’s proposed security law and why has it shocked the world?

China is expected to pass a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong over the coming days. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the country’s highest legislative body, is meeting in Beijing to finalise the details of the law. Many in Hong Kong and around the world believe the law will violate Hong Kong’s […]

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Hundreds held as HK police use pepper pellets to disperse protest

Demonstrators take to streets to express opposition to national anthem bill and Beijing’s planned national security law. Hong Kong police have fired pepper pellets to disperse protesters as hundreds of people gathered in the centre of the financial hub to oppose a controversial bill on China’s national anthem and a planned move by Beijing to […]

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Shares lose footing, oil marches on

LONDON (Reuters) – Equity markets slipped on Thursday on concerns about the long-term impact of the new coronavirus and simmering U.S.-China tensions, though those worries couldn’t stop oil prices from marching to a 2-1/2 month high. The London .FTSE, Frankfurt .GDAX and Paris .FCHI bourses and Wall Street futures were all 0.7%-1% lower in early […]

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Hong Kong protest movement not licked, says man behind tear gas flavoured ice cream

The debate about the best ice cream flavour normally revolves around chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. But an ice cream shop owner in Hong Kong has invented a type unlikely to feature in any arguments – tear gas flavour. The new product consists mostly of roasted, ground black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds […]