US issues sweeping new travel warning for China, Hong Kong

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of “arbitrary detention” and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” The advisory is likely to heighten tensions between the sides that have spiked since Beijing’s imposition on Hong Kong of a strict […]

UN rights chief decries racism in US, keeps eye on Hong Kong

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief appealed Monday for “urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism” in the United States, and encouraged Hong Kong authorities to “monitor closely” the enforcement of a national security law in China derided by many activists. The comments from Michelle Bachelet came in a catch-all speech to […]

Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorized assembly last October. Wong tweeted that he was arrested when he reported to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s Central Police Station as part of a bail requirement. He said he was also accused of […]

UN experts raise concerns over Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG (AP) — Seven human rights experts affiliated with the U.N. raised concerns over Hong Kong’s new national security law in a letter addressed to Chinese authorities, saying the legislation limits certain fundamental freedoms. The letter, released Friday, said the law raises a “serious risk” that rights such as freedom of expression and peaceful […]

Hong Kong police arrest 289 at protests over election delay

HONG KONG (AP) — About 290 people were arrested Sunday at protests against the government’s decision to postpone elections for Hong Kong’s legislature, police said. The elections were to have taken place Sunday but Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one year. Lam blamed an upsurge in coronavirus cases, but critics […]

Hong Kong begins mass testing for virus amid public doubts

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong tested more than 120,000 people for the coronavirus Tuesday at the start of a mass-testing effort that’s become another political flash point in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Volunteers stood in lines at some of the more than 100 testing centers, though many residents are distrustful of the resources and […]

Arrests made at Hong Kong protest a year after police clash

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong used pepper spray and made several arrests as dozens of protesters gathered Monday at a subway station to mark the anniversary of a violent clash last year that stirred accusations of police brutality during anti-government rallies. Some protesters came to Prince Edward subway station in Kowloon with […]

The Latest: Nearly 500K register for free tests in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities say nearly half a million people have registered for a free universal coronavirus testing program that is due to begin Tuesday. Residents registering online have already booked out 80 testing sites located in gymnasiums and community centers for the initial day of the program, according to the government’s website. […]

Hong Kong police arrest 16, including 2 opposition lawmakers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 16 people, including two opposition lawmakers, on Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year. The arrests of pro-democracy legislators Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk-ting were announced via social media posts. A post on Hui’s Facebook page said he was arrested on charges of perverting the […]

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