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13 photos show Hong Kong protesters launching molotov cocktails and police firing tear gas and blue dye as violence erupts on a university campus

Clashes between Hong Kong police and protesters escalated on Monday, as police stormed the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus. Police faced off against protesters near the campus over the weekend and fired tear gas and water cannons filled with blue dye which stains clothes and irritates the skin. Protesters then […]
13 photos show Hong Kong protesters launching molotov cocktails and police firing tear gas and blue dye as violence erupts on a university campus
Markets

Hong Kong enters its first recession in a decade after months of protests

Hong Kong officially entered its first recession since the financial crisis after posting a 3.2% GDP contraction in the third quarter. The economic slowdown is primarily driven by antigovernment protests that dominated the July-to-September period. The demonstrations have hit the city’s business owners, tourism industry, and investors. The demonstrations have […]
Hong Kong enters its first recession in a decade after months of protests
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How this frog meme became a symbol of hope and hate

Pepe the Frog is one of the most popular internet memes of all time. It originated in the non-political comic, “Boy’s Club” by Matt Furie. In 2016, political extremists began associating the meme with white nationalism, which led to the Anti-Defamation League adding it to their database of hate symbols. […]
How this frog meme became a symbol of hope and hate
Tech

AOC, Marco Rubio, and 5 more lawmakers just wrote a letter to Tim Cook calling Apple’s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters ‘deeply concerning’

Lawmakers including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called Apple’s decision to remove an app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police activity “deeply concerning” in a letter to CEO Tim Cook. The letter comes after some politicians have criticised the […]
AOC, Marco Rubio, and 5 more lawmakers just wrote a letter to Tim Cook calling Apple’s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters ‘deeply concerning’
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LeBron James says he doesn’t think Daryl Morey was ‘educated’ before sending pro-Hong Kong tweet, says there are ramifications to free speech

On Monday, LeBron James responded to the NBA’s controversy in China stemming from Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet by saying he didn’t think Morey was “educated on the situation.” James said that there were ramifications to free speech and that people could have been hurt financially, physically, and emotionally by […]
LeBron James says he doesn’t think Daryl Morey was ‘educated’ before sending pro-Hong Kong tweet, says there are ramifications to free speech
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‘The NBA is kowtowing to Beijing to protect their bottom line’: The NBA is under fire for its response to Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong

On Friday, the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, published a tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong. Morey was criticised by people in China, where the protests are unpopular, and several Chinese companies suspended operations with the Rockets and the NBA, which has devoted significant resources to growing basketball in […]
‘The NBA is kowtowing to Beijing to protect their bottom line’: The NBA is under fire for its response to Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong
Lifestyle

200 Hong Kong restaurants have permanently shuttered since the protests started 5 months ago — and the city’s richest billionaire just pledged $25 million to help local eateries

Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Hong Kong, has pledged to donate HK$1 billion ($US127 million) to help local businesses suffering after months of mass protests caused an economic meltdown, his charitable foundation announced October 4. The first part of the pledge will be given in the form of $US7,651.81 […]
200 Hong Kong restaurants have permanently shuttered since the protests started 5 months ago — and the city’s richest billionaire just pledged $25 million to help local eateries
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‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy

One of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists says Trump is a “businessman” and should understand the consequences of a potential military crackdown on the East Asia global financial hub. Joshua Wong is set to meet with US lawmakers and testify before Congress on Tuesday about the pro-democracy movement in […]
‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy
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Fitch slashes Hong Kong’s credit rating as months of protests have inflicted ‘long-lasting damage’ on its financial system

Fitch Ratings downgraded Hong Kong’s credit status on Friday after months of protests have brought into question the city’s “one country, two systems” framework. Fitch lowered the city’s rating to a ‘AA’ from a ‘AA+’ citing the weakening stability of Hong Kong’s business environment. The protests began several months ago […]
Fitch slashes Hong Kong’s credit rating as months of protests have inflicted ‘long-lasting damage’ on its financial system
Lifestyle

Hong Kong has been the least affordable city in the world for 9 years running, and the housing crisis is one of the factors fuelling the 12-week protests

Hong Kong’s housing-affordability crisis is a factor that has been fuelling the 12-week-long protests, which were initially sparked by a proposed extradition bill, according to Bloomberg. Both the city’s rental and home-sales markets are being negatively impacted by the protests. The protests also appear to be pushing wealthy Hong Kong […]
Hong Kong has been the least affordable city in the world for 9 years running, and the housing crisis is one of the factors fuelling the 12-week protests
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2 members of Hong Kong’s richest family have lost $1 billion each since the protests started. Here’s why the protests are costing the Kwoks more than the city’s other billionaires.

Hong Kong’s billionaire Kwok family is unusually exposed to the sectors hit hardest by the economic unrest from the city’s ongoing protests, Bloomberg reported. Some of the properties owned by the family’s real-estate developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, have become sites of the protests, according to Bloomberg. Several of Hong […]
2 members of Hong Kong’s richest family have lost $1 billion each since the protests started. Here’s why the protests are costing the Kwoks more than the city’s other billionaires.
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A protester takes us inside the demonstrations in Hong Kong

Thousands have gathered in Hong Kong’s streets for 10 weeks of protests, causing an airport shutdown and market volatility. Protesters initially gathered against the proposed extradition bill of Hong Kong residents to mainland China. Though the government has now indefinitely suspended the bill, protesters are calling for an official withdrawal […]
A protester takes us inside the demonstrations in Hong Kong
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Trump says China’s Xi should meet ‘directly and personally’ with the Hong Kong protesters to negotiate a ‘happy’ ending to the clashes

President Donald Trump encouraged the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, suggesting that a personal meeting between both sides would lead to “a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem.” In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump suggested the face-to-face meeting as an […]
Trump says China’s Xi should meet ‘directly and personally’ with the Hong Kong protesters to negotiate a ‘happy’ ending to the clashes
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Hundreds of flights to Hong Kong have been cancelled as protests rock the city. Here’s what to do if you’re scheduled to fly there

More than 100 flights from Hong Kong International Airport were cancelled on Tuesday as protesters continued to occupy the airport for a fifth day. Travellers were unable to get through the crowds to pass through security checkpoints, and videos showed police and protesters fighting. Protesters apologised to stranded travellers, saying […]
Hundreds of flights to Hong Kong have been cancelled as protests rock the city. Here’s what to do if you’re scheduled to fly there
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Hong Kong canceled all flights Monday over the massive protests that have taken over the airport. Now it is bracing for a ripple effect of economic pain.

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all remaining flights into and out of the city on Monday afternoon as protesters occupied the arrival and departure halls for the fourth consecutive day. The airport contributes about 5% of the city’s gross domestic product directly and indirectly, but the long-term impact of the […]
Hong Kong canceled all flights Monday over the massive protests that have taken over the airport. Now it is bracing for a ripple effect of economic pain.
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Ongoing protests in Hong Kong and a general aviation strike are escalating travel nightmares as hundreds of flights are cancelled

Hong Kong’s ninth consecutive week of protests disrupted flights at the city’s airport amid a general strike on Monday. More than 230 flights had been canceled as of Monday evening local time, mostly on Cathay Pacific, the region’s flag carrier airline. Protesters have been demonstrating against proposed extradition legislation that […]
Ongoing protests in Hong Kong and a general aviation strike are escalating travel nightmares as hundreds of flights are cancelled
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Video of China’s military practicing riot drills with tanks in Hong Kong bears similarities to army response to the infamous Tiananmen Square protests

China’s military arm in Hong Kong on Wednesday released a three-minute video on its official Weibo social media account, showing its soldiers engaged in various military activities. The video includes personnel practicing riot drills with a group of mock protesters and firing rockets and guns at targets. One particular scene […]
Video of China’s military practicing riot drills with tanks in Hong Kong bears similarities to army response to the infamous Tiananmen Square protests
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China says Hong Kong will ‘suffer’ if protests continue

Beijing on Monday responded to political unrest that has rocked Hong Kong for nearly two months, saying Hong Kong’s society would “suffer” if protests continue. The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, part of the Chinese central government, held the first press conference of its 22-year history on Monday in […]
China says Hong Kong will ‘suffer’ if protests continue
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Trump just blew a huge opportunity to stand up to China

President Donald Trump has essentially been silent about this month’s protests in Hong Kong, and in doing so he has wasted an opportunity to stand up for democracy. Hong Kongers have been fighting to stay an open society for as long as possible, a cause the US should stand for […]
Trump just blew a huge opportunity to stand up to China
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