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Hong Kong calls for respect of its overseas-based trade offices after UK charged its London staffer

May. 14, 2024 22:19 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday urged foreign governments to respect its overseas-based trade offices after a staff member in its London branch was charged in Britain for allegedly working for the Chinese city's intelligence service. Chief Executive John Lee said his...

3 men charged in the UK with assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

May. 13, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The office manager of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and two other men appeared in court Monday on charges that they helped Hong Kong's intelligence service gather information in Britain, amid growing concern hostile states are trying to interfere with democracy...

A ban on single-use plastics takes effect in Hong Kong in a bid to reduce pollution

Apr. 22, 2024 06:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has long been a major producer and consumer of great food, and a great amount of plastic and Styrofoam to go with it. That’s going to change as new legislation aiming to stop the sale and distribution of Styrofoam products and single-use plastic cutlery...

Stock market today: Asian markets are mixed after a slow day on Wall St ahead of US inflation update

Apr. 10, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after U.S. stock indexes held at a near standstill ahead of some potentially market-moving reports. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 1.9% to 17,144.54, while the Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.3% to 3,088.25. ...

Beneath the calm, Hong Kong's new security law drives deeper, quieter changes

Apr. 05, 2024 22:02 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — On the surface, life in Hong Kong after a broad new national security law recently took effect appears unchanged. A 2020 security law drew thousands of protesters to the streets when it was enacted. Now, that’s seen as too risky. This time, no arrests made...

Stock market today: Global stocks mixed after strong US factory data prompt Wall St retreat

Apr. 02, 2024 05:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Global stocks were mixed on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated as surprisingly strong U.S. manufacturing data cast doubts over how soon the Federal Reserve might cut interest rates. European markets opened mostly higher, but Germany’s DAX then slipped, losing...

US-funded Radio Free Asia closes its Hong Kong bureau over safety concerns under new security law

Mar. 29, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The president of U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia said Friday that its Hong Kong bureau has been closed because of safety concerns under a new national security law, deepening concerns about the city’s media freedoms. Bay Fang, the president of RFA, said in a...

How will a new national security law affect different walks of life in Hong Kong?

Mar. 19, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong passed a new national security law, the city that evolved from a swampy fishing village to a financial center embarked on another transformation, one that may redefine its role on the world stage and the liberties of its citizens. For the government...

Hong Kong passes a new national security law that expands the government's power to crush dissent

Mar. 19, 2024 06:59 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong passes a new national security law that expands the government's power to crush dissent.

Hong Kong jails 12 people over the storming of the legislature in 2019 protests

Mar. 16, 2024 01:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced 12 people Saturday to prison over the storming of the city’s legislative council building at the height of the anti-government protests in 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into the legislature the night of July 1, 2019 — the...