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Riot police detain protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Hong Kong has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have diminished considerably in scale following a landslide win by opposition candidates in races for district councilors late last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Police fired tear gas near the park, known as Chater Garden, after some...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a display of photos from Xinjiang during a forum on human rights in Beijing. China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China blasts human rights report, praises current situation

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday said he had not read the report but that such documents routinely “turned a...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference at the Office of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Lam said the city faces multiple challenges in the new year, including “violence, economic tribulation and a health scare

Hong Kong leader says new year will be a challenging one

Jan. 7, 2020 1:44 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the city faces multiple challenges in the new year, including violence, economic tribulation and a health scare as anti-government protests enter their eighth month. But the government is determined to overcome these challenges, Lam...

Pro-democracy activists hold up placards of Chinese President Xi Jinping at a ferry terminal in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. A ferry company barred a Hong Kong activist

HK activists refused travel to Macao on day of Xi visit

Dec. 18, 2019 4:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A ferry company barred a group of Hong Kong protesters, including a well-known pro-democracy activist, from boarding a boat Wednesday to Macao, where Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in for a much-trumpeted visit. Like Hong Kong, Macao has a separate legal system from mainland China....

In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 photo, people walk past the entrance of a tea shop that has been turned into a

AP Photos: Hong Kong's "yellow" stores support protests

Dec. 16, 2019 9:02 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Nicknamed "yellow shops," they make their politics plain and are winning customers in protest-hit Hong Kong because of it. These are stores that have come out in open support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement. They include eateries, bars and other businesses. There's even an...

In this photo released by Hong Kong Government Information Services, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, left, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pose for a photo during a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Turmoil over amendments to extradition legislation has damaged Hong Kong society on all fronts, Li said Monday during a meeting with the semiautonomous territory's leader. It's her first visit to Beijing since pro-democracy candidates swept local Hong Kong elections last month in a rebuke of how Lam has handled months of fiery anti-government protests. (Hong Kong Government Information Services via AP)

China's Xi: Hong Kong had its 'grimmest' year since handover

Dec. 16, 2019 7:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his support for Hong Kong's embattled leader on Monday even as he declared that the former British colony has faced its “grimmest and most complex year” since its return to China. Xi praised Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam for...

In this image made from video, a protester is arrested by police at a shopping mall in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong, with shoppers watch from balconies above, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.  The rally, which had a Christmas shopping theme, was the latest in a series of demonstrations, which have beset Hong Kong for more than six months.(AP Photo)

Police targets of both love and anger at Hong Kong rallies

Dec. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Several thousand people, some making heart signs with their hands, turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for the police force, even as riot officers clashed elsewhere with protesters and pepper-sprayed a crowd. Competing rallies on Hong Kong Island and wildcat protest actions,...

Pro-democracy supporters and office workers protest in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend, days before she is to travel to Beijing for regularly scheduled meetings with Communist Party leaders. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong government

Dec. 11, 2019 5:23 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Foreign experts recruited to add legitimacy to Hong Kong's police watchdog quit Wednesday, saying the agency lacks teeth. The expert panel's decision to stand aside is likely to increase pressure on the territory's government for an independent probe of police behavior during six months...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Hong Kong's leader unbowed after massive weekend protest

Dec. 10, 2019 3:33 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend, days before she is to travel to Beijing for regularly scheduled meetings with Communist Party leaders. The six-month protest movement...

Pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Marchers are again expected to fill Hong Kong streets Sunday in a rally that will test the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement marking a half year of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Hong Kong protests mark 6-month mark with massive rally

Dec. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Almost hidden among the throngs of demonstrators who marched in Hong Kong on Sunday was one woman who crawled, literally on hands and knees on the rough road surface — an apt metaphor for the arduous path traveled by Hong Kong's protest movement in the past six months. Dragging...