Latest Hong Kong government News

Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence

Sep. 16, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of medical staff at one of Hong Kong's main public hospitals rallied Monday to support months of protests for democratic reforms and denounce police use of force, after new violence over the weekend rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Staff at the Prince of Wales...

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban

Sep. 15, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired chemical-laced blue water and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. A mixed crowd of...

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Activists and...

Lam assures investors Hong Kong can rebound from protests

Sep. 11, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam reassured foreign investors Wednesday that the Asian financial hub can rebound from months of protests, despite no sign that the unrest will subside. Lam told a forum on China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative that Hong Kong is grappling with...

Hong Kong tells US to stay out; students form protest chains

Sep. 9, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes between police and activists seeking democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The silent protest came as the Hong Kong government...

Fitch cuts Hong Kong credit rating, citing protests

Sep. 6, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut Hong Kong's credit rating and warned that conflict with anti-government protesters was hurting the image of its business climate. Events in the Chinese territory have "inflicted long-lasting damage" to Hong Kong's image and "called into question the...

The Latest: Lam says decision to end bill was her govt's own

Sep. 5, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 11 a.m. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the move to withdraw the extradition bill was her government's own decision, and that it was backed by the Chinese central government. Lam denies making a U-turn on the bill after three...

The Latest: Hong Kong activists appeal for German support

Sep. 4, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 9 p.m. Hong Kong activists are appealing to Angela Merkel for support ahead of the German chancellor's trip to China this week. Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday that the government had "taken note" of an open letter sent by prominent...

Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests

Sep. 4, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew the extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. But activists rejected Wednesday's move as insufficient and vowed not to yield until the...

Markets Right Now: Tech leads a broad rally on Wall Street

Sep. 4, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Technology companies led a broad rally in U.S. stocks, erasing much of the market's losses from a day earlier. Traders pivoted to riskier holdings Wednesday as encouraging developments overseas helped alleviate...