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This photo shows the main page of HKChronicles website, seen in Yokohama, Japan, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A Hong Kong internet service provider on Thursday, said it had blocked access to a pro-democracy website to comply with the city’s national security law. In a statement emailed on Thursday, Hong Kong Broadband Network said that it had disabled access to HKChronicles, a website which compiled information on “yellow” shops that had supported the city's pro-democracy movement and released personal information and pictures of police and pro-Beijing supporters as part of a doxxing effort during anti-government protests in 2019. (AP Photo)

Hong Kong internet firm blocked website over security law

Jan. 14, 2021 6:36 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong internet service provider on Thursday said it had blocked access to a pro-democracy website to comply with the city’s national security law. In a statement emailed on Thursday, Hong Kong Broadband Network said that it had disabled access to HKChronicles, a website which...

Former Democratic Party legislators Andrew Wan, left, Lam Cheuk-ting, second left, and Helena Wong, right, attend a press conference after being released on bail in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Some former Hong Kong legislators and pro-democracy activists were released on bail late Thursday, after being arrested under Hong Kong's national security law as part of Wednesday's mass arrests of 53 people. The Chinese in the background reads

Australia, US, UK, Canada criticize Hong Kong mass arrests

Jan. 10, 2021 3:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Canada issued a joint statement Sunday expressing “serious concern” about the arrest of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week. The arrests were by far the largest such...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019, file photo, pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. Wong, currently serving a 13 1/2 month prison sentence for organizing and participating in an unauthorized 2019 protest, has been arrested on a new charge under the national security law while an American rights lawyer who was detained in a sweeping crackdown was granted bail.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Wong questioned, US lawyer released in Hong Kong crackdown

Jan. 7, 2021 11:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested on a new charge under the national security law on Thursday while an American rights lawyer who was detained in a sweeping crackdown was granted bail. Friends and family of Wong, who is serving a 13 1/2-month prison sentence...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, protesters try to break the glass walls of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. From across the political spectrum, Hong Kong residents condemned mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, 18 months after they saw protesters storm their own local legislature. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kongers call US violence a setback for democracy

Jan. 7, 2021 4:28 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong residents from across the political spectrum condemned mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, 18 months after protesters stormed their own legislature to demand greater democracy, not the overthrow of election results. Pro-democracy activists said America’s reputation and...

In this image taken from a video, Hong Kong's Democratic Party member and former lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, center, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Hong Kong police arrested about 50 pro-democracy figures Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in an unofficial primary election last year held to increase their chances of controlling the legislature, according to political parties and local media. (TVB via AP)

Hong Kong arrests 53 activists under national security law

Jan. 6, 2021 10:27 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature last year. The mass arrests were the largest move against Hong...

A demonstrator wears a face shield with a red handprint, mimicking blood, to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Protesters also called for the immediate start of COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain

Dec. 23, 2020 11:09 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has become the latest country to bar flights from the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent contagion from a new strain of the coronavirus. The government announced in an extra edition of the country’s official gazette released late Wednesday that it is temporarily prohibiting...

UK Home Secretary meets with exiled Hong Kong activist

Dec. 9, 2020 4:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Home Secretary met with exiled Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law Wednesday to discuss the situation in the Chinese territory as well as new British immigration policies intended to help people wishing to leave the city amid concerns about Beijing’s...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui, center, argues with pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho, left, during a demonstration in Hong Kong. Hui who is currently visiting Denmark urged European nations on Wednesday to allow protesters in Hong Kong

Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker asks Europe to provide 'safe haven'

Dec. 2, 2020 10:04 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who is visiting Denmark urged European nations on Wednesday to allow protesters in Hong Kong "a safe haven from the terror” of China's Communist Party. “The situation in Hong Kong is getting worse by the day and it is important...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus wait outside a bakery in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong closes government offices in new anti-virus curbs

Nov. 30, 2020 8:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Monday imposed sweeping curbs to stop a fresh spike in coronavirus infections, closing government offices and swimming pools and limiting public gatherings to two people. The announcement follows Sunday’s decision to close schools for in-person teaching the rest of the...

FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, then pan-democratic legislator Ray Chan is taken away by security guards during a Legislative Council's House Committee meeting in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers, Chan, Ted Hui and Eddie Chu, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Former Hong Kong lawmakers who disrupted session arrested

Nov. 18, 2020 5:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers on Wednesday for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, adding to concerns about a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp. Posts on the Facebook accounts of Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan said they had...