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The Latest: Japan 'deeply concerned' about Hong Kong

Aug. 20, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's protests (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Japan's top diplomat has told his Chinese counterpart that Japan is "deeply concerned" about the continuing protests in Hong Kong. Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday that he told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that...

Hong Kong's leader vows to narrow rifts, but no specifics

Aug. 20, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Facing pressure to end months of antigovernment protests, Hong Kong's leader pledged Tuesday to open up dialogue with city residents in an effort to narrow differences. However, Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered no concessions to the protest movement and a key organizer of the mass...

The Latest: Hong Kong protesters disperse peacefully

Aug. 18, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Protesters gathered outside Hong Kong's government headquarters have peacefully dispersed after fellow demonstrators urged them to go home. Sunday's pro-democracy rally, attended by hundreds of thousands, concluded a rare...

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory. The sound of marching boots...

The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...

Hong Kong police: not aware of any military plans by China

Aug. 15, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Three senior Hong Kong police officers said Thursday that they are not aware of any plans for Chinese forces to join efforts to quell mass demonstrations in the territory, as images this week showed paramilitary exercises in a neighboring mainland city. The officers added that they are...

Mob violence marks 2nd day of protests at Hong Kong airport

Aug. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Frenzied mob violence Tuesday against two men protesters suspected of being spies from mainland China marked the second day of pro-democracy demonstrations that have caused mass cancellations and disruptions in Hong Kong's busy airport. Calm eventually returned, with most of the protesters...

Latest: Hong Kong police: 5 arrested after airport protests

Aug. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 5:20 a.m. Hong Kong police say they have arrested five people for unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing weapons after a second day of mass protests at the city's airport. Officials said in a statement that some...

As protesters scatter, Hong Kong residents take their place

Aug. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — After the protesters evacuated, the residents took their place. In one Hong Kong neighborhood on Saturday, riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas, prompting demonstrators to flee after they started a fire outside a police station and threw eggs at its exterior. But while the...

Hong Kong leader Lam says priority is to stop violence

Aug. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Friday her priority is to "stop the violence" rather than make political concessions as the city's 2-month-long protest movement pressed on with a demonstration at the airport. Lam said traffic disruptions and confrontations between police and protesters...