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Among those sentenced was Jimmy Lai, 72, who founded the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper. Lai received 14 months in prison for his involvement in two protests on August 18 and 31, 2019. Also jailed for taking part in both events was Lee Cheuk-yan, a 64-year-old former lawmaker and veteran pro-democracy activist, who received a total …

HONG KONG — Political opposition has been quashed. Free speech has been stifled. The independent court system may be next. But while Hong Kong’s top leaders take a tougher line on the city of more than seven million people, they are courting a crucial constituency: the rich. Top officials are preparing a new tax break …

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police announced a record-breaking 700kg seizure of cocaine on Sunday (Apr 4), with officers suspecting the huge shipment was smuggled into the city on speedboats.  The bust is the largest in the territory in nearly a decade, netting HK$930 million (US$119.6 million) worth of cocaine. Advertisement Advertisement Authorities say the collapse of global …

Hong Kong: China limits parliament to ‘patriots’  BBC News Beijing passes new ‘patriot’ election law for Hong Kong that restricts opposition  CNN China reduces elected seats in Hong Kong legislature  Fox News China Rewrites Hong Kong Election Rules to Keep Opponents Out  The Wall Street Journal Beijing cuts Hong Kong’s directly elected seats in radical overhaul  The Guardian View Full …

Hong Kong: What is China’s ‘patriot’ plan for electoral reform?  BBC News Beijing passes new ‘patriot’ election law for Hong Kong that restricts opposition  CNN Hong Kong TV Channels Follow China and Cancel Oscar Broadcast Plans  Variety No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears  The Associated Press Hong Kong: directly elected seats slashed as China brings …

The Oscars will not be shown in Hong Kong for the first time in more than half a century, its local broadcaster confirmed Monday, as doubts remained over whether Hollywood’s top awards will air in mainland China. The ceremony has been broadcast in Hong Kong every year since 1969 by free-to-air TVB on its English …

Almost 49m Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as several states prepare to offer shots to all adults in the coming weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the US has administered 136.7m doses overall since the rollout began in December, with 89.6m Americans receiving at least one dose.  Germany has designated …

If found guilty of “conspiracy to commit subversion” they could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Those charged were among 53 people — many prominent former lawmakers, activists and district councilors — who were arrested last month for organizing, planning and participating in a primary election for the city’s democratic opposition last July. …

For years, parents and students in the semi-autonomous city have feared a shift toward China-style “patriotic education,” with a previous attempt to introduce such a curriculum defeated by mass protests in 2012. The new rules, coming in the wake of both the new security law and a crackdown on the city’s opposition movement, go far …

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