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Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a...

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse protesters

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse protesters

Hong Kong police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy. Scuffles had broken out at the entrance to the center where Li Fei, deputy secretary general...

China executes 8 for 'terrorist' attacks

China executes 8 for 'terrorist' attacks

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls "terrorist" attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including...

Jackie Chan responds to son's drug bust: 'I'm extremely furious'

Jackie Chan responds to son's drug bust: 'I'm extremely furious'

Kung fu movie star Jackie Chan says he "takes responsibility" for the drug charges laid against his son, 32-year-old Jaycee Chan, in Beijing. Police detained the junior Chan, who is originally from Hong Kong and also an actor, as well as Kai Ko, a 23-year-old Taiwanese actor, during a raid on August 14 in...

Switzerland, China agree swap boosting role of yuan

The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing on Monday, marking an important step in the development of a market for yuan in Switzerland, the Swiss central bank BNS said. The agreement, highlighting steps towards international use of the yuan, ensures that Swiss francs will be available in China and that yuan, also known as renminbi, will be supplied to financial centres in Switzerland. The BNS statement said that the agreement was "an important step" for...

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

When an extraordinary photograph of a blurry “monster” emerges from the remote valleys around Beijing, online commentators are understandably liable to cry foul and dismiss it as an elaborate fake, The Independent reports. But a series of images showing a creature closely resembling the character “Gollum” from Lord of the Rings now appear to have turned out to be “genuine”. The photos were captured by a Chinese tourist in Huairou, who claimed to have had an encounter with a “monster” with human-like form but enormous ears, reports the UK-based newspaper. He said he and his friends were camping in the wilderness when he spotted the “creature”, and he quickly took a number...

Democracy Referendum

Hong Kongers defy Beijing

Hong Kong citizens cast their ballots in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform yesterday, as booths opened across the territory in a poll that has enraged Beijing and drawn nearly 650,000 votes since it opened online. Tensions are growing in the former British colony over the future of its electoral system, with increasingly vocal calls from residents to be able to choose who can run for the post of chief executive. Hong Kong's leader is currently appointed by a 1,200-strong pro-Beijing...

China Xinjiang attack on cops ‘kills 13’

China Xinjiang attack on cops ‘kills 13’

Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China's restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say. The attackers drove a car into the station and set off explosives on Saturday morning, the local government said on its website. Three police suffered minor injuries but no civilians were hurt, it added. The...

PM flies to Beijing from Kunming

PM flies to Beijing from Kunming

A red carpet was rolled out to welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she arrived in Beijing from Kunming this afternoon. A special flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Beijing International Airport around 2:00pm (local time). On her arrival in the Chinese capital, Hasina was received by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of China Liu Zhenmin and Bangladesh Ambassador to China Muhammad Azizul Haque. Hasina was presented a bouquet and then introduced with those in the presentation line. The prime minister then walked through the static guard before going to Diaoyutai State Guest House in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her tour. Earlier, the prime minister departed...

China follows US in carbon pledge

China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing yesterday that an absolute cap on carbon emissions will be introduced. "The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap," Reuters reported He as saying. Though...

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