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Who are Jimmy Lai and Agnes Chow, two of the Hong Kong democracy advocates arrested Monday?
The fears of many pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, which have been building since Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law over the territory earlier this summer, were realized Monday with the arrest of a media tycoon, his s...
Activists launch London legal action against UK officers in Hong Kong police
Pro-democracy activists allege five British officers have taken part in brutal actions against protesters
Why has Hong Kong stayed resilient as leading fintech hub during Covid-19 pandemic?
Global spread of coronavirus disease sparks growth in use of financial technology as companies and consumers adopt digital payment methods. City, known for thriving financial services market and free flow of capital, well placed to benef...
Hong Kong third wave: gyms, sports clubs, dance studios will be forced to close in three months without subsidies, fitness sector warns
The government provided fitness centres with a HK$100,000 one-off subsidy in April, but sector says that was not enough to cover losses. 97 per cent of employers call for an immediate boost to the subsidies to compensate for losses after...
WHO urges governments to act to eliminate the coronavirus
The director of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked governments and citizens on Monday to do everything possible to eliminate the transmission of the coronavirus that has caused almost 750,000 deaths.
Hong Kong third wave: 5 million city residents to be tested for Covid-19, health minister says
Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan says the government is finalising details for a voluntary coronavirus testing plan. Infectious disease expert Joseph Tsang says officials will have to standardise procedures to ensure all samples...
Pentagon to share spectrum with US telecoms firms to help build 5G networks
Move opens up 100 megahertz of airwaves previously reserved for military use. Frequencies to be auctioned for commercial use as early as December next year
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The world is spending nowhere near enough on a coronavirus vaccine
Consider the following thought experiment. If you fail to eat a pizza within an hour, you will die from hunger. What do you do? Most people would immediately order a pizza-and not just one Margherita, but lots of them, from several diffe...
Under a new national-security law, Hong Kong is already a changed city
Residents have long feared that it might turn into just another Chinese city. That is happening, fast
As Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily offices, publication’s live feed allows world to watch drama unfold
Confrontations between editors and police over warrants, access seen by thousands as newspaper’s staff takes to Facebook during raid. ‘You swallow whatever is served on your plate’, founder Jimmy Lai tells live audience, while admitting ...
Arrest of tycoon Jimmy Lai sparks surge in his company’s shares
Shares of the company that owns Apple Daily newspaper skyrocketed by as much as 344 per cent in afternoon trade, rebounding from a record low in the morning. Some analysts pointed to speculation that the company could sell its listed ent...
Hong Kong’s top developers shun Shouson Hill tender as property becomes ‘hot potato’ amid US-China tensions
Only Li Ka-shing’s CK Asset is known to have submitted a bid for 37 Shouson Hill property, according to a survey by the Post. Tender closed on July 31 amid escalating tensions between the US and China over Hong Kong’s national security law
Hong Kong man jailed for duping 33 people into buying surgical masks
Cheng Shing-to posed as a surgical mask seller to lure four men and 29 women into paying up to HK$56,000 for the masks.
Is an iPhone in China any good if Trump bans WeChat?
iPhone shipments could drop as much as 30 per cent if Trump’s ban forces WeChat off the iOS App Store, analyst says.
PLAs jets cross a line in Taiwan Strait as Taipei hosts US official
Beijing deployed fighter jets that briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait on Monday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said, as US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar was in Taiwan for the highest-level US visit to the is...
ByteDance to escalate fight against Trump’s TikTok ban, sources say
The Chinese owners of video-sharing app TikTok plan to step up opposition to a US ban, sources say, as criticism grows at home the firm is kowtowing to American demands.
Pressure mounts on Spain to pursue ex-king on corruption charges
SPAIN’S former king Juan Carlos is believed to have taken up residence in the United Arab Emirates following his secretive departure from Spain last week. The trip, which also forced him to resign as honorary president of the World Wildl...
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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under new security law
Police in Hong Kong have arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of China's policies in Hong Kong. A top aide said Lai is being held over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the controversial national security law ...
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law
Founder of the tabloid-style Apple Daily was detained on suspicion of foreign collusion and fraud. His two sons and some of the newspaper’s senior executives were also detained in sweeping police operation.
Pair of glasses belonging to Gandhi left in auctioneer's letterbox
A pair of spectacles belonging to Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi will go on sale this month after being left in a local auctioneer's letterbox. Employees of East Bristol Auctions discovered the glasses in a plain envelope on M...
Hong Kong goes a week of fewer than 100 Covid-19 cases a day but death toll rises
Hong Kong’s third wave of Covid-19 continued to show signs of slowing down as the city marked a week of recording only double-digit daily increases to its infected tally, with health authorities on Sunday confirming 72 new cases and five...
Could funeral of Taiwan’s former leader Lee Teng-hui fuel US-China tensions?
With relations between Washington and Taipei on a high, academic says she will be surprised if US does not send at least a middleweight official to mark president’s passing.
Hong Kong’s financial institutions gripped by anxiety over US sanctions
Hong Kong’s financial institutions, from banks and fund managers to brokerages and insurance companies, have been gripped by anxiety and uncertainty since the United States slapped sanctions on key local and mainland Chinese officials ov...
CDC Data Shows 200,700 'Excess Deaths' During Coronavirus Pandemic, Far Eclipsing 160,000 Confirmed Death Count
According to a New York Times analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 200,700 excess deaths in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, much higher than the current total of 161,000 confirme...
Simon Cowell breaks his back while testing electric bicycle
The music mogul, 60, was trying out the bike in the courtyard of his Malibu home when he fell off.
Beirut Explosion Rocks Church During a Wedding
A Lebanese couple’s wedding day was ruined as the Beirut explosion tore through the venue, leaving guests panicked and confused. One guest was even captured on camera making the sign of the cross as she entered the church before the blast.
Power firm pays £237m divi to Hong Kong tycoon
A British electricity company controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and his family has paid out its biggest ever dividend.
U.S. intelligence report on Trump-Biden election meddling reveals who Russia, China and Iran want to win
Russia is trying to “undermine” presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s candidacy, a leading U.S. intelligence official said Friday. But China and Iran want President Donald Trump to lose the election, said William Evanina, director o...
As Trump bans WeChat, some in China turn to encrypted messaging app Signal
NBC News reports Signal isn't blocked by the Great Firewall, unlike other encrypted messaging apps including WhatsApp and Telegram.
NPC to review Hong Kong LegCo's future
China's top legislative body will deliberate a proposal during its meeting starting Saturday about the normal operation of Hong Kong Legislative Council after the postponement of its election.
Why Sweden, pilloried for refusing to lock down, may have last laugh
As infections spike again in places that locked down, where schools struggle to reopen and the economic carnage grows clearer, is it possible Sweden made the right long-term call?
Troops fire on Beirut protesters as streets brim with violence
Chaotic scenes returned to Beirut as clashes between anti-government protestors demanding regime change and security forces saw buildings damaged by Tuesday huge explosion set on fire.
Beijing's top office in Hong Kong slams 'ridiculous' US sanctions
Officials subject to US sanctions include Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and head of China's Liaison Office, Luo Huining.
Bill Gates called Microsoft's potential TikTok deal a 'poison chalice' and said 'who knows what's going to happen'
In an interview with WIRED published Friday, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about the state of US coronavirus testing, vaccines, and Microsoft's potential TikTok deal. On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an...
TikTok and Twitter are starting to talk about a possible combination, WSJ reports
Amid President Donald Trump's threats to ban TikTok, or force it to sell its US operations, Twitter was reported to be in talks with the video-sharing app Saturday night. The Wall Street Journal reported that a potential deal, if it mate...
Bitcoin is Almost as Big as Bank of America
As crypto prices continue climbing, Bitcoin's market cap has almost reach par with Bank of America's market cap.
Doctors sound alarm as deadly tick-borne virus re-emerges in China, kills 7 so far
As if Covid-19 wasn’t enough, Chinese doctors are warning that the country’s population is threatened by yet another virus. The infection is passed by tick bites, but could also be transmitted between humans, experts say.
Almost 240 people injured, 1 officer killed in Beirut protests amid clashes, reports of fire & police shooting
Army has been deployed to Beirut downtown to quell protests over the deadly blast earlier this week. At least 238 people were injured and 63 of them hospitalized and police said an officer was killed in the clashes.
‘Nobody knows our work’: Hong Kong’s unsung workers who risk Covid-19 for less pay
Cleaner Chiu has not missed a day of work since the Covid-19 outbreak started, despite seeing some of his colleagues giving up for fear of infection.
‘Shameless and despicable’: Hong Kong decries US sanctions on officials over national security law
Hong Kong’s embattled leader was defiant on Saturday, refusing to be intimidated by what she called “shameless and despicable” sanctions imposed on her and 10 other local and mainland Chinese officials by the US government, while Beijing...
China’s growing military power may make drone and cruise missile proliferation ‘inevitable’ in Asia-Pacific
Countries in Asia-Pacific are looking at developing small and smart weapons like drones and cruise missiles to deter China, making their proliferation “inevitable”, a study has warned.
Is US official’s visit to Taiwan a sign of Washington’s disregard for Beijing?
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is set to lead a delegation to Taipei on Sunday, but observers say his trip is unlikely to herald the re-establishment of diplomatic ties.
Intel Hacked, 20 GB of Data Leaked On Messaging App Telegram
Password-protected zips in the folder may be accessed using either “Intel123” or “intel123” as the password.
Russia Is Set to Create a New Regime for Tokenized Securities
The new Russian “crypto” law provides a regulatory regime for tokenized securities and has no regulation for cryptocurrencies
Inside a Royal’s extravagant former London home on sale for £19.5 million
A Prime Minister also spent a lot of time there
Short on Money, Cities Around the World Try Making Their Own
Fans of “complementary currency” are betting that this Depression-era idea for keeping towns alive by printing local money can prove its worth as pandemic relief.
U.S. Citizen talking to Trump @ Trump Tower about censoring TikTok from U.S. users
Prince Andrew 'burst with ecstasy during sex', Virginia Roberts claims
Prince Andrew 'burst with ecstasy': Virginia Roberts claims 'sex with foot-licking fetishist Duke was the longest 10 minutes of my life' in explosive unsealed court documents
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