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Parallel trading in Hong Kong’s northern districts

Hong Kong has long thrived as one of the freest economies in the world, thanks in part to an absence of taxes and duties on goods. 

23 Aug 2019 - 12:30PM

Hong Kong has long thrived as one of the freest economies in the world, thanks in part to an absence of taxes and duties on goods. 

Parallel trading in Hong Kong’s northern districts
US, Canada urge China to respect ‘one country, two systems’, put Hong Kong protests on trade talks table

North American leaders have weighed in after anti-government protesters called for international support at a mass rally in Hong Kong on August 16, 2019.

20 Aug 2019 - 5:43PM

North American leaders have weighed in after anti-government protesters called for international support at a mass rally in Hong Kong on August 16, 2019.

US, Canada urge China to respect ‘one country, two systems’, put Hong Kong protests on trade talks table
Voices from the Hong Kong protests

Hongkongers burned offerings for the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, from August 14-15, 2019. Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued on the city’s streets, with massive rallies on August 17 and August 18, 2019.

19 Aug 2019 - 5:40PM

Hongkongers burned offerings for the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, from August 14-15, 2019. Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued on the city’s streets, with massive rallies on August 17 and August 18, 2019.

Voices from the Hong Kong protests
Tens of thousands brace the rain to show support for Hong Kong police

Tens of thousands of people braved the rain to join a rally outside Hong Kong government headquarters. Called, ‘No violence, save Hong Kong’, the rally aimed to demonstrate support for the police and call for an end to the protests. Organisers say the event attracted 476,000 people. Police estimate 108,000 at its peak.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:53PM

Tens of thousands of people braved the rain to join a rally outside Hong Kong government headquarters. Called, ‘No violence, save Hong Kong’, the rally aimed to demonstrate support for the police and call for an end to the protests. Organisers say the event attracted 476,000 people. Police estimate 108,000 at its peak.

Tens of thousands brace the rain to show support for Hong Kong police
Skateboarders vie for space in the streets of Shanghai

Skateboarding is still being looked down upon in China’s mega city, Shanghai, despite the sport rolling up to its Olympic debut in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Now Shanghai skateboarders want more space for their growing sport. 

16 Aug 2019 - 4:45PM

Skateboarding is still being looked down upon in China’s mega city, Shanghai, despite the sport rolling up to its Olympic debut in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Now Shanghai skateboarders want more space for their growing sport. 

Skateboarders vie for space in the streets of Shanghai
Tesla’s first overseas car plant nears completion in Shanghai, outdoing US-China trade war tariffs

US carmaker Tesla spearheaded its entry into the world’s largest electric car market, with its first overseas assembly facility in Shanghai, China, amid the ongoing US-China trade war. The main structure is near completion and the wholly-owned plant is set to begin production of the Model 3 by the end of 2019, less than a year after construction began in January.

17 Aug 2019 - 9:36PM

US carmaker Tesla spearheaded its entry into the world’s largest electric car market, with its first overseas assembly facility in Shanghai, China, amid the ongoing US-China trade war. The main structure is near completion and the wholly-owned plant is set to begin production of the Model 3 by the end of 2019, less than a year after construction began in January.

Tesla’s first overseas car plant nears completion in Shanghai, outdoing US-China trade war tariffs
United Nations condemns violence in Hong Kong protests

The United Nations Human Rights Office has raised concerns over the escalating violence of the ongoing extradition bill protests in Hong Kong. In an unprecedented intervention on August 13, 2019, the UN urged an open dialogue and independent investigation into the extradition bill movement.

15 Aug 2019 - 3:29PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office has raised concerns over the escalating violence of the ongoing extradition bill protests in Hong Kong. In an unprecedented intervention on August 13, 2019, the UN urged an open dialogue and independent investigation into the extradition bill movement.

United Nations condemns violence in Hong Kong protests
Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia concludes with ‘stoning of the devil’ ritual

Millions of Muslim pilgrims gathered in Mecca in Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual haj. The ‘stoning of the devil’ ceremony in the Mina neighbourhood on Sunday, August 11, 2019, was the final major ritual of the pilgrimage.

12 Aug 2019 - 12:48PM

Millions of Muslim pilgrims gathered in Mecca in Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual haj. The ‘stoning of the devil’ ceremony in the Mina neighbourhood on Sunday, August 11, 2019, was the final major ritual of the pilgrimage.

Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia concludes with ‘stoning of the devil’ ritual
US farmers brace for more pain as China halts US agricultural imports amid escalating trade war

China decided to halt US agricultural imports on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods. 

9 Aug 2019 - 2:43PM

China decided to halt US agricultural imports on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods. 

US farmers brace for more pain as China halts US agricultural imports amid escalating trade war
Beijing summons Hong Kong officials to Shenzhen for seminar on ‘worst crisis since 1997 handover’ amid ongoing extradition bill protests

Hong Kong officials attended a high-level meeting with the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), in Shenzhen on August 7, 2019, to discuss the ongoing extradition bill crisis.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:40PM

Hong Kong officials attended a high-level meeting with the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), in Shenzhen on August 7, 2019, to discuss the ongoing extradition bill crisis.

Beijing summons Hong Kong officials to Shenzhen for seminar on ‘worst crisis since 1997 handover’ amid ongoing extradition bill protests
Group of masked Hong Kong extradition bill protesters hold press conference to denounce government

Three young supporters of the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement held a press conference on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, following an announcement by the city’s chief executive that police would hold daily briefings about ongoing unrest.

7 Aug 2019 - 12:04PM

Three young supporters of the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement held a press conference on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, following an announcement by the city’s chief executive that police would hold daily briefings about ongoing unrest.

Group of masked Hong Kong extradition bill protesters hold press conference to denounce government
Hong Kong cleans up after a citywide rampage with clashes between police and protesters

After a chaotic night in Hong Kong, the city is cleaning up on August 6, 2019, following violent clashes in multiple districts the previous day. Protesters, police and other groups clashed during a citywide strike on August 5.

20 Nov 2019 - 4:06PM

After a chaotic night in Hong Kong, the city is cleaning up on August 6, 2019, following violent clashes in multiple districts the previous day. Protesters, police and other groups clashed during a citywide strike on August 5.

Hong Kong cleans up after a citywide rampage with clashes between police and protesters
Empty streets and transport chaos amid Hong Kong citywide strike

Chaos continues as a general strike in Hong Kong evolves across the city on August 5, 2019. The usual bustling commercial areas and streets are mostly empty. Eight MTR lines have been fully or partially suspended. Protesters have been seen blocking roads and preventing MTR train doors from closing, stopping trains from departing. 

5 Aug 2019 - 1:57PM

Chaos continues as a general strike in Hong Kong evolves across the city on August 5, 2019. The usual bustling commercial areas and streets are mostly empty. Eight MTR lines have been fully or partially suspended. Protesters have been seen blocking roads and preventing MTR train doors from closing, stopping trains from departing. 

Empty streets and transport chaos amid Hong Kong citywide strike
Hong Kong wakes up to a citywide general strike over extradition bill crisis

Hong Kong woke up to what could prove to be the largest citywide strike in decades on Monday, August 5, 2019. 

20 Nov 2019 - 4:07PM

Hong Kong woke up to what could prove to be the largest citywide strike in decades on Monday, August 5, 2019. 

Hong Kong wakes up to a citywide general strike over extradition bill crisis
Bankers stage flash mob protest against Hong Kong government’s handling of extradition bill crisis

People from Hong Kong’s financial sector took to the streets for a flash mob protest against how the government has handled its now-shelved extradition bill.

2 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM

People from Hong Kong’s financial sector took to the streets for a flash mob protest against how the government has handled its now-shelved extradition bill.

Bankers stage flash mob protest against Hong Kong government’s handling of extradition bill crisis
A Hong Kong ghost town

Most visitors to Hong Kong arrive from the city’s international airport via the Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension spans connecting the islands of Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. But few notice the ghostly ruins of Ma Wan Village just northwest of the structure. The once-thriving fishing and farming community first settled over 200 years ago, was earmarked for redevelopment in 1997. A dispute over the property halted development and has left the village frozen in a state of decay for decades.

1 Aug 2019 - 4:02PM

Most visitors to Hong Kong arrive from the city’s international airport via the Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension spans connecting the islands of Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. But few notice the ghostly ruins of Ma Wan Village just northwest of the structure. The once-thriving fishing and farming community first settled over 200 years ago, was earmarked for redevelopment in 1997. A dispute over the property halted development and has left the village frozen in a state of decay for decades.

A Hong Kong ghost town
Yuen Long: rapidly changing district in northern Hong Kong clings to tradition

The recent violence at a shopping centre in Yuen Long has focused attention on the bustling district in Hong Kong’s New Territories, where less than a century ago visitors found little more than a cluster of agricultural villages. 

1 Aug 2019 - 11:25AM

The recent violence at a shopping centre in Yuen Long has focused attention on the bustling district in Hong Kong’s New Territories, where less than a century ago visitors found little more than a cluster of agricultural villages. 

Yuen Long: rapidly changing district in northern Hong Kong clings to tradition
Rod-wielding mob dressed in white storms Hong Kong’s Yuen Long MTR station, attacks protesters and passers-by

Violent attacks took place at Hong Kong’s Yuen Long MTR station overnight on Sunday, July 21-22, 2019. 

24 Jul 2019 - 3:29PM

Violent attacks took place at Hong Kong’s Yuen Long MTR station overnight on Sunday, July 21-22, 2019. 

Rod-wielding mob dressed in white storms Hong Kong’s Yuen Long MTR station, attacks protesters and passers-by
Elderly march in support of young Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters

A group of elderly Hong Kong citizens march from the city’s Central district to government headquarters in Admiralty on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, to show support for younger people who have been at the forefront in the anti-extradition bill movement. 

18 Jul 2019 - 11:12AM

A group of elderly Hong Kong citizens march from the city’s Central district to government headquarters in Admiralty on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, to show support for younger people who have been at the forefront in the anti-extradition bill movement. 

Elderly march in support of young Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters
In the heart of South America – Okinawa, Bolivia clings to Japanese root

Okinawa, Bolivia is a community in the centre of South America that is home to families of Japanese migrants who first started arriving more than a century ago. 

17 Jul 2019 - 3:10PM

Okinawa, Bolivia is a community in the centre of South America that is home to families of Japanese migrants who first started arriving more than a century ago. 

In the heart of South America – Okinawa, Bolivia clings to Japanese root
Confusion over China’s new waste management driving Shanghai people crazy

Shanghai is the first Chinese city to implement an ambitious nationwide trash sorting and recycling programme, but residents have been struggling to shift over to the new system since it started on July 1, 2019. 

16 Jul 2019 - 12:53PM

Shanghai is the first Chinese city to implement an ambitious nationwide trash sorting and recycling programme, but residents have been struggling to shift over to the new system since it started on July 1, 2019. 

Confusion over China’s new waste management driving Shanghai people crazy
Unprecedented violence during extradition bill clashes in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin

Violent clashes in Hong Kong’s northern town of Sha Tin have sent at least 22 people to hospital. The fights on July 14-15, 2019, involving anti-extradition law protesters and riot police, followed a largely peaceful rally by tens of thousands of demonstrators who marched through the centre of the town.

15 Jul 2019 - 6:10PM

Violent clashes in Hong Kong’s northern town of Sha Tin have sent at least 22 people to hospital. The fights on July 14-15, 2019, involving anti-extradition law protesters and riot police, followed a largely peaceful rally by tens of thousands of demonstrators who marched through the centre of the town.

Unprecedented violence during extradition bill clashes in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin
Hong Kong canto-pop star Denise Ho takes anti-extradition protest to United Nations Human Rights Council

Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho Wan-sze took her anti-extradition protest to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019. The famous canto-pop star urged the UN to safeguard Hong Kong’s autonomy.  

9 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho Wan-sze took her anti-extradition protest to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019. The famous canto-pop star urged the UN to safeguard Hong Kong’s autonomy.  

Hong Kong canto-pop star Denise Ho takes anti-extradition protest to United Nations Human Rights Council
Ancient Chinese art struggling to survive in the modern era

A popular form of entertainment for more than 2,000 years, Chinese shadow puppetry is now an endangered craft. For the past few decades, traditional shadow theatres have been struggling to attract audiences and the master puppeteers of the old generation are worried the art form will die with them.

9 Jul 2019 - 11:39AM

A popular form of entertainment for more than 2,000 years, Chinese shadow puppetry is now an endangered craft. For the past few decades, traditional shadow theatres have been struggling to attract audiences and the master puppeteers of the old generation are worried the art form will die with them.

Ancient Chinese art struggling to survive in the modern era
A three year old girl becomes the youngest victim of the Philippine government’s war on drugs

Police killed a three-year-old girl on June 29, 2019, during a drug raid in Rizal province, east of the Philippine capital Manila. Myca Ulpina is the youngest person to be killed in the government’s three-year-long crackdown on illegal drugs. A senator who oversaw the most violent period in the country’s so-called drug war has dismissed the toddler’s death as collateral damage.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:29PM

Police killed a three-year-old girl on June 29, 2019, during a drug raid in Rizal province, east of the Philippine capital Manila. Myca Ulpina is the youngest person to be killed in the government’s three-year-long crackdown on illegal drugs. A senator who oversaw the most violent period in the country’s so-called drug war has dismissed the toddler’s death as collateral damage.

A three year old girl becomes the youngest victim of the Philippine government’s war on drugs
Mega bridge connects three remote provinces in southwest China

The Jimingsansheng Bridge, meaning “cock crow heard in three provinces”, completed its main arch on July 7, 2019, marking a milestone in three years of construction. The bridge connects three provinces in southwest China and is scheduled to open at the end of 2019.

8 Jul 2019 - 5:15PM

The Jimingsansheng Bridge, meaning “cock crow heard in three provinces”, completed its main arch on July 7, 2019, marking a milestone in three years of construction. The bridge connects three provinces in southwest China and is scheduled to open at the end of 2019.

Mega bridge connects three remote provinces in southwest China
Deadly tornado in northeast China kills six, injures almost 200

A powerful tornado, along with strong showers and hail, hit the city of Kaiyuan in northeast China’s Liaoning province on July 3, 2019, killing at least six people and injuring more than 190.

4 Jul 2019 - 4:03PM

A powerful tornado, along with strong showers and hail, hit the city of Kaiyuan in northeast China’s Liaoning province on July 3, 2019, killing at least six people and injuring more than 190.

Deadly tornado in northeast China kills six, injures almost 200
Monsoon rains paralyse Mumbai with worst flooding in a decade

Annual monsoon rains have crippled India’s financial capital Mumbai since the beginning of July. The worst flooding in a decade brought waist-deep water and chaos to the city, leaving at least 20 people dead.

4 Jul 2019 - 12:47PM

Annual monsoon rains have crippled India’s financial capital Mumbai since the beginning of July. The worst flooding in a decade brought waist-deep water and chaos to the city, leaving at least 20 people dead.

Monsoon rains paralyse Mumbai with worst flooding in a decade
Major dog meat market closes down in South Korea, over 80 dogs rescued

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea - one of the country’s largest - was shut down on July 1, 2019. Animal charities rescued more than 80 dogs, as meat vendors closed after authorities paid them out under a market-renovation project.

3 Jul 2019 - 2:19PM

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea - one of the country’s largest - was shut down on July 1, 2019. Animal charities rescued more than 80 dogs, as meat vendors closed after authorities paid them out under a market-renovation project.

Major dog meat market closes down in South Korea, over 80 dogs rescued
London pickpockets caught on camera snatching Thai tourist’s purse

A selfie video has captured pickpockets in the act of snatching a purse from the handbag of a Thai tourist as she walked with a friend through London’s West End.

2 Jul 2019 - 4:30PM

A selfie video has captured pickpockets in the act of snatching a purse from the handbag of a Thai tourist as she walked with a friend through London’s West End.

London pickpockets caught on camera snatching Thai tourist’s purse