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Hong Kong’s largest protests according to organisers’ estimates

Organisers say a record-setting 2 million people protested against the Hong Kong government’s contentious extradition bill on June 16, 2019.

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Organisers say a record-setting 2 million people protested against the Hong Kong government’s contentious extradition bill on June 16, 2019.

Hong Kong’s largest protests according to organisers’ estimates
Hong Kong protesters consider next move as Occupy protest leader Joshua Wong released from jail

Roads around Hong Kong's legislature were cleared the morning after a massive rally against a contentious extradition bill.

18 Jun 2019 - 7:23AM

Roads around Hong Kong's legislature were cleared the morning after a massive rally against a contentious extradition bill.

Hong Kong protesters consider next move as Occupy protest leader Joshua Wong released from jail
Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protesters undeterred after clashes with police

Scores of protesters moved back into an area near Hong Kong's government headquarters on Thursday, June 13, 2019, one day after violent clashes between tens of thousands of demonstrators and police.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:55PM

Scores of protesters moved back into an area near Hong Kong's government headquarters on Thursday, June 13, 2019, one day after violent clashes between tens of thousands of demonstrators and police.

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protesters undeterred after clashes with police
Scenes of defiance as protests escalate against Hong Kong's extradition bill

Continued protests against Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill continued into the afternoon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

13 Jun 2019 - 8:47AM

Continued protests against Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill continued into the afternoon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Scenes of defiance as protests escalate against Hong Kong's extradition bill
Thousands block roads in downtown Hong Kong in defiant protest against extradition bill

In a fresh display of defiance against Hong Kong’s contentious extradition bill, protesters began stopping traffic from accessing the legislature on Wednesday morning.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:57AM

In a fresh display of defiance against Hong Kong’s contentious extradition bill, protesters began stopping traffic from accessing the legislature on Wednesday morning.

Thousands block roads in downtown Hong Kong in defiant protest against extradition bill
‘More than 1 million’ people join historic Hong Kong march against extradition bill

Organisers said more than one million people took to the streets of Hong Kong on June 9, 2019, to protest the government’s proposal to change extradition laws to allow the transfer of fugitives to more jurisdictions, including mainland China.

11 Jun 2019 - 8:01AM

Organisers said more than one million people took to the streets of Hong Kong on June 9, 2019, to protest the government’s proposal to change extradition laws to allow the transfer of fugitives to more jurisdictions, including mainland China.

‘More than 1 million’ people join historic Hong Kong march against extradition bill
Google bans Android system on Huawei devices, following US trade blacklist

Future Huawei devices will lose access to Google’s Android services, since Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc will stop doing business with Huawei following a US government order prohibiting US companies from working with the Chinese telecom giant and its affiliates. Since the government blacklist was put in place on May 16, 2019, Google has also suspended all business with Huawei that would involve the transfer of hardware, software and tech services.

21 May 2019 - 4:27PM

Future Huawei devices will lose access to Google’s Android services, since Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc will stop doing business with Huawei following a US government order prohibiting US companies from working with the Chinese telecom giant and its affiliates. Since the government blacklist was put in place on May 16, 2019, Google has also suspended all business with Huawei that would involve the transfer of hardware, software and tech services.

Google bans Android system on Huawei devices, following US trade blacklist
I.M. Pei, legendary architect behind Louvre pyramid and Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower, dies at age 102

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei, died on May 16, 2019, at age 102. The Chinese-born US architect became famous for his modern designs and high-profile projects,  including the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

17 May 2019 - 2:59PM

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei, died on May 16, 2019, at age 102. The Chinese-born US architect became famous for his modern designs and high-profile projects,  including the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

I.M. Pei, legendary architect behind Louvre pyramid and Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower, dies at age 102
Occupy leaders jailed for roles in Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement

Four of the nine key figures of Hong Kong’s Occupy movement were jailed on April 24, 2019, for their roles in the 79-day pro-democracy protest in 2014.

24 Apr 2019 - 3:10PM

Four of the nine key figures of Hong Kong’s Occupy movement were jailed on April 24, 2019, for their roles in the 79-day pro-democracy protest in 2014.

Occupy leaders jailed for roles in Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement
Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

18 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show
India in the midst of a 39-day-long election, as the world’s biggest democracy decides on the next national government

India, the world’s biggest democracy is holding its national election. Voting is taking place over seven phases spanning a total of 39 days. Some 900 million eligible voters will be electing 543 members of the country's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. Surveys leading up to the start of polling suggested the ruling BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, still enjoys strong support but the main opposition and former ruling party, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi also appears to be making a comeback. Here's what you need to know about India's epic democratic exercise.  

1 May 2019 - 3:41PM

India, the world’s biggest democracy is holding its national election. Voting is taking place over seven phases spanning a total of 39 days. Some 900 million eligible voters will be electing 543 members of the country's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. Surveys leading up to the start of polling suggested the ruling BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, still enjoys strong support but the main opposition and former ruling party, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi also appears to be making a comeback. Here's what you need to know about India's epic democratic exercise.  

India in the midst of a 39-day-long election, as the world’s biggest democracy decides on the next national government
What’s at stake in Indonesia’s general election

An estimated 193 million people are eligible to vote in Indonesia’s general election on April 17, 2019.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:11PM

An estimated 193 million people are eligible to vote in Indonesia’s general election on April 17, 2019.

What’s at stake in Indonesia’s general election
Philippine customs recovers over 1,500 smuggled turtles at Manila airport

A total of 1,529 live turtles and tortoises were recovered on March 3, 2019, at the airport serving the Philippine capital Manila. Customs officers said the reptiles were found in four unclaimed suitcases which belonged to a Filipino passenger flying from Hong Kong. It is still unclear why the luggage was left behind, but officials said the passenger may have become aware of the penalties for illegal trade in wildlife.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:10PM

A total of 1,529 live turtles and tortoises were recovered on March 3, 2019, at the airport serving the Philippine capital Manila. Customs officers said the reptiles were found in four unclaimed suitcases which belonged to a Filipino passenger flying from Hong Kong. It is still unclear why the luggage was left behind, but officials said the passenger may have become aware of the penalties for illegal trade in wildlife.

Philippine customs recovers over 1,500 smuggled turtles at Manila airport
Global split over how to deal with Venezuela crisis

Two rival resolutions on Venezuela – one drafted by the US, the other by Russia – have been vetoed at the United Nations Security Council.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:33PM

Two rival resolutions on Venezuela – one drafted by the US, the other by Russia – have been vetoed at the United Nations Security Council.

Global split over how to deal with Venezuela crisis
Two huge Komodo dragons fight on Indonesian island

Two massive Komodo dragons were caught on camera fighting on the Indonesian island of Pulau Rinca. The fight, filmed by a passing tour, was over in seconds. But local islanders say fights between the world’s largest lizards can last up to 15 minutes. Komodo dragons are found on only five Indonesia islands and can grow to about three metres (10 ft) long and weigh up to 70 kg (150 lbs). 

20 Feb 2019 - 5:43PM

Two massive Komodo dragons were caught on camera fighting on the Indonesian island of Pulau Rinca. The fight, filmed by a passing tour, was over in seconds. But local islanders say fights between the world’s largest lizards can last up to 15 minutes. Komodo dragons are found on only five Indonesia islands and can grow to about three metres (10 ft) long and weigh up to 70 kg (150 lbs). 

Two huge Komodo dragons fight on Indonesian island
Yuki Yamamoto becomes the ‘luckiest man’ in Japan

Yuki Yamamoto, a 22-year-old fireman, beat more than 5,000 runners to be crowned the “luckiest man of the new year” during a race at Japan’s Nishinomiya Shrine. The annual "Lucky Man Run" has been staged for more than 100 years at the Shinto shrine located in the southern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu.

11 Jan 2019 - 3:19PM

Yuki Yamamoto, a 22-year-old fireman, beat more than 5,000 runners to be crowned the “luckiest man of the new year” during a race at Japan’s Nishinomiya Shrine. The annual "Lucky Man Run" has been staged for more than 100 years at the Shinto shrine located in the southern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu.

Yuki Yamamoto becomes the ‘luckiest man’ in Japan
US warship nears Beijing-claimed South China Sea islands, as trade talks resume

While the United States and China resumed their trade talks in Beijing, a US warship sailed near the disputed Beijing-claimed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, January 7.

8 Jan 2019 - 1:37PM

While the United States and China resumed their trade talks in Beijing, a US warship sailed near the disputed Beijing-claimed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, January 7.

US warship nears Beijing-claimed South China Sea islands, as trade talks resume
Witch-hunts spread terror in Papua New Guinea highlands

A series of modern-day witch hunts have spread terror in the highlands of central Papua New Guinea in recent years. At least 20 murders and dozens of violent attacks have been reported in the Tsak Valley of Enga province, where victims are accused of being witches or of practising sorcery. Tribes in the remove region frequently blame unexplained misfortunes on witchcraft, despite the efforts of authorities trying to change long-held superstitions and traditional beliefs. 

4 Jan 2019 - 5:58PM

A series of modern-day witch hunts have spread terror in the highlands of central Papua New Guinea in recent years. At least 20 murders and dozens of violent attacks have been reported in the Tsak Valley of Enga province, where victims are accused of being witches or of practising sorcery. Tribes in the remove region frequently blame unexplained misfortunes on witchcraft, despite the efforts of authorities trying to change long-held superstitions and traditional beliefs. 

Witch-hunts spread terror in Papua New Guinea highlands
New year, new governments? Elections in major Asian countries could bring about dramatic change

As the world rings in a new year, five major elections are set to take place in Asia in the first half of 2019. The poll results could dramatically change the political landscape of the region.

6 Mar 2019 - 1:15PM

As the world rings in a new year, five major elections are set to take place in Asia in the first half of 2019. The poll results could dramatically change the political landscape of the region.

New year, new governments? Elections in major Asian countries could bring about dramatic change
Landslide win for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina amid violence and vote-rigging claims

Bangladesh’s longest-serving prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has won her third consecutive term with a landslide win in the country’s 11th general elections, December 30. The opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party claims the elections were rigged and has called for a new poll.

31 Dec 2018 - 1:21PM

Bangladesh’s longest-serving prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has won her third consecutive term with a landslide win in the country’s 11th general elections, December 30. The opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party claims the elections were rigged and has called for a new poll.

Landslide win for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina amid violence and vote-rigging claims
Violence, intimidation and arrests ahead of Bangladesh national elections

On Sunday, December 30, Bangladesh goes to the polls. The country’s 11th general elections will be held amid widespread violence, at least six people have died in recent weeks while hundreds have been injured. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is running for a third consecutive term. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami say over 11,500 of their followers have been detained.

28 Dec 2018 - 2:50PM

On Sunday, December 30, Bangladesh goes to the polls. The country’s 11th general elections will be held amid widespread violence, at least six people have died in recent weeks while hundreds have been injured. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is running for a third consecutive term. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami say over 11,500 of their followers have been detained.

Violence, intimidation and arrests ahead of Bangladesh national elections
Japan to resume commercial whaling after more than 30 years

Japan has announced it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on June 30, 2019. Japanese whalers will be allowed to resume commercial hunting within the nation’s territorial waters and economic exclusive zones from July. The decision follows the IWC rejection in September of a Japanese proposal to allow commercial catch quotas. Japan has long been criticised for claiming that whaling is part of its culture and allowing limited whale hunts for food as so-called scientific research – despite Tokyo being a signatory of a moratorium on whaling.

27 Dec 2018 - 2:26PM

Japan has announced it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on June 30, 2019. Japanese whalers will be allowed to resume commercial hunting within the nation’s territorial waters and economic exclusive zones from July. The decision follows the IWC rejection in September of a Japanese proposal to allow commercial catch quotas. Japan has long been criticised for claiming that whaling is part of its culture and allowing limited whale hunts for food as so-called scientific research – despite Tokyo being a signatory of a moratorium on whaling.

Japan to resume commercial whaling after more than 30 years
First abdication by a Japanese emperor in over 200 years paves way for son to ascend the throne

When Japan’s 85-year-old Emperor Akihito retires on April 30, 2019, he becomes the first emperor in over two centuries to abdicate in the world’s oldest monarchy.

30 Dec 2018 - 11:02AM

When Japan’s 85-year-old Emperor Akihito retires on April 30, 2019, he becomes the first emperor in over two centuries to abdicate in the world’s oldest monarchy.

First abdication by a Japanese emperor in over 200 years paves way for son to ascend the throne
US Navy had 18 unsafe encounters with China’s military over last two years

US military statistics revealed that the US Navy had 18 unsafe encounters with Chinese air and naval forces in the last two years. The most recent confrontation happened on September 30, 2018, when there was a near collision between US and Chinese warships near Gaven Reefs in the South China Sea.

21 Dec 2018 - 11:12PM

US military statistics revealed that the US Navy had 18 unsafe encounters with Chinese air and naval forces in the last two years. The most recent confrontation happened on September 30, 2018, when there was a near collision between US and Chinese warships near Gaven Reefs in the South China Sea.

US Navy had 18 unsafe encounters with China’s military over last two years
How does China generate its energy?

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, relies heavily on coal to meet its unrelenting demand for electricity, heating and transportation. The nation is also the world’s biggest producer of energy – generating vast amounts using natural gas, hydropower, nuclear reactors as well as solar and wind.

12 Dec 2018 - 6:13PM

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, relies heavily on coal to meet its unrelenting demand for electricity, heating and transportation. The nation is also the world’s biggest producer of energy – generating vast amounts using natural gas, hydropower, nuclear reactors as well as solar and wind.

How does China generate its energy?
China’s latest space probe Chang-e 4 aims to be the first to land on the far side of the moon

China has launched a lunar probe that is heading toward the far side of the moon. The ambitious plan, a first in moon exploration, would send the probe on a mission to explore the surface facing away from Earth. The far side is believed to have a thicker crust and is pockmarked by relatively more and deeper craters than the near side. If successful, the Chang-e 4 will unlock valuable clues to the mysteries about the moon and the universe.

8 Dec 2018 - 1:29PM

China has launched a lunar probe that is heading toward the far side of the moon. The ambitious plan, a first in moon exploration, would send the probe on a mission to explore the surface facing away from Earth. The far side is believed to have a thicker crust and is pockmarked by relatively more and deeper craters than the near side. If successful, the Chang-e 4 will unlock valuable clues to the mysteries about the moon and the universe.

China’s latest space probe Chang-e 4 aims to be the first to land on the far side of the moon
Argentina gets ready for the G20 summit

The 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Buenos Aires from November 30 to December 1 –  the first time the Group of Twenty has gathered in South America. World leaders, bankers and their guests from Group of Twenty member economies will focus on sustainable food, infrastructure and the future of work at the summit. One highly anticipated side gathering will be a dinner meeting involving US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

29 Nov 2018 - 8:36PM

The 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Buenos Aires from November 30 to December 1 –  the first time the Group of Twenty has gathered in South America. World leaders, bankers and their guests from Group of Twenty member economies will focus on sustainable food, infrastructure and the future of work at the summit. One highly anticipated side gathering will be a dinner meeting involving US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Argentina gets ready for the G20 summit
Death and destruction: Veterans remember the Korean War

Bombs so powerful they lit up the night sky. Countless bodies strewn on the battlefields. They are memories from more than six decades ago that are still crystal clear in the minds of the men and women who served in the Korean war. An estimated 2.8 million people were killed during the three years of fighting. Sixty-five years after the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities, we speak to South Korean and Chinese veterans about their memories of the war and what they think about present day relations between China and South Korea, and the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula.

4 Feb 2019 - 4:12PM

Bombs so powerful they lit up the night sky. Countless bodies strewn on the battlefields. They are memories from more than six decades ago that are still crystal clear in the minds of the men and women who served in the Korean war. An estimated 2.8 million people were killed during the three years of fighting. Sixty-five years after the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities, we speak to South Korean and Chinese veterans about their memories of the war and what they think about present day relations between China and South Korea, and the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula.

Death and destruction: Veterans remember the Korean War
As Papua New Guinea prepares for APEC 2018, China’s influence is evident

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is hosting the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. PNG is the poorest nation of the entire 21-country bloc. Hoping to improve its economy by organising the meeting, Port Moresby is also witnessing a growing Chinese influence across the Pacific.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is hosting the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. PNG is the poorest nation of the entire 21-country bloc. Hoping to improve its economy by organising the meeting, Port Moresby is also witnessing a growing Chinese influence across the Pacific.

As Papua New Guinea prepares for APEC 2018, China’s influence is evident
World leaders mark 100th anniversary of end of first world war

November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war (1914-18). World leaders gathered in France to commemorate the signing of the armistice. A special ceremony was also held to pay tribute to the largest and longest-serving non-European labour contingent in the war: the Asian labourers.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war (1914-18). World leaders gathered in France to commemorate the signing of the armistice. A special ceremony was also held to pay tribute to the largest and longest-serving non-European labour contingent in the war: the Asian labourers.

World leaders mark 100th anniversary of end of first world war