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White house: US troubled by arrest of Hong Kong businessman Jimmy Lai

WASHINGTON: The United States is troubled by the arrest of Hong Kong businessman Jimmy Lai and urges China to repeal the national security law for Hong Kong, reported Sputnik news agency, quoting US National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien. “We

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law

MOSCOW: Hong Kong police have arrested pro-democratic media tycoon Jimmy Lai under the national security law. According to Sputnik news agency, quoting Global Times report on Monday, Lai is the owner of Hong Kong media companies Next Digital and Apple Daily. He is

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Stop panic buying as it is not needed for now

PUCHONG: The public are panic buying groceries, emptying shelves and complaints of inconsiderate stockpiling abound as people across the world prepare for self-isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak. Canned goods, hand sanitisers, toilet paper and water are among the many items

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COVID-19: Hong Kong police officer infected, 59 others quarantined

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong police officer has been confirmed infected by the coronavirus, the first officer to test positive in the Asian financial hub as dozens of other officers were quarantined over concerns of contagion, said the authorities today.

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Hong Kong leader increases relief funds to tackle coronavirus

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam today increased a relief fund to tackle the impact of the coronavirus outbreak as she urged residents to accept the government’s quarantine plans for returning passengers from a cruise ship stranded in Japan.

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COVID-19 may spell doom for HK’s thriving tourism, retail sectors

HONG KONG: Tom Bennell’s olive oil distribution business took a heavy beating during months of pro-democracy protests that emptied Hong Kong hotels and restaurants, his major customers. Now he fears a knockout blow as the city fights the coronavirus. The

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Coronavirus: HK reports first death as hospital workers escalate strike

HONG KONG: Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death today, a 39-year-old male who had been suffering from an underlying illness and had visited China’s Wuhan city last month, hospital staff said, marking the second death outside mainland China. The

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China virus deaths rise to 80 as Hong Kong bans visitors from worst-hit province

SHANGHAI: The death toll from China’s new coronavirus today grew to 80 as residents of Hubei province, where the disease originated, were banned from entering Hong Kong amid global efforts to halt the rapid spread of the outbreak. The number

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Carrie Lam: Financial hub’s strengths intact despite protests

Hong Kong’s strengths as a global financial hub have not been undermined by months of pro-democracy protests, the Chinese-ruled city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said today. Protests in Hong Kong escalated in June over a now-withdrawn bill which would have

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World is watching our democracy, Taiwan president says on election eve

The world is watching what choice Taiwan makes as the only Chinese-speaking democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said today, the eve of elections in which Tsai said a vote for her would be a vote for freedom. Taiwan holds presidential and

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